Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Rumor Has It by Jessica Lemmon

Title: Rumor Has It
Author: Jessica Lemmon
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Men of the Secret Service #1
Main Characters: Barrett and Catarina
Release Date: May 2018
Publisher: Loveswept
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
This is one bad boy who’s fit to print. A notorious jock tackles life—and love—after football with a type-A journalist in this sexy standalone from the author of Eye Candy.
Barrett: As a former pro football star, I’m used to playing the field. After injuries cut my NFL career short, my second act as a broadcaster ended on live television when a hot mic picked up a little verbal . . . indiscretion. But this latest publicity stunt might just land me back on top—much to the chagrin of Catarina Everhart, the prissy, beautiful journalist who’s been assigned to date a bad boy (i.e., me) and write about it. Catarina swears I’ll never touch her, let alone kiss those full lips of hers. Based on our chemistry, I’m not buying it. . . .
Catarina: Barrett Fox seems to be doing everything in his power to make me hate him. The cocky egomaniac is infamous for his bad behavior, and now, thanks to my boss’s harebrained schemes, he’s apparently my problem. As one fake date leads to another, I start to see a different side of Barrett. He’s close with his family. He does volunteer work. And, okay, he kisses like a dream. Am I really dating Barrett Fox? Or is he playing me? Because suddenly I’m risking my reputation—and my heart.

My Review:
Oooh, now this is a GOOD enemies to lovers story. I liked it...a lot. Barrett is just all kinds of yumminess, but dang, the guy cannot keep himself out of trouble.

And that's how the two end up together. Catarina writes a relationship column. Catarina is disciplined, strict with her life and job, and doesn't let her hair down very often. Her editor comes up with a brilliant idea for her column. Catarina needs to date a bad boy and document how that goes for her column. And Mia, her editor, knows the perfect bad boy...Barrett Fox.

Barrett Fox was a football darling. First he played college ball and then he joined the NFL...until he blew out his shoulder. Then he got a job reporting on the filed for his college team...something which he promptly screwed up when he lost his temper over a call that a new female ref made. He made his displeasure known on live TV in front of the world...his misogynistic attitude didn't go over well.

Catarina knows exactly how Barrett went out of his last job and she doesn't think any higher of him with his attitude and actions now. Their relationship is VERY antagonistic...but a lot of that arguing is just covering from some super-sexy chemistry and it does get VERY sexy. Gah, I loved this book. 

The build up between Catarina and Barrett is so perfectly executed. Yes, they have chemistry, but their attitudes toward one another, especially Cat's toward Barrett, evolves very slowly and organically and that makes it a gorgeous romance. I loved that evolution...and the little glimpses of vulnerability that Barrett shows made me fall completely and totally in love with him. 

I truly enjoyed this book. It was a fun read. It was thoroughly engrossing and enchanting. I loved every, entertaining minute of reading it. I highly recommend it!!

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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