I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Fetching by Kylie Gilmore
Series: Unleashed Romance #1
Published by Extra Fancy Books on January 12, 2021
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
He’s her knight in shining armor. Only she’s no damsel in distress.
I’m a self-made billionaire with a soft spot for damsels in distress, so when I move to the quirky lakeside community of Summerdale, I immediately zero in on the woman I most want to…ahem, rescue. Only the stubborn woman refuses to cooperate.
When Satan, aka Wyatt Winters, moves to town, I do my best to be welcoming. After all, I’m the owner of the historic restaurant and bar that he keeps showing up at, despite criticizing nearly everything about it. Deep breath. I might’ve lost my cool and made a rude gesture in his direction. And told him off. How was I to know he was considering investing in my place?
Did I mention I’m in debt up to my eyeballs and every bank has turned me down?
Still, there’s not a snowball’s chance in hell I’d ever work with him. Or admit he fires me up in every way.
And then a snowstorm traps us together and—
This romantic comedy stands alone with a swoonworthy happy-ever-after! No cliffhangers.
NOTE: A portion of Fetching’s book sales will go to Pets for Vets, a nonprofit that trains shelter dogs to be therapy companions for military veterans with PTSD.
Unleashed Romance Series
Fetching (Book 1)
Dashing (Book 2)
Sporting (Book 3)
Toying (Book 4)
Blazing (Book 5)
Wyatt catches my eye. “Appetizers are good.”
Pleased that he finally said something positive about my place, I close the distance, stopping at his table. “Glad you’re enjoying them.”
He leans back in his chair. “Have you ever thought of upgrading the dinner menu?”
My temper flares, but I manage to keep a civil tone. “No. Locals love it.”
“Not saying it’s bad, just unoriginal. I mean, every meal comes with either French fries or baked potato. A new chef might bring some life to the place. Isn’t that what tonight’s fundraiser’s all about? Keeping this place open?” He taps the table. “With the right management, a better chef, this place has potential.”
I manage this place, and the chef is a family friend. I bare my teeth. “Seems you know a lot about the restaurant business.”
“Not at all. I just appreciate a good one.”
I jam my hands on my hips and glare at him. Obviously he thinks we’re a bad one! I’m so furious I can’t even speak.
He cocks his head. “Cindy, are you cross with me?”
“Who the hell do you think you are?” I snap. “Coming in here and insulting my place left and right! If you don’t like it, don’t come back.”
He arches a brow. “Since you own the place, maybe we could talk about some serious improvements. You don’t know what you don’t know, am I right?”
I bristle. “This place was my great-grandfather’s, passed down the generations, and now it’s mine.” I leave out that Drew is the one who actually inherited it and declared it a lost cause because of the debt dragging it down. I took it over rather than let him sell it. “It’s an institution in this town, and we’re doing just fine without your city snark. How dare you walk in here and spew your judgment over all of us!”
He smirks. “I don’t recall spewing.”
My heartbeat roars in my ears, anger clouding all good reason. I desperately want to smack that smirk off his face.
He gestures to his ale, which he barely touched. “I didn’t like this one. Could I get one of those local Connecticut ales you mentioned?”
I stare at his glass of ale. I want to throw it in his face and watch his shock as it drips down his beard, fancy sport coat, and dress shirt.
He chuckles. “That’s an evil look in your eye, Cindy. You’re thinking about dumping this drink on my head, aren’t you?”
How did he know? “Not at all,” I lie.
He leans close and smirks. “I dare you.”
This was a really fun book. I liked the characters and totally could feel the sexual tension between them. The way it all came together was pretty perfect. I loved Satan, ahem, Wyatt’s little dog. Wyatt definitely knew how to get under Sydney’s skin, but I totally understood her irritation with him. Her reasons for not wanting him to help out were very understandable. Even if sometimes I felt she might be acting a little stubborn, he didn’t help with the way he tried to offer “help”. He could definitely have done that a lot better.
Their banter and friends, the things that I always love in a good story were there just like I like. I even like how I knew he was going to do something to mess things up, and while it did, for a bit, I really like the way she handled it. I felt it was realistic and not overly dramatic just for the sake of drama.
As I said to start this review, a fun story, with a lot of characters that I can’t wait to see which ones get their own stories in future books in this series!
About the Author:
Kylie Gilmore is the USA Today bestselling author of the Unleashed Romance series, the Rourkes series, the Happy Endings Book Club series, the Clover Park series, and the Clover Park STUDS series. She writes humorous romance that makes you laugh, cry, and reach for a cold glass of water.
Kylie lives in New York with her family, two cats, and a nutso dog. When she’s not writing, reading hot romance, or dutifully taking notes at writing conferences, you can find her flexing her muscles all the way to the high cabinet for her secret chocolate stash.