Wednesday, March 6, 2024

Book Review: The Catch

By Melissa Smoot

In a last-ditch effort to rescue her brand from the brink of irrelevance, Boston fashion influencer Melanie Karlsen finds herself in a rural fishing village on the east coast of Canada. The only thing scarier than nature itself? The burly and bearded bed-and-breakfast owner and fisherman, Evan Whaler—who single-handedly disproves the theory that Canadians are “nice.”

After a boating accident lands Evan unconscious in the hospital, Mel is mistaken for his fiancĂ©e by his welcoming yet quirky family, who are embroiled in a long-standing feud over the B&B. In a bold attempt to mend family fences, Mel agrees to fake their engagement for one week in exchange for Evan’s help with her social media content.

Amid long hikes and campfire chats, reeling in their budding feelings for each other proves more difficult by the day. But is Mel willing to sacrifice her picture-perfect life in the city for a chance at a true, unfiltered love in the wild? (Synopsis courtesy of Amazon.)

I really enjoyed this story. I lived in Boston for a while, so it was fun to read something that was partially set there. The main character, Melanie, is a Boston based fashion influencer. She is supposed to be headed to the east coast of Canada to a luxury spa, but somehow finds herself stranded and ends up at a B&B in a rural fishing village. When she meets the grouchy and very unfriendly owner of the B&B, Evan, she is thrust into a whirlwind week of lies, family, and a long-standing feud.

This story was fun, and I loved how Lea gave the secondary characters such quirky personalities. It really added to the story and made Mel’s dilemma towards the end, even greater. In some ways this story seemed like a predictable rom com, but the author made the journey to the ending funny and surprising. The way the scenery and the B&B were so thoughtfully described, made me feel like I was there.

I liked how Melanie had her own life and history back in Boston and that stayed a part of the story throughout.  It helped to greater understand some of the choices she made along the way, and the reasoning behind them. 

The Catch was a great read. I would recommend this book, especially to take on a vacation to a lake or beach. I did feel like I wanted a little more at the end…but I think this story could easily have a sequel! 

Thanks to Berkley for the book in exchange for an honest review.

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