Outmatched by Kristen Callihan, Samantha Young

by Kristen Callihan, Samantha Young
Outmatched on November 19, 2019
Pages: 334
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What happens when a boxer finds chemistry with a geek?
Parker Brown can’t believe she needs to hire a fake boyfriend. When she landed her dream job in renewable energy, she thought she’d be entering a world at the forefront of progressive thinking. But the head boss prefers to promote employees who are “settled.” Thankfully, she’s found the perfect candidate, a fellow intellectual looking for some quick cash. What Parker gets is his protective big brother—Rhys Morgan. The tall, muscled ex-boxer with a foul mouth shows up just as her boss does, and now she’s stuck with the manipulative jerk.
Responsibility weighs heavily on Rhys. Now permanently out of the ring, he’s trying to hold together his late father’s gym and keep his younger brother, Dean, on the straight and narrow. To save Dean from himself, Rhys takes his place, ready to give this society girl a piece of his mind. Instead, he finds an opportunity. Even though they can hardly stand each other, posing as Parker’s boyfriend is a win-win deal. She gets to keep her job, and he’ll charm her star-struck boss into sponsoring his gym.
Problem is, they can barely keep their hands off each other. And what started as an easy deal isn’t so easy anymore. Because what future can a rough ex-boxer, afraid to open his heart, and a polished society geek, who has sworn off real relationships, possibly have?
They say opposites attract. These opposites are about to combust on impact.

3 Cracked in the Head Stars ⭐

What could a retired heavyweight boxer and an environmentally friendly geek have in common? Well actually, almost everything once they got over their egos, animosity, and their narrow-minded views of each other… 

Parker Brown needs a fake boyfriend to progress at work.  Where she thought she was hiring a compatible escort to play the part, she got the caveman brother in his place.  Before she has the chance to tell him to piss off, Rhys Morgan has accepted the role, concreting their fake relationship with her colleagues.

“If we made it through this ruse with me going to prison for assault instead of murder, I’d call it a win.”

Desperation is evidentially driving Rhys Morgan as he is now officially Parker’s boyfriend.  Why some high society girl needs to a hire a man is unfathomable. But for Rhys, the money he gets from this gig will help save his family gym that is sinking faster than the titanic.

Supposedly, they are two people that are total opposites and clearly despise each other.  With an arrangement that forces them to spend far too much time together, they will come to realize that first impressions aren’t always right.  Their newfound tolerance to get the job done soon turns into an opportunity for more. Such as all the touching and kissing disguised as practice.

This duet of authors have managed to create a light-hearted romance filled with great banter. Unfortunately these two characters both warranted a good smack across the head for being thick-headed. The constant miscommunication between Parker and Rhys and denial of their attraction created unnecessary obstacles.  To be fair, I’m probably not the ideal target audience as I prefer my romances raunchier and faster paced, but I do enjoy a good rom-com.
This was just OK.