Tuesday, February 14, 2023

BLOG TOUR - Stone Cold Fox


A compelling debut novel about an ambitious woman who, after a lifetime of conning alongside her mother, wants to leave her dark past behind and marry the heir to one of the country's wealthiest families.

Like any enterprising woman, Bea knows what she’s worth and is determined to get all she deserves—it just so happens that what she deserves is to marry rich. After a lifetime of forced instruction in the art of swindling men by her mother, Bea wants nothing more than to escape her shadow, close the door on their sordid past, and disappear safely into old-money domesticity.

When Bea finds her final mark in the perfectly dull blue-blooded Collin, she’s ready to deploy all her tricks one last time. The challenge isn’t getting the ring, but rather the approval of Collin’s family and everyone else in their tax bracket, particularly his childhood best friend Gale. Going toe-to-toe with Gale isn’t a threat to an expert like Bea, but what begins as an amusing cat-and-mouse game quickly develops into a dangerous chase. As the truth of Bea’s past threatens to come roaring out, she finds herself racing against the clock to pass the finish line before everything is exposed.
Title:   Stone Cold Fox
Author:  Rachel Koller Croft
Publisher:   Berkley Books
Genre:   Domestic Thriller
Format:   Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   368
Date of Publication:   February 14, 2023
My Rating:   5 Stars

In this incredible debut novel by Rachel Koller Croft, Bea is a woman who uses her past to shape her future. Raised by a conwoman of a mother, Bea knows all the tricks. However, she doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Instead Bea plans on marrying into a very wealthy family. Having set her sights on Collin, an average man in many ways, except for the fact the he and his family are mega rich, Bea is determined to get what she wants. While she might not even love Collin, Bea has her entire future planned with him.

Things don’t go easily for Bea. While Collin is easy, his family notsomuch. Then there is Gale, Collin’s best friend since childhood. They all believe that Bea wants to marry Collin for his money. Well, she does. But, is that the point? No, not really. She know what she wants, and that is all that matters. The problem is Bea’s past. She needs to get the deed done, to become Collin’s wife, before her past is exposed.

Bea is a character that you love to hate. In fact, I couldn’t help but think of Joan Collins’ character in the TV show Dynasty. However, there was just something about Bea that brought out my empathic side. The more I read this book, the more I liked her. With her scheming and conniving nature, she definitely gave me pause, but there was so much more to Bea as the story was developed. It was  impossible not to be drawn to Bea. To connect with her. To see her side of things. Kudos to Ms. Croft for penning such a stunning debut novel.

Many thanks to Berkley Books and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

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Rachel Koller Croft is a novelist and WGA award nominated screenwriter in Los Angeles where she has scripted projects for Blumhouse, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Comedy Central, among others. She lives by the beach with her husband, Charles, and their rescue pitbull, Juniper.

Stone Cold Fox, coming February 14, 2023 from Berkley & Penguin Random House, is Rachel’s debut novel and AVAILABLE TO PREORDER.

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