Series: LA Liaisons #3
Author: Brooke Blaine
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 30 Jan 2017
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
As one of the most prestigious wedding coordinators in Los Angeles, Paige Iris Traynor-Ashcroft is known for being classy, elegant, and the orchestrator of many happily-ever-afters.
But in the words of Paige herself: “What a crock of shiitake.”
Known affectionately (or not) as P.I.T.A. to those closest to her, she’s never been one to buy into the whole monogamy thing for herself. Sure, her BFFs are getting picked off by Cupid one by one, but his arrows have nothing on her semiautomatic.
Richard “Dick” Dawson does his best to live up to his name. A long-time frenemy and manwhore extraordinaire, he thrives on pushing limits, pushing up skirts—and pushing every single one of Paige’s buttons. He’s the itch she can’t scratch, and doesn’t want to. Or does she?
What happens when blazing-hot rage turns to crazy, unexplainable lust? Surely not…love? Because that would just be a total P.I.T.A.
Paige and Dawson have been tip-toeing around each other for years. Best friends as children, next door neighbours where Dawson’s home provided a refuge for Paige away from her self-absorbed, neglectful parents. However, an incident during their college years altered the dynamic of their friendship to frenemy status. All those close to Paige are aware of the simmering tension between the two, laying bets on the inevitable. Although nobody could have predicted the circumstances leading up to their getting together.
I adore Paige, she has to be the most cynical wedding planner you could ever meet. Although her tendency to put her foot in her mouth where her feelings toward romance and marriage are concerned leads to a few career problems. Paige hides her vulnerability behind sarcasm and her sexuality, tending to be outspoken and brash with little to no filter, how can you not love her. A particularly traumatic encounter with her parents leads to a wild night in Vegas where the drive-thrus don’t just serve food 😉
I would have loved to have seen some of the poignant moments from Dawson’s perspective (I’m refusing to call him by any other name because he is Dawson to me) especially his attempts to make Paige realise how perfect they are for each other.
Forced to spend the next six months together and Dawson doing his best to sweep Paige off her feet causes Paige to re-examine the moments in their joined past that have led to the position they are currently in. Self-analysis aids in allowing Paige the clarity of dealing with the past hurt and clearing the way to truly open up to Dawson in a way she hasn’t for a very long time. Paige’s painful childhood made my heart hurt for her but the warmth she received from Dawson’s family ensured she was able to experience the meaning of a family. The idea that you can create your own family by choosing the people who help and support you is a continuing theme through the LA Liaisons series. I can’t help but feel envious of the circle of friends in the series, so very different yet they compliment each other perfectly.
Although we didn’t get to see a lot of the other characters in PITA their subtle interactions helped support not only the main character but the story/series as a whole. There is also a surprise appearance of a character from a cross-over series which adds another element to the plot 🙂
With only one woman left standing, I cannot wait to find out more about Quinn!!!!!