Monday 9 April 2018

❤ The Love Coupon ❤ Ainslie Paton ❤

© Bianca Janeane

• 9 April 2018
Stubborn Hearts #2
• standalone!
4.9 Stars

How many coupons does it take to fall in love?

Flick Dalgetty knows what she wants and how to get it, which is why she’s about to start her dream job in Washington. Until then, she needs somewhere to crash, and Tom O’Connell’s place is her sole option. He’s a repressed, antisocial ogre...but man can he kiss.

For Tom, being around Flick is like being too close to the sun. Her untamed energy is overwhelming, and he’d spontaneously combust if he had to live with her long-term. Housemates with benefits
and an expiration datesuits him just fine. 

Then Flick gives Tom thirty coupons, each entitling him to one obligation-free activity, from bowling and bubble-bathing to morning delight, removing all the guesswork from being incompatible partners and shifting their fling into high gear.

Now the problem is their arrangement is drawing to a close, and they might be falling in love
and there wasnt a coupon for that.

This book is set in the same world as the previous book, and we even meet Jack and Derelie for a second in the beginning, but it can be read as a complete standalone!

Flick - Felicity - is about to leave Chicago for Washington. She got her dream job. She still has to work for her old company for another three months - but she's already moved out of her apartment.
Enter Tom. His roommate just got promoted, and left for China and Flick would be the perfect solution.
Only she wouldn't be.
Crazy, loud and wild and chaotic Flick is the complete opposite of Tom's calm, organized and serious persona.
They would kill each other within the first few days.
But Flick is way too convincing and bam - she's living with poor Tom now.
Perfect recipe for falling in love, right?

  What will happen with Flick & Tom?
Will there be a HEA?
Read the book to find out!

Well ... that was adorable & funny!
Ainslie's book are often a bit ... different. Which is SO not a bad thing.
She has this completely different writing style - and sometimes it can come across as a bit strange, a bit much. But I really loved this story!
You immediately fall in love with Tom and Flick and you want them to end up together.
But of course we have this mega-long way to go until there might be a happily ever after in sight.
But we enjoy every single moment of that journey!
They are so over-the-top opposites. It's just hilarious.
But they also somehow click. And they're mega attracted to each other.

We have lots of adorable moments. Funny moments. Frustrating moments.
Sexy moments. Moving moments. I even cried a bit here and there!!
I just loved it!

THE LOVE COUPON was an amazingly adorable & funny & different kind of love story! I just adored it! I loved Flick & Tom. I loved the sparks and the talks and the fighting and the coupons ... I just loved everything! Run to your nearest amazon for your own Tom - this one is MINE! ☺

If I had to name some things I didn't love-love - it might have been a little bit too long. It's kind of Ainslie's thing to write a lot of words and thoughts. I prefer to read more conversations and interactions between the 2 main people and not too much inner debate and stuff like that.
It's not necessarily a bad thing - those were not bad words. Beautiful words and thoughts - but it was just a bit too long for me!
And the Love COUPON thing. I'm writing this now that I'm at 56% of the story, and there isn't a coupon to be found anywhere??? Huh? Why give a book that title when those coupons show up mega late into the book? They don't have anything to do with how and if Flick and Tom fell for each other... very weird. Maybe a title and blurb change would be wise!
Ok - back now after finishing the book. They coupons arrived right at the 56% mark and it was a mega adorable addition to this great book - to their already blossoming love story. I just would've added them a tiny bit sooner into the story. But it was totally ok the way it was. BUT, I'm also sure that some weird readers might be offended by the blurb and title and the not happening coupons ... ☺

Copy received from the author for an honest review

An Ainslie Paton book is like a box of chocolates - you never know what you are going to get.  

And I love that they are all different.

Firstly, woot we got a little bit of Jack and Derelie (sounds like merrily) in this book!

Secondly, I love a enemies-to-friends-to-more story, and The Love Coupon is a great one of those.

BUT - don't get too excited for the coupons thing to happen right away, you will have a bit of a wait for those (but completely worth it)

Fighting is foreplay with this couple - and boy do they love the foreplay.  They are full of bite and snark, but also full of lusty suggestions and fun.

I do love the coupons when they come into the story.  Our lovelies are already half way to being a couple by the time it all happens, however they are a cute and fun addition to the story.

Ms Paton left me smiling the whole time as I read The Love Coupon.  I haven't read a book of hers yet that I haven't adored, and I can't wait to see what she brings us next.



 Ainslie Paton is a corporate storyteller working in marketing, public relations and advertising.

She’s written about everything from the African refugee crisis and Toxic Shock Syndrome, to high-speed data networks and hamburgers, and for everyone from George Clooney to Barry Humphries—as Edna.

She writes cracking, hyper-real romances about strong women and the exciting men who love them.