ARC review: The Schemer by Avery Flynn

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Tyler Jacobson is a self-made multi-millionaire from the wrong side of the tracks. Growing up in poverty in the wrong part of town, Tyler made it his mission to do so well in life that nobody would ever question his judgment. Now a big-name real estate developer, Tyler’s newest goal is to lend his services to Italian hotelier Alberto Ferranti. The trick? Actually getting a meeting with him.

Enter Everly Ribinski, a tenant in one of Tyler’s buildings and the most annoying woman he’s ever met. Everly is everything that Tyler wants to forget about his childhood – unpolished, brash, and quick-tempered – but she’s also one of the sexiest women he’s ever met. Tyler’s instantly attracted to Everly despite knowing that she’s entirely wrong for him. But when Tyler finds out that Everly has a connection to Alberto, can he convince her to play nice and get him the meeting he so desperately needs?

So, I didn’t realize that this was book three in a series when I initially requested it on Netgalley, but it’s okay because there’s no prior knowledge of the series required to have a good time. All of the characters from past books are introduced and THANK GOODNESS because usually I’m good about checking for this stuff, so I don’t know what happened here!

The book was fine. It’s my first by Avery Flynn and while I enjoyed her writing style, I don’t think that this story was the ideal introduction to her work. The characters were pretty frustrating – both of them are wrapped up in their childhood drama (and trauma) and get into petty arguments or just flat-out refuse to hear what the other is saying. I’m not really into books about grown adults that act like preteens, but I was also in kind of a bad mood when I read this, so take that with a grain of salt. I’m not going to be too harsh in my rating because even I can objectively say that I typically would have enjoyed this kind of book more than this.

Even though I didn’t love this book, I think it would be fun to go back and read the first two books in this series. I’ll add them to my eighteen-mile-long TBR.

Final rating: ★★★☆☆

I received a free copy of The Schemer from the publisher (via Netgalley) in exchange for my honest review.

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