The Love Plot by Samantha Young
Standalone Contemporary Romance
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I’ve been enjoying Samantha Young’s books for over 10 years now, so when I saw The Love Plot pop up on NetGalley, I clicked immediately. This NYC-based, grumpy/sunshine, opposites-attract, fake dating romance checked all of my boxes.
28-year-old Star Shine Meadows lives a free and untraditional life. She is unencumbered by a relationship and her jobs consist of professional line-sitting (waiting in lines for other people) and character acting for parties. That’s how she meets Rafe, while being a princess for his niece’s birthday party. It was not a good meeting. He expressed immediate disdain for her job and was frankly a rude dickhead.
“My ambition is to live a life that makes me truly happy. And I reckon that’s probably the most ambitious anyone can be in this world.”
Rafe Whitman comes from a family of wealthy New York socialites, though he doesn’t go into the family business, he runs his own veterinary practice. He had a bad breakup a while back and his mother and sister-in-law now throw every rich single socialite at him. When he runs into Star again, knowing the crazy beauty takes odd jobs, he offers her a LOT of money to be his fake girlfriend for 6 months to get his family off his back.
Star’s parents were polyamorous hippies who left her to fend for herself since she was 10 years old. Rafe is from a close-knit, privileged family. Star’s bohemian style and lack of career plans basically offends them and I enjoyed reading about the awkward encounters.
“Star is unusual.” Rafe glowered at Emily. “Unlike most people, she’s kind to everyone, considerate, lacking in pretension, free-spirited, and the best fucking sex I’ve ever had.”
- I loved Star! She was so bright and happy, the true meaning of sunshine.
- Great banter.
- Rafe may have been grumpy but he’s a sweet cinnamon roll on the inside.
- There were some important messages about being true to yourself and what’s really important in life woven into the storyline.
- Rafe didn’t work for me as a vet, there needed to be more animal scenes!
The Down & Dirty:
Rating: 4.25 Stars, 3 heat
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