LET'S STAY TOGETHER was my first read from J.J. Murray. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect from this romance but what I ended up with was a straight forward uncomplicated story with a sweetly entwined love story. What I experienced was a romance without all of the hard edges that are popular in contemporary romance right now. I enjoy the rough and gritty as well but it is nice to have something a bit smoother every now and again and LET'S STAY TOGETHER fit the bill for that. Lauren and Patrick are more mature characters which is also nice if you are looking for a read where the main couple are not still in their twenties and figuring life out.
It is a bit of a stretch for Lauren to have reached out to a fan to the extent that she does but Murray makes it work. Patrick is not the über alpha billionaire with all of the extreme resources to keep Lauren safe and happy. Instead he is an average man with a determination to grab on to the happiness presented to him and make it work even through challenges that could rip them apart. Both Lauren and Patrick are likable characters and I wanted them to get their happily ever after together.
LET'S STAY TOGETHER is a good divergence from the steamy sexy over the top romances. It was also nice to read a romance from the perspective of a male author.
**I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.**
Lauren Short dumped her cheating mega-star fiancé amid major viral media fallout. That was the easy part. Restarting her stalled career as a thirty-something actress. . .not so much. What she needs is advice from someone non-Hollywood. Someone like her surprising new online pen pal. He's a Brooklyn handyman who's understanding, honest--and daring Lauren to do one risky, sizzling reboot of her glamorous life. . .
Lauren is the one woman Patrick Esposito has crushed on forever. He never dreamed they'd meet--much less that she could use his help. Or that she would be even more down-to-earth in person. But now their offline romance is making them the hot new celebrity couple. And between the secrets they didn't expect and the trouble they didn't see coming, Patrick and Lauren will need all the right moves to stay real, keep it together, and script their own happily-ever-after. . .