They say opposites attract, but this is just ridiculous.
Aubry Kaiser doesn’t like people—actually, that’s not right. She loathes people. With her crippling anxiety, there’s no way she can demo her favorite video game at a convention with five thousand other people. Maybe if she brings someone to act as a shield…
But the only person available is the sexy cowboy she can’t stand.
Quinn Baldwyn is in a mess of his own. He’s been dodging his wealthy family’s matchmaking attempts—and life advice—for years, but with his sister’s wedding on the horizon, he needs of a shield of his own.
He and Aubry can barely hold down a civil conversation, but in bed…fireworks. And the closer they get to Quinn’s sister’s wedding, the more he realizes that he might actually like Aubry.
Now it’s up to him to convince her she might actually like him, too.
I’m about to make a very bold statement here so hold on to your hats . . . . Fool Me Once may be my favorite Katee Robert book to date!! I devoured this book in just a couple of hours and am already considering a second read through.
Let’s just start at the top. What a cover!! I love this thing and feel like it really represents the characters Robert describes in the text. From the tattoos to the smokin’ hot man, this cover has everything that makes me want to pick up a book and dive right in.
The premise to this book is kind of crazy, just like the first book. Quinn needs a date to his beloved little sister’s wedding who won’t get attached and Aubry needs a chaperone to a huge gaming convention. Quinn’s family is beyond awful and are pushing him to come home, take up his rightful place as an oil baron, and marry a socially acceptable girl who will make pretty babies. Aubry has a boat load of irrational fears and can’t stand being around real people so going to a gaming convention is a no-go unless she has someone there to talk her off the ledge she seems to constantly live on. Since they absolutely cannot stand one another there’s absolutely nothing that can wrong with this half-cocked plan.
From the moment they begin making plans, Aubry and Quinn butt heads. For a variety of purely irrational reasons, Aubry refuses to fly which means and even longer trip in a cramped vehicle. With nothing to do but drive, Quinn begins unabashedly flirting with Aubry, Aubry slaps him down at every turn with snarky little comments and tries to ignore the fact that his flirting is pushing all her buttons in all the right ways. For Quinn’s part, the flirting was meant to be a way to pass the time and rile up Aubry but it quickly turns into a study in insanity and he fights to keep his mind and body in check.
Both Quinn and Aubry know that if they had any sense of self-preservation, they would stay the hell away from one another but their chemistry is far too hard to deny and before either knows what’s happening they are shagging like crazed weasels. Outwardly, the two agree that the shagging can only be temporary but inwardly, each is faced with a harsh truth, they genuinely like the other person and have no idea what to do about that. With Aubry’s troubled background, she has a very hard time seeing herself as good enough for Quinn and his uber-wealthy parents and Quinn has his hands full trying to constantly keep Aubry’s vast and sundry phobias and fears in check. When the sh*t finally hits the fan, at his sister’s wedding, Quinn and Aubry both say a lot of things they instantly regret which tears them apart. Admitting their own faults and failings and apologizing will bring them back together but baggage, both past and present is hard to let go of.
The Bottom Line: Are you effing kidding me??? Aubry and Quinn are the perfect couple from page one and I loved every single minute of their story. Yeah, the whole 120 minutes it took me to get through their story 🙂 Aubry is prickly, surly, intelligent, often out of bonds, and completely freaked out by the world in general. For years, she has given into her fears and only allowed a handful of people to get anywhere near her. Quinn certainly wasn’t in her plans but he is a hard man to deny and when the circumstances are right, Aubry sees no reason to deny. Quinn is a master at reading Aubry and pulling her through some of her darker moments. He is steady, kind, sexy as sin, and so very willing to protectively and lovingly help Aubry test her true limits. Quinn unleashes a wildcat which makes the naughty bits in this read some of Katee Robert’s hottest to date. The cherry on top of the awesome sundae is the epilogue which contains one of the cutest, sweetest, and hottest HEAs. Don’t wait, dear reader, one-click this bad boy, now!
“You know, I’ve been thinking—”
“Good God, don’t strain yourself.”
“—and I’m thinking that I need a better nickname for you. Sweet cheeks might be accurate, but no one in my family is going to believe I’d call the woman I’m in a relationship with something that…lowbrow.”
She tilted her sunglasses down to stare at him over the top of them. It made her amber eyes stand out all the more. “How about you call me nothing at all? Because that sounds ideal from where I’m sitting.”
“Nah. I’ve always been a fan of pet names.”
“One—I can tell. Two—save your pet names for your actual animals.”
She’d left that one wide open, but he chose to ignore it. Just this once. He twined her hair around his finger again. “I was thinking bunny.”
“You can call me bunny if you want to provoke me to actual physical violence.”
Yeah, it didn’t fit, either. He relaxed back into his seat, starting to enjoy the idea of this. “Cherry.”
He wondered when she’d noticed that he was still stroking her hair. He hadn’t been lying when he said they would have to put on a good show for his family. That meant he had to get her used to him touching her, at least in these innocent ways. Or that was what he told himself as he kept playing with the ends of her hair.
And touching in the not-innocent ways?
To distract himself, he said, “Peaches. No, don’t look at me like that. You got to pass on three—that’s your limit. And you smell like peaches.” He leaned a little closer, keeping one eye on the road, and adopted his best Nicholas Cage voice, “I love peaches. I could eat peaches for hours.”
He sat back and laughed. “You have a problem with a man worshiping you that way?”
“I have a problem with Nicholas Cage comparing my lady bits to a fruit and, frankly, the image of him down there is enough to kill any desire the act would cause.”
She sounded so horrified that he laughed again. Or he started to. The problem with teasing her like this was he was now picturing himself between her thighs. Quinn shifted, trying to get his instant physical reaction under control. His cock wasn’t in a cooperative mood, though, and his brain kept serving up images of Aubry’s back arching, her fingers digging into his forearms, her head thrown back in ecstasy he was giving her.
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. Connect with Katee at: