Genres: Romantic Comedy, Contemporary
Released on July 30, 2018
When starting this story, I didn’t right off know what to think. Was it a comedy? Action? Suspense? Mob? Or just a lonely woman and an uptight cop that are attracted to each other with a side of suspicion thrown in for good measure. This is a story of an ugly duckling who has accepted herself, only to get drawn back into humiliation by a bunch of dumbasses. But it might be what she needs to find her HEA.
I really didn’t know what to expect going into this story. Never having heard of the term butterface, I really didn’t know what it was about. Thinking this was a ugly ducking, but really it wasn’t so bad was an understatement. I am not shallow and don’t judge a person on their looks, but most stories seem to go this way. This one doesn’t. It’s real and you can either be sad about it or pull up your big girl panties and move on.
Gina is a wedding consultant. Getting satisfaction from an orderly, but lovely wedding is the key. She has no illusions that she is a beauty. With a long nose, big eyes and frizzy hair she is used to the snickers and jokes other people play at her expense. While she has come to terms with never being a swan, she also still gets hurt. When one of her weddings puts her on the kiss cam with a cop, she is stunned at their connection, but knows it won’t go any further. Until the cops co-workers play a joke on him and send her to his room. Hurt, she will get over it, but she can’t distance himself from the family she loves even if they work for the mob.
Detective Ford Hartigan is what you would call a rule follower. While his family is made up of firemen, he became a cop. Investigating the mob family is his ticket to moving up in the department. While the kiss cam and the joke played on him weren’t in his plans, he takes up the task to get closer to Gina even as he starts to fall for her. But he battles with crossing the line for falling for Gina while also trying to get closer to her to gain information.
It was only a matter of time before the gig was up and the groveling would start. Predictable but also enjoyable as you laugh with all the antics of both families. Ford comes from a big family and that’s also the name of the series. Gina has her two knucklehead brothers, but they love her beyond measure. Two good friends, a sister who hears something she shouldn’t and a family who loves each other, this turns out to be one story with a huge heart.
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