I met the red-haired girl and Isla Fisher popped into my head. Harlow, is a little quirky (not calling her weird, seemed a bit harsh) and Isla does quirky really, really well. I met the dreadlocked boy and….(screeching stop). Hmmm, Houston, we have a problem. See, I really like Kase but I really, really do not like dreadlocks. So with a little bit of a mind tweak and a wee bit of artistic licence… voila… David Gandy is my Kase. Don’t judge, I know Mr Gandy is my go to hottie for casting, but in this case it kind of works. Gandy has some photos with facial hair...and his hair is curly, which is kind of like dreaddies... and he does have blue eyes like Kase. See, it works. So with my casting now in place, I was able to settle back and enjoy the show. Onwards…
Best Kase Scenario is the second book in Layla Frost’s Hyde series. I didn’t do a re-read of the first book Hyde and Seek, which I’m kind of glad about. With my shocking memory, I was meeting the hero and heroine almost like it was the first time. I remembered Piper and Jake enough to be happy to see them again, but with Harlow and Kase…nothing to cloud my judgement, get over or try to block out.
I really liked Harlow from the start, but I didn’t really GET her. She seems to have lots of balls in the air she’s trying to juggle, but it seemed like a circus act that was unnecessary. She didn’t need to juggle them all by herself, just needed to let the other clowns around her, play a part in the show. It wasn’t even to gain attention that she did this act. Harlow just wanted to make sure that all of the balls knew their place in her heart and head, had their own set times for handling, and kept moving. What she failed to see is that her independence was pushing her closest friends away.
In the beginning of Best Kase Scenario, we see Harlow about to start a new job. The blurb hinted, but my first thought once confirmed was – none of those Hyde boys would let their woman work in a place like that…bet you it doesn’t last. Let’s just say this career path wasn’t a lifelong dream of Harlow’s, luckily.
Kase is a hottie who grabs attention wherever he goes. He has women throwing themselves at him, but deep down he's a romantic at heart. Harlow had caught his attention and played a major part in his fantasies, but he wasn’t sure where he stood with her. He held off pushing into her life until he was fully convinced he wanted more than a hookup. See, smart and good looking…very appealing. The guys at Hyde are like his family, but he has a few other guys who he knows he can count on in a pinch. Imagine Kase’s surprise when he goes to visit one of his mates, Lars, at his place of business. This little surprise was definitely the kick in the pants he needed to chase Harlow down.
Their love story isn’t rushed, but it certainly was clear that they had feelings for each other. Between Harlow’s many balls that needed to keep moving and Kase’s past intruding into his future, this story was interesting from beginning to end. Kase has Harlow’s back and works ridiculously hard to gain her trust and affection. Harlow ends up having an almost epiphany, and learns that it’s Ok for her friends and loved ones to hold her balls, and even juggle them for her. At this stage, I really started to know and love Harlow more and enjoyed seeing her making as much effort in the relationship as Kase was.
There is plenty of action in Best Kase Scenario. The sexy times were HOT and steamy and Harlow learnt pretty quickly that Kase’s rep was very well earned. There was a little bit of a mystery in the storyline and it was AWESOME to see Harlow deal with some balls (wink, wink) that needed to be deflated with a well-placed foot.
Best Kase Scenario was funny, sweet and steamy. Layla Frost has done a marvelous job with her second story and I think it will definitely be a hit in the romance reading world. The scenery and sets were easy to picture, the characters are well developed and lovable…even the ones that like eating cold noodles on purpose…weird quirky.
I received an ARC of Best Kase Scenario via the author for an honest review.