What is it about men anyway? Bad cars, bad jobs, even bad teeth -- nothing convinces them that they can't snare a Size Two Babe with a D-cup chest. And after way too many internet dates with men named "luvstick" and "bigdaddy," Lucy Rothschild should know.
But sitting across from her now is "hardluvnman," and he seems different -- sensitive, honest, and hot! He says he's a plumber, while Lucy claims she's a nurse! She's really a mystery writer, dating online while researching her next book.
Hey, everyone lies a little, don't they? But Quinn's really an undercover cop hunting down a serial killer, and he sees Lucy as his top suspect. And while he could really go for this smart, sexy woman with the killer bod -- if that's the only thing "killer" about her -- he knows he needs to wine and dine her and discover the truth. Hey, he realizes the dating scene can be deadly -- but this is ridiculous!
But more than just reminiscing the sites that came before Facebook and Tinder, it also brought back memories of the craziness that came with first-hand virtual talks with people from all over the world. This Rachel Gibson novel started off nicely and I had a few laughs, especially when Lucy met Quinn for the first time and they were both donning identities to cover up their true intentions.
It cracked me up a lot of times when Lucy recounted her previous dating disasters with usernames like luvstick and bigdaddy…who could blame her? Meanwhile, Quinn was also a handful trying to keep his undercover cop persona under wraps while trying very hard to put a lid on his attraction for Lucy. Strange enough, a serial killer on the loose is what got these two together in the first place. With the killer stalking its prey online through dating sites, Quinn and Lucy get entangled in the chaos.
I could definitely identify with her character, her motivations, and aspirations. Heck, I admired her dedication to the craft. In some ways I felt like I was living vicariously through her character, except for that encounter with the crazed killer. The man oozed sex appeal right through the pages, I tell you. It was cute the way he found Lucy attractive at the onset and by the time he was already falling for her, I was swooning all over the place. He was every inch an alpha, but his flaws made him more endearing and swoon-worthy.
And I guess it also helped that he had the tendency to talk dirty in the bedroom haha! He was a complete jerk to Lucy when he revealed his intentions, but the resolution to that conflict paved off well and their HEA was very well-deserved. The only thing that held me back from giving this book a 5-star was its mystery plot. Sure, the confrontation with the killer got me at the edge of my seat, but the ending was too sudden. But hey, it was still a feel-good HEA and it made me want to know what happens next in the series.