Title: Rumor Has It
Series: Real Love #4
Author: Jessica Lemmon
Publication Date: 15 May 2018
Synopsis from Goodreads
This is one bad boy who’s fit to print. A notorious jock tackles life—and love—after football with a type-A journalist in this sexy standalone from the author of Eye Candy.
Barrett: As a former pro football star, I’m used to playing the field. After injuries cut my NFL career short, my second act as a broadcaster ended on live television when a hot mic picked up a little verbal . . . indiscretion. But this latest publicity stunt might just land me back on top—much to the chagrin of Catarina Everhart, the prissy, beautiful journalist who’s been assigned to date a bad boy (i.e., me) and write about it. Catarina swears I’ll never touch her, let alone kiss those full lips of hers. Based on our chemistry, I’m not buying it. . . .
Catarina: Barrett Fox seems to be doing everything in his power to make me hate him. The cocky egomaniac is infamous for his bad behavior, and now, thanks to my boss’s harebrained schemes, he’s apparently my problem. As one fake date leads to another, I start to see a different side of Barrett. He’s close with his family. He does volunteer work. And, okay, he kisses like a dream. Am I really dating Barrett Fox? Or is he playing me? Because suddenly I’m risking my reputation—and my heart.
Rumor Has It is an easy read to while away a peaceful afternoon. relatively angst free and fast paced with adorable characters.
On the surface Catarina and Barrett are complete opposites; Barrett an ex-football star and notorious bad boy, while Catarina is a relationship columnist with a reserved good girl demeanour. Thrown together to generate ratings for the column Cat works for while repairing Barrett’s image.
Cat and Barrett balance each other perfectly, underneath the public bad boy, Barrett is a teddy bear with dreams of a loving, stable relationship and family. Catarina brings out a side of Barrett that no-one else has known while Barrett enables Catarina to loosen her tightly held control.
There are a few pitfalls instigated by third parties creating a divide between Barrett and Catarina as well as the complications past relationships bring along with them.
Rumor Has It uses the rich, good girl and poor, bad boy trope to full effect, I would love to see what the future holds for Catarina and Barrett ♥