Friday, October 6, 2017

Fool Me Once by Catherine Bybee

From Weekday Brides to First Wives, a dazzling series about four women and their alliance of newfound friendship, unexpected love, and second chances.

Cynical divorce attorney Lori Cumberland lives by one motto: Love is grand, but divorce is a hundred grand. With one failed marriage under her own personal belt, Lori had fallen hard and early—and it isn’t something she plans on repeating. She’s content focusing on the temporary marriages of her rich and famous clients. When she joins some of her recent divorcées on a celebratory cruise, her only vow is fun, sun, and new friends. But Lori finds herself tempted by a jury of one.

For Reed Barlow, falling into the world of private investigation was easy. He knows the law and knows how to avoid breaking it—all while doing his job. His rule to live by? No emotion, no involvement… until Lori. His charming smile and cocky attitude distracts Lori and lowers her guard, which is exactly what Reed desires.

But what appears as a one-time-only flirtation may be a plot orchestrated by Reed. As he’s taking his investigation to a dangerous level, it’s Lori who could end up in jeopardy. Reed has only one shot for Lori to grant him a second chance. But if he comes clean with her, he blows his cover. And that just might cost him the opportunity for an alliance of family… and of love.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I really rather enjoyed the non-standard route which this novel takes. Lori and her friend Sam certainly have an interesting business model, which sets up some great twists in this book. It isn't exactly a romantic suspense, yet there are some dangerous moments.

Lori, as a divorce lawyer, has long given up on love for herself, but if anyone could tempt her, Reed would be the man. He feels pretty much the same way about her – sadly the complications are immense, but he tries to ignore them and hope for the best. At the beginning I was not at all sure about either of them being people I could warm to – but Ms. Bybee convinced me that they were worth cheering on.

As the 'fling' turns more serious, and as things most definitely heat up both in the bedroom and with the 'Petrov' issues, the conflicts of interest grow. But by now, I was invested in Lori and Reed – and so ended up staying up far too late so that I could satisfy my need to know what happened next! Ms. Bybee did not disappoint me.

Now I am looking forward to who will be the featured First Wife in the next book.

New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee has written twenty-seven books that have collectively sold more than three million copies and have been translated into twelve languages. Raised in Washington State, Bybee moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Not Quite series, the Weekday Brides series, the Most Likely To series, and the First Wives series.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Fool Me Once (First Wives #1) by Catherine Bybee to read and review.

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