I, Thomas Clifford Donnely, am a manwhore.
I’ve been told I’m irresistible to women. Like catnip for a different type of pussy-cat. I guess you could call me a Tom Cat.
This is the story about how I lost my wingman, broke all my own rules, and found myself falling in love.
Tom Donnelly isn’t the marrying kind, or the dating kind. Even after losing his #1 wingman to love, he doesn’t see the point in relationships. When his sister’s best friend returns to Whidbey Island and propositions Donnelly for a one-night stand, he breaks one of his biggest rules—no fooling around with his sisters’ friends. It’s just sex, nothing more. That’s what Tom does and does well.
What happens when “just sex” isn’t enough?
Hailey King is more than a match for Tom’s flirtations. She’s known him most of her life and has heard the rumors about his “skills” for years. When her perfectly planned future falls apart, will the last man she should ever fall for turn out to be more than a one-night stand?
I love romances told exclusively from the male point of view, so this one piqued my interest. Daisy Prescott does an outstanding job of creating a believable manwhore with no intention of changing his ways. At least until he falls for his sister’s best friend. But this is no love-at-first-sight story. Instead, Tom falls kicking and screaming into love. It’s a straight-up romance, but the family dynamics the author weaves in, makes it something a little special in the genre. Each chapter starts off with a confession by Tom about his approach to women, love, and sex, and we know each time, he’s going to eat his words.
Tom is a player, and he likes it that way. His best friend, John, is settling down and Tom never misses a chance to chide him about it. His sisters are married and procreating, but he feels no pressure to do the same. Instead, he works his way through girls on and off the island where he lives until his sister, Lori’s, best friend, Hailey, comes back to town. Tom does have a few rules, however; he never leads women on and he never, ever goes after his sisters’ friends. So when Hailey, on the rebound from the recent breakup with her fiancee, comes onto Tom, he knows he should turn her down, but she’s all kinds of hot. What should have been a one-time thing slowly chips away at all of his rules, including the biggest one, he doesn’t date.
I like Tom. He’s a dog, often crude, but beneath it all beats the warm heart of a lonely man who doesn’t realize what he wants or needs. I know guys like him. Heck, I’ve dated guys like him, but one thing he is, is honest. He never leads women on. So while I wouldn’t want to date a Tom again, I did pull for him, did want him to be happy in whatever way that was. But even the Warren Beattys and George Clooneys of the world eventually find their Annette Bennings, and Tom’s happens to be a girl nicknamed Idaho.
Tom’s family members and friends were all three-dimensional, adding color and depth to Tom’s character as well. And Hailey is completely believable as the strong-willed woman who falls for the wrong man, but never loses herself, nor gives into anything less than what she deserves.
Set in on an island in the Seattle area of Washington, the author perfectly captures the essence of small-town life, where everyone knows your business and feel they have a right to tell you how to live your life. The settings were familiar enough that I could lose myself in the scenes.
Top Five Things I Loved About Confessions of a Reformed Tom Cat
1. Nicknames. Everything from his boat, the Master Baiter, to Tom Cat, and Idaho, the nicknames add a twist of humor that subtlety reveals Tom’s character.
2. I know. The sweet inside joke between Hailey and Tom is as endearing as they are.
3. Families. Tom’s family is his rock and that’s the hallmark of a really good guy.
4. Bar room brawls. Because what’s better than a bunch of testosterone-laden dudes getting liquored up and having a fist-fueled pissing match?
5. Female project managers. As a former project manager in a male-dominated industry, I could totally relate to the issues Hailey has to deal with, and I thought the author portrayed this aspect of the story particularly well.
An authentic male character, a strong female love interest, and plenty of light-hearted moments make for a fun read.
I was provided a copy of this book by the Author in exchange for an honest review.
About the Book
Title: Confessions of a Reformed Tom Cat
Series: Modern Love Story #4
Author: Daisy Prescott
Release Date: February 23, 2015
Category: Contemporary Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
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About the Author
Before writing bestselling contemporary adult romances, I dreamed of being an author while doing a lot of other things. Antiques dealer, baker, blue ribbon pie-maker, fangirl, freelance writer, gardener, pet mom and wife are a few of the other titles I’ve acquired over the years.
Born and raised in San Diego, I currently lives in a real life Stars Hollow in the Boston suburbs with my husband, our dog Hubbell, and an imaginary house goat.
Missionary Position is a spin-off from my first novel, Geoducks Are for Lovers. Like my second novel, Ready to Fall, it can be read as a standalone contemporary romance/romantic comedy.