Review: Fool's Errand by Lilliana Anderson (Cartwright Brothers #4)

Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.

Lilliana Anderson is back with her family of irresistible criminals with the release of the fourth novel in her Cartwright Brothers series. While his three brothers--one of whom just happens to be his twin--may be basking in the continuous glow of having fallen in love with the women who stole (pun not intended!) their hearts, thirty-three-year-old Abbot Cartwright had no plans of following suit. Why get stuck with just one woman when he can have and change his pick whenever he felt like it? When he's tasked to bring in a locksmith for an important heist, he's surprised to be talking with Trevor Slater's granddaughter instead--and she's a familiar face from Abbot's past.

Sloane Slater took over the family business that was left to her by her grandfather, but where he was able to make it a success, Sloane is barely making ends meet. When Abbot Cartwright steps through her shop's door, she remembers the not just him but the rest of his siblings and his mother from the summers she used to spend in Torquay with her grandfather. It's been more than twenty years since they last saw one another, and the last thing she needs is to be crushing on a guy five years younger than her, especially when she finds out that the safe he wants her to crack isn't exactly aboveboard. But Abbot's as attracted to Sloane as she is to him, so when he makes a game out of their mutual draw to each other, making it more enticing with money thrown in, will Sloane still be a winner if she loses her heart to him? Maybe they should stay buddies; how about buddies with potential benefits?

Oh, how the mighty have fallen! It was rather satisfying to see someone like Abbot finally fall in love, but the fact that it was with someone who gave us good as she took--someone like Sloane--made it even better. Fool's Errand was a slow burn read, one that had Abbot and Sloane, who shared many a summer together as children and teenagers, meet again more than twenty years later. I liked that he had a crush on her growing up, and that now that they're older, it's Sloane who finds herself with a crush on him. These two certainly kept things quite entertaining, and naturally, we have Abbot's family getting involved. There's a wee bit of angst added to this otherwise witty read, and I'm always one for angst in my books. There were a couple of times that I felt like smacking Abbot because it seemed as if he was playing around with her, but in hindsight, I think it was more of him trying to wrap his head around the fact that he had gone and done the one thing he said he'd never do: fall in love. Four down, and one more to go (Toby's much awaited book!). I cannot get enough of these Cartwrights! Five stars. ♥


Read my reviews for the Cartwright Brothers series:

 Fool Me Twice (book one) - five-plus stars - My Review

Fools Rush In (book two) - 4.5 stars - My Review

Foolish Games (book three) - five-plus stars - My Review

Fool's Errand (book four) - five stars - My Review (posted above)


Date Read: 12 October 2018

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