Rumor Has It

Rumor Has It

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This is one bad boy who's fit to print. A notorious jock tackles life - and love - after football with a type-A journalist in this sexy standalone from the author of Eye Candy.

“Contemporary romance perfection, with just the right amount of witty banter and stomach-flip romantic moments.” (New York Times best-selling author Lauren Layne)

Barrett: As a former pro football star, I'm used to playing the field. After injuries cut my NFL career short, my second act as a broadcaster ended on live television when a hot mic picked up a little verbal...indiscretion. But this latest publicity stunt might just land me back on top - much to the chagrin of Catarina Everhart, the prissy, beautiful journalist who's been assigned to date a bad boy (i.e., me) and write about it. Catarina swears I'll never touch her, let alone kiss those full lips of hers. Based on our chemistry, I'm not buying it....

Catarina: Barrett Fox seems to be doing everything in his power to make me hate him. The cocky egomaniac is infamous for his bad behavior, and now, thanks to my boss's harebrained schemes, he's apparently my problem. As one fake date leads to another, I start to see a different side of Barrett. He's close with his family. He does volunteer work. And, okay, he kisses like a dream. Am I really dating Barrett Fox? Or is he playing me? Because suddenly I'm risking my reputation - and my heart.

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ISBN-13: 9781978650008
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 07/31/2018
Series: Real Love Series , #4
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.50(d)

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Rumor Has It 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She climbs in his lap facing him and kisses him deeper
DebraSchwartz1971 More than 1 year ago
Catarina is a very serious, tightly wound reporter who grew up as a Country Cub kid. A Type A personality Barrett is an ex-jock bad boy who did not grow up in a well-off family and seems to continually test how far he can go with his bad boy persona. The two could not be more different. So when they are paired to write a column on dating each other, it is bound to be interesting. Barrett immediately starts out trying to get reactions from Catarina, starting with calling her Kitty Kat and bragging about kissing her until her toes curl. He seems to relish getting on her nerves and pushing the limits of how much bad behavior she will accept. But the longer they are together, the more Catarina sees the man below the surface; she starts to relax and enjoy life more. I started not liking Barrett, but he slowly grew on me. I understood Catarina from the beginning, and she really needed someone to show her how to relax and enjoy life. Loved the banter, the antics, and the chemistry between these two. I was given an ARC of this book courtesy of the author via NetGalley
LisaBee35 More than 1 year ago
Lemmon once again has me hooked with a story full of witty banter, a whole lot of heat and characters that I can't help but love. I love a good enemies-to-lovers story and this one has it all. In the beginning Barrett is a huge jerk, but as the story progresses and he starts to change you can't help but root for him and maybe fall in love with him. Catarina is so straight laced it is nice to see her learn to not be so uptight. Barrett and Catarina are the perfect balance for the other. I cannot get enough of this series and I cant wait to see what Lemmon brings us next!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Jessica Lemmon does it again, no one writes bad boys with big hearts better:)
Janeen More than 1 year ago
This is the fourth book in a series and it's even better than the last three that I've had the pleasure of reading. I've really begun to love this author's books. We've been introduced to Barrett in other books but we get up close and personal with him in this one and Catarina with him is explosive. I won't give spoilers but it's worth your while to read this. They're a fun bunch - I'll tell you that much. At first, you believe that all the grittiness of their "relationship" is for real and then you realize that it's really all an act...they really like each other. Catarina is paired with Barrett to do a series of "Dates" that are supposed to be real but are far from it...they're actually the complete opposite! So what is this couple to do? You find out that the Barrett you think you know and the Barrett he actually is are two totally different people and the true Barrett is the one that's really easy to fall in love with. This ended up being a favorite of mine.
BookFidelity More than 1 year ago
I have a confession to make, readers. I did not realize that I had a previous book by Jessica Lemmon called Eye Candy that I have not finished. I just wasn't feeling it? I think, however, that I have to rethink that stance after reading Rumor Has It. Catarina is a no-nonsense hard working journalist. Barrett is a former NFL player who is also quite the bad boy. They are placed together on a writing assignment in order to draw in readers and also clean up Barrett's reputation after he insults a female referee. Catarina is, of course, not pleased by this aspect - especially since she has a boyfriend. This story is a definite enemies to lovers - with a lot more resistance that I was expecting. We have some side stuff with Catarina's boyfriend which I definitely never expect when it comes to romance books. I have a thing for jealousy in characters in my romance books, so this was definitely welcomed. These two were lovely, and, though I don't think I'd consider them my favorite characters, I did enjoy being welcomed on their journey. I recommend this book for any enemies to lovers fans out there - you won't be disappointed.
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading about Barrett and Catarina in Rumor Has It by Jessica Lemmon, her fourth book in The Real Love series. Barrett is a former pro football player whose career as a broadcaster ended when he went ballistic on a ref. He is hoping this latest gig, writing about his dates with a journalist, will land him back on top. Catarina is an uptight, beautiful journalist who’s been assigned to date a bad boy, Barrett, and write about it. As one fake date leads to another, Catarina starts seeing a different side of Barrett; his closeness to his family, his volunteer work, his dyslexia, and his kisses. In the meantime, Barrett is bringing fun into Catarina’s life. When outside meddling causes Barrett’s dyslexia to become public, will these find it inside themselves to forgive and accept the love each has for the other? I truly enjoyed reading this book and had trouble putting this book down. Ms. Lemmon wrote a wonderful story that had me smiling at the end. She drew me in and did not let go until I turned the last page. I definitely recommend this book to other readers and I am looking forward to the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
BeckyRendon More than 1 year ago
Rumor Has It is sweet, fun, and a little bit naughty. It got just enough push and pull to keep you entertained. The Bad Boy former NFL player and the journalist with the stick up her butt...yeah, it's fun. Fake dates for the win. These two needed to get out of their own heads to find what they were missing.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
This is book #4, in the Real Love series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and understanding, I recommend this series be read in order. Barrett has to "pretend" date another reporter, so they can make ratings magic. Not a stranger to the publicity stunt genre - he decides to go for it. Then he meets the elusive Catarina. Catalina has never been so insulted. She already has a boyfriend - why must her boss play this game? Barrett is no prize. Ratings is the key here. Only the attraction she is feeling seems to be mutual..... This book was sparks galore from almost word one. The very sexy characters banter well. The book has a great pace, and lots of heat to keep one turning the page. This is a great addition to the series. ***This book was provided by Netgalley and its publishers in exchange for an honest review.
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
Rumor Has It, by Jessica Lemmon, is a fun, flirty novel that will charm anyone looking for a lighthearted read. Set in the newsroom of the Columbus Dispatch, there are bound to be newsworthy fireworks, and Lemmon does not disappoint on that score. Her hero and heroine are likable with off the charts chemistry. Fans of Lemmon will recognize her distinctive voice. New readers will find a go-to author who reminds them of Lauren Layne. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
Laura_F More than 1 year ago
Rumor Has It is book 4 in the Real Love series but it's the first that I've read. Catarina is a journalist who has to 'date' The Bad Boy of the NFL, Barrett, for a series of columns for the magazine she works for. Barrett is trying to save his career as a broadcaster after being caught on a hot mic. Catarina is a perfectionist and hates this assignment. Barrett is arrogant and does his best to live up to his nickname. I'm a sucker for enemies to lovers and fake relationship stories. This book was so funny and once these two succumbed to the insane chemistry between them, there was an intense amount of heat. After reading Rumor Has It, I have to go back and read the first three books in this series!!!! *This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
Lit_Litehosue More than 1 year ago
Rumor Has It is a fun book to read. After his previous career is thrown off track, Barrett and Catarina are thrown together to write a column on dating. Two people from different backgrounds put into a dating situation that could be disastrous, but the chemistry is off the charts. This book kept my attention all the way through and made the time fly by. Good way to spend my day!!
Lit_Litehosue More than 1 year ago
Rumor Has It is a fun book to read. After his previous career is thrown off track, Barrett and Catarina are thrown together to write a column on dating. Two people from different backgrounds put into a dating situation that could be disastrous, but the chemistry is off the charts. This book kept my attention all the way through and made the time fly by. Good way to spend my day!!
FromTheSouth More than 1 year ago
I’m not sure where to begin my review on this one. As always, I certainly did enjoy the writing style, especially due to Catarina, the sassy heroine. Surprisingly, this author can pull off first person dual POV without bludgeoning us with overuse of the word “I”. You could definitely feel the attraction and chemistry between this main couple, once Catarina got over her instant dislike of Barrett, which at first was well earned. You also got a glimpse into Barrett’s problems, poverty stricken past, and how fame and fortune didn’t buy this famous bad boy, former NFL football player love and loyalty. It was also endearing how he was able to push his loser sibling issues aside in order to be able to reach out and help another family member who needed him. With that being said, there is no rationale or reasoning that lets a guy completely off the hook for bad behavior. The past is the past, folks. It doesn’t have to determine the future. It is a choice to become narcissistic and obnoxious. Barrett came across both of those in the very beginning. Fortunately, his character took a turn for the better once this couple actually started getting to know one another. However, Barrett certainly made it difficult to like him at first. Inappropriate flirtatious remarks had me raising an eyebrow a time or two. But it was at 30%, while he is on a work related fake date with Catarina, that he earned a major penalty flag from me. Illegal contact/holding came to mind due to the manner in which he grabbed the backside of a complete stranger. Her later off-screen giving him her phone number didn’t speak well of her, either. Handsome or not, any self respecting woman wouldn’t have put up with that. She betrayed her sisterhood and own dignity with that move. Oh, and you’ll likely take issue with the reason he got fired from his last job in the first place. I simply have no words to describe those imbecile remarks,. What I especially wasn’t a fan of was his past history/occasional references to an on and off again former lover/fiancee of six years, a woman named Beth. Nor Barrett’s admission during their very frequent breakups, he took advantage of numerous one night stands just because he could. Though he claimed to be loyal while they were together, he didn’t bat an eye about sleeping around during their frequent separations. At 40%, a mental comment about make-up sex after he went cave man jealous when Beth showed interest in another guy wasn’t appreciated, as well. Nope, this avid romantic at heart just doesn’t appreciate that OW type commentary. Despite the fact some tried to use it as an example he could do a long term relationship. Unfortunately, it was obviously a very dysfunctional one. Already in a rocky relationship of her own, Catarina, the heroine, had enough sense to see right through Barrett, despite their instant attraction. When that relationship sank, Barrett is barely holding himself back from moving in for the thrill of kill in seducing Catarina, whom he calls Kitty Cat. With dancing around each other that evolved to doing the tango between the sheets, these two unlikely love birds take their work relationship to a whole new personal level. They truly start to enjoy each other’s company, along with their smexy time together. Rumor has it book 5, America’s Sweetheart, is in the works now. With zero details currently available, I have no clue who it will feature. (I read/reviewed a NetGalley ARC ebook.)
Mgrabeel More than 1 year ago
Catarina Everhart isn’t very excited about her latest assignment. Her life is order and this is everything but that. Always focused on her career, everything else has paid the price. Barrett Fox isn’t where he thought he’d be after a career-ending injury along with an on-air lapse of judgment and he’ll do whatever it takes to get back into broadcasting. Playing the role of the “Bad Boy of the NFL” for a little longer is sure to get him noticed I have read other works by this author and was happy to get my hands on this one. The plot was a bit different though no less intriguing and I loved getting to know the characters as well as revisiting a couple from a previous book. I was immediately pulled into this book and hooked all the way through. I felt like the characters were very well developed and I loved the interactions between them. I look forward to reading more by this author and would definitely recommend her to a friend,
ViperSpaulding More than 1 year ago
A witty, intelligent opposites-attract rom-com! Caterina is a very professional journalist, who is assigned to “date” Barrett, a notorious bad boy ex-football player. They each are tasked with writing opposing-viewpoint commentaries on the development of their relationship, but neither expects their chemistry to be so intense and life-changing. This book had me laughing out loud many times, with a wicked sense of humor and a willingness to poke fun at life’s absurdities. Underneath it all is a solid emotional foundation, a love story with a huge heart and surprising depth. I read this book in one evening while ignoring everything else in the real world because I just couldn’t put it down until I was cheering at the triumphant ending. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this book.
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
Review That cover, that cover ladies is the lure right into the spider web that is Barrett Fox. Once there, you won't want to leave. I read this book twice, yes I did. You know you read a book and wonder what was going on in the authors mind when they wrote it and what they were thinking .....yeah you know. You've done it. Holy hell what a story this is and I loved Cat and Barrett. Barrett took a little getting used to, kind of like trying to scratch the itch you just can't reach. Cat was extraordinary. I loved her. Her wit, brains, sarcasm and low tolerance for Fox's bull. Barrett just gets off on rubbing Cat the wrong way and nicknames her KittyCat. One more thing she added to the pile of nonsense that grated on her nerves about Barrett. The list just grew. Cat writes a lifestyle type column for a newspaper and her boss decides to kick things up a notch with summer coming and Cat's relationship articles are going to take a new twist when she's going to "fake" date the ex NFL player and now unemployed football commentator Barrett Fox. This serves two purposes, makes the paper money her boss Mia says and Fox needs the good press after his blowout at a bad call on live TV. Cat is instantly against the idea and when she meets Barrett, she's doubly sure she wants no part of this jackal wearing dress pants and nice shoes. Barrett can't help himself every single chance he gets he's busting her chops and totally loaded with innuendo. Oh this man. He made me crazy in the best way. So these two go on dates, each writes a commentary about the date, separately. Neither of them knows what the other wrote until they read it. Barrett really struggles getting his thoughts down and Cat offers to help and he declines, meanwhile he's wooing her with coffee and being nice. Seriously... he is. The relationship evolves and these two throw off more sparks than the 4th of July. Barrett was a panty dropper without a doubt and had Cat purring. The back and forth was great. The dialogue was over the top. The way they played of each other was the best. I wanted to wake and shake too! Then like all great stories when one (Fox) of them steps in it and suffers from verbal diarrhea, along with a couple other unmentionable ailments; wow did I ever get whiplash. Cat already dealing with enough and there's Barrett. She did what I would have done. Barrett deserved to simmer in his own juices a little longer than he did. I had a couple WTH moments when I read what he said twice. I told you I read the book twice. Is all well that ends well? This book is an absolute must read and my favorite book of the series!! Starting with that cover. Just dive into this one like I did, because it's that good. It deserves far more than 5 stars. It's a keeper. Insanely great read Jessica! **arc from NetGalley and publisher for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.** (less)
micharch More than 1 year ago
Catarina and Barrett could not be more different if they tried. She was raised by parents who golf and belong to the country club, he crawled his way out of the wrong side of town and played in the NFL until a shoulder injury caused him to retire. Catarina's editor has decided that she is going to pair these two up to "date" and write his and her articles about their experiences. Catarina goes into this work project with some attitude and was not overly friendly or nice for most of their first encounters. She was snarky at best and it was off-putting to me at points. Her personality grated and was unfounded, except that she was very judgmental. Barrett is struggling to overcome an on-air meltdown that caused him to be sidelined from his gig as an on-field reporter for ESPN. He is now trying to generate good publicity and sees this as a good opportunity. He takes Catarina's attitude in stride and I gave him credit for that. No one will ever describe him as being conforming to social standards, but he got a bad rap from people who never knew the real him. He is bad at relationships with women. He finds Catarina a challenge and he tries his best to get her to like him. Their story was interesting. They had a push/pull that was believable. Catarina was in her head a lot in this book and it took away from her enjoying life. She was pretty rigid and needed someone like Barrett to soften her hard edges. Barrett needed Catarina to show him that he was worthy and not always a screw up. Overall a good read. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.
Momma_Becky More than 1 year ago
I'm always up for a good enemies to lovers romantic comedy, and having enjoyed this author's work before, I was excited to read Rumor Has It. The story does have all the elements for a potentially hilarious and romantic read, but it missed the mark for me. The wonderful thing about a bad boy in romance is that he meets that special someone who makes him want to be better, to be redeemed. Barrett comes across as so over the top sexist in his interactions with Catarina that I found myself asking why she would even bother to try. Then we have Catarina who is so reserved and stuffy, she seems unapproachable. They are enemies right from the start, and they're most certainly opposites. So much so that I couldn't believe a romance would blossom from this arrangement. Grated, Barrett and Catarina are forced together for the sake of an article, so it is a fake relationship from the start. The problem is it never felt like anything more to me. I assume that the over the top personalities were done that way for the comedic element, and while parts were amusing, neither character was particularly funny. In the end, it's just hard to root for and connect with unlikable characters, making this one a disappointment.
Cali-Jewel More than 1 year ago
Laugh out loud fun, sweetly sexy, emotionally engaging romantic journey filled with lots of irresistible passion and witty banter. Barrett is a sexy, sweet talking former NFL player looking to clean up his reputation after a argument captured on video went viral. Catarina is a sassy, sexy and talented writer that loves her job working as a reporter for an online news blog. They are complete opposites but the attraction between them is stronger than magnets... Loved this highly entertaining and thrilling adventure.
beckyb0416 More than 1 year ago
If ever a story brought me to tears, this one did, but in a good way, Barrett Fox definitely created more of an emotional response then so very many characters before him...Ms Lemmon has always been able to elicit that response from me with each of her books. It was not only the chemistry drew me into Barrett and Catarina's world, but more so by the honesty that is expressed when least expected. Seeing a man so unavailable as Barrett Fox fall so deeply exceeded all expectations for the type of HEA that I've come to expect from other authors...this author definitely knows how to deliver the unexpected and capture your heart at the same time. Well done Ms Lemmon. This ARC book was complimentary, provided by the Publisher and NetGalley. I am voluntarily providing my honest review.
voraciousreaderKB More than 1 year ago
FUN, SWEET AND SEXY!!! Jessica Lemmon does a wonderful job writing a delicious story with great lines and unforgettable characters. I enjoyed every minute of this witty, flirty story filled with bantering and sarcastic remarks. This is the fourth book in the Real Love series and it is a standalone. Catarina loves her job as a reporter for the online newspaper, The Columbus Community Chat. However, she is not happy with her current assignment. Her boss wants her to go on six dates with Barrett Fox and than write about the experience. Catarina is beautiful, rigid and guarded and from the moment she meets Barrett, she hates his egotistical attitude and she doesn’t trust him. But as time goes on, Catarina starts to enjoy their time together. Catarina discovers Barrett has many layers and many good qualities. Barrett was a popular Ohio State football player who made it into the NFL, only to suffer a career ending injury. Barrett is trying to get back his sideline reporting job, so he agrees to write stories about dating a reporter. Barrett is gorgeous and used to getting any woman he wants. It surprises him when Catarina doesn’t immediately fall under his spell. He admires Catarina’s spunk and enjoys making inappropriate remarks just to rile her. I enjoyed reading about Catarina and Barrett. They bicker, banter and drive each other crazy as they fall in love. Even though they are total opposites, they somehow click. I love everything about Barrett. He is a smooth talker and sweet and vulnerable behind his arrogant attitude. This is a fun, sweet and sexy story. Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this book vIa Cocktails and Books and Netgalley. The opinions expressed are my own.
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Rcvd an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) Well I have a hit or miss with this author. I didn't hate this book but I didn't love it. Barrett was too confident and arrogant. and Catarina was too judgmental. So we have an enemies to lovers story, but it was pretty difficult to get there since they both annoyed the hell out of me.
Dalitza More than 1 year ago
Sweet, fun and sexy! In her latest “Real Love” series, Jessica Lemmon couples ex-NFL’s cocky bad boy and the prim and proper journalist Catarina Everhart for a publicity stunt that will boost sales, put the jock back on the broadcaster seat and turn a few fake dates into more than anyone ever expected. On the surface, Barrett Fox fits the ex-jock bad boy persona to a tee and Catarina could not dislike the idea of being in the same room much less fake dating him. But being forced to interact with him for the sake of her column has given her the opportunity to see a different side of him. And while Barrett was used to having women fawn all over him, he had his hands full trying to get Catarina to give him the time of day, let alone get a chance to explore the chemistry between them. What no one could have predicted though, was that their faux relationship would turn into the real thing. Lemmon continues to provide tales full of wit, great banter, delicious sexual tension and wonderful characters that get me hooked right from the start. Even though Barrett comes off as a too relaxed, sure of himself smart@$$, he is a wonderful hero whose inner layers show a caring, sweet and hardworking man who has a secret he struggles with and tries to hide even from Catarina. But what’s no secret is his quest to make her feel desired. One of the best aspects of the novel is that it falls under the enemies-to-lovers trope. Watching these two battle it out was super fun while they exchanged barbs and cute nicknames, and seeing how they fell was flat out swoony making the hard-won happy ending feel honest between the two seemingly opposite characters who turn out to be a perfect fit. Rumor Has It is book #4 of the Real Love series by Jessica Lemmon. It is a standalone contemporary romance, told from both points of view with a happily ever after and epilogue.
JSorret2 More than 1 year ago
Barrett. You really are an a**, aren’t you? And Clarissa Is smart, and beautiful. Exasperating. Way too uptight. Ack!! The two of you deserve each other! And that’s just it, isn’t it? This Fake relationship is very real indeed. Now what? There were so many things I loved about this book… And a few I didn’t. Like I said, at first I hated Barrett. But little by little I began to see him-- the real him-- the one he was hiding. Clarissa drove me nuts! How could someone so smart be so dumb? Never mind. Bottom line: Very good story. 4 ½ stars.