Release Date: January 24
4 Cheeky CROWNS
I love Emma Hart’s writing and stories. They are always guaranteed to be fun, entertaining, and more often than not, filled with lots of good steamy deliciousness. Casanova is all of these things!
What really made me like this story is the characters, particularly the dynamics between Lani and Brett. Their bickering, their banter, and their constant battle for dominance had me chuckling several times, and it helped to develop the chemistry, at least physically between the two of them.
I also enjoyed the characters as much apart as I do together. Lani has returned home and is guilted into staying home. Her new semi-permanent residence puts her in the direct path of working with the delicious Brett Walker. Her interactions with him shows her backbone, and highlights her ability to resist temptation. There are times when she is harsh based on the grudge, and while her resentment towards him based on something that happened so long ago seems a tad crazy, it isn’t unrealistic that a person would hold onto something like this. She was betrayed and hurt by his actions, and everyone handles and responds to pain in a different ways. Her way is to become verbally combative, which ends up being some of my favorite parts of the story and their interactions. Brett has lines for days, fully earning the nickname Casanova. His flirtatious nature, pick-up lines, and dirty mouth are enough to melt my insides, but he ends up being so much more than that. He is sweet, kind, and compassionate, and best of all, he is this way because that is his nature, not because he is looking for recognition. Although the town “talked about him” being a manwhore, the readers don’t really ever see this side of him. It is kind of glossed over, resulting in me not really perceiving him in this manner, which, honestly, probably makes me love him even more. In addition to the main couple, the secondary characters are just as enjoyable and entertaining, particularly the antics of the Walker family and Lani’s sister. The characters really make the book for me.
The plot of the story is entertaining. I enjoy Lani and Brett’s voice throughout the book, as well as the development of their relationship. There is the perfect blend of resistance, and they succumb to their desires at an appropriate time, meaning Emma Hart doesn’t draw it out, but still allows them to establish an emotional relationship before anything becomes physical, giving this couple more than a lust-driven romance. My one issue with the plot of the story was the thing. This thing that every character kept talking about, but nobody would really talk about because it is too scandalous ended up not being so sordid. Now, this easily could have been a tool to have the conflict of the story between the couple, but even the fight as a result of the big reveal between Brett and Lani is solved relatively quickly. Although, I wish the conflict would have been a bit more substantial, the plot line is still incredibly entertaining.
Emma Hart continues to be a writer that I enjoy reading. I know her books will make me laugh and swoon and give me fun characters and storylines. Casanova is certainly all of these things!
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
I loved him more than life.
He broke me and he didn’t even know it.
I ran from him.
He didn’t chase me.
He never needed to, because he knew I’d come back.
He was right.
Death brought me home to him.
Drop dead gorgeous and filthy-mouthed with a smile that turns saints to sinners.
A casanova to his core.
My ex-best friend.
And the bad boy whose reputation precedes him—the same reputation I’m tasked with turning to gold… Or so they think.
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About the Author:
By day, New York Times and USA Today bestselling New Adult author Emma Hart dons a cape and calls herself Super Mum to two beautiful little monsters. By night, she drops the cape, pours a glass of whatever she fancies – usually wine – and writes books.
Emma is working on Top Secret projects she will share with her followers and fans at every available opportunity. Naturally, all Top Secret projects involve a dashingly hot guy who likes to forget to wear a shirt, a sprinkling (or several) of hold-onto-your-panties hot scenes, and a whole lotta love.
She likes to be busy – unless busy involves doing the dishes, but that seems to be when all the ideas come to life.