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    Unlikable Characters

    I'm always up for a good enemies to lovers romantic comedy, and having enjoyed this author's work before, I was excited to read Rumor Has It. The story does have all the elements for a potentially hilarious and romantic read, but it missed the mark for me. The wonderful thing about a bad boy in romance is that he meets that special someone who makes him want to be better, to be redeemed. Barrett comes across as so over the top sexist in his interactions with Catarina that I found myself asking why she would even bother to try. Then we have Catarina who is so reserved and stuffy, she seems unapproachable. They are enemies right from the start, and they're most certainly opposites. So much so that I couldn't believe a romance would blossom from this arrangement. Grated, Barrett and Catarina are forced together for the sake of an article, so it is a fake relationship from the start. The problem is it never felt like anything more to me. I assume that the over the top personalities were done that way for the comedic element, and while parts were amusing, neither character was particularly funny. In the end, it's just hard to root for and connect with unlikable characters, making this one a disappointment.
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    Fantastic

    Fantastic read that is sexy, flirty, and sassy. Wonderful characters that will have you laughing out loud with their witty banter. First there is Barrett. He's a former football player and while his pro career was cut short due to injury, his career as a broadcaster was even shorter thanks to a rant caught on air. He's cocky, arrogant, self assured and determined to get back on top. Then there is Catarina. She's a journalist. Very serious, slightly up tight, and determined not to fall for Barrett's charm. What starts as fake dating for the sake of an article suddenly begins to feel very very real. Don't miss this one, I highly recommend it.
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    This book was so much fun

    This is the first book I've read by Jessica Lemmon but not the last. Her characters were smart realistic and sexy. Barrett and Catarina's banter was witty and made me smile. Despite some bumps on the way, their chemistry just kept burning hotter as the plot made it's way to the very satisfying HEA. I received an advance reader copy via Netgalley.
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    Delicious

    Jessica Lemmon does a wonderful job writing a delicious story with great lines and unforgettable characters. I enjoyed every minute of this witty, flirty story filled with bantering and sarcastic remarks. This is the fourth book in the Real Love series and it is a standalone. Catarina loves her job as a reporter for the online newspaper, The Columbus Community Chat. However, she is not happy with her current assignment. Her boss wants her to go on six dates with Barrett Fox and than write about the experience. Catarina is beautiful, rigid and guarded and from the moment she meets Barrett, she hates his egotistical attitude and she doesn’t trust him. But as time goes on, Catarina starts to enjoy their time together. Catarina discovers Barrett has many layers and many good qualities. Barrett was a popular Ohio State football player who made it into the NFL, only to suffer a career ending injury. Barrett is trying to get back his sideline reporting job, so he agrees to write stories about dating a reporter. Barrett is gorgeous and used to getting any woman he wants. It surprises him when Catarina doesn’t immediately fall under his spell. He admires Catarina’s spunk and enjoys making inappropriate remarks just to rile her. I enjoyed reading about Catarina and Barrett. They bicker, banter and drive each other crazy as they fall in love. Even though they are total opposites, they somehow click. I love everything about Barrett. He is a smooth talker and sweet and vulnerable behind his arrogant attitude. This is a fun, sweet and sexy story.
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    Always a fun and romantic ride

    If ever a story brought me to tears, this one did, but in a good way, Barrett Fox definitely created more of an emotional response then so very many characters before him...Ms Lemmon has always been able to elicit that response from me with each of her books. It was not only the chemistry drew me into Barrett and Catarina's world, but more so by the honesty that is expressed when least expected. Seeing a man so unavailable as Barrett Fox fall so deeply exceeded all expectations for the type of HEA that I've come to expect from other authors...this author definitely knows how to deliver the unexpected and capture your heart at the same time. Well done Ms Lemmon. This ARC book was complimentary, provided by the Publisher and NetGalley. I am voluntarily providing my honest review.
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