Tuesday, August 29, 2023

The Love Plot by Samantha Young - ARC Review

There's a magnetic attraction when a happy-go-lucky gig worker agrees to a fake relationship with a rich, uptight New Yorker in this steamy romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young.

Star Shine Meadows is all about freedom, thanks to the hippie parents who raised her. Juggling her jobs as a professional costume character actor and a line sitter, she believes in no expectations, no stressful ambitions, and no-strings-attached relationships. So when she meets a birthday girl's grumpy uncle while working a princess party, she can't help but needle him. She'll never see him again, and honestly, he's pretty hot.

Rafe Whitman may be a veterinarian with a great bedside manner, but that doesn't mean his patience extends to anyone with opposable thumbs. His family will not stop nagging him about finding "the one," so when he runs into obnoxiously cheery Star again, he makes her an offer: He'll pay her more than she would make doing her odd jobs if she'll pretend to be his girlfriend at family gatherings. She can stop sitting in line waiting for someone else's new phone, and he'll get his family off his back.

When the tension between them heats to a breaking point, Star's desire for "no strings" is tested against Rafe's staunch stability. They say opposites attract, after all....

I loved everything about this book, pretty much from page 1. I loved the characters, the story, the pacing...all of it. I really like fake romances where the man falls first and it's obvious, as he's the grumpy, that was what was going to happen.

I loved Star and Rafe, well he was adorably grumpy.

Fake romances are one of my favorite tropes. Yes they are predictable, and you know it's going to be real eventually, but it's watching them figure out there's something there, while already pretending there is, that appeals to me.

I liked so much about this book and that has to do with the author. Her books always manage to draw me in and leave me wanting to keep reading when I should be sleeping, or working, or generally doing things that aren't reading.

There was a wonderful depth to this story, and I loved the idea of not only accepting who you are but being accepted as you are. Watching Star find that for herself, and learning to let go of the things that were harmful, was really wonderful.

I enjoyed and recommend this title.


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