The Love Coupon

The Love Coupon

by Ainslie Paton

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How many coupons does it take to fall in love?

Flick Dalgetty knows what she wants and how to get it, which is why she’s about to start her dream job in Washington. Until then, she needs somewhere to crash, and Tom O’Connell’s place is her sole option. He’s a repressed, antisocial ogre…but man can he kiss.

For Tom, being around Flick is like being too close to the sun. Her untamed energy is overwhelming, and he’d spontaneously combust if he had to live with her long-term. Housemates with benefits—and an expiration date—suits him just fine.

Then Flick gives Tom thirty coupons, each entitling him to one obligation-free activity, from bowling and bubble-bathing to morning delight, removing all the guesswork from being incompatible partners and shifting their fling into high gear.

Now the problem is their arrangement is drawing to a close, and they might be falling in love—and there wasn’t a coupon for that.

This book is approximately 90,000 words

One-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you’re looking for with an HEA/HFN. It’s a promise!

Carina Press acknowledges the editorial services of Mackenzie Walton

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488081163
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication date: 04/09/2018
Series: Stubborn Hearts , #2
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 176,075
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Ainslie Paton always wanted to write stories to make people smile, but the need to eat, accumulate books, and have bedclthes to read under was ever present. She sold out, and worked as a flack, a suit, and a creative, ghosting for business leaders, rebel rousers, and politicians, and making words happen for companies, governments, causes, conditions, high-profile CEOs, low-profile celebs, and the occasional misguided royal. She still does that. She also writes for love.

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The Love Coupon 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
belllla More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It was funny, witty but also story with depth and start really living your life. Tom and Flick cannot be more different but that is at the end that makes them a great couple. They complement each other in the areas that they need. Both are great developed and in instant likable. Tom had me positively surprised because he was so much more than when we first saw him. Flick (the nickname I didn't like) is also very interesting, strong but when it comes to her family she is, in my opinion, weak, but there is where Tom helps her set boundaries. The attraction between them is off the hook and every next coupon is hotter and hotter. Loved the book. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Netgelly
kozbisa More than 1 year ago
A few of my fellow bloggers put Paton on my radar, and am I glad they did, because The Love Coupon was such a fun and sexy read, which I am filing this under "books that made my face hurt", because that ending left with smiling from ear to ear. Who? • Tom, a super disciplined PR man, who likes his life nice and tidy. • Flick, a lobbyist, who was ambitious, and ascribed to a "no-holds-barred, anything-goes approach". What? His roommate recently relocated for a job, and Tom was unable to afford his mortgage on his own as he awaited his promotion. Flick was looking for short-term housing as she finished out her current employment contract and prepared for her move to Washington DC to begin her dream job. It seemed like they were each other's perfect solution, but would Tom be able to handle Flick turning his world upside down? Why? I was such a fan of this couple. Tom was this outwardly grumpy guy with a secret heart of gold, and Flick was a total spitfire. I loved watching hurricane Flick knock Tom off his rails. The chemistry between Flick and Tom was off the charts! Flick described it like this, and I sort of agree: "Oh, the chemistry was every letter in the alphabet, and the alphabet was freezing, melting, burning, giving off vapor, reducing, expanding and fusing." Yes to awesome chemistry, and also to the fun, sassy, sexy banter. Tom and Flick had an interesting rapport. This was a hate-to-love sort of thing, where Tom was not Flick's biggest fan in the beginning, but she was relentless, and eventually won him over. "You're a rodeo, Flick Delgetty. Always trying to throw me off." I, for one, was grateful that Flick was so persistent, because these two were something special together. They made each other see the world in a new way and rethink the things they believed. They made each other world bigger and better. And let's give it up for epically beautiful endings! My heart exploded at the end of this book. My sappy sap self was beyond happy with the way Paton wrapped up Flick and Tom's story, and I couldn't think of a better way to end it. Overall A steamy hate-to-love-roommate romance, which left me brimming with joy.
ReadingLlama More than 1 year ago
Trigger warnings: [manipulative family, death of a parent (as a child), cancer] A grumpy hero and an insanely energetic heroine? Yay! While this looks like a fluffy rom-com, it actually isn’t – that’s not necessarily a bad thing. While it’s still pretty darn funny, it’s also very feels-laden. This is the second book in a series, but works perfectly well as a standalone. Tom is a big grumpy bear, solid as a mountain and about as fixed in his ways. He’s laser-focused on his career, and the big promotion is within his sights. Like Tom, Flick is also very career-focused, but that’s where the similarities end. Tom thinks Flick falls somewhere between an entire circus and an amusement park ride – effective at her job but in a loud, showy, Energizer bunny way. Flick is heading off for her dream job in another state in a few month’s time but is desperate for some place to stay. Luckily enough, Tom has a room to rent at his place. Surely this odd couple can put up with each other for three months? Well, I think we know how that turns out! To be honest, while I love grumpy heroes or heroines, I’m not a big fan of people with Flick’s “electronic-shockagram, disco-light-strobe, tip-you-upside-down-and-shake-you-while-laughing-like-a-horror-show” personality, and there’s a scene with glitter that I certainly would not have reacted well to! But Flick really grew on me, and she had very good reasons for being who she is – the youngest child, who needed to be loud and over the top to get attention and get out of the poverty her family accepts as normal. Like Flick herself, her and Tom’s relationship is a bit of a roller coaster, from industry acquaintances to friends to lovers back to friends and THEN back to lovers. The coupons the book is named for don’t come in to play until they already have a roommates with benefits relationship, as a way to count down the last thirty days before Flick leaves. Their relationship was delightfully fun to follow. Each character has baggage that makes them the way they are, and makes their chances of a relationship with anyone pretty low, let alone two such different people. I almost put the book down around the halfway mark, because I just could not deal with all the feels. Luckily, while the second half of the book is still feels-laden, it’s much happier feels. Even the sex scenes – of which there are plenty – were intense, emotional and character-driven, including some ridiculously hot phone sex. As for cons, I had some issues with the way Flick’s family was portrayed as only interested in her for what she could buy them. Some of this really hit home for me, as I’ve had some experience being the family ATM. All it showed, though, was the one-note experience of her family using and using and using her, none of the regular family interactions with her nieces or sister or mom that draw the person back in. The family members were rather blatant about using her, where in my experience, it was more passive-aggressive guilting than outright demands for stuff. Also, I found the resolution to this part of Flick’s story unsatisfactory, since after several “on-page” scenes with the family, the actual boundary setting happened off-page. Overall, though, I really enjoyed this book. Steamy sex, all-the-feels conversations, and all the best bits of two very opposite people becoming better people because of the other. Highly recommended! I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
On the heels of The Love Experiment which was a fun look at two reporters pushed into working on a story together and discovering they quite liked finding out what made the other tick, the Love Coupon is the second and equally enjoyable romance in the Stubborn Hearts series. Stubborn Hearts is a great tagline for this series as in each instance the characters are determined to keep their hearts protected - to no avail, as it turns out. Where book 1 has a more lighthearted feel, this one gets quite emotional (It's got ALL THE FEELS) and takes you on a ride of joy and sadness and everything in between on the way to a well deserved happy ending. Flick is a lobbyist who's had a tough upbringing, moving out on her own as a teenager and with the opportunity for a dream job in Washington. But it's a few weeks away and in the meantime she needs a place to stay. Tom's in marketing, his latest client a pharmaceutical company looking for branding. He's neat, organized, quiet, and in line for a promotion. Until then he needs someone to help pay half the mortgage since his roommate moved away, and Flick, a woman in his career circle whom he defines as 'made of bees' for her energetic non-stop buzz is probably going to be the roommate from hell, but he can't say no. What follows is an adventure in lust and love as these two go from wary acquaintances to friends to lovers (and back to friends, and then again to lovers) in a roller coaster ride of emotions and hot sex. The sex surprises them both in how compatible they turn out to be, sharing their desires and secrets and finding themselves challenged to keep it in a neat little box with a definite time clock ticking as Flick's departure gets ever closer. The 'coupons' Flick uses to show Tom some of what he's been missing in his ordered life don't actually come into play until later in the story, once they've already established their somewhat complicated relationship. There are some gut wrenching emotional scenes too, more angst than I'd expected, but ones that make their connection all the more real. As opposites, they complement each other in so many ways and I loved seeing them make those little connections that turn their worlds upside down. There are interesting scenes with friends, difficult scenes with family, sharp scenes on the disadvantages of women in the workplace and scenes that moved me to laughter and tears. The ending flayed me. If you're expecting a romantic comedy, you'll get that, but a lot more too. Don't say I didn't warn you.