Friday, February 5, 2016

3 Stars - I Heard a Rumor by Cheris Hodges

Publisher: Dafina Books
Contemporary Romance
Buy: AMZ

About the Book

Chante Britt is nobody’s fool—and she’s definitely not standing by her cheating ex-fiancé and current mayoral candidate, Robert Montgomery. Too bad he chose to tell the media otherwise. To escape an onslaught of prying reporters, Chante flees to her grandmother’s South Carolina beach house. But when she meets Zach Harrington, she may be out of the frying pan and into the fire. The man is arrogant, way too forward—and way too sexy…

Newly divorced and dealing with a scandal of his own, Zach should stay clear of all women. Yet something about Chante draws him in—maybe it’s the drink she throws in his face after his
too-hot-to-handle surprise kiss. Still, Zach firmly believes they can help each other take the edge off. And once he gets her to agree, what could have been a fling promises to be much more—until their personal and public dramas catch up with them. Will past wrongs keep them from finally having the love that’s right?

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Chante can't escape scandal and innuendo. She escapes to Charleston when an ex embroils her in a scheme to win public approval for his mayoral campaign, and meets a man with his own ex problems. Their first encounter ignites fireworks, but not the romantic kind, but it's not long before Chante and Zach are playing pretend couple to appease her marriage-minded mother.

Throughout the story, they dodge the media (who want to know about her "involvement" with the cheating Robert and his ex-wife, the "Harlem Madame") and succumb to passion at the B&B where they met, on the beach...all over the place. :) Their romance takes them through moments of personal and professional growth and finally away from the obstacles threatening their relationship.

This is a fun read - funny in parts and dramatic in others. I had not read the first book in this series, and I think that would help to become familiar with the entire story.

ARC received by publisher via NetGalley

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