Thursday, June 9, 2016

Foolproof Love (Foolproof Love #1) by Katee Robert

{I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.}

Foolproof Love by Katee Robert

Release: June 6, 2016
Romance Subgenre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Foolproof Love #1

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...

Review and Theme Song
Welcome to Devil’s Falls! Let me start off by saying this...Foolproof Love was way too short in my opinion. I wanted more time with Adam, Jules’ and the entire Devil’s Fall town. The next book in the series comes out in August, so at least we don’t have a wait horribly long for the next installment of this series!

The absolute best thing about this book was that I haven't read anything like it in a long, long time (see The Unique below). The small-town vibe of Devil's Falls was magnified by the locations and activities of the storyline. A bonfire and time at the swimming hole? Yeah, we don't get those types of activities in my urban area. But it wasn't just that the book was set in a small-town (we all can name a zillion of those books, right?); it was that the sweet, small-town setting was in such stark contrast to our really steamy, almost naughty love story between Adam and Jules. Sweet vs. Steamy. I loved it!

The Good

  • The fake dating and fling premises of this book made for a really fun love story. This book just made me feel good! Adam and Jules’ are such a great couple and watching them struggle to accept who they are and what they love was so enjoyable. This is the kind of romance I love to read over and over again.
  • A cat cafe? YES YES YES
  • As much as I adored Adam and Jules, Aubry and Jules were just as enjoyable to get to know! Aubry is the best kind of friend. She doesn’t take any shit from anyone and yet, she is still able to lend an understanding ear to Jules when she is in need. She is empathetic without being “soft”. She’s snarky and sarcastic and totally wonderful. I wouldn’t mind hanging out with her on a regular basis. I can’t wait for her book!
  • Foolproof Love and our introduction to this world has left me wanting more! More Aubry, more Quinn and more of this small town. This book did a great job of introducing us to this series and Devil’s Falls. We got the small-town setting, and the small-town scenes without diving too deep into the side characters and the town gossip that sometimes bogs down small-town romances.
The Bad
  • Totally minuscule, but I wasn’t totally satisfied with this ending. There was a HEA and the epilogue tied everything up, but I didn’t feel like grovel from Adam was sufficient. I would have liked a little more emotion and apology from him in the last few chapters.
  • I had trouble with Adam's past a little bit; more specifically, I had trouble with Adam's Mom and the baggage his relationship with her brought to the story. Although Adam and his Mom were very clearly a side relationship in this book, I really did not like how she treated Adam for most of the book. She kept him in the dark and made him think things about himself that just weren't true for a huge portion of Foolproof Love. I'm sure this is on the forefront of my mind now that I have a little one of my own, but Adam's Mom just rubbed me the wrong way!
The Unique
  • Cowboy romances are a thing. So are small-town romances. What I loved about this book was that Robert was able to combine the cowboy aspect with the small-town location AND have the book be super steamy. So often I feel like I small-town and dirty talkin’ heros/heroines don’t compute, or the book is done in a way that feels skeevy/unsettling. Perhaps Foolproof Love works so well in this aspect since Adam is returning home after being away for so long (so he doesn’t have a long list of past loves in town) or since Jules isn’t used to the dirty talkin’ thing, but either way, this book felt really intimate and cozy while combining some of my favorite romance elements.
The Theme Song
  • The morning after finishing up Foolproof Love I hopped on Spotify to find a few songs for the playlist. I had a few ideas of songs that I wanted to listen to more closely and explore lyrics of, but low and behold about 20 minutes into my task this song popped up. No other song is even really needed to round out general feel and HEA for this book. Thus, Foolproof Love has a theme song!

“Here Tonight" by Tim McGraw and Gracie McGraw

There's something in the air
There's something in the wine
That something's got me feeling
I ain't packing up and leaving this time
I'd rather be right here tonight
Oh, oh, oh, yeah, oh

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What did you think of Foolproof Love?
Do any songs remind you of Adam, Jules and their HEA?

About Katee Robert

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.

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