Review: Fool Me Twice

Fool Me Twice
By Beverly Rae

Jane Riggins, like all the other women working at Barton Enterprises, secretly lusts after the very sexy, very wealthy Brandon Barton, but believes she has no chance with him. When she meets cute and likable Charlie Hinderman, she sets her sights on the mediocre salesman, giving up her dreams about the debonair Brandon. But Brandon’s finally noticed her, even as her two best friends rig the charity event drawing, making sure one of them will win a date with the billionaire.

With Charlie’s help, she double crosses her friends’ scheme. But fate—or is it magic?—steps in when she wins the drawing and is whisked away on a romantic midnight date with her former fantasy man, Brandon. Jane, torn by her attraction to both Brandon and Charlie, can’t understand why the two men seem so much alike. From their smoldering eyes to the black stone necklace they wear, each man drives her crazy—emotionally and sexually. When she finds out they’re the same man, she has to decide. Does she love the illusion of Charlie more than the reality of Brandon?

What a fun romantic tangle this story turned out to be. Fool Me Twice is a delight to read and has many wonderful moments for a reader to enjoy.

Brandon is quite different from many rich guys you read about. Unlike the stereo-typical alpha billionaire that arrogantly rides roughshod over the target of his interest, be it money or women, Brandon is a softy at heart. His early experience in the African wilds permits him an unusual defense from the corporate world where it’s the women who are more fiendishly clever and aggressive than any dealings he has in the trenches of the boardroom. However, like the best heroes, he’s ripped, rich and packs a serious tool. *ahem*

Jane is a fun girl. I enjoyed reading the parts with Jane. There I was, thinking she’s a ‘good’ girl, sighing over her someday meeting her prince when I find out she’s just as comfortable taming a wild bronco as the next femme fatale. I found myself grinning a lot when I read Jane’s POV. She was down-to-earth, confident yet not, and a clever mixture of sincerity and spice. Her friends are a hoot and quite liberated in their thinking, if you know what I mean. And yet … when it comes to love, true love, Jane ends up surprising me with her truly traditional views. It was so sweet.

When Jane and her heart’s desire get together, watch out. Sparks fly as do the cuffs. But, you have to read it to find out who cuffs who. *wink*

Then there’s Charlie. What in the world is she going to do about Charlie? Well, the reader knows. Heck, even Brandon knows. I’ve seen this ploy used before but Beverly had fun with it; pushed the envelope and created memorable characters that made it seem fresh and new.

The dialogue flowed well and the the editing seemed tight and perfect. The repartee between characters, the humor, fun and mystery – at least for Jane- as well as the HEA, all came together to present me with a wonderful story worth staying up late until I finished. The only thing I wished were different about this story would be the addition of an epilogue. I want more. I want to go to their wedding. I want Ro to get side-swiped by Stan. I want to see Mel meet a man she couldn’t wrap around her finger. I want all those nasty women in that office to get green with envy as the rest of Jane’s friends get thier HEA. That’s how fun this story is … I want to go back and visit. Isn’t that great?

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Reviewed by Xeranth

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