Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
Release Date: August 1, 2016
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 just have to get this out of the way: Aubry Kaiser is my spirit animal.
That said, Fool Me Once begins when super smart, but super socially impaired Aubry gets an invite to demo a video game at a convention. Aubry has crippling social anxiety, not to mention a healthy amount of dislike for people not in her inner circle. The only solution is to bring someone with her to act as a shield. Enter Quinn Baldwyn who needs a faux date to his sister’s wedding in order to keep his snobby parents off his back. Reluctantly the two take to the road to the convention and then to a wedding. Along the way Quinn finds out that he really likes Aubry and ends up having to convince Aubry to give him a chance.
I have to say I don’t know that I would have been able to resist someone like Quinn. Sexy, funny, did I mention sexy? And a dirty talker. Yes, he was practically the whole package (Total pun there). The icing on this particularly yummy cowboy cake was that he was strong enough and smart enough to take on a woman like Aubry. He was compassionate when he needed to be but also a fan of the tough love route. Definitely observant too. I just couldn’t get enough of Quinn and I think he just might be my favorite hero in the series.
Hands down though, Aubry is my favorite heroine. She’s totally different from the usual type of heroine. Heck, she’s a lot like me. From the social anxiety to the sometimes difficult personality, Aubry just spoke to me on a more personal level. She wasn’t a mean person, she just had such a difficult time relating to people on a “normal” level. I loved how realistic Aubry seemed, mostly because I could identify with her 98% of the time. Aubry was special and only certain people had the strength and smarts to see past her prickly exterior to the person she really was. I definitely loved her snark though. She could let loose with some good ones that had me laughing out loud.
I’m just going to consider all the sniping between Quinn and Aubry sexual foreplay because those two were HOT together. I mean, Katee Robert always knows how to write some scorching sex scenes but dang when you have two characters who previously couldn’t stand each other finally give into the physical chemistry… Watch. Out. *fans self* I could totally get on board Quinn. And under. And over. And… He’s a dirty talking cowboy which ranks high on my list of fantasy material I can’t help it! I would totally fight Aubry for him.
Fool Me Once felt like a longer story than it actually is but in a good way. The road trip scenes were fun and I have to let out a little bit of a “Yay!” for the stop in my hometown of El Paso. I’m not used to seeing it anywhere but on a map so the mention was pretty neat, except for one thing: No mention of Chicos Tacos!!! Everyone who has ever lived or stopped in El Paso knows about Chicos or is quickly educated about it when a local discovers that a person is new or just passing through! I mean, you just gotta grab your “I survived Chicos Tacos and all I got was this lousy shirt” momento!
Since most of the story took place on the road, Quinn and Aubry really were the only characters in the story. Aside from Aubry’s best friend Jules and her husband Adam popping up again, there’s only Quinn’s side of the family, including his friend Hope who has a connection to Jules’ cousin Daniel (Can’t wait for that story).
Final Verdict: We got to see a few days in the life of Aubry Kaiser and then a few days in Quinn’s former life which by the end gave a really good picture of where these two were coming from and how different their lives were. All in all a really good balance of humor, quirkiness, heat, and romance. This one will be hard to beat in my opinion.
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