Synopsis from Goodreads
Tyler Jacobson has a plan for everything—except how to handle his completely annoying, utterly frustrating, and totally sexy upstairs neighbor. He couldn’t care less if Everly Ribinski thinks he’s equally irritating—until he discovers she’s the only one who can help him land a business deal that will finally make him feel like he’s more than just a guy from the wrong side of the tracks.
Color him shocked when Everly refuses to help, insisting she should have run him over in the parking garage when she had the chance. Harsh. But possibly deserved. Tyler may have spent the last few months reveling in annoying the fiery gallery owner with a dark past, but he’s got secret leverage she can’t refuse.
If only one meeting didn’t turn into a fake date that turned into more. Way more. Like naked and hot as hell more.
The last thing either of them wants is to catch feelings for someone who is so obviously not their type. Good thing that will never happen. Right?
Tyler has been in the background from the beginning of the series with his feud with Sawyer following his ex’s gold digging/social climbing ways. At first impression, Tyler appears the epitome of successful, confident businessman, however, it is soon apparent that Tyler carries a lot of insecurities with him that drive his actions. Growing up in poverty and a challenging household has left a lot of emotional scars on Tyler’s psyche. Determined to rise above his lowly beginnings, Tyler has tried to bury his upbringing beneath layers of fancy clothes, elocution lessons, and the correct social circles. Unfortunately, this also alienates his true friends and adds to the layers of self-doubt Tyler holds onto.
Everly has also worked her way up within her field, the difference being Everly embraces her underprivileged background realizing it has helped shape her drive to succeed. It also makes her a genuine person treating everyone as equal. Although she has additional issues concerning her father’s abandonment resulting in the projection of said issues onto the men she encounters. Raised by her grandmother, Everly is determined to ease her deterioration into dementia by providing for her care. making the success of her art gallery a necessity.
Despite their obvious attraction, Everly and Tyler butt heads continually; Everly intuitively picks up on Tyler’s background but judges him without the insight into his issues. While Tyler has the nasty habit of putting his foot in his mouth where Everly is concerned. There are a lot of crossed wires and the projection of issues within The Schemer.
Ultimately, it is Tyler’s character development that drives the story. I really liked seeing him accept himself for who he is, poor upbringing included, rather than trying to fit himself into a clique that would only feed his insecurities. I loved the way in which Tyler’s true friends opened his eyes to the truth and helped him reach for a happier, more fulfilling life. One that includes Everly 🙂
The Schemer provides a two for one deal with the surprise inclusion of another HEA for one of the pivotal characters within the series
Avery rounds the series out beautifully with the epilogue including the previous couples and the progression of their relationships.