Title: Fooling Around
Author: Noelle Adams
Publication Date: 17 May 2016
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Eric Vincent isn’t in the habit of asking for help. As the founder of a lucrative sports videogame franchise, he’s accustomed to getting his way and enjoying the fruits of his hard-earned success. Then all his illusions of dominance are shattered by a skiing accident that leaves him hobbled, facing a string of surgeries and months of immobility. The only way he’s going to survive is with someone by his side to anticipate his every desire. Someone who will devote every waking second to his comfort. Someone like Julie Nelson . . .
Julie’s life revolves around other people: her students, her parents, her sister. But even she has her limits. Julie has zero interest in playing personal assistant to Eric Vincent, a man who’s as arrogant as he is charismatic . . . until he ups the salary to one million dollars for three months’ work. Soon Julie’s struggling to bite her tongue—and resist the chemistry that draws her to Eric. But after one scorching kiss, Julie decides it’s finally her turn to be selfish. And this time, she’s going to get what she wants.
While I enjoyed Fooling Around I don’t feel as if I have a lot to say about it. The unusual start crossing the paths of two very different people in a hospital following the death of Julie’s mother isn’t something you see very often. Then again you could say fate works in mysterious ways lol.
Told in third person narrative with alternating focus between Julie and Eric. Eric is quick to realise that Julie’s presence is like a balm to his arrogant, hot-tempered ways; laid up for 3 months in a cast on his leg, Eric requires care without fuss. Certain Julie is the only one capable of fulfilling his requirements he throws money at her until she agrees.
The complete opposite of Eric in her demeanour, Julie has selflessly devoted the past six years to caring for her parents until their deaths. Although she has lost herself in the process, only holding on to daydreams she doesn’t believe she can make into reality. Julie is also a little blind in seeing herself clearly, not only is she caring and compassionate she tends to downplay her beauty by fading into the background.
The attraction between Julie and Eric sizzles although neither of them are willing to admit to the depth of emotion they feel, believing neither can provide the relationship the other deserves or wants. Being privy to their inner thoughts and how simple communication would have paved the way to a deep connection between the pair was frustrating at times.
The best thing for me was witnessing Julie’s character growth with her belief in herself making her daydreams into reality. Eric’s crumbling emotional barriers were also a perk. There are a number of other plot developments, while quite pivotal didn’t really play a part in the story in my mind.
Fooling Around shows how opposites can not only attract but can balance each other perfectly.