I actually started and read this series in order. After I read the Hockey Hotties series by this author, I checked Hoopla (from the public library) to see what other Piper Rayne books were available. They had this entire series, so down the rabbit hole I went. There are all fairly short, fast sexy reads and a lot of fun.
The Rooftop Crew are a bunch of friends who live in an apartment building in Clifton Heights. I’m not clear on where that is exactly. On the map of NY, it’s upstate and they mention Peekskill, which I know is Westchester, so on the way upstate and five hours from Clifton Heights. But they also mention “the city,” and as far as I know, the only place in New York that is referred to as “the city” is Manhattan. I guess it doesn’t really matter but that is how my brain works. Anyway, these friends often hang out on the roof of their apartment building; hence, the Rooftop Crew.
Here’s a little fun fact: Piper Rayne is actually a pseudonym for two women writing together: Elizabeth Grace is “Piper” and Michelle Lynn is “Rayne.” And honestly, those “real” names sound fake, too, like maybe their first & middle names??
The series in order:
I can’t borrow him.
He’s not a sweater or a skirt.
He’s not even her favorite dress—the lucky one she wears on first dates. The one she probably wore on her first date with him.
In my defense, I didn’t know who he was. To me, he was a cool, calm, confident stranger. He was perfection for the entire hour and a half train ride while the concrete jungle turned into a rolling green landscape.
To an outsider, we probably appeared more friends than hopeful lovers. But my blush came quickly, and his dimples indented with every smile. We definitely shared a spark of what could be.
Too bad I didn’t know who he was before I fell for him, because he can’t be mine.
This is Blanca and Ethan’s story. The ex in the title is Blanca’s friend Sierra. Sierra and Ethan had a very volatile relationship until they broke up. Now they are just enemies. Well, at least Sierra sees it that way. When Sierra runs into her old friend, it is right after Blanca has lost her job and needs a place to live. Sierra invites her to Clifton Heights, and on the day Blanca moves there, she meets this hot guy on the train ride in. There is great chemistry there, and when they run into each other again, they start dating. Things get pretty hot and heavy fairly quickly. Meanwhile, whenever Sierra’s ex, Sigmund, is mentioned, flames shoot out of her eyes. So when it turns out the Sigmund is actually Ethan’s nickname, and Sierra finds out Blanca is dating him, things get a little messy. But no worries, they get their happily ever after!
He’s not your average Joe from the corner bar.
He’s the heir to the crown.
I should know, I’ve followed him for years.
Not in a stalkerish way. Magazines and online gossip blogs are fair game when you’re royalty.
But I do know every detail about him, down to the brand of boxer briefs he wears.
All my studying of the man who plays a starring role in my dreams pays off when I win a dinner with him. As if that wasn’t enough, he barters a deal with me that has him moving into my spare guest room.
I forgot that fairy tales don’t exist though because just as I’m about to get everything I want, including the prince, I find out there’s someone in Prince Adrian Marx’s life I don’t know—his fiancée.
A Royal Mistake features Sierra and Prince Adrian. Adrian is prince of Sandsal, some country that doesn’t exist, and their rules state that the country must be ruled by a King but he also must be married. Unfortunately, his parents are getting divorced so that will force him to be king, but only if he marries. Adrian has no desire to be king, and his sister would love to rule, but she cannot. That leaves his youngest brother who is way too young to rule. He escapes to America (think “Coming to America” only much, much whiter) and Sierra, who is obsessed with the good looking prince, wins a date with him. That ends up with him moving in until he has to return home. He gets a part time job in a bagel bakery, and the next thing you know, Sierra and Adrian are an item. Of course his parents don’t approve, nor does his country, complicating things further. But this is a romance so they do end up together.
I’ve loved him from afar.
Though most times he’s only a foot away.
I’m smart enough to know he’ll never be anyone’s forever.
He checks all the bad boy boxes. Tattoos. Check. Motorcycle. Check. Chip on his shoulder. Check check.
If he wasn’t my neighbor and friend I may have thrown myself at him. Okay, yeah. I wouldn’t. Because guys like Dylan don’t want a woman who writes kid’s math textbooks under him in bed. Instead, I pathetically savor morsels of moments where I have his sole attention.
That was until his archenemy moved in with me. Now suddenly, Dylan’s moving in too and warning off the first guy in a long time who’s showing me interest. Could he finally see me as more than a friend, or am I just a prize to win and show off to his enemy?
Book three is about Rian and Dylan, and introduces Jax. Rian has had a big crush on Dylan for a long time and everyone knows it but him. Dylan also has a crush on Rian but instead of acting on it, he goes out with lots of different women. Until Jax moves in. He’s been away for a while, but Dylan and Jax were good friends until they had a falling out over a girl and some professional jealousy. So when Jax is invited to move in with Rian, Dylan immediately moves his stuff across the hall to the other empty bedroom. Rian loves to bake, but she is also a math genius. So when her parents start bugging her to enter this mathematical contest and actually sign her up, she decides to go for it. The first person to solve the math problem wins $25,000. As Jax flirts with Rian and they even go out on a date, it drives Dylan mad until he finally succumbs and asks Rian out. Dylan always liked Rian but thought he wasn’t good enough for her. Turns out they are very good for each other.
She’s got two strikes against her.
Her name is Erickson and her parents own The Bagel Place.
It wasn’t always that way. When we were nine, we were best friends. But then a feud between our dads ripped their successful business apart—and my best friend was ripped away too.
Our paths were bound to cross again. When both our families vie for the same spot on a Food Channel’s reality show, the producers decide to change the format, aligning us as allies.
In order to get our parents to agree to work together, Evan asks me to pretend to be her boyfriend, but I dare her to up the ante—be my fiancée. Fake fiancée… obviously.
As usual, I didn’t think things through. Turns out our parents have a lot of demands neither one of us expected. And all those demands lead to things feeling more real than fake.
Our Star-Crossed Kiss is Seth and Evan’s story, and is a riff on Romeo and Juliet. Their fathers were once business partners in a bagel shop until they had a major falling out. Seth and Evan were best friends as children until they were forbidden to see one another after the fight. Each of the father’s opened their own bagel shop – Evan’s dad specialized in fantastic shmears (cream cheese) while Seth’s dad made the best bagels. When a TV show wants to feature both of their shops, Evan and Seth decide they want to do it. Neither one really wants to run a bagel shop and this could be their way out of it. They come up with this plan for a fake engagement, forcing the families together again, but the dads aren’t buying it. If you’ve ever read a romance novel, you know that the fake engagement always ends up with a happy ending and this is no exception.
5. The Do-Over
She was always the one.
Or so I thought.
Turns out my instincts were dead wrong.
Years ago I was faced with the choice between two women. Both were perfect in opposite ways. One was carefree and against commitment. The other was a woman you’d bring home to mom.
I was young, naïve and stupid. I’m sure you can guess who I chose.
Now, I’m older, wiser and know what the hell I want.
So, when the same two women pop back into my life it’s my chance for a do-over. But they flipped the script. Just like me, they want different things now. Leaving me with one choice—convince the woman I want that she wants me too.
This book centers on Knox and Kamea. They met several years earlier when Kamea was waitressing in a bar. Knox flirted with her all night, but one of his friends told him that she was the kind of girl you take home to meet your mom, not a one night stand. That scared him off, and he ended up taking Leilani home. She was trouble, but the savior in Knox, a cop, led him to believe she was the one he would save. Their on again, off again relationship really hurt him, but it has been months since he’s seen her and he’s over her. Kamea was hurt that he took off with Leilani that night. They were childhood friends but Leilani was a real user – the only time Kamea heard from her is when she wanted something. Like bail money. Kamea bails her out and Leilani disappears, but not before she and her friends get Kamea kicked out of her apartment. Now she’s broke and homeless, and when Knox finds her with the homeless, he insists on taking her home with him. It’s time for them to have a do-over and find their happily ever after.
Three tattoo guns.
Five motorcycle tires.
That’s what I lost before I realized nothing good comes from dating my co-workers.
Usually, I don’t have much self-control. So, the fact that Frankie Grant is a hot, talented tattoo artist means it’s a damn miracle she hasn’t already been in my bed. But nothing can happen between us because Frankie comes with Jolie, her young daughter, and a crap load of baggage from her ex. And those are two things I never entertain.
Anyone who knows me—the screwed up foster kid from the wrong side of the tracks—knows I’m not the guy you take home to meet your parents, let alone your kid. But I also know what it’s like not to have parents, so things get complicated when Jolie asks me to be her daddy.
I might as well just slash my own tires now.
This is the last book in the series and centers on Jax and Frankie. Frankie is a single mom to Jolie, her sweet five year old daughter. Jax and Frankie are tattoo artists who work together and constantly butt heads. Jax has a lot of baggage and is leery of relationships, to say the least. But he loves Jolie, and consequently when Jolie asks Santa to make Jax her daddy, or get her a puppy, he panics and buys her the dog. This leads to more fights but utlimately they co-parent the dog, bringing them closer. The more they get to know one another, the closer they get, fighting it all the way. But they find their happy ending, and I was sad to end this series.
Luckily, I have a few hundred more books to read so I’m good! But if you like steamy romances, this is a fun series. I read them all in a week and was happy to spend time with the Rooftop Crew.