Release Date: Jul 30, 2019
Series: Misadventures in Matchmaking
Heat Level: Hot
Imprint: Avon Books
Enemies to lovers is still my favorite trope and Lorret nails it!
Ainsley Bourne needs her family’s matchmaking business to be successful. As long as the gambling hell across the street remains open that will never happen. Ainsley, being completely of sound mind decides to do the only thing she can… go to war.
Sterling’s owner, Reed Sterling is determined to become successful. The son of a tavern owner, he deems his worth based on overcoming the upper classes and making them pay. He’s built a successful business and is close to reaching his life dream… until Ainsley comes into the picture. She drives him crazy and he can’t help but find their little spats on the front steps a nice interlude to the humdrum of his day. He doesn’t expect that she’ll rise to meet the challenge. When the games ensue these two become more entangled than planned leading to them discovering the best fact of all… they complete each other.
Ainsley, oh Ainsley… this heroine is fabulous. She’s repressed, has been through a bunch of crap and survived, and is inspirational. I love how she takes a stand against Reed, though it may be misguided. The point is that she’s a woman who refuses to let anything stand in her way from being successful. That’s exactly why she declares Reed as her fiancé when a horrible person from her past shows up. Not because he makes her heart race or has her dreaming crazy dreams.
Reed is so alpha and supportive. He’s not an alpha hole, and finds Ainsley’s feisty nature admirable. Even her desire to make her business successful appeals to him. When she is threatened it appeals to his protective nature and that triggers their close connection. Reed is a great hero with only his male pride working against him. I love how he works with Ainsley and embraces the fire they have between them, relishing it.
This story has great chemistry, banter, and conflict. Whether outside forces or the H/h engaged in verbal barbs I was immediately engrossed in the story. The villains are hideous, and we all know I love a good villain. The circumstances both characters have experienced are real and timely. Lorret kept me on my toes, I couldn’t predict how the story would resolve and I loved not knowing.
Overall, this is probably one of my favorite reads this summer. So good I zoomed right through it, but I need to read it again. This is a great conclusion to a series and I can’t wait for whatever Lorret is coming with next. She has quickly topped my auto-buy list, and isn’t moving anytime soon.