Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Review: The Love Coupon by Ainslie Paton

Publication Date: April 9th 2018 by Carina Press
Purchase Links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo

About the book:

How many coupons does it take to fall in love?

Flick Dalgetty knows what she wants and how to get it, which is why she’s about to start her dream job in Washington. Until then, she needs somewhere to crash, and Tom O’Connell’s place is her sole option. He’s a repressed, antisocial ogre…but man can he kiss.

For Tom, being around Flick is like being too close to the sun. Her untamed energy is overwhelming, and he’d spontaneously combust if he had to live with her long-term. Housemates with benefits—and an expiration date—suits him just fine.

Then Flick gives Tom thirty coupons, each entitling him to one obligation-free activity, from bowling and bubble-bathing to morning delight, removing all the guesswork from being incompatible partners and shifting their fling into high gear.

Now the problem is their arrangement is drawing to a close, and they might be falling in love—and there wasn’t a coupon for that.

My Thoughts:
Flick is full of energy and her life appears to be a little chaotic, but really, she’s a determined woman when it comes to her goals. Flick rose above her circumstances and exceled despite having no help from her family (a family that fully pissed me off!). Now she’s finally landed her dream job, helping less fortunate ones to succeed with education and opportunities, but she needs a place to stay for three months before she moves. This is where Tom comes in.

Tom has a room to rent, but he’s used to living a regimented life and everything about Flick is out of his comfort zone.  They end up together, and she annoys him, but there’s something refreshing, and intriguing about her, too.  They push each other’s buttons, but Tom and Flick are definitely attracted to each other.  

The Love Coupon was very much an opposites attract/antagonistic romance with a lot of witty banter back and forth.  Ainslie Paton’s writing is clever and sharp.  Tom and Flick were at odds and I loved seeing them gradually get on the same page.  Surreptitious glances, and lusty thoughts finally gave way to some hot encounters!  Those tightly wound guys are all kinds of hot when they finally let lose! The love coupons didn’t come into play until well after the 50% mark, but oh my!

This was a little more angsty than I usually read because Flick’s stay had an expiration date, and neither one wanted to admit they were getting more and more serious.  Still, this is a romance, so I knew things would probably work out, lol.

4 Suns


  1. I am not sure about the more angst than usual, but witty banter is awesome. It always makes me snort

  2. It's kind of a fun premise with the love coupons. Although I'm a little surprised it took so long for them to come into play.