Title: A Fool for You
Author: Katee Robert
Series: Foolproof Love #3
Genre: Hot Contemporary
Length: Short Novel
Available: 3rd Oct
It’s been thirteen years since Hope Moore left Devil’s Falls, land of sexy cowboys and bad memories. Back for the weekend, she has no intention of seeing the man she never got over…or the two of them getting down and dirty. It’s just a belated goodbye, right? No harm, no foul.
Until six weeks later, when her pregnancy test comes back positive…
Daniel Rodriguez hasn’t forgiven himself for how things went down with Hope all those years ago. He knows she’s better off without him, but when she shows up on his doorstep, panicking because she’s pregnant with his baby, he can’t help seeing it as a chance to make up for the past.
Too bad Hope has no intention of going along with his plans.
Source: ARC from Entangled: Brazen via NetGalley
This is my first read from this series and I found it okay. It’s readable and sexy – up to a point. I liked Hope’s strength and determination, even though I found her forgiveness came far too easily.
And then there was Danny. Wow. Sure, I can see there is a reason for him feeling guilty over what happened thirteen years ago, but he’s a serial wallower. He could win awards with that level of self-pity, and the way he treated Hope back then was pretty bad. Then again, the way he treats her now isn’t entirely great.
I really hated the lack of compromise here. Hope turns up worried she might be pregnant, so Daniel instantly demands she move in with him. I could see that he didn’t want to live so far away from his child when it was born, but not only does he not consult Hope about this, he just assumes her life isn’t worth keeping because it’s away from him, his family and further from her parents. She runs her own business. She has been living a successful life away from him for over a decade, but no, because she turns up on the doorstep of the father of her possible-baby when she’s panicking about it, clearly it means her other life is empty and useless and not worth keeping.
I’m making far more of this than Hope ever does, but it annoyed me. Never once does he even consider the possibility that he might move, because his life is obviously so much better, as shown by the way he wallows it away.
When added to some of the other things Daniel thinks/says/does and I just couldn’t like him. Yes, at times he can be sexy. However, even though these two have plenty of sex and do have great chemistry at times, the emotion between them seems quite shallow. The first hook-up comes out of nowhere and after that Daniel pretty much uses sex to stop Hope from questioning the cracks in their non-relationship – and she lets him do it.
Throw in the too-fast ending with an apology that doesn’t come close to making things all right, and this gets a low level okay from me. If I’d cared about the characters more, I probably would have been disappointed by how things went down. As it is, I found it easy enough to read, sexy at times, but I couldn’t really connect with it because Daniel sucked all the fun out with his relentless self-pity.
A Fool For You is out October 3rd.
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