Book Review: The Love Scam by MaryJanice Davidson

the love scam by maryjanice davidson book cover

the love scam by maryjanice davidson book coverA review copy was generously provided by St. Martin’s Griffin.

Unfortunately, this is going to be a short review for me – The Love Scam was a DNF for me. Given I didn’t finish this book, this will be a very personal review – my take after getting about 40% of the way in. Lets get down to brass tacks: why did I choose to “Do Not Finish” this book?

Rake Tarbell is in trouble. When the fabulously wealthy and carefree bachelor wakes up horribly hungover in Venice, it’s not something that would normally be a problem…except he has no idea how he got there from California. Or who stole his wallet. Or who emptied his bank account of millions. Or who in the world is Lillith, the charming little girl claiming to be his long lost daughter. For the first time in his life, Rake is on his own and throwing Benjamins around aren’t going to solve his problem. Now if only the gorgeous, fun, and free-spirited woman who brought Lillith into his life was willing to help the situation…

Claire Delaney finds Rake’s problems hilarious and is not in the least bit sorry of adding to them by bringing Lillith into the mix. A pretty Midwestern girl with a streak for mischief, Rake is not the kind of man Claire hangs around with. Even if he is drop-dead handsome and charming as all get-out. Even if he needs help and she has all the answers. But if this helps Lillith, she will go out of her way. And with a guy like Rake, she’s willing to bend her rules a bit for some fun. But when adventure-filled days turn to romantic nights as they search for answers, and someone starts following them through the streets of Venice, Claire realizes she’s playing more than just a game. And maybe, just maybe, she isn’t willing to let go of Rake or Lillith just yet.

  • The writing: This was something I really couldn’t get into – I found it to be clunky and awkward and just plain hard to read. The awkwardness of the writing was easiest to see in the dialog: the characters didn’t talk like real people – it was unpleasant at times, and distasteful often.
  • The characters: They were off-putting for me. I struggled to relate or empathize with them, which made getting into the book even harder.
  • The plot: For me, it was taking too long to get into the meat of the story. At times, the storytelling was also confusing – the tropes piled up and clarity was elusive. It was simply taking too long to get to the good bits, and the plot that I did read was not moving the story forward very well.

If you’re an existing MaryJanice Davidson fan, or are a fan of romantic tropes, you might enjoy this book more than I did. If you’re looking for other trope filled romances, be sure to check out Smitten by the BritOnce Upon a Bad Boy, and Getting Hot with the Scot by Melonie Johnson all by Melonie Johnson. 1/5

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