Review: The Love Scam

The Love Scam


A sweet and sassy contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson.

Rake Tarbell is in trouble. When the fabulously wealthy and carefree bachelor wakes up horribly hungover in Venice, it’s not something that would normally be a problem…except he has no idea how he got there from California. Or who stole his wallet. Or who emptied his bank account of millions. Or who in the world is Lillith, the charming little girl claiming to be his long lost daughter. For the first time in his life, Rake is on his own and throwing Benjamins around aren’t going to solve his problem. Now if only the gorgeous, fun, and free-spirited woman who brought Lillith into his life was willing to help the situation…

Claire Delaney finds Rake’s problems hilarious and is not in the least bit sorry of adding to them by bringing Lillith into the mix. A pretty Midwestern girl with a streak for mischief, Rake is not the kind of man Claire hangs around with. Even if he is drop-dead handsome and charming as all get-out. Even if he needs help and she has all the answers. But if this helps Lillith, she will go out of her way. And with a guy like Rake, she’s willing to bend her rules a bit for some fun. But when adventure-filled days turn to romantic nights as they search for answers, and someone starts following them through the streets of Venice, Claire realizes she’s playing more than just a game. And maybe, just maybe, she isn’t willing to let go of Rake or Lillith just yet.

Rating: 3-stars


The Love Scam by MaryJanice Davidson is an attempt at romantic comedy. It reads mostly like a contemporary romance. The characters’ story sounds like a romance gone wrong. This drunken male protagonist finds himself in Venice with no collection of how he got there. His stuff was stolen. He then goes on to meet his daughter and this woman with her. The daughter seems like a good character. The other two have a lot of issues.

Rake is like the worst scoundrel one could meet if reading a historical romance. He basically has no control or decides not to take control over his new found situation. That itself sat oddly with me. What man wouldn’t take over control and immediately leave despite not having all the answers? Instead, he waits on this daughter of his and on Claire.

Claire instantly dislikes the man. Why, I can’t tell. But knowing what the writer gave me on him, I wouldn’t like him much either.

However, MaryJanice Davidson wants readers to see that he has this other side to him that isn’t the dominant side we, readers, have been seeing from him in the beginning. Then, his relationship with his brother is not that great either. This guy needs a sounding board and it’s apparent he has none in this book.

Claire still isn’t one of my favorite female characters. She’s dragging this man around for laughs. Basically, that’s her high point. Then, bam, she’s in love with the guy she has really despised and wanted to see suffer miserably…

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