Hello once again, friend. I’m back today with another book review! Today’s title is The Love Scam by MaryJanice Davidson.
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*Disclaimer : I received a copy of this ebook for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Below you will find the description of the book provided by NetGalley, followed by my personal review and star rating.
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Rake Tarbell is in trouble. When the fabulously wealthy and carefree bachelor wakes up horribly hungover in Venice, it’s not something that would normally be a problem…except he has no idea how he got there from California. Or who stole his wallet. Or who emptied his bank account of millions. Or who in the world is Lillith, the charming little girl claiming to be his long lost daughter. For the first time in his life, Rake is on his own and throwing Benjamins around aren’t going to solve his problem. Now if only the gorgeous, fun, and free-spirited woman who brought Lillith into his life was willing to help the situation…
Claire Delaney finds Rake’s problems hilarious and is not in the least bit sorry of adding to them by bringing Lillith into the mix. A pretty Midwestern girl with a streak for mischief, Claire isn’t the type to hang around with a guy like Rake. Even if he is drop-dead handsome and charming as all get-out. Even if he needs help and she has all the answers. But if this helps Lillith, she will go out of her way. And with a guy like Rake, she’s willing to bend her rules a bit for some fun.
But when adventure-filled days turn to romantic nights as they search for answers, and someone starts following them through the streets of Venice, Claire realizes she’s playing more than just a game. And maybe, just maybe, she isn’t willing to let go of Rake or Lillith just yet.
My Review :
Admittedly, this book took a while for me to get used to. It is very dialogue heavy, but the author writes as we speak – which can be a little disarming at first – at least it was for me. But it was easy to follow and a quickly paced book once I got into it.
We meet Rake in the midst of a pretty wild hangover. It’s not his best moment, but given that he seems to have lived most of his adult life up until this point flying by the seat of his pants, in true Rake fashion he adapts and excels.
Throughout the course of the book we are met with a fierce set of characters. Each of them has had some part of their life that has had an immense part in who they are today.
While it’s easy to mistake what their actual goal is, honestly, I found it quite commendable.
The twist of the actual culprit at the end had me truly laughing out loud.
As we read, we see Rake adjust to a life that is so opposite his own that it’s pretty unrealistic. Overall, the premise of the book is good and I do love a good slow burn romance.
The Love Scam is a great reminder that, good or bad, everything in life can turn around in an instant, and we really shouldn’t take life too seriously because on any given day we can find an adventure if we look hard enough.
I tend to err on the side of being too serious about life, and this is a good reminder that while we need to stay aware, we can step out and have some fun and laugh at ourselves once in a while.