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Release Day Review! POMPOUS PARAMEDIC by Melanie A. Smith (A Cocky Hero Club novel)

From award-winning and international best-selling author Melanie A. Smith comes a steamy standalone novel in the Cocky Hero world.

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Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward are excited to bring you the Cocky Hero Club: original works from various authors inspired by Keeland and Ward’s New York Times bestselling Cocky Bastard series.

Title: Pompous Paramedic
A Cocky Hero Club Novel
Author: Melanie A. Smith
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Tropes: Fake Relationship/Strangers to Lovers
Release Date: August 20, 2023


Life as a Las Vegas fake wedding coordinator has never been boring.

Unfortunately for me, it just got a little too exciting … the bad kind of exciting that lands you in the emergency room.

On the bright side, it was a hot paramedic who showed up to save the day. Sure, he’s a bit cocky, but it works for him. And now I can’t get him out of my mind … which was the good kind of exciting until it wasn’t. Until one date turned into a fake marriage fiasco.

Now I don’t know if we’re really falling for each other or if it’s all an act.


Being a paramedic in Vegas, I’ve seen it all. Or I thought I had until I got a call for a fall victim who’d tripped over a swan and tumbled into a pond.

Luckily for her, I follow up with my patients — especially the pretty ones — and I made sure she was on the road to recovery in no time. And by “road to recovery,” I obviously mean ready to go on a date with me.

But unluckily for me, our first real date found me waking up hungover only to discover that we’d gotten married the night before.

Or so I thought. Turns out we weren’t actually married. But I didn’t know that when I let it slip to my dying mother, whose last wish is for me to find someone to take care of me once she’s gone.

Really, it’s my job to take care of people. But with three hearts on the line? Even I’m not that good. And I know someone’s heart is bound to get broken.


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I liked this one!

Pompous Paramedic is a he-falls-first fake relationship, friends-to-lovers story set in Vegas. Zelda (named after Fitzgerald, not the princess) works for a fake wedding chapel (do these really exist? Vegas is definitely the place for it if they do) and a rather hilarious work incident puts her in the path of Ty, the “pompous paramedic.” It’s a tad bit instalove-ish, but not egregiously so–we definitely want these two crazy kids to get together, so it’s hard to get too worked up about it 😉

I liked the fake wedding aspect of their fake relationship–the reason why Ty initially thinks it’s real is believable, and his reasoning for why he can’t tell his mother the truth is well intentioned if a bit misguided. And I *loved* that Zelda spent time with his mom, even when Ty was doing an emotional runner from their relationship–and the role his mom played in helping him get over himself and back with Zelda.

And that epilogue–so much sweetness!

Ty’s cousin and Zelda’s BFF are clearly being set up for Ms Smith’s next book in the CHC, and I am here for it!

Rating: 4 stars / A-

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

About the author:

Melanie A. Smith is a former engineer turned stay-at-home mom and award-winning, international best-selling author of steamy contemporary romance. She crafts strong book boyfriends with hearts of gold and smart, self-sufficient heroines. When she’s not lost in the world of books, you’ll find her spending time with family, cooking, and driving with the windows down and the stereo cranked up loud.


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