This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Sports Romance
Published by Skyscape
Released on March 19, 2019
Heiress Mackenzie Dupont heads to Mexico six months after being left at the altar. Meanwhile, soccer superstar Slade Rodriguez boards the same airplane as Mack for a trip away from the scandal in his life. The two sit together, share fake names together and a bond is forged. He leaves her alone after a night together and takes over as the bad guy in Mack’s life shortly after. Thrown back together after the vacation by no fault of their own, sparks are flying. The question here is: Are they sparks of passion or anger?
Rachel Van Dyken finally entered my orbit of romance authors I read only recently. For the most part, I’ve enjoyed most of everything I’ve read by her-not that there has been that many-4(I just checked). I saw this book on Net Galley and I didn’t even read the blurb, just automatically requested it.
Mack’s family owns a very successful wine company and she is what is known as a sommelier-someone with a perfect palate as far as wine tasting is concerned. She’s on a break from the company and when she meets Slade she’s immediately attracted to him. He is on a break as well before moving to Seattle to begin with a new to him soccer team. World famous, he just wants normal for a few days so when he realizes Mack has no idea who he is, a fake name seems to be the way to go. What he doesn’t realize is that Mack is a famous heiress and has her own troubles splashed on the pages of the scandal sheets, especially after being left at the altar. So a fake name for her is also the way to go. When they inevitably hook up on vacation and he leaves her asleep without a word, Mack is pretty devastated. She thought they had really shared something. Thing is, Slade thought so too until he realizes that while he ignored calls from home to be with her, a tragedy was happening so he blames himself-and her-for not going home in time.
This is where the big coincidence starts happening. After meeting in Mexico, they both end up in Seattle. And if that’s not coincidence enough, even though she has a very good job and actually is wealthy in her own right, she starts working for Slade as his housekeeper/dog walker/cook. Of course, she doesn’t know that’s who she will be working with temporarily and he, of course, decides to be a total creep about it. There’s reasons why she’s doing the work, but I am leaving it at that. This book goes from being a romance, to being an enemies to lovers story. Kind of unusual, even though I thought his reasons for being mean to her were a bit flimsy, to say the least.
I did enjoy the characters for the most part. I got a bit fed up with Slade and his immature attitude at times, but I thought Mack handled him pretty well. Of course, there are several villains to be had here, in particular one I think should maybe have his own book. He comes off as a bad guy, but he has his reasons too. Also, at times, I thought Mack’s father was even a villain. He was pretty unfair to Mack and he made me suitably mad for her.
Usually I am not a fan of coincidences to make the story, but I thought it worked here. I mean, there had to be a way for them to meet again so that the story would exist right? So I had no problem with that. I did have problems with Slade’s personality at times(he does have reasons). But that just moved the story along so I just sat back and enjoyed the ride. And it ended up being a pretty good ride. I think this is another win in this author’s, Good Read!, column and I would recommend this to all adult contemporary romance readers.
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