Author: Harloe Rae
Genre: New Adult Romance
Release Date: May 30, 2018
4.5 RUDE BOY CROWNS
Harloe has released her best book yet! Gent is filled with an enemies to lovers romance that sizzles and a host of secondary characters that will make you want to stay in this small town forever.
Trey is the epitome of an a***hole. From the moment readers meet him, he spews vitriolic insults meant to harm. He has zero care for the feelings of others unless they are a part of his very small circle. What will happen, though, is that, like the heroine, readers will see the man he is underneath the surface. Readers will want to know how he became this way, and once we catch a glimpse of what has made him the way he is, they will begin to soften towards him and his gruff demeanor. The one aspect that I do like about his character is that Trey doesn’t change who he is, even as we see him fall for Raven and become a tad sweeter with her. He is still abrasive and belligerent, and I like that Harloe Rae stayed true to his character.
Raven is the transplant into this small town. While she seems sweet and docile, she is one of the few people that will call Trey on his bull. She refuses to believe that all he is is the town jerk. Part of the reason for her attachment to him is because they share a similar past, but unlike the others in the town, she refuses to let him alone. Through their encounter, readers get to see a softer side to him, and the way he ends up loving her is the reason readers love him.
Gent is filled with antagonistic and steamy scenes from the moment these two meet. She tempers that antagonism as these two get to know each other, and with each moment together, readers get to see them fall in love and evolve as people. The conflict of the story will not be a surprise to readers and neither will the resolution, but Harloe Rae gives readers a full look into what motivates these characters to fall apart and what pushes them to reconcile. So while the resolution is pretty quick, the use of alternating chapters allows readers to understand the decisions that bring them back together.
Harloe Rae’s Gent is her best work to date. She has created a cast of characters that I love, a small town I want to visit, and a enemies to lovers romance that is steamy and fun. It is definitely a must read.
ARC received in exchange for an honest review.
Raven Elliot blasts into town like a wrecking ball—striking and devastating.
With a few simple words, my reliable routine crumbles to dust.
“Is this seat taken?”
I could close my eyes and let her voice wrap around me like a lover’s caress.
But this isn’t that kind of story.
And I’m sure as hell not that kind of man.
She hovers in my space, batting her lashes and smiling shyly.
The glimmer in her sapphire eyes is a promise of peace.
But I’m not falling for it.
And Raven doesn’t take the hint.
What starts as a battle of wills, explodes into a turf war.
She stands directly in my path everywhere I turn.
No matter how hard I shove, she won’t budge.
Raven seems dead set on driving me insane.
But I was here first.
And I’m not going down easy.
After all, no one ever taught me how to treat a lady.
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She holds up her hand like a stop sign and for some reason, having her interrupt doesn’t bother me.
“Did you just babe me?” Her question is all sass.
“Sure did, sweetheart. Call ‘em like I see ‘em. Don’t pretend to be offended. We both know why you’re over here talking to me.”
Her face turns an adorable shade of pink. “First, stop with the nicknames. Second, are you for real? What the hell is wrong with you?”
“I don’t see any issue. You’re the one disrupting my quiet evening.”
“What the… I mean, seriously? I want to sit down and this is the only available spot. You honestly think I came over here to hit on you?”
Her ridiculous question doesn’t deserve a response. My glare matches hers as I silently explain my opinion on the matter. My expression must tell her everything she needs to know.
“Wow, you’re an asshole.”
“You’re the third woman to call me that tonight. Be careful, I might get a complex.”
“Aw, poor baby. I’d hate to dent your fragile ego,” she snips with a curl in her lip.
“There’s nothing fragile about me. Don’t worry. I’m hard and solid. Wanna feel?” I ask and pat my abs.
She nods to my hands. “No, thanks. I’d hate for you to rub off on me.”
“Does the grease under my nails bother you? Princess is afraid of getting a little dirty?”
“Do you get a rise out of being mean?”
I lean against the bar and cross my arms. “I don’t get many complaints. You’re not from around here, so I’ll fill you in—the ladies love me.”
“Pretty sure I saw Barbie McCleveage storm off after chatting with you. She didn’t look too satisfied.”
“Now who’s using nicknames? Jealous much?”
“Hardly,” she huffs.
I smirk before checking out her rack, being extremely obvious about it. Pushing her buttons takes away the tension from earlier, replacing it with a surprising ease. Fighting with her is the most nonsexual fun I’ve had with a woman in a long time. Wonder how she’d react if I called her ma’am.
“All right, all right. You’ve broken me down. I was set on not having any company tonight, but for you, I’ll make an exception. If you insist on standing here, blabbing away, I’ve got far better uses for that luscious mouth. My place isn’t too far away,” I suggest while waggling my brows. My behavior is over the top, but what can I say? She’s bringing out the best in me.
Her lips part in shock. This stranger just stares at me, and I’m sure she’s about to turn away… or slap me. Either way, mission accomplished.
But this chick is full of surprises.
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Harloe was born and raised in Minnesota. She is married to an amazing man and they have an adorable baby boy. They are what make life worth living for her. Harloe has a day job that she loves and is also passionate about horses, blogging, country living, and having fun.
Harloe has been in love with romance since she was a little girl reading fairy tales. The dream is to find the perfect person that completes your life, right? Novels have a way of bringing fantasy to reality and she’s always up for an unforgettable adventure.
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