Jules Rodrigez isn't interested in the role of town spinster. Being seen with a hell raiser like Adam is the perfect way to scandalize the residents, make her ex jealous, and prove she's a sexy, desirable woman. And if their plan includes ridiculously hot sex-in public, of course-all the better.
But this thing between them has an expiration date. Putting down roots isn't in Adam's blood, and Jules's roots in Devil's Falls are bedrock deep. He'll leave, even if it rips out his heart. But this time, he's not sure he'll survive it...
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By Katee Robert, Heather Howland
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"Tell me again why we're going out into the middle of nowhere for a bonfire? That's like holding up a sign begging some ax murder to come along and mass murder us."
Jules Rodriguez kept her eyes on the road — sad excuse that it was. Her truck rocked and shuddered as she muscled down the deep ruts. "We're not going to get mass murdered." Though her best friend, Aubry, had a point about it being in the middle of nowhere. They'd been working their way off the main road for almost twenty minutes, and there wasn't so much as a taillight in sight. She pushed down the knot of anxiety for the seventeen millionth time today.
"How do you know?"
Across the bench seat, her best friend had her knees pulled up to her chest and was staring out the side window like she expected that ax murder to come sprinting at the truck at any second. She wore her favorite pair of black jeans and one of her nerdy T-shirts with puns most people didn't understand, and she'd even picked out a pair of red tennis shoes instead of her normal boots.
Probably because she thinks she's going to have to run for her life at some point.
Aubry pointed at the passing trees. "I think I hear banjos."
"You live in Devil's Falls. I would think you'd be used to the banjos by now."
Aubry frowned, her pale face standing out against the darkness of the cab. Despite living in Texas for years, she managed to avoid anything that might resemble a tan. "I do my best to pretend they don't exist."
"Denial. It's not just a river in Egypt." She finally caught sight of light through the sparse trees. "There!"
Aubry pushed back her long, fire engine–red hair and snorted. "Who invited you to this thing again? Because if we're not going to be mass murdered — and I'm still not convinced on that note — they could be luring us in for some sacrificial killing."
"Has anyone ever told you that you have a deeply troubled obsession with murder?" Jules pulled in next to the open space at the end of a line of trucks. She recognized most of them from around town — Devil's Falls wasn't exactly a place hopping with new people. The last person to move in from out of town had been Aubry, and that was five years ago. "Besides, a sacrificial murder requires a virgin, and that ship sailed for both of us years ago."
"Good point." Aubry let loose a melodramatic sigh as she turned off the engine. "Remind me why we're doing this again?"
"Because Grant's back in town." Jules hadn't seen him since he dumped her ass on his way out of Devil's Falls after graduation — he hadn't even come back for holidays. Nine years later and his parting words were still ringing in her ears. I don't want a life that's going to bore me into putting a gun in my mouth and pulling the trigger before I hit thirty.
She clenched her hands around the steering wheel, counting to ten twice. It didn't do a damn thing to stop the anger eating away at her. There wasn't a single thing wrong with Devil's Falls and the life she had here. Wanting to settle down and raise a family here — eventually — while being surrounded by the people she loved was a good thing. It didn't make her boring.
A subject she and Grant disagreed wholeheartedly on.
"Yeah, you mentioned that jackass showing up earlier, right before you started pummeling that poor loaf of bread at the café. Personally, I'm still waiting to hear what your plan is."
She didn't have one, not that she was going to let that stop her. It never had before. "I just want a look." Maybe he'd gained the freshman fifteen — and another twenty for law school. Or something. Something to prove that she was better off having been dumped so unceremoniously.
"I thought we agreed that your ex is a douchecanoe."
"We did. And I'm past it." Mostly. Past him, definitely. Past how he'd made her feel about herself, not so much.
Aubry snorted and opened the door. "Right. You're so past it that you've dragged us out to be maybe killed, maybe sacrificed to hang out with people who are still clinging desperately to their high school glory days." She looked around, her brows drawn together. "Because, seriously, who goes to bonfires when there's a perfectly adequate bar in town? Two, in fact."
"The cool kids?" That was always who'd been out at bonfires when she was in school. She'd avoided the whole scene, though, despite Grant's protests. They came out here as an excuse to drink without the town sheriff bothering them, and that had never been Jules's thing. She barely drank the hard stuff now, let alone when she was sixteen. And trying to navigate the roads back to town while buzzed? No, thanks.
That may or may not have also contributed to the whole Jules-is-boring thing.
Aubry scrunched her nose. "Ten to one, someone's wearing a decade-old letterman's jacket and talking about that one football game where he threw the winning pass."
Ten to one it's Grant himself.
Jules looped her arm through her best friend's. "An hour. After that, we can go back to town, grab a bottle of wine, and play that horribly violent game that you love so much."
"Deal." Aubry grinned. "And don't act so put-upon. You love it as much as I do — you just suck at it."
"Truth." She pulled them to a stop at the edge of the clearing. There were trucks parked in here around the fire, too, their tailgates down and people situated around them, chatting and drinking and a few women even dancing. It looked like something straight out of a country music video. She picked out a dozen people she'd gone to high school with, the ones who'd stayed behind and never wanted to leave, and another dozen who had left with stars in their eyes but had filtered back into town in the years since graduation.
"Jules? Jules Rodriguez?"
She froze. There was no mistaking Grant's deep voice. Too soon. I'm not ready. But since the only other option was dropping Aubry's arm and fleeing into the night, she turned around with a smile pasted on her face. And there he was, standing a few feet away, his dark hair shorter than she remembered. No freshman fifteen there. Damn it. He looked like he'd been spending quite a bit of time in the gym, in fact.
Bet he spends the whole time he's working out checking himself out in the mirror.
The snarky thought didn't make her feel any better. There was nothing worse than being caught flat-footed by the ex who left her in the dust, only to find out that he hadn't developed some unfortunate skin problem in the intervening years.
He moved closer. "Damn, you're a sight for sore eyes. You look good, Jules."
"Oh, you know, Pilates," she answered breezily, already searching the crowd around them for an escape. She cleared her throat. "So, uh, how are things?"
"Great. Better than great. I just graduated from Duke. Top of my class." He gave a smile that was all teeth, like a politician. "I have a position waiting for me in my father's firm here in town."
"Imagine that." She couldn't even bring herself to pretend to be surprised. Grant always had been fond of riding his daddy's coattails. For all that he was determined to live the big life off in Anywhere but Devil's Falls, he liked being a big fish in a little pond more.
"And you? I think I heard that you opened up some sort of cat café?" He laughed. "Can't say that's surprising."
Beside her, Aubry went ramrod straight. It was only a matter of time before her friend went postal on his ass. Jules smiled, and though she wanted to holler at him something fierce, she managed to keep her tone even. She was not ashamed of Cups and Kittens. "It's been a real hit with the locals."
"I bet." He looked her over, head to toe and back again. His appraising gaze made her skin crawl. "I hear you're still single. You want to go get a drink sometime?"
Suddenly, Jules was a whole lot less worried about keeping Aubry back than she was about pressing her lips together to keep from laying into him. She looked around at the people circling the bonfire. A full half of them were watching this little drama play out.
Did he seriously just ask me out?
No. No, absolutely not. Nope. Never.
She had to do something, and fast. Jules wasn't a particularly violent person, but she also wasn't above hunting down Grant's truck and slitting the tires.
And maybe scrawling something witty in the paint with her keys.
No. That's not going to solve anything, and you'll just prove to him and everyone else that he can still get under your skin without even trying.
There had to be a better way to put him in his place.
Her gaze landed on her cousin across the way. Daniel stood next to a lowered tailgate next to his friend Quinn. And with them was a tall drink of water if she ever saw one. He had his back to her, but the way his shoulders filled out his T-shirt, tapering down to a lean waist and ... Good lord, his pants were the very definition of painted-on jeans. Daniel said something, and he shook his head, turning so she could see his granite jawline and ... She blinked.
Holy shit, it's Adam Meyers.
He'd been around while she was growing up, always running with her cousin and their other two friends, but he'd always seemed wilder than the other boys — more restless. Even when he was standing still, there was a look in his eye like he was just waiting for the right moment to burst into motion.
Sure enough, the first chance he got, he blew out of town and up and joined the rodeo. Or that was the word on the Devil's Falls gossip grapevine.
He must be back in town to take care of his mom. Sympathy rose, blotting out her anger at Grant. Jules didn't know what was wrong with his mom, but she didn't have to be a doctor to know the woman was sick.
Knowing him, though, he won't stick around for long.
Just like that, a plan clicked into place. A stupid, reckless plan guaranteed to shut Grant down for at least a little while.
Speaking of, he was still waiting for her to say yes and fulfill his high-handed expectations, but she managed a laugh. "That's really sweet, Grant. It was great seeing you, but my boyfriend is waiting for me."
He frowned. "Boyfriend?"
"Oh, yeah, it's a new thing. We haven't exactly gone public with it — you know how Devil's Falls can be — so you wouldn't have heard." She gave him a pat on his arm. "It was nice seeing you. So great. Really, we'll have to catch up sometime soon." And then she stepped around him, dragging Aubry behind her.
"What are you doing?" Aubry whispered.
"Winging it." She stopped by the trio of men, all too aware of Grant watching her. "Hi, Daniel. Quinn. Adam."
They raised their beers. Daniel looked over her shoulder with a frown. "Is that your piece-of-shit ex-boyfriend I see?"
"The very one." She disentangled her arm from Aubry's. "Speaking of, I need a favor."
"Anything for you, kid."
She tried not to roll her eyes at him calling her kid. He was a whole seven years older than her. Not exactly ancient. "Actually, it's not you I need the favor from."
Before she could talk herself out of it, she sidled up to Adam and put her arms around his neck. To his credit, he didn't shove her on her butt in the dirt, merely raising his eyebrows. Jules kept her voice low so there was no chance of Grant overhearing. "So as you've noticed, my ex is watching me really closely right now, and I might have told him a tiny white lie about me dating someone in order to avoid a devastating dose of humiliation. And since I can't date Daniel and no one would ever believe I'd date Quinn —"
The man in question frowned. "You really know how to hit a man where it hurts, Jules."
"— that leaves you."
Adam's face remained impassive. "I see."
There wasn't a whole lot to work with in those words, but he also had let his free hand drift down to settle on her hip, so she just kept talking. "If you could just play along and maybe kiss me like you want to do filthy things to me in the bed of your truck, I'd really appreciate it."
If anything, his eyebrows rose higher. "That guy really got under your skin, didn't he?"
"You have no idea."
Next to them, Daniel made a sound suspiciously like a growl, but neither of them looked over. Adam's hand pulsed on her hip, the heat of it shocking despite the warmth of the night. His calluses dragged over the sensitive skin bared by her T-shirt, and she shivered. Maybe this was a terrible idea.
She didn't have time to really reconsider, though, because he set down his beer, cupped the back of her neck, and dealt her the single most devastating kiss of her life. No, not a kiss. He took possession of her mouth, his tongue tracing the seam of her lips and then delving inside. He tasted of beer and something darker, something that hinted at exactly what she'd asked for — like he wanted to do filthy things to her in the bed of his truck.
She closed her eyes, giving his tongue a tentative stroke, and had to fight down a moan at the way the move made her entire body go tight.
He lifted his head, breaking the kiss and slamming her back into the real world. She blinked up at him, all too aware of her body pressed against the entirety of his, of how he was hard in all the places she was soft, of how goddamn good he smelled. "Wow."
There went that eyebrow again. "You think it was believable?"
She'd almost forgotten she was kissing Adam Meyers because he was supposed to be her boyfriend to prove a point to her real ex-boyfriend. Liar. You 100 percent forgot that this was pretend, and if he'd offered to drive you out into a field to get down and dirty, you wouldn't even hesitate.
He hadn't offered, and this was pretend. Remembering that was important if she wanted to avoid compounding one potentially humiliating situation with another even more potentially humiliating situation.
She licked her lips. "Um, yes. Totally believable. Thank you."
He still didn't let her go. Instead he turned and lifted her onto the tailgate as if she weighed no more than a paper doll. "You want something to drink?"
"Uh, sure." She should get down and walk away ... which she absolutely would do as soon as she got control of her shaking legs. It would have taken a stronger woman than she was to not stare at Adam's ass in those tight jeans as he ambled over to the cooler.
She turned to find Aubry doing a silent slow clap. "Don't judge me."
"Oh, I'm judging."CHAPTER 2
Adam Meyers had been back in Devil's Falls all of two days, and he was already going out of his mind.
He hadn't wanted to come to this goddamn bonfire. He wasn't back in Devil's Falls for a good time — he wasn't even back at all. Once he figured out what was going on with his mama, he was on the road again. Hell, it had only been a few days, and the restlessness in his blood was already snapping for a change of scenery.
Or it had been until Jules Rodriguez sidled up to him and proceeded to rock his world. That'd been a distraction he couldn't afford to pass up.
He opened the cooler and fished out a pair of beers, using the move to get his physical reaction under control. He hadn't expected to be affected like that, but she was so soft and sweet and the panic in her dark eyes had called to him.
You were doing her a favor, jackass.
Right. He glanced over his shoulder to where she was talking to the redhead. I'd like to do her another favor. Maybe two.
"Damn it, what are you doing?"
He'd known this was coming the second he walked away from the women. He couldn't even blame Daniel. His friend had always had been overprotective of Jules.
Adam used his boot to shut the cooler lid. "She asked me for a favor. I'd be a dick to ignore her cry for help."
"That's my baby cousin."
Cousin or not, the soft, sexy woman he'd just held in his arms was not a baby. Not even close. He snorted. "It's not like I'm robbing the cradle here. And it was just a kiss."
"You know damn well it was a bad idea." When Adam just stared, Daniel cursed. "Damn it, Adam. It better stop at just a kiss." He stalked away, snagging a beer as he did.
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Foolproof Love is the first installment in Katee Robert's adult contemporary romance series titled Foolproof Love. This was a likable and very sexy pretend-relationship romance with a country flair. Family issues created some unexpected emotion which added a bit of complexity to the characters. I enjoyed this novel and thoroughly enjoy Katee Robert as an author. Check it out! My favorite quote: "Some things you can't fix, no matter how hard you try."
Foolproof Love is the first book in Katee Robert’s new series, Foolproof. I adore Katee Robert’s books, they are always so addictive and this book will get you from this first page. We have our quirky, fun and loveable heroine, a sexy alpha rodeo cowboy and an ex-boyfriend who thinks he has what all the girls want. Perfect combination for a hilarious and swoon worthy good time. Jules Rodriguez has always been a little quirky and the town “good girl”. For the most part she is okay with being labeled as such but the day her ex-boyfriend comes back to town all that changes. He thinks they can pick up where they left off before he broke her heart and dumped her before heading off to college. Now as a successful business owner of a cat café and coffee shop, Jules knows she no longer needs a man like him in her life. However her ex is relentless and thinks Jules is playing hard to get so when they bump into each other at a party she decides to tell him she has a boyfriend, only she doesn’t. In comes Adam Meyer, her cousin’s insanely hot friend and rodeo champion, who just happens to be in town for a short while visiting his sick mother. When Jules ask for help to throw off her ex Adam doesn’t know what to think but after one scorching hot kiss he is more than willing to help Jules with her plan. Adam Meyer left his hometown in the rear view mirror after high school and a deadly crash killed one of his friends. Now he has come back home for temporarily to help is ailing mother but will leave again just as soon as she is better. When Jules asks him to play along and pretend to be her boyfriend he is a little shocked but can’t resist giving the beautiful woman in front of him a little kiss to help her out. Who knew that one kiss would change his whole life. Adam and Jules were so hot together and I love how she was able to break down his walls and help him heal from the tragic car wreck that changed his life. I would highly recommend this book to others. I received an eARC of this book compliments of the publisher in exchange for my honest review and opinion. All ratings and opinions stated are my own.
I'm a huge fan of Katee Robert and never let a new release pass me by so I was excited about this new series. Foolproof Love is equal parts steamy, sweet and fun with major emotional undertones and was a very enjoyable read. Jules Rodrigez is tired of the labels the folks in Devil's Fall have given her. Cat lady. Spinster. Good girl. Boring. Quirky. So what? She loves her small town and she's living her dream of owning her business even if it's not necessarily a conventional one and she hopes to settle down and have a family someday, but it certainly won't be with her entitled jerk of an ex who dumped her on his way to college ten years ago for being too boring. Now he's back and thinks she'll meekly fall in line with his plans for her. He's in for a rude awakening because boring Jules is about to set the tongues wagging as she convinces bad boy Adam Meyer to pretend to be her boyfriend to discourage her ex's advances. Adam had been labeled by the town in his day too and those labels have remained even after twelve years away. Trouble maker. Bad boy. No staying power. Adam hasn't looked back since he left Devil's Fall years ago and he hasn't settled in any place since then either, but his mother's deteriorating health brought him back home, temporarily of course. Jules's proposition, while out of left field is something to take his mind off his worries but the chemistry between them is mind blowing and soon he is tempted to make their fake relationship a real one and is thinking about planting roots in very place he ran away from. But until Adam can come to terms with his issues and stop running, he can't be the man Jules needs or give her what she wants. Three cheers to both Jules and Adam for breaking away from the labels and well, scandalously is the only way to go. They both showed that there was more to them than everyone saw and I liked that Adam stepped up when he needed to. I especially loved Jules because underneath the good, sweet girl was a hot tamale and Adam knew just the right buttons to push to bring her out. And the sexy times? As hot as fire. I enjoy Ms. Robert's writing because she knows how to balance the steamy parts with the emotional upheavals her characters go through in a way that pulls the reader in. And I'll definitely be back for more from the series. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I absolutely loved this book!!! I read it all in one sitting. I just couldnt get enough. Im from a small town so this book kinda felt close to home. Everything about Adam and Jules chemisty and interactions made me fall in love. I was actually heartbroken when i fimished it. It is totally worth 4 dollars!! I hope to read more from this author.
*******4.5 Seriously Hot, Quirky, Cat-Loving Stars******* Jules Rodriguez has a problem. Her ex, the one that dumped her and high-tailed it out of town right after high school graduation, is back in Devil's Falls. Jules knows that some people think of her as the 'on the shelf' spinster with a penchant for cats, nursing a broken heart over the one that got away, and she is determined to put an end to that idea. How? By stirring up some scandal, and giving the townfolk, especially Grant, something to talk about. Enter one Adam Meyer, former bad boy of Devil's Falls. Adam is more than happy to help a girl out, as long as she knows the score: he's just back in town for a while, but he sure isn't staying. In the meantime, though, he'll be glad to help Jules with her plan. Okay, I'm not going to lie. If you tell me that the heroine of a book owns a cat café, namely Cups and Kittens, I'm already all in. Add in a tall, dark, sexier-than-sin cowboy, one that's damaged but not beyond redemption, and I'm a goner. Happily, FOOLPROOF LOVE by Katee Robert, has all of this and more, making it one of my favorite reads lately. Katee has the gift of writing books peopled with quirky complex characters, and storylines that grab you from the first words and wrap you up completely. I didn't know much about FOOLPROOF LOVE before I started it, but knowing that Katee had written it, there was no question that I had to read it. I loved every single character in this book. Jules spent high school known as one half of the 'golden couple,' until Grant left Devil's Falls for greener pastures. Since then, she's done her best to move on, and she has done, for the most part. Her love of her hometown is evident in all that she does, and she is not about to have Grant, or anyone else, determine how people see her, or how she feels about herself. Adam Meyer is definitely not a 'what you see is what you get' kind of guy. Shaped by his father's desertion, he couldn't wait to leave Devil's Falls behind, refusing to be tied down to any place or anyone. But one person that Adam would do anything for is his mother, and finding out that she's sick has brought him back to the place that he just can't bear to stay. The chemistry between Jules and Adam is H.O.T., oh, my gosh, it's crazy combustible, like, whoa, as Jules would say. The two agree to be 'fake' boyfriend and girlfriend, in order to kick up Jules' scandal factor a few notches, but, well, we know how these things go. It isn't long at all, oh, maybe one hot minute, before the 'fake' part evolves into something very real and not at all what either of them was expecting. I can't say enough how much I enjoyed FOOLPROOF LOVE. Besides two main characters that I love, Katee has populated Devil's Falls with a whole host of other folks that I can't wait to read about. Aubry, Quinn, Daniel, all of them have a story of their own, and I can't wait to have them in my hot little book-loving hands. I highly recommend this book (can you tell?!), and suggest you pop it right up to the top of your TBR. Happy reading!
4.5 Stars I really enjoyed this one. The characters are a hoot and a half. What a combination of humor and heat. I have serious envy for the cafe Jules owns. Tea and Kittens, what could better then owning a cafe with cats who can sit on the customers' laps? Like I said serious envy! Adam is swoon worthy material. That poor guy has so much he is shouldering, but won't confide in anyone he needs a distraction while he's back and Jules presents him with the perfect one. Jules needs to show her ex and town she has moved on and not boring, in comes Adam. What harm can a pretend relationship cause? What happens when things become to feel all too real? I loved the chemistry between Adam and Jules. They can burn it up, but they're compatible outside the bedroom as well. I really liked Jules and watching her gain so much confidence is amazing. The are secondary charterers in this one that just adds to the book. Can't wait to see if they get their stories told. A great kick off to this series because this one has left me wanting more.
4.5 Stars I absolutely loved this book! From the quirky heroine who wants to create a scandal to get back at her ex, to the damaged hero who doesn’t think he’ll ever be enough, there was so much to love in this book. Jules was so much fun. What starts as an impulsive act to get back at her ex quickly turns into some serious chemistry that gives fake-dating a whole new meaning. She’s truly happy with her life, proud owner of Cups and Kittens – yep, a café where the cats rule the place - and even if the town thinks she maybe the crazy cat lady spinster at only 26 years old, she’s not ready to believe that there’s not something and someone great waiting for her. But when her ex shows up back in town – the one who told her she was boring – and he and the whole town just expect her to want to pick up where they left off, she knows there is no way she can go down that path again. So what’s a girl to do other than find the town’s bad boy and convince him to fake-date her and cause a bit of a scandal in town…she’ll show him who’s boring! And what a man she chooses…a real dirty-talking, take charge, bad boy who has scandal written all over him. Adam’s not known for sticking around for long, which is why he is perfect for Jules’s plan. He’s only back in town to check on his sick mother and knows it won’t be long before the urge to move sets in again. Jules’s fake-dating proposition may be just the distraction he needs to help keep him sane while he’s in town...and even though she’s his best friends little cousin, Adam just can’t help himself. He knows crossing the physical line with Jules is a bad idea, but even worse, the more time he spends with her, the more he really likes the person she is. And she doesn’t make it easy for him to keep his distance… From the very start you could feel there was so much more going on between Adam and Jules then just acting their parts. From Adam’s intense need to protect her from her ex, to Jules’s desire to be a person Adam can trust and confide in, these two had relationship written all over them. The rest of the characters in the book were great and I loved the strength of the friendship between Daniel, Quinn, and Adam. They’ve dealt with tragedy together, and even though time and distance have come between them, their bond is still strong. And Jules’s best friend Aubry was so much fun! She kept things real for Jules, never afraid to let her know what she thinks and didn’t think twice when it came to calling Jules out if she needed to. And it was so much fun watching her poke at Quinn every time he tried to get close to her – I can’t wait for the next book in the series which features this pair. I haven’t met a Katee Robert book I haven’t liked, and Foolproof Love was no exception. It was an easy read with not a lot of angst. It had the steam you would expect from a book in the Brazen line, and her dirty-talking cowboy was so much fun! I’m not always a fan of the fake romance trope, but Katee Robert has delivered a story that is so authentic it made the romance seem anything but fake. I would definitely recommend this book to any lover of romance who enjoys a bit of steam and dirty talk along the way to their HEA. I received a copy of this book NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Loved. This. Honestly, from start to finish I didn't want to put it down--a fake relationship story at its best! The hero and heroine have great chemistry, smoking sex scenes, and fantastic dialogue--whether Adam's trying to teach Jules dirty talk (or despairing of what she's learned--or hasn't learned--so far, LOL) or she's let her mouth get away with her again and is babbling nonsense, I loved every minute these two were on the page together. The secondary characters were a whole lot of fun, too--Adam's best friend Quinn and Jules's best friend Aubrey did their best to steal the show every time they were on the page. Without exception, all of the passages I highlighted are from conversations between Jules and her BFF, Aubrey, which bodes really well for book #2 ( Fool Me Once ), since Aubrey's its heroine. (Not that the Adam/Jules passages weren't great--they were. But the Aubrey/Jules ones made me snort-laugh, and that can't be discounted.) And then there's the cats. Best. Names. Ever. (Khan, Cujo, Loki, Rick, Dog, Ninja Kitteh, and Mr. Winkles) Now I want my own cat cafe. How genius is this idea? Adam's late-in-the-book scene with his mom had me in tears (not at all awkward while reading in public) and so did the epilogue...so good! I cannot wait for more from this series--book #2's H/h were great in this one, and I totally called book #3's ( A Fool For You ) as soon as the heroine was mentioned in book #1! :) Rating: 4 1/2 stars / A I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Katee Robert’s Foolproof Love series is off to a really good start with it’s namesake, Foolproof Love. This is the story of Jules Rodrigez and Adam Meyer. Unlike most people who grow up in a small town and can’t wait to graduate high school and leave, Jules has always wanted to stay and raise her own family in the small West Texas town of Devil's Fall. Her wanting to stay was one of the reasons her high school sweetheart, Grant, dumped her before leaving for Duke University. For years, Jules had to endure the pitying looks from town people. Now, Grant is back and looking to pick up where they left off. Jules has been there, done that, and has the healed broken heart to show for for it. She isn’t interested in Grant at all. But with everyone looking and waiting to see the town’s “golden couple” get back together, Jules has to figure out a way to squish any and all inquires. Adam is the best friend of Jules’s cousin. Unlike Jules, he couldn’t wait to leave Devil’s Fall in the dust. But he’s back to check in and look after his sick mama for a couple of weeks, until the open road calls to him again. When Jules surprises him with a kiss and asks him to be her pretend boyfriend, he sees it as just the distraction he needs from his worries. Neither expects this pretend relationship to suddenly feel so real, with true feelings and emotions. Katee has written a wonderful romance with main and secondary characters you just gotta love. Jules and Adam understand and need each other in more ways than they can ever imagine. Their relationship is sweet and sexy. I’m looking forward to the other two books featuring Adam’s two best friends. They promise to be hilarious and just as hot as West Texas in the summertime. **Received a copy from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest unbiased opinion.**
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Foolproof Love by Katee Robert Book One of the Foolproof Love series Publisher: Entangled Brazen Publication Date: June 6, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley ***Warning: this is an adult book, and for the eyes of mature readers*** Summary (from Goodreads): Bull rider Adam Meyer put Devil’s Falls in his rearview mirror years ago and hasn’t stopped running since. Now he’s back—temporarily, if he has any say about it. Restless, he finds himself kissing the sexiest girl in town…and agreeing to be the fake boyfriend in her little revenge scheme. Jules Rodrigez isn’t interested in the role of town spinster. Being seen with a hell raiser like Adam is the perfect way to scandalize the residents, make her ex jealous, and prove she’s a sexy, desirable woman. And if their plan includes ridiculously hot sex—in public, of course—all the better. But this thing between them has an expiration date. Putting down roots isn’t in Adam’s blood, and Jules’s roots in Devil’s Falls are bedrock deep. He’ll leave, even if it rips out his heart. But this time, he’s not sure he’ll survive it… What I Liked: This is a new series by Katee Robert (new to us, but actually one of her first series ideas). I'm loving the idea of the series - dirty-talking cowboy for the win! - and I'm a huge fan of Katee Robert's books. So I was pretty excited about this one since I knew it existed. And I liked it! I was not disappointed, as I so rarely am, with Katee's books. Jules' ex-boyfriend Grant is back in Devil's Falls, much to the annoyance of Jules. He dumped her nine years ago, citing that she was too boring. Years later, Grant is back and wants to cozy back up with Jules, but Jules isn't having it. She tells Grant that she's dating Adam Meyer. Adam was a wild kid back in the day, and he hasn't been in Devil's Falls for years. He's just recently come back to take care of his mother. But the famed bull-rider has not stayed in one place for very long. He agrees to be Jules' fake boyfriend, But they both know that there will be an end to this fake relationship... yet neither of them is quite willing to give up what they have. Robert affectionately calls this series her "dirty talking-cowboy" series, which totally fits the bill here. The story is set in Texas, specifically a part of Texas, with dusty bars and cowboys and cowboy boots and bull riders and watering holes. I adored the setting of this book, and how it's so important to the story, the character, things as simple as speech/writing style. We're first introduced to Jules, who is sweet and kind and supposedly boring, as dubbed by her ex-boyfriend. Jules has been in Devil's Falls all her life, and wants to stay there. She owns a cat cafe, in which you can buy your coffee or donuts or whatever, and cuddle with or pet a cat (there are seven roaming around the cafe). Neat idea, even if you don't like cats! I don't, by the way. Anyway, so Grant is back in town (he's the ex), and he asks Jules on a date. Rude! So Jules tells Grant that she's dating... none other than Adam! Jules does not still carry a torch for Grant, but she wants him to know that she is not boring or a spinster. Best way to shake up rumors? Tell people you're dating the legendary Adam Meyer, bad boy and bull rider. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
The small town of Devil’s Falls is the sort of town where everyone knows what everyone else is doing within minutes – gossip spreads faster than wildfire. When Jules Rodrigez meets her ex, her high school sweetheart, the one who broke her heart when he left town with nasty demeaning comments but without a backward glance, emergency measures are called for – and put into action. She claims that Bull rider Adam Meyer, who has also just returned to town, is her boyfriend. Adam has returned to look after his Mum but has no plans to settle down, he has itchy feet and longs to put the town behind him as soon as possible. Or so he thought until Jules asks him to pretend to be her boyfriend. Their first kiss is hot enough to blow your socks off and reveals their previously undiscovered mutual attraction but their fake relationship has an end date and it is, after all, only fake- isn’t it? Read the excerpt at the end of this post to see just what I mean:) I really appreciate this talented author’s ability to bring her characters to life in the reader’s imagination. I found myself empathising with both Jules and Adam throughout the story. He’s been the local bad boy, the one that left town as soon as he graduated rarely to return, but he’s nowhere near as tough as some assume, he’s got a heart of gold just waiting to be melted and Jules is the young woman to do that. Their relationship is hot but filled with anxieties which impact on their interactions. Jules is usually the ray of sunshine that manages to cheer everyone up but when she’s down, who will help her? I also loved Aubry, the people hating best friend and defender of Jules – she’s a brilliant character in her own right and I’m very pleased to discover she’s to have her own novel – I can’t wait to read it! This is the fabulous first book in a new series, a series that I’m looking forward to following. This novel is definitely for adults with some steamy scenes appropriate to the Brazen line together with a well developed plot, superb characters and, like all other books I’ve read by this talented author, is an enthralling read that I have no hesitation in highly recommending. Many thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for providing an ARC of this novel in exchange for this, my honest review.
Foolproof Love is a fast paced read. You’ll get caught up in the pages as soon as you open it. Adam and Jules are such great characters. I’m always a fan of couple that pretend to be a couple and then, you know, sparks are flying everywhere. Both of them are dealing with their own problems, but find that they have fun together. And things definitely get steamy. I think Adam grows so much in the short amount of time we have him between the pages. He realizes some things and wants to change his ways. I really liked Jules quirkiness. My only issue with her is how much value she places in what other people think. And their friends are pretty amazing too. I can’t wait to see what future awaits them. Foolproof Love is the perfect beach read. You can get lost in the pages while working on that tan and sipping alcohol from a teacup. (You’ll see what I mean when you read.)
I really loved Adam and Jules! Their story was sexy, steamy, sweet, and heartwarming!! Jules loves her quaint little Texas hometown. She loves her cat cafe, her best friend/roommate, Aubrey, and her life in general; though she feels everyone in town thinks she's a spinster in training. Her high school boyfriend returns to town after law school, and throws her for a loop. She doesn't have feelings for him anymore, but for some reason, what he said when he broke up with her years ago when he left town has always stuck with her. He gets under her skin and she can't stand the idea that he thinks she's still the same old "boring" girl he's always thought. In walks Adam. Adam is one of her cousin's best friends. They're all 7 years older than her, so she didn't really know him before he left town for the rodeo after he graduated, but in a small town, you still sort of know everybody. She sees him at a bonfire, and asks him to help her make it clear to her ex that she's moved on. He agrees. She's beautiful, and he's only back in town to spend time with his sick mother, and needs the distraction. Famous last words, right?! Adam and Jules had chemistry like whoa from jump. That first kiss at the bonfire started a whole different kind of fire in each of them. They realize pretty early on that they like each other, and no longer really care about her ex, or anyone else. But, he's never put down roots in all his adult life, and doesn't plan to start now. Jules has nothing but roots in her small town, and would never dream of leaving. Adam has a ton of issues from his past that he's never dealt with, and it weighs on him heavily, though he won't acknowledge it. It keeps him from being happy in his life in general. Jules is a caregiver all over. Her best friend is basketcase. She loves first person shooters, has an acerbic wit, and is a burgeoning agoraphobic. Aubrey is hilarious, and they complement each other well. But, Adam doesn't take well to Jules trying to care for him. Meanwhile, her cousin isn't thrilled about their fling, and Aubrey is often putting off the boys 3rd best friend, Quinn. He's decided he likes messing with her, and they have a constant battle of words when they're together. I really loved everything about this book. The characters got along great, they spoke honestly, like adults, and there wasn't a lot of unnecessary drama. Katee did an amazing job, and I absolutely CANNOT WAIT for Quinn and Aubrey. Their humor and interactions throughout this story were epic. Theirs is gonna be a doozy and I am so stoked!
Devil's Falls might be a small town, but it's got a lot of heart, and Jules loves living there. She never had any desire to leave her home and she's settled in nicely, following her dream of owning a cafe, complete with cats to lure in customers who might be lonely and looking for a little feline companionship for an hour or so. Sure, she'd like to have a husband and children one day, but so far, that just hasn't been in the cards, at least not since her long ago breakup with Grant. Now that Grant is back in town, she can see just what a narrow escape she made, and doesn't envy the woman who ends up with him anymore. But Grant seems to think she's fair game so she needs a fake boyfriend to convince him to leave her alone. Enter Adam, bull rider, local boy made good who just never stuck around, back in town to find out just what his mother's been keeping from him. Jules and Adam might be seven years apart, and he may have gotten used to her hanging around when he was with her cousin Denny (one of his best friends) but they're all grown up now, and Adam is quite happy to help Jules play her game. What he doesn't count on is the unexpected rush of attraction to this woman, and the things she makes him long for. Can Jules show Adam that home really is where the heart is? What a fun and sexy read! There are two relationships in this story that I enjoyed equally. The first is Jules friendship with her best friend Aubry. Aubry has her back no matter what, is willing to defend her to all manner of scum (like her ex), and pulls no punches when it comes to telling Jules like it is. As a secondary character she is hilarious, and I really enjoyed the scenes with the two of them. But of course the main attraction is Jules and Adam. Now Adam is a nice guy at heart, even if he's been gone from town for a long time. He's back because he knows his mother is sick, even if she won't tell him exactly what's wrong. His worry for her and his feelings that maybe things would have been different if he'd stayed home weigh down his conscience. But when Jules approaches him about faking a relationship, it certainly takes his mind off his troubles, if only for a little while. They have great chemistry together and there are some super sexy scenes between them. At the same time Adam is up front with Jules that this thing between them, even if they are enjoying themselves, can't become something stronger because he doesn't plan to stick around town. Jules is okay with that, though she finds herself falling for him. Of course she'd like him to stay, but in order for that to happen, Adam has to come to terms with some things from his past, and what he really wants for his future. Adam, Denny and Quinn are a trio of friends with their own particular brand of bromance. They are quite an amusing bunch, and at the same time they have some deeper issues to contend with. And Adam's relationship with his mother is important too. Though there are some scenes that are more emotional, the overall tone of the story is fairly lighthearted. I really enjoyed all the characters in this town, the sexy times and the sweet romance. Jules is a lovely, warm-hearted woman and it was great to see her get her happy ending with Adam. I'm looking forward to more in this series (and seeing who will take on Aubry!).
I love a good Brazen novel, especially when it is set in a small western town and features a plucky heroine and a sexy cowboy. Jules loves her hometown, but is ready to change how she is seen. When her ex returns to town, she convinces Adam, a bull rider who returns to take care of his ailing mother to be her "fake boyfriend". Their fake relationship soon becomes more and leads to a refreshingly sweet story about a good girl and bad boy. I am a huge fan of Entangled brazen line because it features books that are the perfect balance of romantic story with steamy chemistry. I like Ms. Roberts writing style and will happily continue to read her books! I was given a free copy for an honest review.
Thoroughly enjoyable read! I loved the small town setting and the fabulous characters. Jules was so adorable and she had me laughing out loud on numerous occasions. Adam was so hot! and the perfect guy to help Jules get a scandalous reputation. My fav guy is hot, kind, and sweet to older people and animals--and Adam had this and so much more. A pretty quick read. I read it in hours and thoroughly enjoyed it from the first page till the last!
ARC Review: Foolproof Love (Foolproof Love) by Katee Robert The thrill of the chase is almost worth all the heartache that's faced. Jules loves small town living but hates the gossip and speculation that goes with it. Katee Robert is just as rebellious as the characters she writes. She aims for the shock and leaves with the heart. For instance, Adam comes across rugged and tough but he is really a man running scared. The same can be said of Jules. The fact that she thinks outside of the box is the reason I enjoy reading her stories. With Katee Robert there's always something new.
This series is hot! I've never read her books before, but she has easily became one of my authors to look for new stuff from!
Great Read. Couldn't put it down.
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I absolutely LOVED this book! It was hot and funny and hot!!! I couldn't put it down.