It's been thirteen years since Hope Moore left Devil's Falls, land of sexy cowboys and bad memories. Back for the weekend, she has no intention of seeing the man she never got over…or the two of them getting down and dirty. It's just a belated goodbye, right? No harm, no foul.
Until six weeks later, when her pregnancy test comes back positive…
Daniel Rodriguez hasn't forgiven himself for how things went down with Hope all those years ago. He knows she's better off without him, but when she shows up on his doorstep, panicking because she's pregnant with his baby, he can't help seeing it as a chance to make up for the past.
Too bad Hope has no intention of going along with his plans.
Each book in the Foolproof Love series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 Foolproof Love
Book #2 Fool Me Once
Book #3 A Fool for You
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A Fool for You
A Foolproof Love Novel
By Katee Robert, Heather Howland
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Hope Moore held her breath as she passed the sign declaring Welcome to Devil's Falls. She hadn't crossed the town boundary in thirteen years, not since she sat next to an open grave as they lowered her brother into the ground. Not since she turned her back on her entire life here, whisked away by her parents to the best medical facilities Texas had to offer.
She touched her knee. She'd never cheered again, never run track, never done any of the things she'd had planned when she was eighteen and had graduated high school with stars in her eyes.
Stars in her eyes, and love in her heart.
Neither had lasted past that car crash.
Oh, it had taken the love a lot longer to die than it had her knee, but Daniel Rodriguez made sure she knew where she stood with him.
She caught herself taking her foot off the gas and picked up speed again. There was no telling if she'd see him while she was here, but it couldn't matter. She'd moved past what happened that night, moved past the disappointment that she'd almost let sour everything else about her life. It might not have happened like she planned, but she'd made the best of her college experience, and she'd gone on to create a successful little niche for herself, helping people and institutions with too much money on their hands create trusts and scholarships for those in need.
And now Hope was back in town to finally do that in her brother's memory.
She pulled onto Main Street, heading for the only lodgings someone out of town with no relatives to stay with would consider — Sara Jane's B&B. It was a nice little place, but Sara Jane was nosy to a criminal degree and gossiped more than anyone Hope had ever come across. The second she checked in and went up to her room, everyone with a phone would be getting a call letting them know that she was back in town.
It wasn't that it was a secret, but she couldn't help but feel that she'd always be John Moore's little sister, the one who survived when her older brother — her better in a lot of ways — didn't. She knew that was her own insecurity. She'd had too many years of therapy to believe anything else, except in her darkest heart of hearts, the place she didn't let see the light any more than strictly necessary.
But it was hard to ignore that little voice when driving through Devil's Falls. No, not through. To. This was her destination.
Her parents hadn't been too thrilled about her coming back, even for a limited time, but even they couldn't deny that this scholarship she was here to set up was a good thing — the right way to honor John. He'd been in the middle of a full ride at the University of Texas when he was killed, and it made sense to set it up to allow other kids the opportunity he'd never be able to realize.
She pressed a hand to her chest and pulled into the nearest parking spot against the curb. God, even after all this time, it still hurts. Most days it didn't. He'd been gone long enough that she'd processed her grief as much as one person could process grief, and she was able to focus on the good memories.
Her eyes focused on the sign she'd been staring blindly at, and she frowned. Cups and Kittens. That was new. In a town as mired in the past as Devil's Falls, change was something of a novelty. Or maybe she was biased in a negative way, because the only thing this town held for her was memories. Some bad, mostly good, all dust now.
Pathetically grateful for something external to focus on, she climbed out of her car and looked at the cheery window painting depicting kittens frolicking in between flowers.
The B&B could wait a little while longer. Her meeting with the town board wasn't until tomorrow, so there was no reason she couldn't do a little poking around in the meantime. Thirteen years was a long time. If anyone had asked her, she would have joked that she hadn't expected anything about Devil's Falls to change while she was gone.
Apparently she'd been wrong.
She pushed through the door and froze in the face of a pair of cats staring at her from their perch on a table overlooking the big window in the front. The sight surprised a laugh out of her. "Cups and Kittens, indeed."
"In the most literal sense."
She glanced over at the woman behind the counter, a third cat lounging near the register. Familiarity rolled over Hope. "Jules Rodriguez." Daniel's little cousin. Not so little anymore. Last time she'd seen Jules, the girl had been lanky to an almost awkward degree and had braces with bright green bands. She'd grown up pretty, and there was more of Daniel about her now than there had been when she was a kid.
Or maybe I'm just back in Devil's Falls and seeing Daniel wherever I look.
Jules's dark eyes cleared. "Hope? What are you doing back in town?" She hesitated. "I don't suppose you're here to sweep my brooding cousin off his feet and shove him back into real life?"
Her mind tripped over itself trying to keep up with the other woman's verbal gymnastics. Jules had always been like that, now that she thought about it — a bright and bubbly steamroller. She tried to weed her way through what the woman had just said, but there was only one thing she could focus on. Daniel. Always Daniel. "What do you mean, back into real life?"
"Well, you know."
No, she really didn't. She studied Jules's face, the way she wouldn't quite meet her eyes. "Is he okay?" She hadn't missed the way Quinn Baldwyn had frozen up when she'd asked that same question a few weeks ago at his sister's wedding, and worry had been simmering in the back of her mind ever since, no matter how many times she told herself it wasn't any of her business. Daniel was a grown man, and he had always been more than capable of taking care of himself — and everyone else around him. Things changed, but she couldn't see that changing.
Jules shifted, her hand darting out to pet the calico on the counter and then darting away when the cat swiped at her. "Define okay."
It was none of her business. It stopped being her business a very long time ago.
But that didn't stop her from clearing her throat and asking, "Is he ... is he married?" Did he build the house we always talked about and have those two wild boys and one sweet girl? Does he bring his wife waffles for breakfast in bed on the weekends?
Oh my God, stop.
But Jules was already shaking her head, her mouth turning down. "Nope. No wife, no kids, no serious relationship in, well, thirteen years."
Hope blinked. "You're joking."
"I wish I was." A calculating look came into her eyes, but then she shook herself and it was all guileless enthusiasm. "What are you doing for dinner?" She rushed on without waiting for a response. "We're having a little thing with Quinn and my friend Aubry, and, well, I kind of went and married Adam Meyers."
Some things really do change. She remembered Adam, the wild-eyed boy who'd grown into a wild-eyed man, better than she remembered Jules. No one had expected him to come back to Devil's Falls after he blew out of town that last time, let alone to settle here and ... get married. "Wow. What's Daniel have to say about that?"
"He was best man at our wedding." Jules laughed. "Though he was pretty furious at the beginning. Here, sit down. You look like you could use a coffee, and I'll tell you the story since we're generally pretty dead Thursday nights. Then I'll close up and we can go to dinner. The boys will love to see you. Quinn was just talking about you the other day."
Hope wasn't sure she actually agreed to any of it, but the next thing she knew, she was drinking coffee while a cat curled up in her lap and listening to Jules's wild tale about a fake relationship that turned into a real relationship. Somehow in the middle of that, she was bundled up into Jules's truck, and by then it was too late to change her mind.
She settled into her seat, consoling herself with the fact that Jules had very specifically not mentioned Daniel's name. There was no reason to think he'd be there, but it would be nice to reconnect with some of her old friends. As much as it had hurt when things went south with Daniel, knowing that she'd lost Quinn and Adam, too, had just been salt in the wound. She'd chased them around since she could toddle after her big brother and his friends, and they'd turned into true friends over the years. She understood why they hadn't reached out, but she wasn't going to turn down a chance to catch up with them.
It would probably be the only nice thing about being back in Devil's Falls.
* * *
"You haven't even heard what I'm asking."
"Don't need to." Daniel Rodriguez leaned down and unbuckled Rita's saddle and hefted it off the horse's back. They'd had a good run today, the hot sun making it impossible to think too hard about anything other than whether a human being could roast alive in Texas in August. He hadn't yet, so that put the odds ever so slightly in his favor.
All he wanted was to finish here and head back to his place for a cold shower and an even colder beer.
It would just fucking figure that the universe had other ideas. He glanced up, but Aubry Kaiser hadn't moved. In fact, with her arms crossed over her chest and her chin up, all signs pointed to this adding up to an argument he couldn't possibly win.
She frowned harder. "It's your birthday. You can't just sit at home by yourself."
"Since it's my birthday, this is the one day a year I should be able to do exactly that with no one bitching at me." He regretted the harsh words almost as soon as they were out of his mouth, but Aubry wasn't like his little cousin. She was meaner than a rattler and twice as likely to bite.
She narrowed her amber eyes at him. "Your cousin misses you."
That explained why she was out here when he knew for a fact she thought horses were akin to goats — as in, the devil's own creatures. Hell, she was giving poor Rita a suspicious look even while guilt-tripping him using the one person in his life he couldn't say no to.
Which doesn't explain why Jules herself isn't here.
"She sees me on a regular basis."
"This is your birthday." Aubry sighed and rolled her eyes, looking put-upon. "Look, it goes like this — Jules has worked really hard to put together a surprise birthday party for you, and if you don't show up to be surprised, she's going to be crushed."
He stared. "I don't want a surprise birthday party." The fact that it was no longer a surprise said a whole lot about Aubry's priorities, and he couldn't blame her for that.
"Look at my face. This is the face of a woman who doesn't give two fucks what you care about. What I care about is Jules, and that means you're going to go shower off the smell of that animal and show up at their house in an hour, right on time." She paused, her brows slanting down in an expression that was downright forbidding. "You helped me out not too long ago, so I'm going to do you a solid and give you the lowdown. Ready?"
Fuck, no. "Sure."
"Jules is worried about you. Really worried. If you don't show up tonight, she's going to take that as a sign to go forward with plan B."
He knew he was going to regret it, but he still asked, "What's plan B?"
Aubry gave a tight smile. "A full-scale intervention with everyone in your life, including your parents. The kind where they sit you down in a circle and each speak their mind in the most uncomfortable way possible until you're ready to beg the ground to swallow you whole." Her smile dimmed. "She's worried about you, Daniel."
Everyone seemed worried about him, though they usually did him the courtesy of at least trying to hide the looks exchanged when they thought he wasn't looking. The whispered conversations with his various cousins and his parents. The never-ending work that was only there because they were throwing him a goddamn bone. It didn't seem to matter that he hadn't done anything requiring an intervention. He'd just stopped enjoying the company of people, mostly because he was such shitty company these days. But try telling that to the family, and they acted like he had just confessed to being an ax murderer.
At least Jules had mostly stayed out of it. Up until today.
He grabbed the curry brush and went over Rita's back. Aubry was right. Showing up to a party he didn't want on a day he sure as fuck didn't feel like celebrating was vastly preferable to the alternative. "Explain to me what the plan is."
She gave a grin that did nothing to reassure him. "Dinner and drinks. It'll be nice. Adam and Quinn miss you."
"I see those assholes every day." Kind of hard not to when they worked the ranch alongside him. It felt right to have Adam back, to have Quinn there, but at the same time it was a constant reminder that they were a man short.
And it was his fault.
"It's different and you know it," Aubry continued, obviously enjoying how miserable he was. She'd always been a mean one, which never failed to amuse him because Jules was her polar opposite — as bright and happy as a spring day. Rita shifted in her stall, and Aubry went even paler than she was normally. "Dinner starts at six. Don't be late." Then she was gone, moving at a clip fast enough that a less cautious man than Daniel would call it running.
He waited a good five minutes before he followed, hauling the saddle into the tack room and sorting out the bridle. He didn't begrudge Quinn his happiness — or Adam, for that matter — but sometimes it sure as fuck was hard to be around them and their women. The fact that one of those women was his little cousin barely entered into it.
He headed for his truck and took the pitted dirt road leading around the edge of his parents' property to the little house he'd built a few years ago. It wasn't anything fancy, but it got the job done, and it was far enough outside town that most people thought twice before stopping by unannounced.
Most people not including his family.
The shower did nothing to ward off the feeling of pending doom. It wasn't that he didn't like Jules or Adam or Quinn or whoever the fuck else was going to be at this damn party, but he wasn't in the partying sort of mood. Truth be told, he hadn't been in that mood for over a decade. It was almost enough to make him call the whole thing off, but the knowledge that Jules would have no problem bringing the party to him got him moving again. Not to mention the potential intervention he needed like he needed a hole in the head.
At least if he went there, he could hang out for the appropriate amount of time, make his excuses, and slip out while everyone else was occupied. Two hours, tops.
Feeling significantly better, he pulled on a pair of his favorite old jeans and a T-shirt and grabbed his keys. It struck him as he walked out the door that he was thirty-fucking-four years old. How the hell did that happen? He shook his head. He knew damn well how that happened. One day turned into a week, a month, a year, a decade. All while he kept on keeping, the world changing around him, but never changing enough.
He glanced at his watch. "Two hours starts when I get there."CHAPTER 2
Daniel figured out the entire party was a mistake ten minutes in, which was right around the time Adam and Quinn walked in the back door with a motherfucking puppy. He shook his head, backing away. "No."
"It was this or that little hellion Mr. Winkles."
Thinking of that asshole cat who currently resided in Jules's cat café, Daniel cringed. Then he made the mistake of looking at the dog in Quinn's arms. The big man dwarfed the tiny pup, which had to contribute to how cute the little fella was. He was a border collie and had big blue eyes and a patchy fur coloring that was black, brown, and white. His left ear flopped down, and if he wasn't the cutest little thing ...
"I don't want a dog." His heart wasn't really in the protest, though, so when Quinn offered the pup, Daniel took him. The pup immediately scrambled up against him and licked his chin. "Though he's cute."
That startled a laugh out of him. "The last thing I need in my life is a woman, and both you assholes damn well know it."
Adam got a funny look on his face, one Daniel would have called guilty. "Yeah, well, about that. Brace yourself."
He didn't get a chance to ask what the fuck his friend meant by that because the front door opened behind him and Jules's voice rang out, "Honey, I'm home."
"Hey, sugar." But Adam's voice wasn't quite right, and he was looking over Daniel's right shoulder when Jules was clearly behind his left.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
## Meh...not very enjoyable. The entire book revolved around the dead brother. I get that that was the reason for their break up all those years ago, but I would've liked less self hatred and guilt. I know that was the whole point, but it was just so depressing. There was nothing romantic about this story. And the heroine wasn't likeable which was another minus in my book. Not to mention the abrupt ending. I have to recommend you skip this one.
3 stars A Fool For You was a quick and steamy read. After reading the previous books in the Foolproof Love series, I couldn't wait for Daniel/Danny and Hope's book. I was excited to see how these two would come together after all these years apart and get their second chance at love. This makes me sad to say but while I liked the book, I didn't love it. I liked Hope's character, she was strong, smart and very forgiving especially after what she'd been through. It was Daniel's character that drove me crazy, his stubbornness and macho ways took away from my overall enjoyment. To be honest I don't think I connected with him at all :( Having said that, what I did enjoy was revisiting the previous couples, Adam and Jules & Quinn and Avery. I loved the support and friendship they offered Hope and Daniel, especially Adam. He was a good friend to them both but I loved how he was able to pull Daniel out of his head and show him what he was missing by closing himself off from real life. Avery is still my fav, that girl has no filter and I love that about her. And how could I forget to mention Ollie, Daniel's puppy. She was such a cutie :) In closing, while I've loved this series, I do feel a little let down in A Fool For You. I really wish we got an epilogue as I feel this would have helped me believe Daniel's feelings were true and that he wasn't going to slip back into his pity partying ways. Overall the Foolproof Love series has been a great read, the characters have been memorable and entertaining and their chemistry has been off the charts. Lot's of hot and sensual times to be had, just what you'd expect from a Brazen book.
No build up really and the crux of their problem just doesn't play out fully. Its just a backseat plot device to really immature handling of the unexpected pregnanch. His overbearingness and her mixed signals made both characters hard to like. I really really did not like how he demanded and insisted she change her life for him and he never considers doing that for her.
This second chance romance follows former high school sweethearts, Hope Moore and Daniel Rodriguez. Hope and Danny were inseparable until a tragic accident changed the course of their lives and their relationship. Hope lost her brother and was severely injured in the accident. Danny struggles with guilt over the accidents since he was driving at the car. Guilt causes him to abandon Hope when she needed him most. When she returns to Devil’s Fall years later, she finds Danny has become a shell of the person he used to be. Hope still finds herself drawn to him and her attempts to play catch up with him at a family gathering leads to more than either of them bargained for. What I liked: The main characters were both real and relatable. Hope has been dealt a tough hand in life, but she refuses to let it define her. She’s broken, but not beaten. I adore that quality in a leading lady. What I absolutely loved about her was her mean streak. She threatens bodily harm to Daniel several times over the course of the novel. He totally needed a kick to the shins and I really wish she had followed through on a few of those threats. Daniel’s character is mired in grief and self-loathing. He’s still hanging on to the guilt over the car accident that sent his relationship with Hope into a tailspin years ago. It was great to read about a relatable man who knows he has issues, but tries hard to resolve all the problems confronting him and the woman he loves. What didn’t work for me: As much as I liked Daniel, he grated on my nerves a bit. I wanted him to just get over himself already! My other issue was that everything happened rather quickly. Like…super-duper fast. The ending was also abrupt. I wanted to know what happened next, but was left hanging. I’m all for a quick read, but I wanted a bit more buildup and information after the resolution of the conflict. I assume we’ll see more from these characters in subsequent books and be able to experience what happens next at that time. Overall, this was an entertaining read. The characters are flawed, but relatable. It’s a fast read, but didn’t disappoint. I rate it: 3.5 Stars *I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy.
I was really looking forward to Hope and Daniel's book after Fool Me Twice. There is so much history between these two and after the death of Hope's brother, things have never been the same. Daniel made some poor decisions and he has to live with those every day of his life along with the guilt he feels over his friend's death. I would have enjoyed this one more, had it not been so rushed. For this kind of story, I really wanted to see more development and build up between the characters. Hope and Daniel were both frustrating to me. Neither one of them can admit they want the other to stay and start over. They loved one another once and those feelings never went away. Hope is hurt that Daniel left her all those years ago and she can't take his feeling sorry for her. She doesn't want him to be with her out of guilt. She wants his love and he is certainly not making that easy. Daniel doesn't feel worthy of Hope and he does still blame himself for her brother's death and the scars she still bears from that accident. I get that these two are facing a lot, but the execution just wasn't there for me. I was disappointed because of how excited I was for this book, but in the end, I am glad to see they got their HEA. I also don't think one is very memorable. It's been a couple of weeks since I've read it and I really didn't remember much, except that it felt too fast. I'm looking forward to the next book by Robert. I do love her writing and hope the next one will be more to my liking.
This is a second chance book and part of the Foolproof Love series. Daniel and Hope were in love during high school and then a tragedy ripped them apart. I started off really loving this book, but by the end - I think I just became too frustrated with Daniel's guilt ridden self and Hope's stubbornness. Daniel is letting life pass him by over his guilt - dude - grow up and see what is right in front of you. Hope was so adamant to stick to her plan that it drove me crazy at times. "You've spent the last thirteen years more in love with your guilt than you were with my daughter." That right there sums up the frustration. It tears at the heartstrings and I think the ending wrapped things up a little too quickly. However, this is a good series and each book builds upon the previous one. Check out Books 1 & 2 if you haven't already.
This is the final book in the Foolproof Love series and it stars Daniel and Hope. Theirs was a love long ago that was destroyed by misplaced guilt from an accident that killed Hope's brother and almost crippled her. Now, 13 years later, Hope's back in town and the sparks are flying! I'm sad this series has come to an end because who wants to say goodbye to those three dirty- talking Cowboys? Not me! Thank you Katee Robert for an amazing ride. I look forward to seeing what's next for this very talented author. Received a copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed is my own.
Loved this series, but left me disappointed because it leaves you wondering what happens to everyone in the series. Is there going to be more books or is this the end? Would have given it 5 stars if I knew there was going to be more books in this series soon.
True Love always finds a way-great 2nd chance romance This is an emotional read, one that will make you have an ugly but well worth cry. Thirteen years ago a horrible accident caused Hope Moore’s life to change forever. Her heart was left shattered by the death of her brother AND the abandonment by the man who claimed he loved her, and the only man she has ever loved completely. Hope ended up leaving Devil’s Falls behind as she thought, for good. Hope ends up returning back to her hometown for the first time since that horrible night. She plans to help getting the scholarship setup in her brother's name and return back to her life in Dallas as soon as humaningly possible. What she doesn’t expect to actually run into the man who broke her heart and tore it to shreds--- Daniel Rodriguez. It has been 13 years since they have been together but Daniel wants back in Hope’s life. That same passion is there and yet there is angst and pain that is keeping Daniel back from truly being in Hope’s life. They have one huge night together which presents itself 6 weeks later. Hope told Daniel she was pregnant. Now will Daniels let what happened 13 yrs ago prevent them from being happy and letting love in their life or will Daniel let the past go and let him love his woman and his coming child? Guilt is a funny thing and only Daniel can let the past and the pain go. This is one of those really truly emotional books that focuses on the past and the pain and angst of he hero and how actions can affect the present. This is Daniel and Hope’s long awaited story and their 2nd chance at love. My rating: 4.0 stars **** "I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** A Fool For You by Katee Robert Book Three of the Foolproof Love series Publisher: Entangled Brazen Publication Date: October 3, 2016 Rating: 2 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Official Summary: It’s been thirteen years since Hope Moore left Devil’s Falls, land of sexy cowboys and bad memories. Back for the weekend, she has no intention of seeing the man she never got over…or the two of them getting down and dirty. It’s just a belated goodbye, right? No harm, no foul. Until six weeks later, when her pregnancy test comes back positive… Daniel Rodriguez hasn’t forgiven himself for how things went down with Hope all those years ago. He knows she’s better off without him, but when she shows up on his doorstep, panicking because she’s pregnant with his baby, he can’t help seeing it as a chance to make up for the past. Too bad Hope has no intention of going along with his plans. What I Liked: I'm a little frustrated with this book. I loved Foolproof Love and Fool Me Once, but this book... this book was disappointing. Daniel and Hope's story has been a long time coming, and the buildup has been fantastic as the series went. But actually getting to their book (this one), and experiencing the story... disappointing. I suppose I liked the HEA, but that was pretty much guaranteed. I do like Katee Robert's writing, her world-building, and the characters she builds (in general). But this story was incredibly disappointing, because it just wasn't fleshed out (among other things). The lack of... everything makes this review so difficult to write. But here I go! What I Did Not Like: This story was supposed to be the "big" one of the series, the story that was a long time coming. Hope left town thirteen years ago, after a car accident left her knee broken up. Her parents moved with her, for her to get better treatment. Her brother died in that accident. Daniel had been driving. Daniel hasn't tried to contact Hope in those thirteen years, because he blames himself for the accident, and is wracked with guilt because John died and Hope was injured. Hope never contacted Daniel because she thought he couldn't stand to look at her anymore. In any case, Hope comes back to establish a scholarship in John's name. Daniel and Hope have sex once, the condom rips, and six weeks later, Hope is back because she is pregnant. Daniel is determined to be in her and the baby's lives, and he wants her to stay in Devil's Falls. But Hope doesn't want any of this. Or does she? First complaint - this book was way too short. 132 pages or so - not enough. The story felt so incomplete, like there were key events that were missing. I felt like Hope and Daniel needed to have gone through MUCH more in this story, before the HEA. Throwing in the pregnancy complicated things, and I felt like Robert didn't handle this pregnancy situation well at all. Things felt way too rushed. Only a week or two after Hope finds out that she is pregnant, the pair are googly-eyed in love again, and Daniel wants to marry her, etc. It was just badly done; there was no development, nothing that made me believe that they were in love again, that they wanted to be married, that they weren't just doing it for the baby. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
This book had a beautifully painful, yet healing vibe to it. My heart broke for Hope and for Daniel. They were both so filled with pain and regret, and lots of guilt for Daniel. The way their story was written made their hurt, hope and love come alive through the pages. I was a little unsure of Hope's easy forgiveness of Daniel because I don't think it is something I could do. But her being hesitant of trusting him again was totally understandable. The journey Daniel had to go through to be happy again was long and filled with regrettable mistakes, but he made it and was stronger and more alive for it. Hope and Daniel's story touched my heart and made me teary eyed, but definitely ended on a happy note. And the scenes with Jules, Hope and Jessica during a hard emotional scene - hilarious and very girly when you got your girl's back. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Amount of sex - 3/5 How explicit - 3/5 Romance - 3.5/5 Overall - 3.5/5 A fool for you is the third book in the Foolproof Love series by Katee Robert. I have not read the first two books in this series and did not have any problems understanding this one. I did wish I read them though, so I could fully appreciate the back story. I would also recommend you do the same. Hope and Daniel used to date 13 years ago until a heartbreaking incident occurs. Daniel blames himself for the incident, as well as Hope’s parents… even 13 year later. Hope finally visits her home town and reunites with her old friends, which unknowingly includes Daniel. Although, neither Hope nor Daniel plan for a long term relationship, Hope does become pregnant after one night together. She runs to Daniel and he does not want to let her go. Although, the guilt weighs heavy on him. Can he let the past go? In my opinion, I wish Daniel would grow a little more of a back bone and stayed by Hope’s side. Although, I do understand why he walked away. I was happy they got their HEA, but wished it contained an epilogue rather than the quick ending.
It took me 14hrs and I had finished A Fool For You. I literally couldn't put it down. It wasn't quite what i expected but still enjoyed it nonetheless. :) Thanks for another great series Katee Robert. The whole way through this series i've been wondering what Daniel's deal is and i was a little shocked as to exactly what had been holding him back. But Hope takes him in hand and shows him his true path the life fate wanted them to have it just took them a little while to find it.
A horrible car crash kills Hope's brother and permanently damages her leg. Her boyfriend, Daniel, was driving when another car swerved into their lane. So even though the accident isn't his fault, he feels responsible and spends over 13 years with the guilt. So instead of being there for his injured girlfriend, he leaves her high and dry, mourning her brother's loss AND her boyfriend ditching her. Fast forward 13 years and Hope is returning to her hometown to set up a scholarship fund in her brother's name. The couple's reunion is awkward until they are alone, when they get it on with only an old condom for protection. At Daniel's surprise birthday party at a friend's house. Outside. Of course, she gets knocked up. (I wish I could have knocked them upside the head). Hope is a pretty likable girl. You can understand why she is not very quick to forgive him. He abandoned her at her worst, lowest moment. In spite of him, she rose and succeeded in life. But neither of them really ever moved on. They are definitely far from a "perfect couple" and that is okay. It made the book feel more realistic than those "perfect men" who never do anything wrong. Daniel is definitely not an alpha-male. He does have a possessive streak that makes him act like a jerk. He makes so many bad decisions, and I wanted to feel sorry for him, but mostly, I felt Hope's anger toward him. He felt that every argument was best resolved in the sack, so they spend most of the book in bed, avoiding the issues. But despite not liking him, the first 91% of the book is pretty well written and engaging. The end sure fell flat and was so quick. It definitely could have used an extra chapter or some actual resolution to the problems that the couple had been circling around through the book. Overall, it was relatively fun and definitely hot. I'd probably pick up others in the series. I received a copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.
2.5 Stars I really wanted to love this book.It is written by a great author and is one of my favorite romantic troupes: a second chance romance resulting a surprise pregnancy. Hope the heroine is a plucky character who returns to her hometown after 10+ years away. She works for non-profits and is raising money for the scholarship fund to honor her dead brother. Unfortunately, her boyfriend Daniel was driving the car and the results in her need a knee replacement and Hope losing her scholarship to college. Daniel can't handle the guilt and completely withdraws from his life. He breaks up with Hope, avoids his friends ,and becomes a farming hermit. His world is shaken when Hope returns to town... Which leads to a hot hook and eventually in an unplanned pregnancy. Daniel tries to support Hope, but is unwilling to let go of guilt. Hope tries to help him as much as possible, but eventually gives up. Daniel realizes his mistake and tries to win Hope back. Daniel is a complex character, but unfortunately his unwillingness to let go of the past really made the character hard to connect with. I liked Hope and wish that the entire story was more positive and less dark. I still love Katee Robert and will happily reading her next book. i was given free copy for an honest review.
I was excited to see how Robert would wrap up this trilogy. I had a lot of questions about Daniel and Hope's estrangement and wondered how she'd bring them back together. It was best to not ask too many questions (13 years of no talking and then straight to sleeping together?!) and just see where the characters went. My heart went out to Hope and I loved Robert's portrayal of her accident-related disability, especially with how the disfigurement could impact Hope's love life- or at least Hope's fears that it would. Hope and Daniel have a lot of complicated history together and in this light, it makes sense why Hope would inform him immediately about the possible pregnancy. At the same time, Daniel treated Hope horribly after the accident, no matter how he was feeling, and he never quite atoned himself during their reunion. Hope's mom called him out on this thankfully but I wish Hope had gotten angrier with him and that he had to work harder to get her back. Robert is a gifted author so I'm flummoxed as to why this novel was so short because she easily could have fleshed all of this out and further developed the relationship. The ending was abrupt and would have benefited from an epilogue. It would have been nice to see more of Quinn, Aubrey, Adam, and Jules. At the same time, I'm willing to go wherever Robert takes me. On the whole, I enjoyed the ride. Disclosure: I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
A Fool For You is book #3 in the Foolproof Love and the last book in this series. We get to visit with Hope and Daniel in this book. Although, I have read books 1 and 2, this one could be read as a stand alone. This is their story for second chance romance! I'm such a sap for these kinds of stories! I loved both Hope and Daniel and even though it took them forever to get back together, it was perfect!! Great story, fast paced, hot and in my book not long enough!! An enjoyable series!! Thanks to Entangled Publishing LLC (Brazen) via NetGalley for a copy of this book!
Loved Hope. Even though I thought their episode of "getting down and dirty" on the first night she was back in town after thirteen years was a bit...abrupt (zero contact for all that time => quickie against a wall at a party?) I was willing to go with it for the sake of well, it had to happen for the rest of it to go on... Continued to love Hope, who though she was incredibly strong and a successful businesswoman, clearly still had a Daniel-sized hole in her life and yeah, can't blame her for coming back again when she suspects what she begins to suspect six weeks later. And obviously the we-don't-have-to-have-quickies-up-against-the-wall-anymore-though-they-could-be-fun-alternatives sexytimes are good, so I don't blame her for being tempted to stay around longer than she was intending. Again, the Daniel-sized hole wants to be filled. But Daniel? The guy needed to get over himself a good thirteen years earlier. For more than 90% of the book, he was doing everything he was doing (except maybe for the sex, which he was doing for the usual reasons) because of his guilt. On the one hand, I get it. He was driving, John was his best friend, and sure, at the funeral John (and Hope's) mom felt some resentment toward him. But for the past 12 1/2 years, no one was blaming him but him. Even when this was pointed out to him, the guilt was still his number one motivating factor. When he uses it to cause their relationship black moment? Argh. The resolution came a bit quickly, and though he does try to make up for his previous a$$hattery, we don't really have enough time left in the book at that point to find out if it's a lasting thing or not. (I'm going to go on the side of the HEA for this one, eternal optimist that I am. Of course he's a new man now! Hope deserves and their baby not-named-John deserve nothing more.) I am bummed that as it's the last book in the series we'll never know about what happens in May--an epilogue would have been nice. Still, I enjoyed the heck out of this series even if this one wasn't my favorite book in it. Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
A Fool for You, Katee Robert Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre: Romance, I was looking forward to this, I’ve enjoyed a few of Katee’s novels, and the blurb for this sounded very angsty – and I love that, but it just didn’t work for me :-( So what went wrong? Why didn’t it gel for me? Well, the characters, they sounded terrific, full of potential and I was keen to meet them. When I did though I just didn’t find them convincing. I liked Hope, she’d been through such a lot, but given how she felt about Daniel at the time would she really just have given up on him like that? She’s a pretty strong character, and I know time has passed and maybe she wasn’t so strong them but it didn’t feel right to me. Then there’s Daniel, he behaved like a real jerk at the time, and again I found it hard to match that with the person he was presented as. He’s still really sulky and I found it difficult to like him, even given his reasons for doing what he did. He’s very self obsessed if he didn’t see what he did and was still doing to Hope. I had issues with the pregnancy storyline – firstly the way they get hot and heavy against the wall....just didn’t feel right. They’ve both managed to stay out of contact for thirteen years so would they really have done that? I didn’t feel they would, and then the way they deal with the pregnancy after – well, I guess that's another reason why this one didn’t work for me, neither the characters or the way the plot played out felt right to me. Others love it – I’m pleased for them but for me this was a fail. Its another example of how we all differ in reading tastes, with many readers adoring these characters and the story. Its also why no author is an auto buy for me, loving some of their books doesn’t mean I’ll love them all, even though I do know that I enjoy their writing style. Stars: Two, a book that’s good, great even for many readers but just didn’t work for me. ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher
Hope Moore returns home, thirteen years after her brother John died in a car accident where his best friend and her boyfriend Daniel Rodriguez was driving. Badly scarred and walking with a permanent limp from the accident, Hope has built a new life in Dallas but she returns to her home town to set up a memorial fund in her brother's honour. Daniel blames himself for John's death and Hope's disfigurement, he has spent the last thirteen years wallowing in guilt for driving that night. Hope returns home the night of Daniel's surprise birthday party, after the initial shock their natural chemistry takes over and Hope and Daniel's suppressed passion results in a one-night stand. The inevitable happens and Hope falls pregnant, But can two people who once loved each other beyond reason overcome the ghosts of their past? I loved the previous book in this series but I just couldn't warm to this one. I think it was my utter lack of interest in Daniel, IMHO he was a self-pitying, pathetic excuse for a man who thought only of his guilt, his feelings, his needs. I didn't understand why Hope was still in love with a man who was so radically different from the boy she was in love with thirteen years ago. I also didn't understand why Daniel was so aggressive and dictatorial when he felt he didn't deserve Hope and felt so guilty - it felt wrong somehow. it wasn't all bad, Daniel got called on his BS by more than one person, I just didn't like him and I couldn't get invested in him and Hope. Yet I remain invested in this series, I like Katee Robert and will continue to auto-buy her books. I received a free copy of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
In this third book of the series we get Hope and Daniel's story. Hope left Devil's Falls a broken woman. After a horrific car accident took the life of Hope's brother and her in need of multiple surgeries to repair her injured leg, she can't believe the one person in her life she thought she could count on has walked away from her. Daniel Rodriquez is the only man she's ever loved and seeing him again after all this time will be hard but she has things to do to honor the memory of her brother, so here she is. When the fire and passion between Hope and Daniel once again flares to life and what was suppose to be a final goodbye soon turns into a moment that will change both their lives for ever. A very good story, writing and characters. Definitely a book I recommend.
Whoa! I love Katee Roberts, yes I do! And what a series this has been. Just amazing. This book really threw me. Totally. Off. Yeah, I read the blurb, but the heart of the story had me all over the map. Short version, Hope and Daniel (Danny) are high school sweethearts, have their future planned, she's going to college on a cross country scholarship, her brother John is two years ahead in college. They have circle of friends. The guys, Quentin, Adam, Danny and John. When he comes home on a break, they all leave Devil's Fall for a night out of town and the trip home changes their lives forever. Please read the previous two books in this series to really and truly get Adam and Quent's story. Hope's life is forever changed after the accident. She was in the car. She lost so much that night. And worse, she lost Danny. Danny who promised her the world, that he would always be there and loved her, left her when she needed him most, never returned her calls. Not a word. Forward 13 years. Hope, to her relative dismay is driving back to Devil's Falls, a place she swore she'd never return to. She lives in Dallas now, finished college, runs her own business and is a woman who has most of her proverbial act together. The thought of seeing Danny does cross her mind, but she's coming back only to meet with the town council to set up a scholarship in memory of her brother. A meeting and she's out of there. Right. She's staying at the only place in town, the B&B. She runs into Jules, who now owns her own business, Jules married Adam (book 2) . She's also Danny's cousin. She tells Hope was a train wreck Danny is. The three men all work on the ranch. They're close. Jules ropes Hope into dinner at their place that night, leaves out the part that it's Danny's birthday and a surprise party. The last person he expects to see is Hope. And yes, there she is. And the fireworks start. Adam gives Danny a puppy for his birthday,figuring the dog will at least give him something to occupy him, other than his self loathing even after 13 years of the accident. He's never gotten past it. He blames himself even though it's not his fault. He and Hope talk briefly at the party, and like a fuse set to spark, he's got her up against the house and they're full steam ahead. But here's the catch the condom rips. So 6 weeks later we see Hope back in Devil Fall's with a bag full of pregnancy tests (she hasn't tested yet) and banging down Danny's door. Danny starts plotting how to keep her there in Devil's Falls. Hope knows they have a lot to work out. After him already abandoning her once, she's not ready or willing to do it again, no matter what he promises her. They fight. Oh these two can fight. Hope is brilliant and I so get what she's saying and Danny has his head where the sun doesn't shine and is clueless. It's always been about him and he leaves Hope out of the picture when he goes to the past. These two finally come to some quiet understanding, even after telling friends and family; her parents are speechless and leave). Danny decides to go talk to them, even though that inner voice says don't. He does. And he comes home rambling all sorts of things, but couched in their Hope hears the truth. That sends Hope out the door, leaving Danny behind. And you have to read the book to hear it. You have to read the book to feel it. This isn't a head/brain book, it's a heart book. This book isn't about dead, it's about living. It's not about what was, it's about what is right no
An amazing story of second chances, redemption, and forgiveness. Hope and Daniel were together until an accident that claimed Hope's brother's life thirteen years ago. Daniel was driving the car and couldn't forgive himself for an accident no one else blamed him for. Hope has moved on and is working for a successful non-profit when she returns home to Devil's Falls to start a scholarship in her brother's name. Hope never planned to come back once she left again but when her pregnancy test is positive, she needs Daniel for support. Daniel views this as a second chance to make things right, to make up for all that Hope lost in the accident thirteen years ago. I did not read the other books in this series but did not feel at all lost. This book was an intense emotional story. Hope and Daniel have so much to work out between them but over the course of the story they work through all of the miscommunications and misconceptions they have of each other. I felt such a wide range of emotions throughout this story. The other books in this series have definitely been added to my TBR. *I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
So, it pains me to say this, as I've loved everything I've ever read by Katee Robert. But, I did not love this book. I'm not sure exactly what happened. Was it the build-up to this couple from the prior books that had my expectations too high? Was it the couple themselves that I just didn't mesh with? Is it because this one was so different from the other 2 books in the series, which I LOVED? I honestly don't know the answers to those questions. I just know this book didn't really work for me. Daniel and Hope were high school/college sweethearts. Daniel, Adam (hero from book 1), Quinn (hero from book 2), and Hope's older brother, John, were all best friends. They were all 5 in a terrible car accident, where Daniel was driving, though the accident wasn't his fault. John was killed. Hope was seriously injured. She had to have a complete knee replacement at 18, and lost her track scholarship. Daniel carried so much guilt, that he just basically disappeared from Hope's life. He left her high and dry when she needed him most, because he felt she was better off without him. That alone, is pretty bad. But, in the intervening 13 years, though they haven't seen each other, or even spoken. He's been a hot mess. He basically withdrew from life all together, and has lived a solitary existence. He never really dealt with any of his issues regarding the accident, or his broken relationships, so he's still very broken up about the whole incident. Hope has had a pretty normal life after the accident. She moved to Dallas and went to college. She now has a job helping companies start scholarship funds, and the like. She comes back to town to start a scholarship of her own, in her brother's name, when she runs into Daniel again. They have a really strange meet up. First, it's super awkward, then it's combustible. They agree not to see each other again. She goes back to Dallas and Daniel goes back to feeling sorry for himself. Of course, she ends up pregnant, and she comes to him to figure out what to do. He decides this is the universe's way of allowing him to make up for his mistakes, by having Hope and the baby in his life. But, instead of them actually discussing anything, ever, he just sexes her up left and right and avoids all conversation. Great idea? Nope. So, here we are at the crux of my issues with this story. I didn't much like or respect Daniel as a character. He was so in love with his grief and guilt, constantly feeling sorry for himself, to the detriment of all else. I wasn't much keener on Hope. She made it way too easy for Daniel to get back into her life. She hardly pushed him to explain his actions, or his absence. She just went along with the whole "sex it away solution", and never much stood up for herself until towards the end. And the end? Without giving too much away, there wasn't NEARLY enough groveling for my taste. Daniel completely screwed up both their lives, in a multitude of ways, and then she wasn't nearly hard enough on him. He basically just apologizes, and she says ok. I'm all for forgiveness, but this just didn't ring true for me. The ending also felt very abrupt, and there was no epilogue, even though this was the end of a 3 book series, and could have seriously benefited from one, IMHO. I'm not sure where exactly this one went wrong for me, but it really did. I still love KR's books, and this won't stop me from reading more from her in the future. Her O'Malleys series is a favorite. To the next one!