REVIEW – I CAN EXPLAIN (Awkward Love, #2) by Missy Johnson


Standing on the balcony, outside my boss’s apartment, wearing only my underwear?

Not how I expected to start my Saturday morning.

I guess I should’ve thought harder about going home with my sexy new gym instructor, especially since I had no idea the guy was married.

When he pushed me outside five seconds before his wife walked through the door, I jumped one balcony over. I thought it would be less embarrassing for a total stranger to find me than his wife.

That was a smart move.

So here I am, wearing next to nothing and freezing my ass off, staring through the living room window at my young, sexy, and very intimidating boss, Chase Winston.

I have two choices: I can sit here and try to think of another way out of this and risk dying of hypothermia. Or I can suck it up and knock on that window.

After a long, internal argument with myself, I choose option two.

Here goes nothing…


*****Patty’s Review*****

*****3.75 STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

I CAN EXPLAIN is another fun and steamy novella from the ”Awkward Love” series. Each couple so far has either started their romance under ”FORBIDDEN” or extremely
”EMBARRASSING” circumstances. There are several cringe-worthy moments that befall the Heroine while in the presence of our sexy and downright arrogant Hero. While romances between the executive assistant and the handsome but obnoxious CEO have been played out to death, I still enjoy this trope and I give the author credit for coming up with the most preposterous and embarrassing scenario for the couple’s romance to ignite. This is a book to be taken for its level of enjoyment and not for the substance of the story. The entire series is basically a ”guilty pleasure” read.



Lanna Morrison hates her job. She also despises her boss, but if she’s being honest he’s been the star of all her naughty fantasies as well. She has a master’s degree in business analytics and feels she is overqualified to be working as a junior personal assistant. Her days are spent running errands for Chase Winston all over town and even though she’s done an exceptional job for nearly two years, he manages to ream her for getting his coffee order wrong just one time. While on a tirade about Chase with her best friend and co-worker, she mentions what a complete ass he is but that she’d still love to get it on with him, anyway he’d have her. Unbeknownst to her and to her utter horror, Chase had been standing behind her the entire time and heard the whole embarrassing monologue.

Chase is amused by Lanna’s naughty fantasies and he has been harboring an attraction for her as well, but office romances are frowned upon and a past relationship has scared him off from getting serious with another woman. Lanna’s alluring and her feisty attitude is a huge turn on for Chase. Never in his wildest dreams did he expect to find her out on his balcony at 6 AM in the morning in a next to nothing bra and panty set.



Lanna thought she’d never get over the mortification of having Chase overhear her raunchy fantasies about him, but yet again, her misfortune has landed her practically naked on his balcony. Her one and only attempt at a one-night stand with her gorgeous gym instructor turned out disastrous when his wife unexpectedly came home early. Lanna had no idea that he was married and while she freezes out on their balcony she weighs her option of going back into their apartment to face the wrath of a jealous wife or to jump over to the neighbor’s balcony and deal with a brief embarrassing moment with a stranger that she’ll never have to see again. She’s horrified when she sees that the neighbor is her boss but having no other choice she swallows her embarrassment and tries to get through the situation with what little dignity she has left.

The dynamic between Chase and Lanna changes dramatically after the balcony fiasco. Soon a hot and heavy romance blossoms between them and while they both are on a high just being together, there are painful secrets from Chase’s past that could wind up tearing the couple apart.

Here are my overall ratings:
Hero: 4
Heroine: 4
Plot: 3
Angst: 2
Steam: 4
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 4

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