He never thought he’d get a second chance. A Fool For You is the third and final novel in the Foolproof Love series from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Katee Robert and Entangled Publishing.
Title: A Fool For You
Author: Katee Robert
Series: Foolproof Love #3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: October 3, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Brazen
It’s been thirteen years since Hope Moore left Devil’s Falls, land of sexy cowboys and bad memories. Back for the weekend, she has no intention of seeing the man she never got over…or the two of them getting down and dirty. It’s just a belated goodbye, right? No harm, no foul.
Until six weeks later, when her pregnancy test comes back positive…
Daniel Rodriguez hasn’t forgiven himself for how things went down with Hope all those years ago. He knows she’s better off without him, but when she shows up on his doorstep, panicking because she’s pregnant with his baby, he can’t help seeing it as a chance to make up for the past.
Too bad Hope has no intention of going along with his plans.
Hope shook her head. “You’re as much an idiot now as you were then.”
And then she kissed him.
It caught him a little off guard—he hadn’t expected her to be the one to make the first move, especially after the way the scene in the bathroom had gone down—but Daniel wasted no time taking control. He kissed down her neck, sliding his hands beneath her shirt and skating them up to her body to cup her breasts. They filled his palms, familiar and yet not, all at the same time. He cursed. “Gorgeous Darling, the things you do to me.” He nipped her collarbone. “I’m going to taste you, so if you’re going to change your mind, now’s the time to do it.”
Her only response was to shove her yoga pants down to her knees.
He lifted her onto the counter and disentangled her right leg from the pants so he could spread her fully. He stroked her thighs, pausing when his fingers met the scar. It brought up so many conflicting feelings in him. It was his fault that she had the damn thing, but that didn’t mean he thought of her as less, the way she seemed to think. She was as beautiful now as she’d been at eighteen, and more confident despite her injury. Or maybe because of it. He had no idea.
All he knew was that at some point he was going to have to get up close and personal with her healed injury, and he was going to have to tread very, very carefully to avoid burning what was left of the bridge between him and Hope.
“If you apologize, I might actually kick you.”
That snapped him out of it. As much as he wanted Hope, he had an ulterior motive for pushing her now. All getting distracted by her leg was going to do was fuck up his chance of convincing her to stay, in his house and in his bed. He jerked her to the edge of the counter, spreading her thighs wider. “Don’t scream. You’ll upset Ollie.”
And then he did what he’d been fantasizing about ever since he walked out of her life. Daniel dipped his head and gave her center one long lick. She tasted better than he remembered, her body already shaking for him, so he used his thumbs to part her folds and licked her again, reacquainting himself with every inch of her.
He looked up her body to find her head thrown back and her chest rising and falling with each harsh breath. “Take off your shirt.”
Hope wasted no time obeying, dragging the material over her head and tossing it away. And then there was nothing hiding her body from his gaze. He licked her again, savoring the way she shook. A tattoo curling around the bottom of her ribs caught his eye, but he was too distracted to read it.
He was tired of teasing her. He wanted to feel her orgasm again, to know she was coming apart at the seams because of him. Daniel sucked her clit into his mouth, stroking the sensitive little nub with the flat of his tongue the way she’d always loved. Sure enough, before he had a chance to truly savor her, Hope cried out his name and shuddered, her thighs squeezing his head as she came. He gentled his touches, licks turning to kisses, turning to the slightest brushing of his lips against her. Only when she stopped shaking did he raise his head. “Stay, at least until we figure out what we’re doing.”
Even though I thought their episode of “getting down and dirty” on the first night she was back in town after thirteen years was a bit…abrupt (zero contact for all that time => quickie against a wall at a party?) I was willing to go with it for the sake of well, it had to happen for the rest of it to go on…
Continued to love Hope, who though she was incredibly strong and a successful businesswoman, clearly still had a Daniel-sized hole in her life and yeah, can’t blame her for coming back again when she suspects what she begins to suspect six weeks later. And obviously the we-don’t-have-to-have-quickies-up-against-the-wall-anymore-though-they-could-be-fun-alternatives sexytimes are good, so I don’t blame her for being tempted to stay around longer than she was intending. Again, the Daniel-sized hole wants to be filled.
But Daniel? The guy needed to get over himself a good thirteen years earlier. For more than 90% of the book, he was doing everything he was doing (except maybe for the sex, which he was doing for the usual reasons) because of his guilt. On the one hand, I get it. He was driving, John was his best friend, and sure, at the funeral John (and Hope’s) mom felt some resentment toward him. But for the past 12 1/2 years, no one was blaming him but him. Even when this was pointed out to him, the guilt was still his number one motivating factor. When he uses it to cause their relationship black moment? Argh.
The resolution came a bit quickly, and though he does try to make up for his previous a$$hattery, we don’t really have enough time left in the book at that point to find out if it’s a lasting thing or not. (I’m going to go on the side of the HEA for this one, eternal optimist that I am. Of course he’s a new man now! Hope deserves and their baby not-named-John deserve nothing more.) I am bummed that as it’s the last book in the series we’ll never know about what happens in May–an epilogue would have been nice. Still, I enjoyed the heck out of this series even if this one wasn’t my favorite book in it.
Rating: 3 1/2 stars / B-
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
About Katee Robert:
New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Katee Robert learned to tell her stories at her grandpa’s knee. She found romance novels at age twelve and it changed her life. When not writing sexy contemporary and speculative fiction romance novels, she spends her time playing imaginary games with her wee ones, driving her husband batty with what-if questions, and planning for the inevitable zombie apocalypse.