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5++ stars for Any Fin for Love by @authorpetie #romcom #romance #romanticadventure #bookreview
Title: Any Fin for Love
Author: Petie McCarty
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Romantic Comedy
Might be time to kiss or cut bait . . .
Cody Ryan’s father never missed fishing the annual Loon Lake tournament until his unexpected passing. So this year, Cody packs up her how-to fishing videos and her dad’s old johnboat and gives him one final entry.
Gage Connor needs some R&R away from his coast guard deployment catching drug smugglers along the Louisiana coast, so he borrows a bass boat from his buddy and heads to Loon, Alabama to do some fishing.
When Gage and Cody meet at Loon Lake, their attraction is immediate and intense—until the two discover there is only one boat slip left on the lake and they both need it, and there’s only one vacant hotel room left in Loon and they both want it. Thus, their competition begins. Both vow to keep their distance from the other to fight the temptation, but fate has other plans. The tournament pairing party picks the two-man teams and chooses Gage as Cody’s partner.
For two days.
Alone on a boat.
Working as a team.
Be careful what you fish for . . .
Wow, this is one of the most original romances I’ve ever read. As an outdoorsy girl growing up, I spent a lot of time fishing with my grandfather. So, when I picked up this book, I knew it was going to be special. It’s the perfect blend of romantic adventure, second chance romance, and romantic comedy. Everything from the humorous dialogue to the characters to the fishing to the heartfelt romance combine to make this an unputdownable read.
It all starts with the characters. Cody is a heroine after my own heart. She’s feisty yet jaded when it comes to her own happiness. She tends to think the worst when it comes to men. Gabe pushes all her buttons but he’s exactly what she needs. Both have been hurt by the past and both need to learn how to trust each other. The rest of the characters are quirky, funny, outrageous, and make reading this book such fun.
The descriptive narration is detailed with equal parts emotion, romantic tension, humor, and a dash of suspense. The fishing tournament narration is intricate and allows the reader knowledge of all elements of fishing.
The romance is battle of the sexes meets second chance romance meets frenemies to lovers romance. Petie McCarty is an expert when it comes to writing romance and this is the finest work of her career. There are a few surprises too which I enjoyed.
If you love romance with plenty of humor, you’ll want to catch this book before it swims away.
My Rating: 5++ stars
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Petie spent a large part of her career working at Walt Disney World—"The Most Magical Place on Earth"—where she enjoyed working in the land of fairy tales by day and creating her own romantic fairy tales by night, including her new series, The Cinderella Romances. She eventually said good-bye to her "day" job to write her stories full-time. These days Petie spends her time writing sequels to her regency time-travel series, Lords in Time, and her cozy-mystery-with-romantic-suspense series, the Mystery Angel Romances.
Petie shares her home on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee with her horticulturist husband and an opinionated Nanday conure named Sassy who made a cameo appearance in No Angels for Christmas.
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Reviewed by: Nancy