Title: Foolproof Love
Series: Foolproof Love #1
Author: Katee Robert
Publication Date: 6 June 2016
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Bull rider Adam Meyer put Devil’s Falls in his rearview mirror years ago and hasn’t stopped running since. Now he’s back—temporarily, if he has any say about it. Restless, he finds himself kissing the sexiest girl in town…and agreeing to be the fake boyfriend in her little revenge scheme.
Jules Rodrigez isn’t interested in the role of town spinster. Being seen with a hell raiser like Adam is the perfect way to scandalize the residents, make her ex jealous, and prove she’s a sexy, desirable woman. And if their plan includes ridiculously hot sex—in public, of course—all the better.
But this thing between them has an expiration date. Putting down roots isn’t in Adam’s blood, and Jules’s roots in Devil’s Falls are bedrock deep. He’ll leave, even if it rips out his heart. But this time, he’s not sure he’ll survive it…
Foolproof Love tackles small town mentality at its best and at its worst, where individuals are judged by the family they were born into, stereotyped from a young age and then squished into the boxes others have placed them in. Jules and Adam have both been labeled and kept within the parameters of the Devil’s Falls expectations growing up, although on opposite ends of the scale. Jules is the towns golden, if not a little quirky, good girl while Adam is the bull riding bad boy destined to never settle down.
Told in third person narrative in order to deliver not only background details of the main characters, control the plot and provide insight, it also allows the introduction of the characters from the other books in the series and provides a basis for their stories. There are hints to past incidents concerning peripheral characters that appear to be pivotal to more than one characters direction in life, keeping the curiosity level high with regard to uncovering the full details of the incident that affected so many people.
The alternating focus between Adam and Jules provided perspective taking into consideration the things that have shaped their identities. Both Adam and Jules while being outwardly outgoing have a lot of internal insecurities stemming from other people’s perspectives of them. Adam has grown-up continually being compared to his estranged father and not in a favourable manner, even by his mother, not realising just how deeply the comparison hurt Adam. The danger with constant comparisons is they become self-fulfilling prophecies, Adam is a prime example of this. Not considering any other option Adam filled the role assigned to him.
Jules, on the other hand, has a beautiful disposition that draws people to her although she is still haunted by the words her ex-douche said when he left her 9 years earlier. Considered boring and prophesied spinsterhood within her home town, Jules is determined to shake-up her reputation especially as her ex has now returned to town. When the opportunity presents itself the best way to alter people’s perceptions of her is by having a wild, scandalous relationship with the towns bad boy, Adam.
The chemistry between Adam and Jules is incendiary from the beginning, what starts as a fake relationship in order to create gossip quickly morphs into far more on both of their parts. I loved the budding relationship between Adam and Jules, they compliment each other perfectly. Unfortunately, their own perception of themselves and the stereotypes they have been assigned create friction and discord within their fledgling feelings.
Foolproof Love is so much more than a romance fueled story, it deals ingeniously with the theme of identity and all the factors that help shape an individual. It takes a great deal of courage to breakaway from the stereotyping and become the person we want to be and not what is expected of us.