Tuesday, July 28, 2020

ARC Review: The Love Scam by MaryJanice Davidson

The Love Scam
Author: MaryJanice Davidson
Series: Danger Series (Book 2)
Publication: St. Martin's Griffin (August 4, 2020)

Description: Rake Tarbell is in trouble. When the fabulously wealthy and carefree bachelor wakes up horribly hungover in Venice, it’s not something that would normally be a problem...except he has no idea how he got there from California. Or who stole his wallet. Or who emptied his bank account of millions. Or who in the world is Lillith, the charming little girl claiming to be his long lost daughter. For the first time in his life, Rake is on his own and throwing Benjamins around aren’t going to solve his problem. Now if only the gorgeous, fun, and free-spirited woman who brought Lillith into his life was willing to help the situation…

Claire Delaney finds Rake’s problems hilarious and is not in the least bit sorry of adding to them by bringing Lillith into the mix. A pretty Midwestern girl with a streak for mischief, Claire isn't the type to hang around with a guy like Rake. Even if he is drop-dead handsome and charming as all get-out. Even if he needs help and she has all the answers. But if this helps Lillith, she will go out of her way. And with a guy like Rake, she’s willing to bend her rules a bit for some fun.

But when adventure-filled days turn to romantic nights as they search for answers, and someone starts following them through the streets of Venice, Claire realizes she's playing more than just a game. And maybe, just maybe, she isn't willing to let go of Rake or Lillith just yet.

My Thoughts: This was a fun romance. The author deliberately tried to get in as many romance tropes as she possibly could and even has an index of when each one appears.

The story begins when a man named Rake Tarbell wakes up with a massive hangover in a hotel room. He feels awful and has no idea where he is. He also has no wallet. He stumbles out of his hotel room and finds himself falling into a canal which lets him know that he is in Venice.

He is fished out of the canal only to find himself confronted by Claire Delaney who tells him that the child with her is his daughter Lillith. An unknown child is all he needs to make his horrible day even worse.

But that isn't the end of it. Once Rake manages to find a place with free wi-fi, he learns that he is also broke. The millions he had are missing from all his accounts. He can do nothing but throw himself on Claire's mercy. Claire is keeping a number of secrets from him. She has a mysterious past and her present actions are filled with mystery too.

This was a fun story. Romance fans will enjoy identifying all the tropes as they appear and be satisfied with a great romance along the way.

Favorite Quote:
"What is going on?"

"Don't play dumb," the woman advised. "Unless you're actually dumb. In which case you should try to hide it better."

He opened his mouth to really let her have it, then bent forward and threw up on her shoes.

"Ah, hell," she sighed as the child beside her laughed.
I received this one in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. You can buy your copy here.

1 comment:

  1. Need a light hearted romance in between the heavy stuff. Thanks for the review.


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