It all started with the wrong Help Wanted ad. Of course it did.
I’m a professional fluffer. It’s NOT what you think. I stage homes for a living. Real estate agents love me, and my work stands on its own merits.
Sigh. Get your mind out of the gutter. Go ahead. Laugh. I’ll wait.
See? That’s the problem. My career has used the term “fluffer” for decades. I didn’t even know there was a more… lascivious definition of the term.
Until it was too late.
The ad for a “professional fluffer” on Craigslist seemed like divine intervention. My last unemployment check was in the bank. I was desperate. Rent was due. The ad said cash paid at the end of the day. The perfect job!
Staging homes means showing your best angle. The same principle applies in making a certain kind of movie. Turns out a “fluffer” doesn’t arrange decorative pillows on a couch.
They arrange other soft, round-ish objects.
The job isn’t hard. Er, I mean, it is — it’s about being hard. Or, well… helping other people to be hard.
And that’s the other problem. A man. No, not one of the stars on the movie set. Will Lotham – my high school crush. The owner of the house where we’re filming. Illegally. In a vacation rental.
By the time the cops show up, what I thought was just a great house staging gig turned into a nightmare involving pictures of me with an undressed star, Will rescuing me from an arrest, and a humiliating lesson in my own naivete.
My job turned out to be so much harder than I expected. But you know what’s easier than I ever imagined?
Having all my dreams come true.
I couldn’t love this book more if I tried. It seriously had me laughing the whole way through. The characters are absolutely fantastic, and it brought all the feels. Julia Kent has a fantastic way of writing over the top, hilarious situations in a completely believable way. I often find myself thinking, “Yeah, that could totally happen to me,” even when it is a situation I’ve never found myself even remotely close to. And the truly amazing part is that even with all the laughs, she writes these characters that are completely human and lovable.
I loved Will and Mallory. I fell for them when I listened to Little Miss Perfect, and my love only continued to grow. I loved seeing the transformation of their relationship. Going from being the unnoticed girl who never really felt noticed as anything other than the “smart girl” to dating one of the most popular people from high school still held insecurities, even 10 years later. I loved seeing the affect this had on both Will and Mallory and how they were able to grow past it. I was cheering them on from the beginning, and I was completely satisfied with the ending.
There were also a ton of side characters I adored. I am hoping some of them will find their way to their own books, because I would love to read their stories!
The narration was great! I thoroughly enjoyed the personality and emotion Erin Mallon brought to these characters!
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Julia Kent writes romantic comedy with an edge. Since 2013, she has sold more than 2 million books, with 4 New York Times bestsellers and more than 19 appearances on the USA Today bestseller list. Her books have been translated into French and German, with more titles releasing in 2019.
From billionaires to BBWs to new adult rock stars, Julia finds a sensual, goofy joy in every contemporary romance she writes. Unlike Shannon from Shopping for a Billionaire, she did not meet her husband after dropping her phone in a men’s room toilet (and he isn’t a billionaire she met in a romantic comedy).
She lives in New England with her husband and three children where she is the only person in the household with the gene required to change empty toilet paper rolls.