#CBR12 Bingo: Fresh Start (the beginning of a new series, AND my first book by this author) It would also work really well for Cannonballer Says, Money! and Friendship
I got a free ARC of this on Netgalley in return for an unbiased review. I also liked the book enough that I have now paid money to own it.
Samiah Brooks is getting ready for a date, while her pregnant sister reads her hilarious updates from another woman’s disastrous first date on Twitter. Samiah is mortified to discover that not only is the man she’s getting ready to meet at that very moment seeing another woman, but they’re at the very restaurant he took Samiah on their first date. She storms over to confront the creep, and during the confrontation, a third scorned woman appears as well. The three women take turns telling their cheating companion what they think of him, then go off together with take-away sushi (paid for by the three-timing scum) to get drunk. The morning after, they nurse their hangovers, promise to keep in touch, and discover that their confrontation with the dude has gone viral in a major way.
Samiah, London and Taylor decide that they are swearing off men and working on themselves for the next six months. Only then will they give the dating scene another chance. Samiah is finally going to develop the app she’s been thinking about for years, and if it weren’t for the new hire at her work, the handsome and charming Daniel Collins, her vows to stay single would be easy to uphold.
Daniel Collins is a federal agent, trying to figure out who at Samiah’s tech company is funnelling funds for money launderers. He’s working undercover as a computer programmer, and while he normally has no problems staying objective and focused on the task at hand, he’s smitten with Samiah the first time he sees her. The more time he spends with her, the more blown away he is by her intelligence, her drive, her passion for helping other women of colour succeed in her field. It’s always nice to see the protagonists of a romance fall for more than the other person’s looks, and in this book, both leads are extremely good at their jobs and professional to the point that it might get in the way of the romance.
Full review here.
Bingo #1: Red – House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas, Gateway – the Murderbot novellas by Martha Wells, Fresh Start – this, Cannonballer Says – The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston, Money! – Any Old Diamonds by K.J. Charles