I Heard a Rumor by Cheris Hodges
Series: Rumor #2
Published by Dafina on November 24th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Chante Britt is nobody’s fool—and she’s definitely not standing by her cheating ex-fiancé and current mayoral candidate, Robert Montgomery. Too bad he chose to tell the media otherwise. To escape an onslaught of prying reporters, Chante flees to her grandmother’s South Carolina beach house. But when she meets Zach Harrington, she may be out of the frying pan and into the fire. The man is arrogant, way too forward—and way too sexy…
Newly divorced and dealing with a scandal of his own, Zach should stay clear of all women. Yet something about Chante draws him in—maybe it’s the drink she throws in his face after his too-hot-to-handle surprise kiss. Still, Zach firmly believes they can help each other take the edge off. And once he gets her to agree, what could have been a fling promises to be much more—until their personal and public dramas catch up with them. Will past wrongs keep them from finally having the love that’s right?
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I can’t say I didn’t like this book, but I also can’t say I had a great time reading it. While I liked the general storyline, I found the language used by the author (especially regarding the sex scenes) to be… weird. It was as if she couldn’t decide on writing it as a historical with puckering and throbbing buds of desire and sweet nectars but with the amount of sex usually seen in erotica since our main couple has sex literally every time they see each other. Then there was the actual selection of words for the imagery that didn’t work for me at all, for example: …“As he slid his finger between her wet folds of flesh…” this just made me see two pieces of raw steak slapped together, not the image you want in your head at that time (or any for that matter).
Basically, the story is about Chante, a lawyer who is just getting over her cheating ex-fiancée’s sex scandal and his subsequent fall from politics and all the problems this has caused her. Now he is running for Mayor and, in a misguided attempt to get the people of Charlotte backing him again, is telling the press that she has forgiven him and they are back together… without her knowing.
Sick of the press harassing her, she goes back home to stay with her Grandma who turns out to be currently on a cruise while her house is being renovated. Luckily Granny made reservations for her in a B&B in town.
There she’ll meet Zach, who is a New York real estate mogul. He’s actually running from his own sex scandal. Not that he did anything wrong, but his ex-wife turned out to be a Madame, and has started a smear campaign against him because besides being a disgusting human being, she’s downright evil.
Both of them clearly have issues when it comes to trust in the opposite sex, but they can’t fight their chemistry for long.
And thus begins a none stop succession of rumors started by her unbalanced ex-fiancée, then his biotch of an ex-wife, then just the media conjecturing… and so on, and so on, ad nauseam. It got to the point where I would just think, really? Again?? Then there was the whole issue between Chante and her mother, the things with her ex-firm, then her new firm, his problem with his company… It felt like things kept popping up left and right just to lengthen the book and fill in the story line.
Oh well, while I did enjoy their romance the rest of the book (and there was a lot of it) fell kind of flat for me. It was just an ok read.
Sparkle’s Rating: 3 Barely There Stars
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