To Catch a Cheat
One of the classic relationships in romance is the type where the hero and heroine progress from hating to loving each other. This book certainly falls into that category, but To Catch a Cheat isn’t cliched and is instead a funny, romantic book.
Marissa Kincaid has been cheated on one too many times. After her friends reveal that her latest flame isn’t keeping his affections to one woman – or even one gender – she creates an offshoot of her already successful women’s e-magazine, TheGuyCheats.com. Her intention is to create a database of cheaters, so women can check out their new boyfriends and be on the lookout for repeat behavior. Marissa’s contribution? Fifteen names starting with Trent Jackson, the boy who stood her up in 8th grade and went to the movies with another girl.
Meanwhile, a friend of Trent’s tells him about the new website, and his prominent role on it. In retaliation, he sets up TheGirlLies.com, an offshoot of his men’s e-zine. The resulting online feud gets the attention of local media, including two morning radio hosts, who offer Marissa and Trent a deal: they live together for a week, and if they still hate each other at the end of that time they will each receive a million dollar advertising campaign. They both agree, but Trent doesn’t actually want the advertising – he wants Marissa.Trent and Marissa sizzle. Their chemistry is explosive. I love it when a hero knows what he wants, so Trent’s pursuit of Marissa was certainly welcome to me as a reader. I thought his persistence was cute, and didn’t stray over to the creepy stalker realm. He was, needless to say, a wonderful hero.
An array of side characters was also a lovely addition to the story. Marissa’s friends were colorful without being ridiculous, and one was the heroine of her own side romance.
One thing that bothered me was Marissa’s stubbornness and refusal to let go of the advertising campaign. She does have some underlying psychological reasons that aren’t readily obvious, but it wasn’t enough for me. Toward the end, I was frustrated with her for being so stubborn. She eventually redeemed herself, but it still was a bit aggravating for the reader cheering her on.
I really enjoyed this book. It’s a funny, modern romance with likable characters and a great love story.