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.
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Fool Me Once
A Foolproof Love Novel
By Katee Robert, Heather Howland
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2016 Katee Robert
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A wedding? Might as well be a goddamn funeral for all I'm going to enjoy it.
Quinn Baldwyn grabbed three beers out of his fridge, very carefully not looking at the invitation he'd stuck to the front of it. It was a constant reminder of the sword hanging over his neck — one he couldn't avoid indefinitely.
His sister's wedding. He hated running the gauntlet that was his ambitious family during the monthly dinners required to keep them off his back. Having to face the firing squad and all the bells and whistles at this wedding? Even worse. He didn't have to see the elegant invitation to know that Jenny — and their mother — had pulled out all the stops in the wedding planning or that he'd be expected to put on his monkey suit and play the doting son.
It made him so fucking exhausted just thinking about it.
He'd stopped playing the political games his father demanded of him over a decade ago, and he wasn't about to be drawn back into that world. Not now. Not ever. He much preferred the quieter life he'd chosen, working on the Rodriguez ranch, leaving the damn oil business to his family. The only reason he hadn't cut out his old man completely was because of his little sister, Jenny. She lived in that world, and attending the dinners — and the wedding — was a small price to pay to make her happy.
A small price, though one that grated.
"You're taking your sweet time in there, Baldwyn."
He took a deep breath and tried to let the tension out of his shoulders. If there was anyone who'd pick up on it, it would be Adam and Daniel, and then he'd never hear the end of it. As far as they were concerned, Quinn's father could take a flying leap and be done with it. They didn't understand that it was easier for Quinn to do the bare minimum to keep his little sister from being torn in her loyalties. If he told his old man where to stick it, he'd be banished in truth, and Jenny would have to openly defy their parents to see him. He wouldn't put her in that position. He refused to.
The only problem was that the older he got, the more his father started asking probing questions about his plans to settle down and create some more Baldwyns. With Jenny's wedding right around the corner, there was no one else to focus on pairing off, and as the only son, as far as his father was concerned, it was Quinn's responsibility to continue the family name.
He turned, forcing a smile onto his face. "Hey, pretty lady."
Jules stood in the doorway, a bright smile on her face. The expression dimmed when she took him in. "Is everything okay?"
Not in the least. But he held up the beers. "Just getting my barmaid on."
Instead of being appeased, she frowned harder. That was the problem with women — they saw too much. Oh, his buddies knew that something was chewing at him, but they were more than happy to let him stew over it until he was ready to talk. If he was never ready to talk? Hell, that was okay, too. But now that Adam was married to Jules, she was around a lot more often, and the woman was incapable of seeing a person in need without wanting to meddle. She meant well, but there was no fixing his situation. "Jules —"
"It's okay if you don't want to talk about it. Adam's not really a sharer, either." She took two of the beers from him. "I'm used to it."
She wasn't trying to guilt him, but guilt rose all the same. Quinn sighed. Telling Jules Meyer-Rodriguez "no" was like kicking a puppy — it just wasn't done. And, damn her, she knew it. "Look, it's complicated."
"Okay." She set the beers aside and hopped onto the kitchen counter, swinging her legs like a little kid. "I can do complicated. Hit me with it."
What could it hurt to get some of his frustrations off his chest? He leaned over to look out into the living room, but for all intents and purposes, Adam and Daniel seemed engrossed in the Cowboys game going on. I bet that ass sent her in here on purpose. He popped the cap off his beer and took a swig. "If I tell you, you'll leave it alone?"
"No promises." She'd said it cheerfully. Everything about the woman was cheerful. It'd be aggravating as fuck if she wasn't so genuinely nice. How she'd become such a good friend with that vicious little redhead, Aubry Kaiser, was beyond him.
He took another drink. "My sister is getting married."
"Oh, how exciting!" She pressed her lips together. "Unless you don't like her fiancé? Because that's not exciting at all. That's horrible." She brightened. "Are we going to break up their wedding?"
"Hold your horses." He held up a hand, rocking back on his heels. "That little scheme you had going with Adam last year has gone to your brain and made you power mad. And Brad is just fine. A little on the boring side, but fine." As far as he could tell, anyways. The guy loved Jenny and wasn't scared of their old man. More importantly, Jenny loved him to distraction and he made her happy. Quinn couldn't ask for much more.
"Okay, then what's the problem?"
Here it was. He almost backed out, made his excuses, and took off. But if he'd learned one thing about Jules, it was that she was more than capable of chasing his ass down and pestering him until he told her what she wanted to know. Frankly, he was surprised it had taken this long for her to turn her fixing eye on him and his problems. "My old man has decided he's a matchmaker, and he's getting more pointed with the women he's trotting out in front of me like prize dogs."
Jules made a face. "Charming."
"You have no idea." The last woman had been named Barbie. She was perfectly nice, but her breast size was larger than her IQ and all she'd done through the entire dinner was talk about all the things her new diet wouldn't allow her to eat. Call him crazy, but if he'd been looking for a woman — and he most definitely wasn't — it would be someone he could hold down more than a five-minute conversation with.
"Well, there's an easy solution." She grinned. "Just take a date. She'll run off any prospective women your family is looking to hook you up with, and if you can convince your dad that you're serious about her, maybe that will get him off your back in a more long-term way."
He opened his mouth to tell her that was an insane idea but closed it without the words escaping. It was crazy — committable, even — but she had a point. The only problem with that plan was that he didn't know a woman he could take to a wedding without her getting it into her head that he was looking for something more serious. He dated casually, and he liked keeping it that way. Hell, he liked his life the way it was. He didn't want or need the oil money his old man kept wafting in front of him, and he definitely didn't need a woman intent on him putting a ring on her finger. "You know of anyone?" He straightened. "Hey, you want to go to a wedding with me?"
"Hands off my woman, Baldwyn." Adam appeared in the doorway and shot them both a look. "Whatever you're planning, sugar, I'm putting my foot down. One zany scheme a decade is more than enough."
She propped her hands on her hips. "How can you say that? My zany scheme got me you, didn't it?"
Adam raised his eyebrows. "I didn't say it was a bad plan."
"Oh, stop. You two are going to give me cavities." Quinn shook his head. "Forget I asked. I don't need any help with this." He'd figure something out — and fast. The wedding was two weeks away.
More than enough time to find a woman to attend a wedding and pretend we're serious enough to keep my old man off my back without her getting any funny ideas.
"I think you're wrong, Quinn. Luckily, I'm here to help!"
She grinned, a light in her eyes that he couldn't ignore. Whatever he and Adam had said to dissuade her, the wheels were turning in that pretty head of hers, and he was damn sure he wasn't going to like what came of it.
* * *
Aubry Kaiser glared at her computer. Even Ninja Kitteh curled up in her lap, purring like a jet engine, wasn't enough to distract her. No matter how much she focused her not-inconsiderable willpower, the words on the screen didn't change.
She took a deep breath and looked around Cups and Kittens, the cat café owned by her best friend, Jules. Life went on, the cats in their usual places, lounging around the tables and in convenient sunbeams, the sole other human occupant reading a magazine and ignoring her completely. Just the way she liked it.
But the problem with nothing being abnormal was that she ran out of things to look at thirty seconds into her perusal.
She gave Ninja Kitteh another stroke and looked back to her computer.
A few years ago, the email sitting in her inbox would have made her elated enough to dance on the ceiling, but that was a few years ago. Right now it just represented all the things that were wrong with her life. She reread it for the twelfth time.
You've done it! You're cordially invited to a closed alpha test of the new Deathmatch in San Diego on June 3rd.
She knew for a fact these invites only went out to a handful of people, and part of her was screaming with sheer, unadulterated joy as a result. The Xbox game, Deathmatch ... Well, she wouldn't be completely dramatic if she said that it saved her life when she was a teenager. She'd lived in that little hellhole of a trailer with her shitty mother and her mother's equally shitty string of boyfriends, and there hadn't been a single person in her school whom she'd connected with. She'd been adrift and depressed, and then she'd picked up the game on a whim.
And found her tribe.
Her playing — her interacting with people who shared at least one fandom with her — had given her the strength to pursue her interests, to get the hell out and never look back. When she was sixteen, she would have done bodily damage to someone to secure an invite like the one sitting in her inbox. The intervening years hadn't done anything but deepen her love of the game and the community.
To say she was a fan was a serious understatement.
And this wasn't even a demo like the ones they'd hosted for large groups at the con in the past — this was a chance to be one of the first sets of eyes on the new game. Ten people were allowed in. Ten. It blew her mind that she'd been invited at all.
But accepting this invite came with such serious drawbacks, she could barely draw a full breath even thinking about it. She'd have to leave the little town of Devil's Falls, Texas and drive to California. If that wasn't bad enough, alpha test or not, she'd still have to go to Deathmatch's annual convention, DeathCon. Last year, there'd been five thousand people there, all crammed into one convention center.
Black spots danced across her vision, and she struggled to inhale. So many people, all outside her comfort zone. Even knowing how unbearable it'd be, she wanted to go. Good God, she wanted to go. It was more than getting the opportunity to play the alpha version of the newest Deathmatch. It was for bragging rights and prestige and a public recognition of how freaking amazing she was at this game.
It was the chance of a lifetime.
And she was going to have to turn it down.
Ninja Kitteh gave a meow, a sure sign that her best friend Jules — and probably Adam — were back from their football-watching venture. They'd invited her like they always did, but as much as she disliked organized sports, she disliked Quinn Baldwyn more.
He was a big brute of a cowboy, and he liked to poke at her just to get a reaction. She knew that's what he was doing, but that didn't stop her from practically hissing every time she saw him. It was bad enough that she had to share Jules now — though she was legitimately happy for her best friend of six years — but to have to share her time with him was nearly unforgivable.
"Honey, I'm home." Jules sailed through the back door and smiled. "How are things?"
Jules's cousin, Jamie, shrugged. "The usual, though Loki is in as foul of a mood as this one." She jerked her thumb at Aubry.
Jules pinned her with a searching look. "It must be the day for it."
"I can hear you." Aubry crossed her arms over her chest, doing her damnedest not to slouch down and glare harder. She knew she was the cranky one, the snarly one, the one everyone in Devil's Falls gave a wide berth.
Except that asshat Quinn.
Jamie took off like a little coward, leaving Jules standing there watching Aubry with a contemplative expression that she did not like.
Aubry grimaced. "No, I know your thinking face. That's not your thinking face. That's your hatching plans face. Don't try to talk to me like I don't know the difference."
Jules dropped into the seat across from her. "I wouldn't dream of it."
"What are you planning?" Aubry asked. Ninja Kitteh rearranged himself, and she held still so he could get comfortable before she started petting him again. "You might as well just tell me so we can get this over with."
"What's got you so upset?"
Aubry hesitated and then decided to let the subject change go. Jules could be as stubborn as a mule when she wanted to be, and she obviously wasn't willing to talk about whatever was wheeling around in that head of hers yet. When she was ready, Aubry would hear about it, whether she wanted to or not. She sighed. "I got an invite to DeathCon to play the new Deathmatch."
"I thought that didn't come out until next November."
"It doesn't. And that's Deathmatch IX. This is Deathmatch: Redemption." Even saying it was downright painful. "It won't be out until next November."
Jules frowned. "I think I'm confused. Shouldn't you be dancing around and doing your booty shaking victory wiggle?"
"I don't have a booty shaking victory wiggle. That's you." She normally settled for sitting there and looking smug. But there was no room for smugness in her current situation.
"Right. I forgot. All the same — spill."
It was like saying it aloud made her even more pathetic. She didn't want to admit how weak she was, even to Jules, who wouldn't judge her in the least — though she might give Aubry a well-deserved kick in the ass. "There're going to be thousands and thousands of people there — people I don't know — all packed in like people-shaped sardines." She shuddered. "If I believed in hell, this would be my version of it."
"Aubry, of course you believe in hell. You were just talking about how you'll own a nice little piece of property there when you die." Jules rolled her eyes. "But I'm getting off topic."
"Yes, you are, and I don't like you pointing out how I'm going to burn my way through the afterlife." Though the bantering was making her feel a little bit better.
"The point is that I still don't see why the glum face and lack of victory lap. This is a big deal, right?"
"The biggest deal." She clutched Ninja Kitteh closer, earning a warning growl. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Out of the millions of people who play this game, I'm one of ten they picked to test the alpha version."
Jules sat back. "I know you don't like people, but shouldn't you make an exception for this kind of thing? Just this once."
She wanted to. God, she wanted to so much she could barely stand it. "Would you go with me?" Maybe if she had a shield between her and the crowds, she'd be able to survive the encounter.
"I would ..."
Aubry cursed. "Sorry, I forgot. You have that trip planned with Adam and Lenora for his mom. I'm a horrible fucking friend for forgetting that." Adam's mom had passed away a month ago, and her dying wish had been to have her ashes scattered in the Gulf where she and Lenora had their honeymoon. They were leaving next week to drive down there and spend a few days doing a memorial of sorts. Right in the middle of DeathCon.
"It's not. How's Adam holding up?"
Jules sighed. "As well as can be expected, but he's talking to me about it, so we're working through it. This kind of loss isn't an easy bounce-back, no matter how long he had to come to terms with it."
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Another book by Katee with no overview. If I'm going to spend four dollars, I want to know what I'm buying.
I enjoyed the characters and will probably read the series. Little too much profanity but otherwise a good read.
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Loved! I knew from what went on in book one ( Foolproof Love ) that chances were good that I'd enjoy this one--Quinn and Aubrey were practically jumping out of my ereader as I read, begging for their own story--and thank goodness, it did not disappoint. These two are gold together! Aubrey--her neuroses have neuroses, she made me feel almost normal--is a video game goddess. Seriously, she has mad skills, and has been invited to demo them at a major convention but can't even think about going because of her major issues with anxiety and crowds. She gets conned into going with Quinn, though--he'll be her human shield and she'll be his date for his sister's wedding--and OMG, it's the road trip of her nightmares--no, dreams. Really hot, sweaty dreams... The conversation when Quinn finds out she won't get into an airplane, like, ever? Priceless. "You would seriously rather spend several days in closed quarters with me than risk a tiny chance that our plane might fall out of the sky in a ball of fire?" She went paler, if that were even possible. "That's not funny." (The answer is yes. Yes, she would.) Plane crashes, zombie apocalypse, serial killers, ritual sacrifice, mutant crocodiles (mutants of any variety, really, unless they're students at Professor X's school, then they might be okay), rooms full of Mexican food diners--Aubrey's got serious concerns about them all. The more Quinn gets to know her and all of her idiosyncrasies, the better he gets and deflecting her anxiety and the more I fell for the guy. Seriously, about a third of the way in both Aubrey and I were total goners. Fantastic chemistry, off-the-charts steamy scenes, and the best proposals I've read in I don't know how long made this one my hands-down favorite of the series...and I thought book one was a hard act to follow! Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
This is book 2 in the Foolproof Love series. I was so excited to read Aubry and Quinn's story. Again, the dirty-talking cowboy is on point! Great job Katee Robert! Aubry is so socially awkward and anxiety filled that I was amazed at how horribly she and Quinn started out and then fell into step with each other without losing the character traits that made them who they were. Beautifully orchestrated characters and story line. I can't wait to read the next one in this fantastic series. I 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.
Quinn Baldwyn has to attend his sister Jenny’s wedding in two weeks. Quinn is a renegade: he refused to work in the oil family business; instead he chose a ranch. He’s the only son, and his family can’t wait for him to marry. Of course, he’ll need a date. Quinn only dates casually, and he can’t find anyone suitable to accompany him, lest a date would get ideas of matrimony. Enters Aubry Kaiser, best friend of Jules, the wife of a friend. They are highly unsuitable, they can’t stand each other. Aubry is a gamer, and she has just received an invitation to attend a closed alpha test of her favourite game: Deathmatch. It’s a dream come true as well as her worst nightmare: it’s an honour, but there will be people there! Aubry suffers from crippling societal anxiety: she finds it very difficult to be amongst crowds. Both Aubry and Quinn agree that they could help each other, if they don’t kill each other first! What stupendous fun! I was only at Chapter 1, and I was almost slapping my thighs at the fun I knew was coming! Quinn likes to tease Aubry because she is so prickly, but he is not mean, he knows when to stop. Aubry doesn’t mind that much, she knows she has attitude problems, but what she did not expect is that Quinn knows how to deal with her anxiety, and he is very patient and caring. In spite of the fact that she is not his type, Quinn thinks Aubry is cute, and he finds her interesting in an offbeat sort of way. Aubry might not like people much, but Quinn is one sexy cowboy, and soon they realise that fighting their physical attraction is pointless. And oh the sizzling sex scenes that come with this! I had read some reviews where reviewers didn’t like Aubry, but I did. I understood where she was coming from: she is not really disagreeable, she just has no filters and doesn’t know how to act around people, whereas Quinn is a people-person, and I thought this “opposites attract” trope worked splendidly. FOOL ME TWICE is a blast! There is hysterically funny banter, some insanely hot and sizzling scenes, and some very tender moments as well. The pace is very brisk, the writing smooth and young, and the dialogues are utterly spectacular! I’m not quite sure how Ms. Robert accomplishes this feat, but I could feel and hear the various cadences: Quinn’s speech reads slower, his is a modulated, silky drawl, while Aubry reads like she talks super quickly, frantically even, getting as many words as she can get in as quickly as possible, and all this without any obvious tricks from the author. This is simply fabulous and makes the reader truly feel part of their story. I was rooting for Quinn and Aubry like crazy! Oh, it’s not smooth sailing, but their difficulties felt normal, and there were no misunderstandings except the ones expected from Aubry and her neuroses. Character development is positively outstanding, their interactions: whether sex, banter, fights, tiffs, all felt genuine. FOOL ME ONCE is a true “opposites attract”: Aubry and Quinn are different, and it never feels manufactured; I felt close to those people, I wanted them to be together because it felt as if they were my friends, I could relate to them, especially Aubry. I have said it before: Katee Robert is a master at characterisation, and Aubry and Quinn are no exception. I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
3.5 Stars I’ll be forever grateful to Ms. Robert for letting me know in advance her heroine was going to get on my nerves. Why? Because of her forewarning, I gave Aubrey a chance and ended up enjoying Fool Me Once. Aubrey suffers from severe social anxiety which translates to one big attitude that’ll keep people away. As no one will get close to her, she doesn’t have to worry about them. This is one of the reasons she lives in a small town since once everyone knows you’re a peach, no one bothers you… much. Now with her best friend married, there’s a whole new circle of people around her (much to her annoyance) which includes Quinn a super hot cowboy. In the beginning, Quinn and Aubrey’s only communication is through insults and barbs that from the outside sounds a little like banter. Even if both feel a physical attraction to the other, they’d rather die than let that be known. Now the setup for the story is clever. Aubrey’s a gamer and has scored an invite to play a beta demo of her favorite game at a convention. She just needs someone to act as a barrier between people and her. Quinn needs a pretend girlfriend for his sister’s upcoming wedding. His parents are in full “my son needs to settle down mode” and have been quite pushy. An agreement is made to help each other out. I liked Aubrey in spite of her insecurities and her harsh manner. Mainly because you could clearly see this was a front and not really her, and deep down she could be really sweet. She was witty and sassy and a complete nerd, and this I really dig. What bugged me was the easiness with which she gave up, while I understand this was part of her defense mechanism, it did get on my nerves more than once. “Going better than you expected?” “Considering I thought I’d have to take your abnormally large body out into the desert and bury it…” She grinned. “Not even close.” Quinn barked out a laugh. “And here I was thinking I’m growing on you.” “Like a fungus. Or mold. Really, really sexy mold.” Quinn was a hero of epic proportions, both literally and figuratively. Part of why Aubrey accepted him as her own personal wall was because he was humongous, but he was also funny, charming sexy, and completely take-charge, in other words, totally dreamy. Yes, he had some jerk moments here and there but he was mostly great and drool worthy. Fool Me Once was a seriously hot read with funny banter, hot sex, and a lovely romance: a great read. *I received a complimentary copy of this book*
3.75 stars---FOOL ME ONCE is the second installment in Katee Robert’s contemporary, adult FOOLPROOF LOVE erotic, romance series. This is rancher Quinn Baldwyn, and gamer Aubry Kaiser’s story line. FOOL ME ONCE can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty but for backstory I recommend reading book one-FOOLPROOF LOVE-where we are introduced to our leading couple and learn first hand about some of Quinn’s past and Aubry’s quirks. Told from dual third person perspectives (Aubry and Quinn) FOOL ME ONCE follows the tumultuous relationship between online gamer Aubry Kaiser-a tattooed, feisty, abrasive and emotionally distant woman-and rancher Quinn Baldwyn- a billionaire’s son whose relationship with his family has been non existent for close to twelve years. With the approach of Quinn’s sister’s wedding our hero is in desperate need of a date-one that will deflect his parent’s cruel comments and nasty personality, and Aubry Kaiser is perfect for the role. In exchange, Aubry needs her own bull dozer- someone who is able to push through the crowds and protect our heroine from the onslaught of outside stimuli when she is selected for a once in a lifetime video gaming demonstration. What ensues is the building relationship from enemies to friends to lovers that implodes when Aubry’s defenses against her crippling anxiety disorder are unable to handle the continuous emotional assaults. The relationship between Aubry and Quinn is tempestuous at best. The back and forth is like a verbal foreplay between enemies who hold affection towards one another. Some readers will have a difficult time accepting Aubry’s attitude and personality: her comments and jabs are mean but never cruel and spiteful. Our heroine is a woman with a disabling emotional disorder where she has difficulty with the outside world. The $ex scenes are intimate and intense. The sexual energy is palpable. All of the previous story line characters play secondary and supporting roles including Jules, Adam, and Dan. There is some backstory and history with regards to Adam, Dan, Quinn and their friend John lost to a horrific accident. We are quickly introduced to a woman named Hope who has a history with the friends, and a possible prior relationship with Dan. FOOL ME ONCE is a story where ‘opposites attract’. The premise is entertaining and enjoyable; the characters are colorful and quirky; the romance struggles in the early stages but the attraction is present requiring a little push in the right direction.
I had so much fun with this book! Enemies to lovers, road trips, fake dating trope... it's like the trifecta of awesome! Oh and Aubry is a freaking gamer and Quinn is a big, sexy cowboy, so yeah- I was won over from the start! I LOVED these two together! They had such great banter and that hate to love relationship was super hot- their chemistry was just so undeniable. I liked seeing them progress from 'dealing with' one another to actually enjoying each other's company. These two might start off their relationship with just sex, but seeing it progress to more was everything. They also balance each other really well. They may be going on this trip together for their own selfish purposes, but it just works. Aubry is terrified of crowds and has social anxiety, where Quinn oozes confidence. He really does a great job helping distract and keep her wits about her. Quinn's reasons for taking Aubry to his sister's wedding may have started as a ruse to shock his parents and give them the proverbial finger, but he ends up really falling for her and it was hard to see him suffer through his parents' hoity toity behavior. I really enjoyed their friends Adam, Jules, and Daniel too. I really hope Daniel's book is next because I just wanted to hug that man hard. He is stealing dealing with the ghosts of his past and I am looking forward to seeing him find peace and move forward. I definitely recommend this book if you're looking for a short, sexy, fun read filled with sexy banter and some very sexy scenes!
After reading Foolproof Love, I was curious about how Robert would bring Aubry and Quinn together and the result was completely satisfying. I believe banter is a love language and Aubry and Quinn have that in spades! Their chemistry was off the charts but the best part was seeing how they slowly became more vulnerable with one another and risked getting out of their comfort zones. Disclosure: I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
4.5 Hot, Sassy, Zombie-Fighting Stars Aubry Kaiser and Quinn Baldwynn have what you might call an understanding. Aubry understands that she can't stand him, and Quinn understands that, while it's a lot of fun to get under her skin, she's about as cuddly as an armadillo. When circumstances arise that would make it mutually beneficial for them to drop the gloves and help each other out, Aubry's not sure that she can manage not to kill Quinn for even just a few days' time. I like nothing more than a hot and sassy enemies-to-lovers read, and Katee Robert can write one like nobody's business. Having met Aubry and Quinn in FOOLPROOF LOVE, the first book in this series, I knew that they were like oil and water together, and when I saw that these two were getting their own story, I was all in. Aubry is a take-no-prisoners, equal opportunity loather. She's made a career of shutting herself off from people, spending most of her time perfecting her skills as an online gamer. With a past like hers, it's no wonder that she's leery of letting anybody get too close, and is just as happy keeping to herself and keeping people at bay with her vitriol and snark, hiding her debilitating anxiety from everyone but her closest friend. Quinn could not have come from a more different background, but he's happily left it all behind to do what he really loves, much to his family's dismay. When duty calls in the form of his sister's wedding, Quinn needs someone to step into the gap to help shield him from his parents' matchmaking ways. As luck would have it, the one person available to fill the bill is Aubry. Match made in Heaven? Uh, no, but desperate times require desperate measures, so a deal is struck, and the fun begins. "I think you're asking the impossible." "Do you? I think you're just a bit disappointed that you don't get to experience all I have to offer...I think the lady doth protest too much when it comes to wanting me." "Oh my God, does that line actually work with women?" "I think it just did...But it's not meant this time. This arrangement is purely business." When Aubry and Quinn hit the road, it's with every intention of getting through the next few days without killing each other. That way of thinking comes to a screeching halt fairly quickly when it becomes apparent that the sparks that these two set off are Stage 4 epic, and not to be denied. Hot? Yep. Panty-melting? Definitely. Scenes so hot that a fan is definitely required? You bet. Because Katee is a mistress of hotness, and the action between Aubry and Quinn does not disappoint. And, if some feelings develop along the way, well, who could blame them? I knew that FOOL ME ONCE would go on the list of my favorite recent reads, and I was right. Katee's second foray into the world of Devil's Falls and its residents is everything that I'd hoped for, and Aubry and Quinn and their quirky kind of love just make me happy. Now we just need Daniel's and Hope's book, and I'll call this series perfect. Add these books to your TBR. They're just what you need when you're looking for a sexy, sassy, smart book that will lift your spirits along with your temperature.
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Fool Me Once by Katee Robert Book Two of the Foolproof Love series Publisher: Entangled Brazen Publication Date: August 1, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): They say opposites attract, but this is just ridiculous. 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. What I Liked: I liked Foolproof Love, but I think I liked this book even more. They're receiving the same overall rating, but this book was even better than its predecessor. I actually didn't think I would like this book as much, because I wasn't the biggest fan of Aubry in Foolproof Love (she was okay). But I liked her a lot, in this book! Aubry doesn't like people. She's pretty much at a constant state of grump and somewhat antisocial. She has pretty crippling social anxiety, so when she gets invited to be a beta tester for a video game series that isn't going to release for another year, she hesitates, because it's during a convention with thousands of people. But her best friend Jules suggests that Aubry take Quinn Baldwyn with her. Quinn is a tall, muscular cowboy who could physically help her at the convention. And what's more, Quinn needs someone to be his date at his sister's wedding, so he won't have to deal with his rich father's matchmaking attempts. Aubry hates Quinn... or does she? Sparks fly on the road-trip to the convention, and then the wedding. But when the pair returns, will they return to their previous non-relationship? I liked Aubry, at least more than I did in Foolproof Love! She's a grump and rude and moody and antisocial, but I totally get her. She and Quinn have great banter going on, and I love it when it turns into something else. Aubry is focused on her video game and her design work, and so she hasn't been with anyone in years. But it's not just her hormones talking when Quinn is around her - it's Quinn all by himself, who is one of a kind. Quinn comes from a rich family, but he left that behind. He's a cowboy working on the Rodriguez ranch, and he's not trying to return to his rich-boy lifestyle, despite his parents' attempts otherwise. Quinn is wicked and charming, and he flirts with Aubry all the time. He loves making her a little irritated, and hot and bothered. But underneath all of the flirting and the barbs, Quinn is a good guy. He isn't an arrogant guy, and he isn't a runner. He's noble and very protective, especially when he becomes aware of Aubry's social anxiety and panic. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
When it comes to fast romances, I get it. I have had them, enjoyed them, and even married due to one. However there are some things you have to have in a romance novel to make it click for me. I wanted to love this book. I did. But there were some things missing that I find a bit necessary. Like depth of a character for one. I never read any other the other installments of the series, so maybe that is where I am lacking. There was a lot of assumption on the part of the reader when it came to the friends in this book. You can definitely tell it is part of a series. However, these two lovebirds, while providing some hot, sexy scenes, they seem to lack any depth. We know he is a cowboy... but only because the author says so. No descriptions of his work, what he does, how hot he is in a delicious pair of Wranglers (damn it) ... nada. She is a nerd and a complete opposite of him and they apparently hate each other. She hates people and that is extremely evident with the fact she has one friend and pisses everyone else off. Not sure if that is a good thing or not. We do get a bit more depth with her, but only just. I can understand the author wanting a complete opposite attracts thing for this story, but I am missing the connection for some reason. I want more of something between these too. Yes, the sexy scenes are awesome, which is why I am giving it 3 stars, but I cannot see these two together. While I enjoyed the read, it was just not one that I fell for or was completely all in for.
Fool Me Once is the second book in Katee Robert’s Foolproof Love Series. In installment we get Aubry and Quinn’s story. I loved these two characters from the first book in the series and was so excited to learn their story would be the next. Aubry is not your normal easy going chick. Some might call her a hermit and geek while other will say she is a sassy, in your face kind of girl who exudes a stay the hell away from me kind of vibe. What most don’t realize is that she has debilitating social anxiety which has made her the way she is. Using online video games as a coping mechanism at an early age has turned Aubry into one of the best online gamers ever. So much so that she is invited to one of the biggest gaming conventions to demo their newest game. The only problem is her anxiety, there is no way she can go and be in a crowd without having a total meltdown. Quinn works on a ranch and is one of Adam’s (Aubry’s best friend’s fiancé) best friend’s. He and Aubry have never gotten along. He loves to push her buttons and get her riled up but he also sees the beautiful woman that is hiding beneath all the clothes and attitude. When Quinn finds himself needing a date for his sister’s wedding, in hopes of keeping his parents from throwing women at him, Jules suggest that he and Aubry help each other out. He can go and be her “shield” at the convention and make sure everyone else stays away from her and she can pretend to be his girlfriend for the wedding. While both are hesitant to this idea they soon realize that they don’t have any other options. FMO_understatementThese two have a rocky start but they soon find themselves enjoying each other’s company and as that easiness continues stronger feelings start to develop. What they first assume is lust quickly becomes more and these two must decide if they can trust each other with their hearts. I really enjoyed this book. The banter between these two was very entertaining. I love how great Quinn was with Aubry during her anxiety attacks, it made me fall in love with him a little myself. The author did an excellent job with these two and I can’t wait to read Daniel’s story. I received an eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion and review. All ratings and opinions stated are my own.
4.5 stars I loved Fool Me Once, the storyline was fun, sweet, amusing and heartwarming. Aubry and Quinn entertained me from start to finish, so many feels... Loved their banter, their passion and the way they were together. Fool Me Once ticked all the boxes for me and I highly recommend this book and series. Another wonderful read by author Katee Robert.
I was looking forward to Quinn and Aubry's book after meeting them in Foolproof Love. Their sarcastic banter was hilarious and totally my sense of humor. And a lot of that was in their own story. I loved the way they brought out the snarly in each other, such a very fun form of foreplay. And when they finally got together, holy moly, they were explosive. Each of their scenes needed a fire extinguisher. I loved the way they baited one another just to go for another hot loving round. Aubry was seriously messed up and not in control of all her crazy thoughts, but I think that endeared her to me more. Made her more relatable to me. And the way Quinn dealt with them as well made me like him more. Then when they confronted each other towards the end made my heart hurt a little. But I have to say I loved the ending and the epilogue. It was funny, sweet and original. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
This book was all sorts of fun! This enemies to lovers story had great characters, great banter, and a sizzling chemistry between the H/h – everything I’ve come to expect from a Katee Robert story! We met both Aubry and Quinn in the first book in this series and it was obvious that beneath all the “I don’t like you” was a sizzling chemistry that was waiting for the right circumstances to catch fire. When these two agree to help each other out and find that maybe they have a bit more in common than they thought and they might actually…like…each other, what started off as just great sex turns into the possibility of something more. I just loved these two together. Their bantering back and forth was so much fun to watch. Quinn always new just how to push all of Aubry’s buttons, and I loved watching Aubry turn things right around on Quinn. But the best parts were seeing underneath all of the banter and watching these two begin to care for one another. Quinn handling Aubry’s anxiety attacks, Aubry giving Quinn support when he had to face his overbearing family – I loved watching Quinn and Aubry as they began to recognize that they really did care about one another. And it goes without saying that they certainly brought the heat and a lot of naughtiness to the pages… We got a glimpse of what is going ton with Jules and Adam (Foolproof Love, Book 1) and also got to see a little bit of Daniel – can’t wait to see what is in store for him! And yes, Ninja Kitteh and some of the other cats from Cups and Kittens made an appearance as well. Although the heroine is a bit difficult and causes a bit of angst in the book, knowing her back story and learning about her anxiety disorder make this heroine easy to forgive when she gets a bit snarky and difficult. The author does a wonderful job creating two characters who are so much more than what they appear on the surface and revealing just enough of what’s beneath at just the right times, which kept me caught up in the characters and the story. Another great read by Katee Robert that is sure to appeal to any romance lover who enjoys a road to a happy ever after filled with snarky banter, sexy times, and two great characters who are so much more than they seem. I received a copy of this book NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
completely fun book that makes me wish I had book one. this is an opposites attract book and beyond. when two people are combustible together one of two things will happen, bloodshed or sheets on fire. Aubrey is a snarky , psychotic woman with more issues than you can count. she is actually very likable and has met her match with Quinn. Quinn is cocky and laid back with a hidden sweet side. a very good hero for any neurotic woman. a fast past book with lots of bumps and bruises along the way, hard to put down.
Katee Roberts is one of my favorite Entangled Publishing authors. This book was a fun read about a woman, Aubry, who doesn't like people and who has anxiety in crowds. She is an amazing video game player and was one of ten invited to play a beta game. It's a BIG DEAL but she isn't going to go due to her anxiety issues. Quinn needs to go home to his sister's wedding but he can't tolerate his parents for too long and he knows they'll try to set him up...again. A mutual friend, suggest Aubry and Quinn help each other out. Quinn will act as a buffer between Aubry and people at the video game convention and Aubry will be Quinn's girlfriend for the wedding. Seems perfect but Quinn and Aubry hate each other! Predictable ending but a lot of fun along the way with humor and steamy bed scenes! *I received this ARC through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Oil and vinegar is all I can say about Quinn and Aubry. When mixed the right way it makes for a hot read. This book is about family breakdowns, family love, crippling anxiety's, breaking down walls of protection and finding a love of a life time. The author does an exceptional job of keeping the friction between these two cranked up just enough to keep the reader involved throughout the storyline. I have never had an anxiety like Aubry so it was interesting being swept into her feelings and reactions. Definitely not something I would like to have to live through but I got a clear understanding and compassion for those who do. Quinn's reaction and how he handled it make me like him more and it is clear that he had more depth of character than he let people believe. This story is fast paced and full of thought provoking scenes. I give this 4 STARS for that reason. A copy was gifted via Netgalley
This is a Foolproof Love novel and tells the story of Aubry Kaiser and Quinn Baldwyn. This one can be read without reading the first book. Aubry is anti-social to the extreme and has an anxiety disorder as well. Quinn is a rich, hot cowboy and an annoying part of Aubry's life since they share the same set of friends. Her best friend, Jules, (from Book 1) decides that Aubry and Quinn can help each other out - Quinn will help Aubry get to DeathCon and deal with the crowds that she avoids like the plague and Aubry will deter the clingers that will be at his sister's wedding. Win-win, right?!? I mean - they don't even like each other - so all they have to do is tolerate each other for a week. Despite Aubry's anti-social tendencies - she is funny and witty and anyone who wears nerd shirts like "Dear NASA, your mom thought I was big enough. Love, Pluto." is okay in my book. And Quinn can be a total pain, but his heart is in the right place and there's much more to him than Aubry ever realized. They realize they have a lot more chemistry than expected - fireworks in bed in fact. That complicates things. And when Aubry enters Quinn's world and sees how out of place she is - she runs. Quinn doesn't try and stop her, what's the point?!? However, when liking has turned into love - they both realize it's worth fighting for.
3.5 Stars I liked the premise of this, a lot. In the intro Katee Robert mentions that she likes writing heroines who are annoying, who are difficult, and who keep pushing away men who clearly care about them. This describes Aubry perfectly. When we first meet them in this book, Quinn and Aubry are well settled into the hatred of one another, trading barbs and dealing with being around one another because of their relationships to others they are close to, but wishing the other was not there. This changes when a road trip and a family wedding show each of them that the other may be able to assist them in dealing with a situation they are reluctant to deal with alone. Fights ensue, the inevitable attraction of two people who fight passionately happens, and then we get to go along for the ride while watching Quinn and Aubry try to figure things out for themselves. The writing, the dialog and the characters are excellent. You believe in the characters and the relationship. And, more importantly, you really feel that each of them benefits from a relationship with the other, that they are stronger together than they are apart. I recommend this book.
Kate never disappoints. Known for writing her quirky, feisty female characters, and steaming hot men, Aubry and Quinn are no exception. Aubry and Quinn are like a match to gasoline. Aubry keeps the world and the people around her from getting close by being a royal b**ch and extremely difficult, to cover up her multiple anxieties. Aubry also has an extreme talent. She's a top gamer. Quinn is a cowboy, coming from oil money he distances himself from his family and their business wanting no part of it; so with two long time friends they run a ranch together. Quinn pokes Aubry every chance he gets, which is often. Now that his best friend is married to her best friend, things get a little tight. Faced with his sisters wedding and no date and Aubry being invited to preview a new version of the game she is tops at, but requires a trip to California (she doesn't travel well) they're both half manipulated into striking a bargain, he will go with her to this convention, keeping her fear of other people at bay and she will accompany him to his sisters wedding. Quinn tries to warn her about his family, but the prickly Aubry insists she can handle it. Quinn is also determined to land Aubry in the sack. Aubry is a stubborn as Quinn is, so who wins this one? And what happens at the wedding. The larger question at hand is what happens when they both return to their quiet tiny town in Texas and are faced with each other. This story is great in multiple ways, Katee brings Aubry out as prickly and a royal B, but we see her vulnerability and even a willingness to allow Quinn to help her though some rough times. Quinn as alpha and stubborn as he is softens himself to calm and comfort Aubry when she needs him. His ways of distraction are pretty unusual and wouldn't be Katee Roberts without the steam factor. It was a good read. Great story line, the characters are developed and you can't help but like them. I've read every book she's written, her writing is exceptional and this one is right up there. **arc from NetGalley and Publisher** in exchange for an honest review.
Fool Me Once by Katee Robert.....I loved this story it was fun, sexy and so entertaining. Quinn and Aubry are opposites and hate each other, or do they? The two are bantering with each all the time, but both need each other's help. Aubry needs help attending a gaming convention and Quinn needs a pretend girlfriend for his sister's wedding. The chemistry between these two is off the charts, can it lead to more?Katee never disappoints with her storytelling, you do not want to miss this one. I was given a complimentary book by publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.