by Katee Robert
Series: Foolproof Love, #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 6, 2016
Bull rider Adam Meyer put Devil’s Falls in his rearview mirror years ago and hasn’t stopped running since. Now he’s back—temporarily, if he has any say about it. Restless, he finds himself kissing the sexiest girl in town…and agreeing to be the fake boyfriend in her little revenge scheme.
Jules Rodrigez isn’t interested in the role of town spinster. Being seen with a hell raiser like Adam is the perfect way to scandalize the residents, make her ex jealous, and prove she’s a sexy, desirable woman. And if their plan includes ridiculously hot sex—in public, of course—all the better.
But this thing between them has an expiration date. Putting down roots isn’t in Adam’s blood, and Jules’s roots in Devil’s Falls are bedrock deep. He’ll leave, even if it rips out his heart. But this time, he’s not sure he’ll survive it…
“That’s really sweet, Grant. It was great seeing you, but my boyfriend is waiting for me.”
He frowned. “Boyfriend?”
“Oh, yeah, it’s a new thing. We haven’t exactly gone public with it—you know how Devil’s Falls can be—so you wouldn’t have heard.” She gave him a pat on his arm. “It was nice seeing you. So great. Really, we’ll have to catch up sometime soon.” And then she stepped around him, dragging Aubry behind her.
“What are you doing?” Aubry whispered.
“Winging it.” She stopped by the trio of men, all too aware of Grant watching her. “Hi, Daniel. Quinn. Adam.” They raised their beers.
Daniel looked over her shoulder with a frown. “Is that your piece-of-shit ex-boyfriend I see?”
“The very one.” She disentangled her arm from Aubry’s. “Speaking of, I need a favor.”
“Anything for you, kid.”
She tried not to roll her eyes at him calling her kid. He was a whole seven years older than her. Not exactly ancient. “Actually, it’s not you I need the favor from.” Before she could talk herself out of it, she sidled up to Adam and put her arms around his neck. To his credit, he didn’t shove her on her butt in the dirt, merely raising his eyebrows. Jules kept her voice low so there was no chance of Grant overhearing. “So as you’ve noticed, my ex is watching me really closely right now, and I might have told him a tiny white lie about me dating someone in order to avoid a devastating dose of humiliation. And since I can’t date Daniel and no one would ever believe I’d date Quinn—”
The man in question frowned. “You really know how to hit a man where it hurts, Jules.”
“—that leaves you.”
Adam’s face remained impassive. “I see.”
There wasn’t a whole lot to work with in those words, but he also had let his free hand drift down to settle on her hip, so she just kept talking. “If you could just play along and maybe kiss me like you want to do filthy things to me in the bed of your truck, I’d really appreciate it.”
If anything, his eyebrows rose higher. “That guy really got under your skin, didn’t he?”
“You have no idea.” Next to them, Daniel made a sound suspiciously like a growl, but neither of them looked over. Adam’s hand pulsed on her hip, the heat of it shocking despite the warmth of the night. His calluses dragged over the sensitive skin bared by her T-shirt, and she shivered. Maybe this was a terrible idea. She didn’t have time to really reconsider, though, because he set down his beer, cupped the back of her neck, and dealt her the single most devastating kiss of her life.
No, not a kiss.
He took possession of her mouth, his tongue tracing the seam of her lips and then delving inside. He tasted of beer and something darker, something that hinted at exactly what she’d asked for—like he wanted to do filthy things to her in the bed of his truck. She closed her eyes, giving his tongue a tentative stroke, and had to fight down a moan at the way the move made her entire body go tight. More.
He lifted his head, breaking the kiss and slamming her back into the real world. She blinked up at him, all too aware of her body pressed against the entirety of his, of how he was hard in all the places she was soft, of how goddamn good he smelled. “Wow.”
There went that eyebrow again. “You think it was believable?”
I absolutely loved this book! From the quirky heroine who wants to create a scandal to get back at her ex, to the damaged hero who doesn’t think he’ll ever be enough, there was so much to love in this book.
Jules was so much fun. What starts as an impulsive act to get back at her ex quickly turns into some serious chemistry that gives fake-dating a whole new meaning. She’s truly happy with her life, proud owner of Cups and Kittens – yep, a café where the cats rule the place - and even if the town thinks she maybe the crazy cat lady spinster at only 26 years old, she’s not ready to believe that there’s not something and someone great waiting for her. But when her ex shows up back in town – the one who told her she was boring – and he and the whole town just expect her to want to pick up where they left off, she knows there is no way she can go down that path again. So what’s a girl to do other than find the town’s bad boy and convince him to fake-date her and cause a bit of a scandal in town…she’ll show him who’s boring!
And what a man she chooses…a real dirty-talking, take charge, bad boy who has scandal written all over him. Adam’s not known for sticking around for long, which is why he is perfect for Jules’s plan. He’s only back in town to check on his sick mother and knows it won’t be long before the urge to move sets in again. Jules’s fake-dating proposition may be just the distraction he needs to help keep him sane while he’s in town...and even though she’s his best friends little cousin, Adam just can’t help himself. He knows crossing the physical line with Jules is a bad idea, but even worse, the more time he spends with her, the more he really likes the person she is. And she doesn’t make it easy for him to keep his distance…
From the very start you could feel there was so much more going on between Adam and Jules then just acting their parts. From Adam’s intense need to protect her from her ex, to Jules’s desire to be a person Adam can trust and confide in, these two had relationship written all over them.
The rest of the characters in the book were great and I loved the strength of the friendship between Daniel, Quinn, and Adam. They’ve dealt with tragedy together, and even though time and distance have come between them, their bond is still strong. And Jules’s best friend Aubry was so much fun! She kept things real for Jules, never afraid to let her know what she thinks and didn’t think twice when it came to calling Jules out if she needed to. And it was so much fun watching her poke at Quinn every time he tried to get close to her – I can’t wait for the next book in the series which features this pair.
I haven’t met a Katee Robert book I haven’t liked, and Foolproof Love was no exception. It was an easy read with not a lot of angst. It had the steam you would expect from a book in the Brazen line, and her dirty-talking cowboy was so much fun! I’m not always a fan of the fake romance trope, but Katee Robert has delivered a story that is so authentic it made the romance seem anything but fake. I would definitely recommend this book to any lover of romance who enjoys a bit of steam and dirty talk along the way to their HEA.
Fool Me Once
Coming August 1, 2016
Aubry Kaiser doesn’t like people—actually, that’s not right. She loathes people. Combine that with her crippling anxiety around crowds and she’s in a mess when she gets an exclusive invitation to play a demo of her favorite video game, Deathmatch…which will be held at a convention with five thousand other people. The only solution? Bring someone else with her to the con to act as a shield—and unfortunately the only person available is the one man she can’t stand. Quinn.
Quinn Baldwyn is in a mess of his own. He’s been dodging his family’s matchmaking attempts for years, but with his sister’s wedding on the horizon, he’s in need of a shield of his own. Who better to drive off any potential marriage-seeking women than the fire-breathing dragon known as Aubry?
Things start to go sideways almost immediately when Quinn’s truck breaks down, forcing them to spend a seriously hot night in a B&B. They might barely be able to hold down a civil conversation, but in bed those fireworks are only the good kind. The closer they get to Napa Valley and Quinn’s sister’s wedding, the more he realizes that he might actually…like Aubry. But can two polar opposite people from completely different worlds ever really connect outside of mind-blowing orgasms?