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Tyler Jacobson has a plan for everythingexcept how to handle his completely annoying, utterly frustrating, and totally sexy upstairs neighbor. He couldn’t care less if Everly Ribinski thinks he’s equally irritatinguntil he discovers she’s the only one who can help him land a business deal that will finally make him feel like he’s more than just a guy from the wrong side of the tracks.
Color him shocked when Everly refuses to help, insisting she should have run him over in the parking garage when she had the chance. Harsh. But possibly deserved. Tyler may have spent the last few months reveling in annoying the fiery gallery owner with a dark past, but he’s got secret leverage she can’t refuse.
If only they could stop trying to one-up each other long enough to realize the pranks are nothing more than foreplay. Of course, he figures it out quicker. He's smart like that. Too bad Everly wants nothing to do with him. Or does she? Wait. What is she up to now?
For a man who’s always scheming, the best-laid plans never felt so good falling apart…
Each book in the Harbor City series is STANDALONE
* The Negotiator
* The Charmer
* The Schemer
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When Avery Flynn isn't writing about alpha heroes and the women who tame them, she is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. She has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and has a slight shoe addiction. Find out more about Avery on her website, follow her on Twitter, like her on her Facebook page or friend her on her Facebook profile. Also, if you figure out how to send Oreos through the Internet, she’ll be your best friend for life. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She’d love to hear from you.
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Jet-lagged and so tired his brain was leaking out of his left ear, Tyler Jacobson jerked to a stop in the narrow hallway of his apartment building, barely avoiding getting crushed to death by eight feet of boxes.
So this is how it's all going to end. He was going to die getting run over by a stack of boxes moving straight at him, seemingly all on their own power. Well, it was a pretty unique death, even if being dead would really get in the way of his plans to take over the world.
"Hey, I'm walking here," he called out as a joke, using a line from one of his favorite movies and using a fake blue-collar accent. His normal accent was much more refined, thanks to six months' worth of voice lessons to get rid of his natural working-class inflections when he'd first graduated college.
The stack of boxes halted and tilted forward slightly, followed by the muffled sound of the metal dolly clunking against the carpeted floor. But no one appeared. Okay, he'd been kidding about the whole ghostly boxes thing. He owned the building, even if he didn't handle the day-to-day management of it, and knew it wasn't haunted even if he'd been the kind of person to believe in that kind of bullshit — which he wasn't. He may not sound like it, look like it, or act like it anymore, but some parts of growing up across the harbor from the glitz and money of Harbor City didn't go away, and a skeptical worldview was definitely one of them.
"Sorry, didn't see you," said a woman's disembodied voice from behind the boxes.
"I'm not surprised." The woman needed help. Times like this, he wished the building had a doorman to assist with moving boxes. He really needed to look into renovating so there would be room for a small lobby. When she didn't make a move to go around the boxes, his curiosity got the better of him. "Are you hiding back there?"
A woman peeked around the boxes. A pretty woman. Scratch that. A gorgeous woman — with large, expressive eyes that were too big for her face and the kind of hair a man could wrap his hand around in bed.
She narrowed her sharp brown eyes, taking a full summary of him in a nanosecond from her rather impressive height, assessing the situation with a calculated ease that told him without her having to say a word that there was more to this woman than her looks. She had the kind of perfectly smooth hair, perfectly applied makeup, and perfectly sexy set of legs encased in designer jeans that screamed "contained" — but just barely.
"Why would I hide?" she asked, her thick Riverside accent as real as the attitude she was copping. "You don't scare me."
Tyler had the feeling very little did. He liked that. And from her accent he could tell her roots were as blue collar as the ones he did his best to hide. Jury was still out on how he felt about that.
He held out his hand. "Tyler Jacobson."
"Everly Ribinski," she said as she shook his hand, quick up, down, and release. Her gaze had widened ever so briefly when their skin had touched, but she'd caught herself. Could be mutual attraction or she was shocked he'd not tried to use the moment to linger. Jury was still out on that, too. He imagined a woman as beautiful as she was got a lot of unwanted extra touching by men when strictly business should be the name of the game. His belly tightened for a moment at the thought of any man sexually harassing her, but she met his gaze with such confidence, he figured they'd been treated to a verbal kick to the groin had they tried it. He found himself grinning at the mental image of her putting some man in his place.
And then he realized he was standing in the hallway, blocking her from finishing her move-in, and grinning like an idiot at her. When she simply raised one brow, he shook his head. Get it together, Jacobson.
He tried to get his fried brain to work. Gorgeous women weren't new to him. They liked him. He liked them. Winwin. However, for some reason, Everly made his very fast brain stutter to a near stop. He blamed the fact that he'd had to take the red-eye from Hungary with a teething and very angry baby on board and a seatmate who loved to talk.
"Nice to meet ya," she said when he didn't move. "But I gotta get these up to my apartment."
The sexy way she dropped her A's was doing crazy things to what was left of his addled brain.
"You're 3B." Of course, his mind picked that moment to actually start working. The gallery owner who was leasing the street-level commercial property in the building. "I'm 2B, but don't worry. I don't mind being beneath you."
What the fuck did you just say, Jacobson?
In his sleep-deprived mind, he'd meant that because he owned the building, he didn't mind not being on the top floor. But she didn't know he owned the building, and now he wasn't sure telling her wouldn't seem like he'd said that just to work in he owned the building. Remain rude or look pathetic? Either option left him looking like the asshole he'd just acted like.
And to think he had used his brain and communications skills to put millions of dollars in the bank in the matter of only a few years. Come on, Jacobson, think of something to say that isn't an innuendo or bragging. Something helpful. And then get the hell out of here while she still lets you.
His mind jumped around from pivot to pivot, each follow-up potentially life-threatening in the minefield he'd just created.
"I can hook you up with a great guy I know; he helps people get rid of accents." Okay, not his first choice of topics upon just meeting someone, but it qualified as helpful.
She planted a hand on a round hip and narrowed her eyes. "Accents?"
"Yeah." He nodded, realizing too late what fuckery his jet-lagged brain had just gotten him into.
"And what's wrong with how I speak?" Everly asked, her tone hard. No A's were dropped suggestively that time, as each word came out like bullets from a machine gun.
He thought he heard the faint ringing of a bell before a boxing match began in the distance of his subconscious, and his gaze darted around for a way to get to his apartment quickly. She deserved an apology, he was sure, but he was afraid he'd just dig the hole even deeper, he was so jetlagged and off his game. "Umm. Nothing?"
Tyler could read anyone, know their weaknesses in a moment, and use them to his own advantage. It's how he had turned his consulting firm into the one organization in Harbor City guaranteed to make businesses successful. Part coach, part drill instructor, part Machiavelli, he brought whatever was needed to the table to transform companies and take them from good to great. But for the second time that day, his scheming mind was drawing a blank. As the shock of that settled into his belly and set up shop, he had no choice but to throw her a self-deprecating half smile he'd seen his friend Frankie do all too often, which always charmed the ladies and got Frankie out of sticky situations. Hopefully he wasn't as rusty at trying to charm his way out of a mess as he felt.
She pursed her cherry-red lips together, her intelligent eyes narrowing as she picked up on his change in tack. This woman was far too clever, and she was having none of it. She nodded as if she were actually considering what he'd said. "But I should change it?"
Minefield. Minefield. "Forget I said anything." Really. It would be a blessing at this point, since they were going to be neighbors. He sure as hell wasn't going to let her know he actually owned the building after acting like such an ass. Thank you last-minute red-eye flight from Budapest.
Normally, Tyler was the one in any situation analyzing the room, looking for the best angles. But as he watched her options flash behind her eyes while schooling her features to remain calm, he was impressed by the plotting going on behind those big, dark eyes of hers. She seemed to consider smiling. He could see the corners of her eyes almost crinkle. But, from how he imagined her perspective, if she played it flirtatiously, she might get a neighbor who constantly cornered her for more attention. Her mouth started to turn down. She could try anger that he was in her way, that he had insulted her, but they had to share the same building, so that was unnecessary stress, especially with her business downstairs. Finally she seemed to settle on a guarded but friendly persona that shut down any opportunities on his part for help or further conversation. Damn. She was good.
"Okay," she said with a smile that looked almost genuine if a little annoyed, then waited, staring at him. "Tyler?"
"Yeah?" he asked, stuffing his hands in his pockets and gracing her with another of what he hoped was a charming smile.
"Can you move?" she asked, her tone teasing. "I don't want to run you over."
"Oh," he said, moving like lightning to get out of her way. "Sorry."
She just nodded, disappeared behind the stack of boxes loaded on the dolly, and moved past him down the hallway. Okay, this entire interaction had been a dumpster fire of jet-lagged idiocy on his part, but watching her heart-shaped ass move as she walked away was pretty damn good.
* * *
Forty-eight hours later, and Everly was breaking down the last moving box. The rent on her new apartment was obnoxiously high — nothing new for Harbor City — but she couldn't beat the commute. The Black Hearts Art Gallery was in the same building on the ground floor. Since she put in a ton of hours trying to keep the gallery in the black while covering her nunni's expenses at the nursing home, that three-minute commute was worth the extra rent.
Moving all her stuff from her old, small apartment had been a pain in the ass, but it was done now. That deserved a celebration. She shot off a quick text to her friend Kiki, inviting her out for drinks, and then headed to the hall to drop the boxes in the recycling area. She made it two steps before the smell of smoke hit her.
She ran to the stairwell. It wasn't tire-fire thick black smoke, but there was still a gray haze floating up to the third floor along with the smell of charbroiled something to make her whip her phone out of her back pocket as panic squeezed her lungs. She didn't see smoke yet or hear an alarm, but she was sure that was just a matter of seconds away.
"9-1-1, what's your emergency?"
"There's a fire in my building."
After giving the operator her address, she hustled down the stairs with only one thought in mind — getting the hell out of there before she got stuck in some sort of towering inferno situation.
"Fire!" she hollered on her way down, knowing her voice was loud enough to carry back to Riverside.
She made it to the second-floor landing when someone called out her name. Acting on instinct, she turned and immediately regretted the too-fast movement. Her four-inch heel caught in the carpet, and she flailed forward, gravity yanking her downward at the same time. Moments before she could stop her fall with her nose, a strong arm wrapped around her middle and yanked her back against something unyielding and — she sniffed — smelling of burned baker's chocolate.
"You okay?" Tyler asked, letting her go once she'd regained her balance.
"We gotta go." She grabbed his hand and yanked him toward the stairwell — well, she tried to yank him, but he was too solid and muscular for her to move an inch. "The place is on fire!"
"What? No. I was cooking and set the heat too high in the oven," he said, as if it were no big deal to almost burn down a building. "It was smoking up my whole apartment when I got out of the shower."
She looked around, noticing that the smoke was indeed lessening. That's when the first blare of the sirens sounded, barely louder than the fear pounding through her body. "The fire department."
"Tell me you didn't call them," he groaned. "They've already been out three times this month."
"For your cooking?" she asked, not thinking about her question, just concentrating on calming her breathing before she hyperventilated. After the apartment complex next to hers had burned to the ground when she was a kid, even the idea of a building fire freaked her out.
He crossed his arms across his chest. "Yeah."
Any other time and she would have checked out the way his biceps looked in his short-sleeve shirt and the sinewy lines of his forearm. Arm porn was usually her weakness. As it was, she was too busy giving herself a pep talk to do more than barely notice. In. Out. In. Out. Don't lose your shit. Stay in control.
"Ever think of cooking lessons?"
His jaw squared and the vein in his temple bulged. "Ever think of checking things out before you overreact?"
"Overreact?" And whoosh, the panic came roaring back along with the memory of the screams coming from that burning building. "I came out of my apartment and the hall was filled with smoke."
He looked up the stairwell, and even with the anger dueling with her panic, she couldn't help but take advantage of the perfect opportunity to take a long look at his face without being observed. The man was too good-looking for her taste. Square jaw. Model-perfect nose. Dark hair that could work in a shampoo commercial. And his eyes? That shade of blue should be outlawed for what it did to a woman's heart rate — not to mention her panties — when he stared right at her.
They hadn't run into each other since the day she'd moved in. When she'd gotten over her annoyance at his rude suggestion for voice lessons, she'd remembered the fatigue she'd seen around his eyes. Another neighbor had mentioned he'd just gotten back from Europe, and she'd been prepared to let the mishap go and start fresh. She'd reminded herself that just because a man is rich and would go to the lengths of taking voice lessons to shed his blue-collar upbringing did not make him like her father. The fact that he'd wanted her to lose her accent too though was a red warning label in neon lights that she would do well to pay attention to.
But they were going to be neighbors for a while, so it was prudent to not create avoidable situations. Nothing to do with how his hand had felt holding hers or that ridiculously sexy half grin he'd tried to use on her. Of course, her second impression of him was not faring any better than the first.
"I barely see any smoke," he grumbled.
She jerked her gaze upward and saw ... nothing but air. "It must have dissipated."
"Sure it did," he said, sounding exactly the way her nunni had whenever she'd called Everly out in a lie without actually using the words "liar, liar, pants on fire." The sound of sirens blared outside, followed by the thunder of booted footsteps on the stairs. "Tell that to the firefighters."
She did. They weren't convinced. By the time the firefighters had checked the building, specifically Tyler's apartment, and left, she was more than ready for that drink with Kiki. Before she could head back upstairs, though, Tyler appeared next to her with a bakery box that he handed to her with an apologetic grin. Inside was a plate of burned-to-hockey-puck-hardness brownies. And that solved the mystery of what in the hell had been smoking up the building.
"And then he just left?" Kiki asked a few hours later while they were tucked away in a corner booth of their favorite wine bar.
"Yep," Everly said, still trying to wrap her brain around it. "He walked back into his apartment and closed the door."
Peering at her over the top of her wineglass as she took a drink, Kiki gave her friend a questioning look. "This is the hot one you talked to in the hallway who made the crack about your accent?"
"Yep." God, she got sick of people thinking someone with her accent needed to change it or she wouldn't be taken seriously. All through college that had been the number one piece of advice from people in the art department. She'd told them to take a flying leap then, and she would now, too. She was proud of where she was from, and even people from Riverside could appreciate art.
"And today he gave you inedible brownies?" Kiki asked. "Do you think he's crazy?"
She shook her head. "Just pissy."
"Look, you're gonna have to live in the same building as the guy. I say you make a peace offering."
It wasn't a bad idea. Who wanted to go to war with their neighbor as if they were urban Hatfields and McCoys? "Suggestions?"
"Here." Kiki reached into her purse and whipped out a gift certificate for her company, Be Merry Catering. "The guy obviously can't cook. I can provide a week's worth of meals. All he has to do is call and tell me what he wants from our at-home menu."
It was brilliant. "You're the best."
"True story." Kiki lost some of her teasing humor. "So how did your last visit with Nunni go?"
A heaviness invaded Everly, and her limbs felt like concrete blocks. "About as well as could be expected with the dementia. She thought I was my mom again."
Kiki winced in sympathy. "So you got the lecture?"
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was a great read. It had great heart and sexy at the same time. The characters were well developed and it was a full story. Left me wanting more. The whole series is great!
The Schemer is the last book in the trilogy Harbor City series. It is a stand alone issue and does not have to be read in order. This book is hot, the banter is laugh out loud funny, the plot of enemies to lovers is well written, doesn't have a cliff hanger and has a perfect HEA. I would recommend this book because it's just so dang awesome and once you start, you can't put it down! Tyler Jacobson, is born on the wrong side of the tracks and has set goals to wipe that part of his life out completely. He is a self-made millionaire and even though some of his best friends still live in Waterbury he tries not to go back home unless he has too. He has decided to move back to the very first apartment building he ever bought and with that comes a curvy, high-heel wearing, irritating, upstairs neighbor, Everly Ribinski. Everly, is from Riverside, also the wrong side of the tracks but instead of hiding it, she is proud of it and flaunts it, which rubs Tyler the wrong way. They each take turns trying to out irritate the other. However, this is just like foreplay to them. Tyler needs and in with a hotel tycoon and Everly, who happens to own her own art gallery is very close with this person. With each encounter the fire burns hotter until they decide on a fling that will last only while it's "fun". When the "fun" has run it's course, the irritant has become a distraction and he must decide if Love will outweigh his scheming ways...
This is a fun, flirty, passionate book! Everly and Tyler are such great characters – I would love to have Everly’s moxie! She knows who she is, where she’s from, and offers no apologies! Tyler tries everyday to forget where he’s from, working hard to become ‘one of the important people’. Everly and Tyler start off trying to one-up the other in the ‘scheming’ department and these are so funny! You’ll be giggling at their tricks they use on each other! And keep your eyes open for the ‘coin flip’! This is a great story with characters you care about and want what’s best for them. Such fun, feels and emotions, passion, heartache, truth, and so much more. Do yourself a favor and read The Schemer – you won’t be disappointed.
Cute, sweet, funny love story?? Check on all points!! I really enjoyed this book, once I got into it. It's my fault it took me a while to get into the book, the book itself is awesome! Everly starts off with a strong dislike for Tyler, Tyler likes Everly from the very beginning. When will they realize that they are falling for each other?? I really enjoyed this book! I hope you do too!! Happy reading!!!!
The Seducer, book three in the Harbor City series by Avery Flynn is the right title for this confusing yet funny book. Tyler Jacobsen is an up and coming business man trying very hard to cover up his roots. He attended a prep school with the people who have become the movers and shakers of Harbor City and is always looking toward his next winning acquisition. One night, while jet lagged, he literally stumbles into a new tenant, Everly Ribinski , who is beautiful but has an attitude. Being exhausted Tyler walks into 3B, Everly’s apartment instead of his, 2B, and the fun begins. Their banter is hysterical. Everly owns a gallery in the retail area of her apartment building; although pricey it is convenient. Tyler in 2B enjoys getting under her skin; he burns everything he cooks causing the Fire Department to come numerous times, he steals her favorite parking space and is always complaining about her high heels clomping around overhead, giving him headaches. Her heels are her signature style! Worst of all she finds out he is her landlord. Finally these two form a crazy kind of friendship as Everly begins to fall for Tyler, reluctantly, with both of them understanding that it will only last until it is no longer fun. Tyler decides to take advantage of one of Everly’s mentor’s and propose a huge hotel deal to him. All seems to be good, with deal working, until an outburst by Everly at a gala make Tyler say things to her that devastate her. That’s it, the fun is over. He realizes his mistake, a little too late since Everly already started changing things up. At this point I really wanted to shake them both! This book is a fun romantic comedy, a hilarious heroine, and great characters. I have to say this wasn’t my favorite book in the series as I loved the first two but I can still recommend this book to other readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
The Schemer by Avery Flynn is the third book in her Harbor City series. Another flirty, fun, sexy, romantic story told in dual POV between Tyler Jacobson and Everly Ribinski. This can be read as a standalone but is better read in series order. Each book continues with another couples story along a progressing timeline. Tyler has worked extremely hard to egt where he is. He is now rubbing shoulders and doing business with the Harbor City elite, regardless of his blue-collar birth place across the harbor. Voice coaching to get rid of his "wrong side of the tracks" accents and always a plan laid out at least six-steps ahead. He excels at reading people which is why he is beyond baffled at the epic failure of his first meeting with Everly, his upstairs neighbor and all-around beautiful woman. Although, it may have something to do with him placing his foot in his mouth in EPIC proportions the very first time they met - maybe. Everly has successfully opened her own art gallery and is making it, barely, but she is doing it. She is proud of where she came from, not embarrassed by her blue-collar background at all. When Tyler suggests a voice coach for her accent her hackles are up right away, but she manages to not tear him down, he is, after all, her downstairs neighbor. But when he just keeps stepping it where she is concerned a feud begins between them. One that enjoys just as much one-on-one time (sex) as it does fighting. But can Tyler ever get past her lack of embarrassment at her upbringing or trust that she can fit into the upper-crust niche he himself is trying to squeeze into? Feisty, sexy to the max, laugh out loud funny and a bit emotional too, this was well-written, well-paced and decent page-turner. Enjoy!
The schemer is a story with a little bit of something that will appear to almost any reader. Tyler and Everly are each by themselves really interesting and fun characters. He is a consultant who came from "the wrong side of the tracks" and is trying to leave that side of himself completely behind. She is an art gallery owner who had a humble beginning but has a scrappy attitude taht lets the chips fall. I love when she gets upset and gets a little snarky. I laughed my way through this story and can't wait for more from Ms. Flynn.
I really enjoyed this book. I knew Tyler would finally come to his senses and learn to follow his heart (or finally let his friend's words seep into his thick scheming brain). Love his friends!! This is a very fun, flirty, witty and oh so sexy story. I love Everly! She's a spitfire! It would definitely take a woman like Everly to shake Tyler's world up. Love them together; love their witty banter, flirting and their oh so hot and steamy encounters. I also really liked the simultaneous Helene storyline so much!
The Schemer is an addictive read….the cover caught my eye, and when I read the synopsis I knew this was going to be a good book. I was RIGHT! I was hooked from the very beginning, the first time Tyler and Everly met. The fireworks began right then and just continued, from their trying to one-up one another to them falling in love. Tyler, who prides himself in always being in control, won’t have a clue how to deal with the fiery Everly. “Love was crazy and out of control and overwhelming to the point where a person could lose themselves completely.” The title for this book was perfect because Tyler is most definitely a schemer, and it has made him a success. He, like Everly, wasn’t born into privilege and money. He was determined not to be like his parents, and he worked hard to accomplish and achieve all those goals. However, somewhere along the way, he has schemed himself. He’s been so busy trying to know what people’s plots and plans, trying to come out on top, that somewhere along the way he has lost an important part of himself. As much as he has tried to not become his parents, he is becoming more like them every day, pushing away those that love him the most, especially Everly. He will have to come up with the scheme of all schemes to win her back. I want Everly as a best friend. This woman is loyal, loving, and tough. She has had to work hard to achieve her goals, but unlike Tyler, she hasn’t lost her self-identity. She has accepted her issues with the past and has moved on from them, making it priority to make her and her Nunni’s life better. Speaking of her Nunni, I adored their relationship. It made me thankful for the relationship I had with my grandmother and made me miss her. She never hesitated to protect those she loved, even Tyler when he wouldn’t take up for himself. One of my favorite things about the book were the added chapters about Helene and Alberto’s romance. She has spent so much time taking care of others, and it was nice to see her find someone who would take care of her and help her find happiness again. Flynn created a sexy romantic comedy, but it also packed an emotional punch about family and self-discovery! Looking forward to reading more in this series. ****Read and Reviewed for Devilishly Delicious Book Reviews***
Tyler is a good man with a few annoying flaws. He plans, he overthinks and his emotions never see the light of day. He has one goal. Success. Everly is a good woman with a host of flaws. She's opinionated, moody and let's her emotions guide her choices. When the man with a plan meets the girl with heart, all of their best laid plans go out the window and temptation rears it's annoying head. The Schemer is the two best sides of Avery Flynn, hilariously funny and heartwarmingly delicious. Ms. Flynn let's more humor shine through with the Harbor City series, but she never forgets how appealing speaking to the heart can be.
The Schemer is deliciously naughty fun. It's a battle of the "down and dirty attitude" and the "pretentious wannabe". May the odds be ever in your favor... Two neighbors and a feud that will have you cracking up at their particular forms of vengeance, makes The Schemer highly entertaining. The tension and desire wafting off of these two make it hot. And the meddlesome "friends" are the icing on the cake. The cast of this book will have me going to start at the beginning. I can't wait to meet them where it all began.
Review: THE SCHEMER (A Hot Romantic Comedy) (Harbor City Book 3) by Avery Flynn Publication Date: February 5, 2018 Genre: Romantic Comedy Reviewed by: Reading in Pajamas/ Donna Rated 4.5 Stars I thoroughly enjoyed this witty romance between Tyler and Everly. Their banter and attempts to one-up each other while fighting their attraction, was a lot of fun. Ms. Flynn did well in showcasing how differently each of them handled issues from their past, and how those differences ultimately helped the other find happiness. I also liked the side romance with Helen and Alberto, it was lovely and heartwarming. Overall a fun, quick read. *Review copy provided by the NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The synopsis sums this book up very well, folks. This feisty art gallery owner heroine, who is from the local blue collar hood and proud of it, and the social status obsessed hero, who tries to distance himself from the very same ties, start off verbally sparring back and forth, all while fighting their undeniable attraction. Their own personal baggage though keeps giving them reasons why they shouldn’t be a couple, Yeah, they drive each other absolutely crazy to the point they keep crashing into each other’s arms and lips. Though at first they came across as rather childish/petty with their back and forth barbs, you just knew something big was starting to brew between them. Tyler’s ambition to be the undisputed heavyweight business tycoon of the elite at times got in the way of his overall likability. While Everly’s “love it or leave” approach to life endeared me to her. She’s the one who stayed true to herself throughout this enemies to lovers romantic tale. As this is the first book of this series I’ve read, I can’t compare it to the previous stand-alone but linked storylines. Just know this author does throw in lots of very graphic, steamy scenes with lusty language once the ball finally gets rolling between this meant to be together pair. For me what made it was Everly never letting Tyler get away with anything. With a nicely done wrap up near the end that sets more than one thing right, groveling and confessions of the heart lead this couple down a path headed towards future wedded bliss. Btw, there is a sweet secondary romance of a much older couple intermixed throughout the main plot here, as well. Title: The Schemer, Series: Harbor City (Book 3), Author: Avery Flynn, Pages: 300, stand-alone but part of a series, art gallery owner heroine, business tycoon hero, enemies to lovers, back and forth banter, slow to come to his senses, knucklehead moment, groveling hero, HEA, no cheating, no love triangle, no OM/OW, hateful ex-fiance causes trouble. Rating: 3.5 stars Book 1 - The Negotiator Book 2 - The Charmer Book 3 - The Schemer (I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book via NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I was not given any payment or compensation for this review, nor is there any affiliation or relationship between this reviewer and the author/publisher/NetGalley.)
I wasn't sure at first if I was going to like Tyler, but then his nerdy side showed and I was a goner. He made Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings references, swoon! I mean he does have his jerky moments, but why it works for me is because he redeems himself. Tyler and Everly rub each other the wrong until their chemistry has them rubbing each other in delicious of ways. They shouldn't want anything to do with one another, but as a reader I could see how perfect they are for one another. Their journey is a long one, but filled with humor and heat. Tyler's ex, boy did I want to strangle her. Avery Flynn did a great job of writing a very unlikable character. I thought the epilogue was the right touch to end this book.
The Schemer is book three in the Harbor City series by Avery Flynn. I fell in love with the second book in this series so there was no hesitation to read this book. And I’m so glad that I did! Tyler Jacobson grew up on the other side of the harbor. His parents were volatile and never hesitated to take out their tempers on each other and on their only son. When Tyler was awarded a prep school scholarship in Harbor City, he got out as fast as he could and from then on, did everything he could to separate himself from his roots. Tyler’s mind never stops planning, always two steps ahead, proving to everyone that he is more than his parents. That he was successful. But he never really felt like he’d completely accomplished this. He never really felt accepted into the Harbor City Society. He has one more big plan in the works. If he can pull this one off, it will do it. It will finally prove what he is capable of. Everly Ribinski also grew up across the harbor. But unlike Tyler, she accepts where she came from. It’s a part of her. Everly lives for art. It’s her passion. She is the owner of a fledgling art gallery and lives upstairs in the same building. The first time she laid eyes on her downstairs neighbor, she felt that zing of attraction. But she could tell at first glance that this was the type of guy she needed to stay away from. Men were trouble, especially one with an insatiable drive to be successful. Everly and Tyler get off to a rough start and start a sort of friendly feud. Tyler can’t cook at all, and frequently burns his cooking attempts. He may have burnt a few things on purpose, knowing it drove his neighbor crazy. Everly has a love of high heeled shoes, shoes that make lots of noise in the apartment below her. So she may have worn those shoes constantly, and stomped around her apartment, knowing she was driving Tyler crazy. Tyler has a lucky quarter, and has trusted his future to it many times and never been let down. So when Tyler and Everly finally face off, Tyler takes out his lucky quarter and challenges Everly to a coin flip, knowing that his quarter won’t let him down. “Of all the men in Harbor City, it had to be him who did this to her. And they said the fates had no sense of humor.” Of course, the competition between them soon turns to lust. Try as they do to ignore it, it was inevitable that the attraction would win. Could they just get it out of their systems, or would it lead to a hunger that couldn’t be filled? “She’d thought she’d been hot before, she was wrong. This was the face of the sun hot and all she wanted was more.” This book was so much fun. The feuding between Everly and Tyler was hilarious. But these two also stole my heart. Both had pasts that they wanted to forget and reasons for wanting and needing to make something of themselves in Harbor City. But they were also off the charts hot together. Their chemistry was electric. “Everly was the one woman who had the ability to tie him right back to the one thing he’d spent most of his life running away from, and if he wasn’t careful he’d go with her, smiling like a happy idiot.” There is also a side story here between Helene Carlyle and a sort of surrogate father figure to Everly, Alberto Ferranti that I loved. They were so adorable. This was such a good book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I have a ton of distractions going on right now and the fact that even with everything going on, these two stayed on my m
This was my first comedy by this author and I found it a fun, fast read which had me grinning, with plenty of giggles and laughs through out to the end. This third book in the series has Tyler and Everly. They’re brought together as unwanted new neighbours and decide to make the best of it. Tyler’s cooking skills add lots of smiles and the bantering and dialogue between these’s two is just hilarious at times. The brilliant writing by Avery Flynn makes clever dialogue for a romance not to missed.
Crazy fun, sweetly sexy, emotionally thrilling and surprisingly real not looking to fall in love romantic journey. Complete with a secondary romance that has a delectable sizzle that is all its own and was very engaging to read. Visiting the whole gang again and finding some new and very intriguing charters, loved it! Tyler Jacobson is the wiz kid from the wrong side of the tracks that made millions and is doing his damnedest not to look back. Then in to his life comes Everly Ribinsk this sexy, sassy and hard to ignore gallery owner that owns her working class roots and proudly displays them. The chemistry is of the charts and the dialogue is whitey and real. Loved everything about this enemies to lovers romance.
3.75 stars--THE SCHEMER is the third instalment in Avery Flynn’s contemporary, adult HARBOR CITY romance series. This is real estate developer Tyler Jacobson, and art curator Everly Ribinski’s story line. THE SCHEMER can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. Tyler Jacobson is the one-time best friend and nemesis of Sawyer Carlyle-THE NEGOTIATOR. Told from several third person perspectives including Tyler and Everly THE SCHEMER follows the acrimonious relationship between real-estate developer Tyler Jacobson, and art curator Everly Ribinski. Everly has just moved into an upscale apartment to be closer to her beloved grandmother- Nunni-a woman suffering from age on-set dementia; and within steps of her up and coming Black Heart Art Gallery. Meeting Tyler Jacobson, a fellow tenant, finds our heroine on the receiving end of a seduction she had never intended to carry through. What ensues is the back and forth, one on one, face to face confrontations that pull together two people from the wrong side of town who have made it big in the world of high finance, art and real estate development; and the potential fall out as Tyler struggles with the connections to his past, and the social class where he feels he no longer belongs. Throughout the story line the reader becomes a little more familiar with the fall-out between Tyler Jacobson and Sawyer Carlyle as Tyler’s ex-fiance renews a smear campaign against the man she destroyed years before. Everly refuses to allow Irena to continue her attacks against the man with whom she (Everly) is falling in love but sometimes remaining calm is the best defense against an embittered offense. Tyler carries a self-imposed burden and chip on his shoulder that tends to control everything in his life. Everly and Tyler’s relationship is a series of sexually palpable confrontations; a one-upmanship of he said/she said sarcastic comments, grounded in a mutual attraction that is pushed ahead by a well-meaning but manipulating woman who wishes to see all of her children find their happily ever after. The $ex scenes are intimate, seductive, passionate and intense without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. There is a side story developing between socialite Helene Carlyle (Tyler and Hudson’s mother) and Italian hotel magnate Alberto Ferranti. Helene never expected to find another love following the death of her beloved husband Michael but meeting Alberto Ferranti stirred something within the Carlyle matriarch-something she long thought buried and gone. We are introduced to Everly’s best friend and caterer Kiki; Tyler’s ex-fiance Irena; and Alberto’s son Carlo Ferranti. I have not had the chance to read Hudson’s story (The Charmer book two) but I am looking forward to, one day, catching up with Sawyer’s brother. THE SCHEMER is an intoxicating tale of as one man struggles to move on from his past, and one woman battles between her head and her heart. The premise is playful and edgy; the characters are colorful and impulsive; the romance is spirited and determined.
The Schemer (A Hot Romantic Comedy) (Harbor City) by Avery Flynn is book number three in the Harbor City series. This is Tyler Jacobson and Everly Ribinski's story. Tyler and Everly discovered that they were neighbors. Their first meeting did not go so well. These two seem to know how to push each other's buttons. The banter between Tyler and Everly was funny and entertaining but I had a hard time connecting to the characters. Once Tyler starting showing the real Tyler the story did redeem itself. FYI, contains mature content. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
4 1/2 STARS FOR THE SCHEMER!! Another great story from this amazing author. I enjoyed Tyler and Everly's story with all the bantering, which makes for a page turning book. Avery Flynn is one of those authors that make you smile when you read her books. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.
I loved this story for Everly and Tyler. When I first started reading their book, it was hilarious reading their sarcastic and funny banter. They were cracking me up. From the moment they met, they had a sizzling chemistry. Everly and Tyler just fit together, despite neither one of them looking for any kind of relationship. I loved the pace of the story along with the added bonus love story of a strong older woman and very romantic older man. Now that bonus was unexpected and sweet. The incident of Tyler's ex-fiancee was wrapped up nice and neat with a bow on top. But my most favorite part was towards the end after the angsty drama between Everly and Tyler and the way their reconciliation was handled. It was a way i could definitely get behind, support and see myself responding in the same way. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Tyler, Owner/manager of the building where Everly lives and works! Tyler has a run in with gallery owner Everly and needless to say he does not make a good first impression, he is not his best when suffering from jet lag ....he decides to try make it up to her by making brownies ..she calls the fire department lol . This is another fast paced fun HOT read by Avery ! As always there is a great core group AND extras lol. come along on the twisty ride that is their story . You will enjoy !
Winning is Everything....Or so that is what the motto Tyler lives by. It seemed he wanted t forget it all. He was only living in the present and act as if he did not have a past. He comes off as an a*hole. I really didn't think I could thaw my heart for him. And then comes Ms. Everly! They had a lot of similarities that you will see in the book. The Schemer has a little bit of it all. The little bit of sassy, sexy, and a whole lot of drama. I loved revisiting with the characters from the Harbor City previous books! Ms. Avery Flynn and done this series justice and you need to read this book to see if Everly and Tyler will make it in their relationship? Or will they destroy it before they had a chance?
My favorite thing about enemies to lovers is the passion behind all that hate. Tyler and Everly had a ton of passion and chemistry. From the burning of every meal by Tyler and nearly setting the building on fire to the constant barbs traded back and forth, this book had me laughing constantly. Tyler has been trying to shed his wrong side of the tracks image since he was a scholarship student at a fancy prep school. Everly can't stand people like Tyler, who only care about the image, and has no problem telling him just what she thinks. I loved that despite what seemed like differences, Tyler and Everly were so similar and seemed to bring out the best in each other. I haven't read the first two books in the Harbor City series but the glimpses of the characters from those books in The Schemer make me want to know more about Sawyer and Hudson Carlyle. *This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
Having read the first two Harbor City books, I couldn’t wait to read Tyler’s story. Yes, he comes off as a jerk in the little he is seen in Carlyle brothers books. But that’s what made him intriguing to me. We only see his personality through the lense of Sawyer and Hudson’s stories. I wanted to see what made Tyler tick. Tyler is a self made man from the wrong side of the rver.. He wasn’t born to the elite upper crust of a Harbor City. He’s a Waterbury scholarship kid, who’s done his best to change his voice, look and social standing. In fact, his best friend Frankie is his only connection to his hometown. Everly , his upstairs neighbor, is also a Harbor City transplant. But she doesn’t try to hide her working class Riverside roots. She’s sassy, loyal and proud of her Nunni that raised her and the streets she grew up on. She has no use for someone like Tyler. And this is what makes them so much fun! They are more alike than either realizes or would be happy with. Their banter is hilarious, the sexy times are definitely sexy and the secondary characters add to the story, rather than distract, in my opinion. With her trademark humor and snappy dialog, Avery Flynn does not disappoint with The Schemer!