Star Shine Meadows is all about freedom, thanks to the hippie parents who raised her. Juggling her jobs as a professional costume character actor and a line sitter, she believes in no expectations, no stressful ambitions, and no-strings-attached relationships. So when she meets a birthday girl’s grumpy uncle while working a princess party, she can’t help but needle him. She’ll never see him again, and honestly, he’s pretty hot.
Rafe Whitman may be a veterinarian with a great bedside manner, but that doesn’t mean his patience extends to anyone with opposable thumbs. His family will not stop nagging him about finding “the one,” so when he runs into obnoxiously cheery Star again, he makes her an offer: He’ll pay her more than she would make doing her odd jobs if she’ll pretend to be his girlfriend at family gatherings. She can stop sitting in line waiting for someone else’s new phone, and he’ll get his family off his back.
When the tension between them heats to a breaking point, Star’s desire for “no strings” is tested against Rafe’s staunch stability. They say opposites attract, after all….
Title: The Love Plot
Author: Samantha Young
Publication Date: August 29, 2023
Genres: Adult, Romance, Contemporary
I really enjoyed this book! It was a fake dating, opposites attract that I had so much fun with.
Star was a character that felt new and unique. I don’t often read about characters with her background and outlook on life so it was refreshing to read this book through her pov. Rafe was a grumpy vet who owned up to his misconceptions and mistakes and wasn’t afraid to speak his mind. I loved that these two had this in common when there were so many differences between them.
The chemistry and tension between the two of them was impeccable. The longing stares sent me over the edge every time. I also loved that this book was single pov so we really got to guess on what Rafe was thinking and feeling sometimes which also upped the tension.
Overall, I very much enjoyed this one. This was my first book by Young, but now I’m committed to reading her backlist.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Samantha Young is a New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. She’s been nominated for several Goodreads Choice Awards. Samantha writes adult contemporary and paranormal romance, YA urban fantasy and YA contemporary fiction and is currently published in 31 countries. She resides in Scotland.