Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Author: Kylie Scott
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible
Betty Dawsey knows that breaking things off with Thom Lange is for the best. He’s nice, but boring, and their relationship has lost its spark. But steady and predictable Thom, suddenly doesn’t seem so steady and predictable when their condo explodes and she’s kidnapped by a couple of crazies claiming that Thom isn’t who he says he is.
Thom is having a hellish week. Not only is he hunting a double agent, but his fiancé dumped him, and thanks to his undercover life, she’s been kidnapped.
Turns out Thom is Operative Thom and he’s got more than a few secrets to share with Betty if he’s going to keep her alive. With both their lives on the line, their lackluster connection is suddenly replaced by an intense one. But in his line of work, feelings aren’t wanted or desired. Because feelings can be a lethal distraction.
I was so pleasantly surprised by how fun and different this romance was!
The entire premise was entertaining and unique and I was a little bit worried that it would come off as cheesy, but in actuality, Kylie Scott absolutely pulled it off.
The whole secret agent/FBI/CIA thing isn’t my favorite in the romance genre, but there was something about the fact that Betty, our main character, had no idea that she was married to one was highly entertaining and funny.
It also was believable, which was probably this book’s biggest accomplishment.
I mean, you read the synopsis and you’re probably like, “How the hell do you not notice that your fiance is this secret agent involved in some life-threatening situations on the regular?
But Betty’s ignorance was kind of understandable, to be quite honest.
I also so appreciated the plus size positivity throughout the entire novel. Betty’s stance on how she’s sick of men (and everyone, honestly) thinking that a plus size girl should be grateful to be loved is ridiculous. Because it is. Amen, sister.
Betty’s snark and wit kept this book entertaining, even when things got shockingly gloomy and intense. I’m not one for action scenes, but I was entertained because I was in Betty’s head.
And the romance!
This book is essentially a second chance romance. I adored how these characters fell in love with each other … for real. Betty seeing Thom for who he really is for the first time was so swoony. He goes from being this boring, shell of a guy, to someone mysterious and alluring. Watching her battle with how she used to see him vs. how she currently sees him was incredibly addictive.
This book was available on Audible Escape at the time I wrote this review. Enjoy!
Audiobook Performance: 4 stars
Butterfly Rating: 3 Stars
Re-read Worthiness: Maybe
Bookshelf Placement: No
Book Boyfriend Rating: 4 stars