I received this book for free from NetGalley.com . This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Charmer (A Hot Romantic Comedy) by Avery Flynn
Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC on September 25th 2017
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Romantic Comedy, Contemporary
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Don't miss the hot new romantic comedy follow-up to the smash hit The Negotiator...
Hot, filthy rich, and usually irresistible, Hudson Carlyle just met the one woman in Harbor City who’s immune to his legendary charm. Nerdy ant researcher Felicia Hartigan is the unsexiest dresser ever. She trips over air. And she’s in love with totally the wrong man. Hudson can’t stop thinking about her.
His regular moves won’t work here. He’s going to need a new plan, starting with helping her win over the man she thinks she wants. And if in the process she ends up falling for Hudson instead? Even better. Step one, charm her panties off. Step two, repeat step one as frequently as possible.
But what if the famous Carlyle charm finally fails him when he needs it most? Or worse, what if she figures out the one secret he’s kept from everyone, including his family, and walks away for good?
Each book in the Harbor City series is STANDALONE* The Negotiator* The Charmer* The Schemer
Have you ever read a book where you wanted to strangle, shake and slap both of the main characters while simultaneously adoring them? The charmer was one of those books for me.
Hudson and Felicia had so much chemistry and were absolutely perfect for eachother. Felicia saw right through the charming facade that Hudson hid behind when dealing with the rest of the world, even his own family. As a man who was accustomed to charming the panties off of any women he wanted to, Hudson didn’t quite know what to do with a woman who busted his chops like Felicia did. I absolutely adored Hudson’s nickname for Felicia. It conveyed both how he felt about her at the same time as it fit her firecracker personality.
All of this sounds great right? Now let me get to why I wanted to beat them at various points of the book. Both Felicia and Hudson got so caught up in their original plan to make Tyler notice Felicia that they ignored what was right in front of them. As a reader it was so frustrating to see them get close only for one or the other of them to either deliberately or inadvertently push the other away due to something they said. All of the talk of lessons when their connection had so obviously moved beyond the initial plan or even a casual connection. They both had moments of saying such hurtful things to the other that I literally wanted to reach into the book and throttle them both.
The payoff in the end was worth it. Felicia realized that the man she had been chasing was more childhood fantasy than reality and the way Hudson demonstrated how important Felicia was absolutely lovely. It was a perfect demonstration from the real Hudson Carlyle.
As a side note, I can’t wait to read Everly and Tyler’s book. The battle of wills I see coming from those two is going to be epic!