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Adam Meyer survived bucking broncos and the rough and tumble rodeo life, but can he survive coming home and falling in love with Jules Rodriguez? Foolproof Love is the first novel in the brand new series, Foolproof Love from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Katee Robert and Entangled Publishing.
Author: Katee Robert
Series: Foolproof Love #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: June 6, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Print Length: 50,000 words
Format: Paperback and Digital
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…
The small town of Devil’s Falls is the sort of town where everyone knows what everyone else is doing within minutes – gossip spreads faster than wildfire. When Jules Rodrigez meets her ex, her high school sweetheart, the one who broke her heart when he left town with nasty demeaning comments but without a backward glance, emergency measures are called for – and put into action. She claims that Bull rider Adam Meyer, who has also just returned to town, is her boyfriend. Adam has returned to look after his Mum but has no plans to settle down, he has itchy feet and longs to put the town behind him as soon as possible. Or so he thought until Jules asks him to pretend to be her boyfriend. Their first kiss is hot enough to blow your socks off and reveals their previously undiscovered mutual attraction but their fake relationship has an end date and it is, after all, only fake- isn’t it? Read the excerpt at the end of this post to see just what I mean 🙂
I really appreciate this talented author’s ability to bring her characters to life in the reader’s imagination. I found myself empathising with both Jules and Adam throughout the story. He’s been the local bad boy, the one that left town as soon as he graduated rarely to return, but he’s nowhere near as tough as some assume, he’s got a heart of gold just waiting to be melted and Jules is the young woman to do that. Their relationship is hot but filled with anxieties which impact on their interactions. Jules is usually the ray of sunshine that manages to cheer everyone up but when she’s down, who will help her? I also loved Aubry, the people hating best friend and defender of Jules – she’s a brilliant character in her own right and I’m very pleased to discover she’s to have her own novel – I can’t wait to read it!
This is the fabulous first book in a new series, a series that I’m looking forward to following. This novel is definitely for adults with some steamy scenes appropriate to the Brazen line together with a well developed plot, superb characters and, like all other books I’ve read by this talented author, is an enthralling read that I have no hesitation in highly recommending.
Many thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for providing an ARC of this novel in exchange for this, my honest review.
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Fool Me Once 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?
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New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. She found romance novels at age twelve and it changed her life. When not writing sexy contemporary and speculative fiction romance novels, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her wee ones, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.
Learn more about Katee Robert as she kindly answered my interview questions here!
Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?
The Foolproof Love series originally started on the Indulgence line and was a very different kind of story. It just didn’t fit. So we set it aside and let it simmer for a while (quite a long while). When things actually clicked into place was when I was driving, listening to a new Brantley Gilbert album. It was like YES, IT SHOULD BE COWBOYS. OH YES, THIS IS PERFECT. From there, it’s history.
What is your writing process? Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?
I’m always on a computer. Sometimes I’ll do plotting on a whiteboard or with a pen and paper, but the actual writing itself is always done in Scrivener on my computer.
Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
My favorite changes all the time! That said, I have Hall of Fame characters. The most recent addition is Jules from Foolproof Love and Aubry, who’s her best friend.
If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?
Probably Aubry. She’s definitely my people!
How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?
Some of them just come into being with those names attached. I don’t really know how to explain it. Others, I search baby name sites until I find one that feels right.
Thank you for your answers, Katee!
Here’s an Excerpt to whet your appetite!
“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?”