Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: April 30, 2019
Format: eARC, 267 pages
How I got it: From the author
Add it: Goodreads
Buy it: Amazon
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 received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In Review: My Thoughts
I’ve found my new favorite rom com of 2019 and a new author to love all over to boot! You guys, Julia Kent’s Fluffy was freaking hilarious. I honestly can’t tell you the last time I laughed this hard while reading a book. And no, I’m talking about when you’re reading and you just kinda chuckle to yourself. I’m talking full-on literal laughing out loud. Uncontrollably. I wanted this book to last forever, but I also didn’t want to put it down. Mallory and Will’s story was fantastic.
I love a good unrequited love story, especially when it features two characters coming back in contact with each other after being separated for some amount of time. It gives the story an almost second chance type of vibe and you know how much I love those. In Fluffy, Mallory was reunited with her high school crush in ONE OF THE MOST AWKWARD SCENES I have ever read in my life. Oh my god, I wanted to die on her behalf. I wanted to crawl under my couch and read it between my fingers. I didn’t even want to look directly at my iPad. ? But, I also did because I was living for ALL of the awkward. Innuendo and overall awkwardness make up most of my favorite comedies. Probably because of all of the awkward situations I’ve been in throughout my life. ?
Mallory was such a fantastically relatable heroine. Will was a super swoony hero. I couldn’t get enough of these two together. Their banter and chemistry was A+ and the slow burn of things between them had me fearing for the life of my iPad. Mallory’s bestie Perky might be one of my new favorite book friends and I think I need to be besties with her, too. (Side note: I CANNOT WAIT for her story. It’s gonna be a doozy.)
If you’re looking for a rom com to make you laugh until you almost cry, look no further. You need some Mallory and Will in your life. Oh, and let’s be very clear — the funny doesn’t stop with the initial “not THAT kind of fluffer” scene. There’s so much awkward, cringe-tastic goodness in Fluffy. Girlfriend needs to learn to look at her text window before hitting send. That’s all I’m gonna say. ?? Well, that and… GO BUY THIS BOOK.
“I can’t arrange that!”
“It doesn’t fit any of my color palettes!”
“It’s a universal truth that all penises in search of visual validation will be disappointed.”
“I’m a house fluffer. I fluff pillows. Not penises.”
“You’re gorgeous. And smart. And funny. You’re the whole package. I was too stupid to see it ten years ago. I’m not quite as stupid now.”
“My cooch is just fine and freshly detailed and I’m sure Will has a huge eggplant cock and knows how to use it!”
“Before I come in, I think we need to work on some expectations management for this evening, Mallory.”
“Am I coffee-worthy?”
Have you read any of Julia’s books?
This was my first and clearly I need to devour her backlist.
What should I start with?