Crimes of the Heart #1
Publisher: Dirty Dog Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Series
A gambit for love, a half-baked revenge plot; one hot Seattle summer…
One minute I’m minding my own business enjoying the sunshine, next I’m wearing my iced coffee.
I’m going to teach Tobias Barrington a thing or two; first: you don’t always get what you want. I have no idea what the second is, I’ll cross that bridge when I come to it.
Falling in love with Tobias is not on the list.
I’ve never forgotten Arnie Ferguson, or the night we had together. When I find him again, I want to get to know him—as more than a friend.
I may come from a wealthy family; but I know better than most that money can’t buy happiness. But brash, socially awkward Arnie Ferguson makes me think happiness is possible when you let your heart choose.
Feinted Love is a first person, dual POV, following Arnie Ferguson and Tobias Barrington as they do their best to awkwardly fall in love. No cliff hanger, HEA guaranteed. Heat level, 3+.
I loved this sweet second chance romance. I loved both men, but Arnie with his zero brain to mouth filter and his tendency to make up his own – often totally wrong narrative – really resonated with me. He’s sweetly awkward, and I liked how his revenge plot derailed so quickly and completely. Tobias is a nice guy, and I loved how being with Arnie gives him the courage and push to finally do what he needs to take back control of his life.
Arnie and Tobias are so very sweetly awkward around each other. I cheered for them to get together as soon as they met up again, and had to keep reading for their HEA. I loved how the longer they know each other, the more their mutual trust grew, along with their falling in love.
I love this author. Whatever genres she writes, she never disappoints.
The supporting cast are wonderful and feel very three dimensional. I’m very happy that Duff is getting his own story, and I hope Charley does too. They both need their own HEAs. Tobias’ sister Sarah-Michelle (I kept thinking Buffy and wondering if she was named in part because of that show) and Arnie’s mother, Rita, totally rock, as does Gale who owns the coffee shop where Arnie works. I thought the author did a great job in showing how awful Tobias’ parents are, although I’m interested to see if his mother turns out to actually be redeemable. His father though is definitely not. He’s the opposite of supportive and the conclusion to his story made me very happy.
The HEA is perfect and fits these guys so well. I’m looking forward to getting glimpses of them further on in their relationship in the other books in the series.
5 out of 5 stars.