Fool Me Once by Katee Robert
Series: Foolproof Love #2
Also in this series: A Fool For You
on August 1st 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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They say opposites attract, but this is just ridiculous.
Aubry Kaiser doesn’t like people—actually, that’s not right. She loathes people. With her crippling anxiety, there’s no way she can demo her favorite video game at a convention with five thousand other people. Maybe if she brings someone to act as a shield…
But the only person available is the sexy cowboy she can’t stand.
Quinn Baldwyn is in a mess of his own. He’s been dodging his wealthy family’s matchmaking attempts—and life advice—for years, but with his sister’s wedding on the horizon, he needs of a shield of his own.
He and Aubry can barely hold down a civil conversation, but in bed…fireworks. And the closer they get to Quinn’s sister’s wedding, the more he realizes that he might actually like Aubry.
Now it’s up to him to convince her she might actually like him, too.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I’ll be forever grateful to Ms. Robert for letting me know in advance her heroine was going to get on my nerves. Why? Because of her forewarning, I gave Aubrey a chance and ended up enjoying Fool Me Once.
Aubrey suffers from severe social anxiety which translates to one big attitude that’ll keep people away. As no one will get close to her, she doesn’t have to worry about them. This is one of the reasons she lives in a small town since once everyone knows you’re a bitch, no one bothers you… much.
Now with her best friend married, there’s a whole new circle of people around her (much to her annoyance) which includes Quinn a super hot cowboy. In the beginning, Quinn and Aubrey’s only communication is through insults and barbs that from the outside sounds a little like banter. Even if both feel a physical attraction to the other, they’d rather die than let that be known.
Now the setup for the story is clever. Aubrey’s a gamer and has scored an invite to play a beta demo of her favorite game at a convention. She just needs someone to act as a barrier between people and her. Quinn needs a pretend girlfriend for his sister’s upcoming wedding. His parents are in full “my son needs to settle down mode” and have been quite pushy. An agreement is made to help each other out.
I liked Aubrey in spite of her insecurities and her harsh manner. Mainly because you could clearly see this was a front and not really her, and deep down she could be really sweet. She was witty and sassy and a complete nerd, and this I really dig. What bugged me was the easiness with which she gave up, while I understand this was part of her defense mechanism, it did get on my nerves more than once.
“Going better than you expected?”
“Considering I thought I’d have to take your abnormally large body out into the desert and bury it…” She grinned. “Not even close.”
Quinn barked out a laugh. “And here I was thinking I’m growing on you.”
“Like a fungus. Or mold. Really, really sexy mold.”
Quinn was a hero of epic proportions, both literally and figuratively. Part of why Aubrey accepted him as her own personal wall was because he was humongous, but he was also funny, charming sexy, and completely take-charge, in other words, totally dreamy. Yes, he had some asshole moments here and there but he was mostly great and drool worthy.
Fool Me Once was a seriously hot read with funny banter, hot sex, and a lovely romance: a great read.
Sparkles’ Rating: 3.5 “I don’t even want to shoot people” Stars
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