The Love Scam by MaryJanice Davidson
Release Date - August 4, 2020
Rake Tarbell wakes up hungover and very confused. He only realizes where he is when he falls into a canal after walking out of his hotel room. Tourists gather as he's pulled from the canal and realizes he has no idea how he got to Venice, Italy, or where his wallet is.
Things go from bad to worse when he learns he might be the father of a very precocious girl and that he spent part of the night with a woman who is nothing like his usual choice of company. Claire Delaney is on a mission. She can't tell Rake everything, but one of her jobs is to uncover if he is, in fact, young Lillith's dad. If he is, she is to leave Lillith with him.
When Claire and Rake realize they're being followed, it's a cat and mouse game to keep Lillith safe. One thing Claire never expects is to fall for Rake and start to question if she really wants to move on or if she'd like to make him part of her life.
I didn't ever think it was hard to figure out who hired Claire. That part was kind of obvious. That didn't make the romance less enjoyable, however. I liked watching the two fall in love as they seemed so different. It was hard to imagine Rake even contemplating a switch from bachelor life to family life. I was also happy that the usual path romances take didn't exactly head that way. It was hard to guess how everything would play out. The lack of predictability made it fun.
Read this rom-com. It's a great way to spend a few hours.