Title: The Love Scam
Author: MaryJanice Davidson
Series: Danger #2
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 320
Date of Publication: August 4, 2020
My Rating: 4 Stars
A sweet and sassy contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson.
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, Rake is not the kind of man Claire hangs around with. 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.
Rake Tarbell has memory of how he ended up in Venice - all the way from California. No wallet so no money, as even his bank account has apparently been emptied. Then he is in the presence of an adorable little girl claiming that he is her father. He also meets Lillith's guardian, Claire Delaney.
So, it is apparently a hangover of massive proportions for Rake. How in the world is he a father? And, why is he is Venice? What a great start to a funny book by MaryJanice Davidson. Imagine being woken up and someone saying, 'hey, this is your daughter'.
Apparently, Claire holds all of the cards. Will she provide proof to Rake that he is indeed Lillith's father? What is really going on in this story? Then, considering that our three major players - Rake, Claire and Lillith - all have secrets, the book slips between humorous and serious. Then add the layer of sexiness when it soon becomes apparent that Claire and Rake most definitely have a connection. Oh, one more layer, and that is an air of mystery in the story.
So, for a fun read, one where you can spend a few hours with an enjoyable book, be sure to pick up a copy of The Love Scam. I hadn't read the first book in the series, Danger Sweetheart, but I didn't feel I was missing anything at all with reading the second book. I would love to read another book in this series if it continues.
Many thanks to St. Martin's Griffin and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
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