Thursday, September 26, 2019

I've Got This by Louisa Masters


Derek Bryer loves his life. His job as an assistant director at Joy Universe, the second-largest theme park complex on the planet, makes him indirectly responsible for bringing joy (pun intended) to millions of people. So what if none of his relationships are that close? Everyone he meets loves him.

Except Trav Jones. For some reason, the visiting Broadway performer would rather Derek just go away. He appreciates Derek’s work ethic, though, and after Trav steps up when Derek desperately needs someone to fill in for his sick staff, Derek seizes the chance to convince Trav he’s not such a bad guy.

Falling in love while distracted by a murder at the park, food poisoning, and colleagues placing bets on their relationship won’t be easy, but between the two of them and with the magic of Joy Universe, they’ve got this.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Sarah☆☆☆☆
3.5 stars

This is a fun, sexy read. The relationship that builds between a theme park executive and a Broadway star starts slowly, and a little bit awkwardly, but soon becomes something special. The characters are warm and engaging and I loved the ‘behind the scenes at Disney’ moments as Derek manages Joy Universe.

As I share Trav’s aversion to life’s perfect people, I loved his growly first response to Derek. To be honest, Derek had already rubbed me the wrong way by being far too happy on his morning commute and I loved his complete confusion over Trav’s reaction. Derek remains far too perfect throughout the story and like Trav, it took me a while to believe his endless bonhomme cheer is genuine. Derek is a little too good for my tastes and there are moments where he almost feels like a plastic caricature of himself. Trav is much more likeable – probably because his insecurities are closer to the surface and I love the way he makes situations awkward.

I like Derek and Trav’s connection and I love the sexual tension that builds between them. There are a few moments where we start to get to know them properly, but I’m not sure they ever completely came alive for me. The pacing in this story doesn’t quite work for me. I loved the explosive start, but the middle slows into a story of corporate politics and meetings that became quite tedious. Similarly, the start of Trav and Derek’s relationship is fun and exciting, but it slides into routine a little bit too quickly.

Overall, this is an entertaining story. I read it quickly and it left me smiling.



LOUISA MASTERS started reading romance much earlier than her mother thought she should. While other teenagers were sneaking out of the house, Louisa was sneaking romance novels in and working out how to read them without being discovered. She’s spent most of her life feeling sorry for people who don’t read, convinced that books are the solution to every problem. As an adult, she feeds her addiction in every spare second, only occasionally tearing herself away to do things like answer the phone and pay bills. She spent years trying to build a “sensible” career, working in bookstores, recruitment, resource management, administration, and as a travel agent, before finally conceding defeat and devoting herself to the world of romance novels. Louisa has a long list of places first discovered in books that she wants to visit, and every so often she overcomes her loathing of jet lag and takes a trip that charges her imagination. She lives in Melbourne, Australia, where she whines about the weather for most of the year while secretly admitting she’ll probably never move.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of I've Got This (Joy Universe #1) by Louisa Masters to read and review.

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