The Catch - Amy Lea - Keeping Up With The Penguins
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When a floundering fashion influencer discovers that her all-expenses-paid vacation at a Canadian resort isn’t booked for the week she arrived, she has no choice but to take up residence at the only AirBNB available in a small fishing village nearby. Who could’ve guessed that in that ramshackle inn, she’d find the man she’d be calling her fiance just a few days later? Well, anyone who’s read one of Amy Lea’s novels, that’s who. The Catch is the latest, the third in her Influencer series, and Penguin Books Australia were kind enough to send me a copy for review.

Melanie Karlsen is the kind of gal who’s determined to make the best of a bad situation. She hopes to at least get some good Insta content on a whale watching cruise with the inn’s proprietor, the gruff and grumpy Evan Whaler (yes, naming the fisherman character Whaler is a bit heavy handed, but it’s a romance novel so we can forgive that).

The cruise goes south when Evan falls overboard, though, and Melanie has to tell a small white lie to gain access to his ICU bedside. She never actually intended for his family to find out she and Evan were “engaged”. Now, they’re both caught up in the lie, and they need to keep it going to solve a long-running family feud.

It might sound like The Catch has a lot of moving parts, but it’s actually very smooth reading. As a romance, it’s both swoony and spicy, though a rather slow burn (by my standards, anyway). It’s well-written and heartfelt without being cloying or annoying, which is a tricky balance to maintain. The Catch is the perfect escapist romance that won’t insult your intelligence.

Read my review of Amy Lea’s previous novel, Exes and O’s, here.

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