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The Love Scam

(Danger #2)

3.08  ·  Rating details ·  433 ratings  ·  330 reviews
A sweet and sassy contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author MaryJanice Davidson.

Rake Tarbell is in trouble. When the fabulously wealthy and carefree bachelor wakes up horribly hungover in Venice, it’s not something that would normally be a problem...except he has no idea how he got there from California. Or who stole his wallet. Or who emptied his bank ac
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 4th 2020 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
A playboy bachelor who is suffering from one of the worst hangover of his life finds himself in Venice penniless and he meets with her daughter. Wait a minute, how can he be father and who has no idea about it?

If there were four men, one of them is missing, one of them is singing “In the shallow shaaaalloww!”, other ones are crazy red head and dentist and if we also add a little baby, tiger into the equation at Caesar Place, an ex-boxer singing “In the Air Tonight”, I would say: Yay! I know this
Madison Warner Fairbanks
The Love Scam by MaryJanice Davidson

Contemporary romantic comedy. Danger series, book 2. Best read in order. I didn’t read book 1 and for the most part was ok, but I got the feeling, especially towards the end that I was missing a connection.
The writing style is humorous and very sarcastic. Every page, and every paragraph is heavily laced with internal character commentary or witty and snarky banter. At least through the first half of the book.

Around 60%, POV began altering between Rake and Del
Melanie (mells_view)
What is it about love and sex that can make people so completely, dangerously irrational? To take risks they’d never, ever take in their right mind?

So The Love Scam was a trope-y comedy heavy romcom. I think that the romance in this book sort of gets lost amongst the tropes (con-artist, drunken memory loss, surprise child) and the stream of consciousness writing style. I think that this story would be considered funny to anyone who can follow the style of writing. Even though I personally didn’t
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Full review to come. No offense but why does this have the lowest ratings ever???? I get how some people DNF because the writing was too zany in the beginning but it improved so much and it's so good. And so funny. ...more
Mar 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
**The Love Scam generously provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.**

3 "No more secrets" Stars

I so wanted to love this but ended up only liking. Both the premise of the story and the on-going plot were unique and totally engrossing. The Love Scam is an entertaining, caper-esque story full of wit, self realization, a zany plot, and hilarious events that effect all the motley characters. It was a fun book to read and I enjoyed the characters greatly, I just wasn't
Apr 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) provided by the Author and Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an fair and honest review.

Quirky, real quirky. But I stayed with it and it is a very different romance than what I usually read. Rake is adorable as the carefree millionaire who suddenly finds all his millions gone. Delaney is harder to pin down through most of the book. Her motives are mercenary, for sure, but there is a lot more to her than that. Lillith is scary smart for a seven year old and wise wa
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Need a light and fluffy comedic romance to just sit back and escape into? Not looking for major depth, just a fun read that sometimes leaves you thinking, “What just happened?” or “Are you kidding me?’

MaryJanice Davidson’s THE LOVE SCAM should fit the bill, perfectly! More entertainment than substance, yet still with some serious twists, a high-flying playboy with more inherited money than sense finds himself floating in a Venice canal, broke, with no phone and a quirky and mysterious woman givi
4.5-----> I am going to say this twice in this review since it seems that people are going to need reminding: "I have to say though, that this book is full of cliches and tropes and it has been done on purpose---please read the author's notes at the beginning of the book."

I will update to a 'true' review just as soon as I read Danger, Sweetheart and then re-read The Love Scam. You really don't need to read Danger, Sweetheart first but I want to see if that will change my opinion of this book.

I h

Chapter 2 of The Love Scam starts out Ten confusing minutes later… and if that wasn’t a fitting reflection of how I felt pretty much the entire time I was reading…

Even though it’s been quite a few years since I’ve read a MaryJanice Davidson book, I was pretty surprised when I went to GR to mark this as “currently reading” to see it had such a low rating. I remember really enjoying the books I had read, I even own some in paperback. Sadly, after finishing The Love Scam, I can understand the l
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
Jul 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-to-review, 2020
This book had me laughing in many places as I watched Rake stumble through the book not knowing what was going on...or did he?  Maybe he was smarter than we give him credit.  The rest of the characters are multifaceted and show you want they want you to see.  Delaney is a tough cookie but has a softer side that she lets very few people see.  Lillith is very precocious and smarter than anyone can even imagine.  There is a slew of other characters that help round out the story and bring in some in ...more
Rake wakes up severely hung-over with no idea where he is or how he got there. Claire Delaney finds the situation funny and also has a person who might be his illegitimate daughter. She also has all of the answers. So begins the story. I believe most people will enjoy this read!
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
I loved the idea and concept of this book. I really thought I was going to love it. I honestly did. That was not thecae. I struggled with the writing and the plot. I tried, I did. I didn't end up finishing it. ...more
Sammy Allen
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
This novel was definitely not my favorite. Although i greatly appreciate receieving a free arc of this novel, i just couldnt seem to get through it. I found it to be confusing, and i just did not mesh with the writing style at all.
Lisa Leone-campbell
Sep 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
When super wealthy Rake Tarbell wakes up in a very bad state in Venice...Italy, not California, unable to remember how on earth he got there and missing his wallet and cell phone he thinks perhaps he may have a problem.

Thus begins The Love Scam where love is all in the family! And so is hilarity! Rake wakes up only to meet a mysterious woman named Claire Delaney who immediately introduces him to his (gulp) young daughter Lillith, whose mother he does not really remember!

And in true comedic flair
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
Perhaps I will pick this up later and give it another try but for now my brain doesnt have the capacity to figure out what is actually happening in this book. The premise sounds great but the execution does not work for me.
Lana لانا  (Bibliomedico)
May 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately , I couldn't finish this book .
I couldn't connect with the characters or the story .
But the writing style was good .
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, 2020, arc, romance, dnf
I struggled to get in to this story! The premise sounded interesting...shenanigans, mystery, potential romantic interest, surprise daughter...but the execution was a mangled mess. I had difficulty relating to the characters and the story line was crazy scattered. Thank you to St. Martin and Netgalley for the opportunity to review this title. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Nicole (FearYourEx)
May 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thank you to netgalley and the publisher for the early review copy.

I had high hopes for this one but the story felt very clunky and confusing to me. There were several times I had to re-read paragraphs or even full pages because there weren't enough context clues as to who exactly was speaking. And I just wasn't at all interested in the romance as a result.
Robin Loves Reading
Rake Tarbell has memory of how he ended up in Venice - all the way from California. No wallet so no money, as even his bank account has apparently been emptied. Then he is in the presence of an adorable little girl claiming that he is her father. He also meets Lillith's guardian, Claire Delaney.

So, it is apparently a hangover of massive proportions for Rake. How in the world is he a father? And, why is he is Venice? What a great start to a funny book by MaryJanice Davidson. Imagine being woken
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
I love Ms. Davidson, but I'm not a fan of this series. I'm just not getting "the spoof of romance tropes" that it's meant to be. Of course, it doesn't dissuade me from continuing to read you.

That said, here's the review.

The humor was there. I most enjoy that about this writer as i do get the jokes/sarcasm.
Rake & Claire did have chemistry as well as w/all of the other characters.

it was so confusing. Rake wakes up hung over, confused & somehow broke & in Venice w/ a mystery woman
Amber’s reading
A fun rom-com with a little mystery and a lot of witty dialogue. Rake Tarbell wakes up hungover with no idea how he ended up on the other side of the world in Venice, Italy. Having lost his wallet, phone, and millions, he gets help from a beautiful American woman and tenacious 9-year-old girl. While earning his keep helping with charity and at the same time, running from a couple of mysterious goons, the confirmed bachelor falls in love. Cleverly written with wonderfully dry wit, The Love Scam w ...more
Cali Jewel
Aug 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Highly entertaining, fun and emotionally thrilling journey filled with interesting and engaging charters, witty dialog, heartwarming twists and sweet passion. Was a great read from beginning to end and so hard to put down.
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book worked for me, and here's what I liked:
1. The cover is cute and drew me in.
2. Funny dialogue, funny inner monologues, and lots of comedy. I was often smiling.
3. A theme of taking care of the underdog and being helpful.
4. The idea and importance of family.
5. The three main characters (Lillith, Delaney, and Rake).

Here are some considerations:
1. I would consider this a funny story (almost a caper) before a love story. It reminded me a bit of P.G. Wodehouse stories. The romance is there,
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ng, romance
This works for some COVID-19 escapism. The characters are likeable, especially the precocious polyglot child, and it moves fairly swiftly. I didn't like how long the initial state of confusion went on--a few chapters in the dark can be fun and cinematic, but too many and you might lose the reader. Also, the author does footnotes where she breaks the fourth wall to tell you that you can really buy the character's shirt on Etsy or that you should read her other books, which took me right out of th ...more
Living My Best Book Life
The Love Scam is a contemporary romance about a playboy waking up in Venice not knowing how or why he is there. He also meets a woman and a young girl who claims to be his daughter. The premise sounded like it was going to be a great read, but it was hard to follow along. I really wanted to like this one more.

Rake is a wealthy bachelor who is used to getting anything he wants. When he wakes up in Venice, he is confused and thrown for a loop when he meets Lillith and Claire. Claire is the woman w
Jul 30, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rake Tarbell is in trouble. When the fabulously wealthy and carefree bachelor wakes up horribly hungover in Venice, it's not something that would normally be a problem . . . except he has no idea how he got there from California. Or who stole his wallet. Or who emptied his bank account of millions. Or who in the world is Lillith, the charming little girl claiming to be his long lost daughter.
Claire Delaney finds Rake's problems hilarious and is not in the least bit sorry of adding to them by br
Aug 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and St. Martin's Griffin for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Love Scam was a funny rom-com that manages to utilize many romance tropes (as intended) while establishing a fairly interesting plot.

Rake Tarbell - previously wealthy and childless - finds himself in Venice, with no money or memory of how he got there, but to make matters worse, he's presented with Lillith, his daughter, by the charming but mysterious Claire Delaney. Rake has a lot of que
Jan 08, 2021 rated it did not like it
I did not enjoy this book at all. I think it was aiming to be a comedy-mystery, but it failed. She tried to withhold a lot of information to keep the "mystery" plot rolling, but it resulted in me not understanding what was happening at all (which is sometimes a good thing! In this case, however, it was not). The "humorous" aspect of the book made the main characters (especially Rake) sound like they were written by a middle schooler--whining, complaining, giggling (SO much giggling, ick), and ex ...more
I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

First time DNF-ing an ARC but, I could not force myself to keep reading this.

I wanted to like this. It is set in Italy, sounds like a fun rom-com, the cover is super pretty, what’s not to like? Well, everything. For starters, I had no idea this was a sequel to another book.

The writing is meant to be seen as “zany” but it’s all over the place, it repeats things you just read over and over as if the reader is too
Anna  (The Bursting Bookshelf)
Aug 29, 2020 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately, this is going to be a short review for me - The Love Scam was a DNF for me. Given I didn't finish this book, this will be a very personal review - my take after getting about 40% of the way in. Lets get down to brass tacks: why did I choose to "Do Not Finish" this book?

The writing: This was something I really couldn't get into - I found it to be clunky and awkward and just plain hard to read. The awkwardness of the writing was easiest to see in the dialog: the characters didn't ta
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MaryJanice Davidson is an American author and motivational speaker who writes mostly paranormal romance, but also young adult and non-fiction. She is the creator of the popular Undead series and is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She writes a bi-weekly column for USA Today and lives in St. Paul with her family. You can reach her on Facebook and follow her on Twitter.


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