Fool Me Once by Ashley Winstead
Publication date: 05 April 2022
A rom-com that is so much more, Ashley Winstead’s Fool Me Once was a delightful read. Our heroine Lee, known as Stoner to her friends, works for a company that produces electric vehicles (better than Tesla and women-owned!). She is trying to bring green energy to Texas by pushing for all government vehicles to be electric. As if that goal was not hard enough to achieve, she is assigned to work on this project with her ex, Ben.
Second-chance romance is one of my favorite tropes, and this book does an excellent job with not just the romance, but also with exploring the abandonment issues that Lee has been dealing with for most of her life. I’ve read some reviews that criticize the amount of cheating in this book, but cheating is integral to the whole story. Lee’s trust and abandonment issues are 100% a result of the hurt she feels as a direct result of her experiences with infidelity in herself and others.
This story is politics-heavy, so if that’s not your jam you’ll want to be aware of that going in. I’m usually not a fan of anything political, but I really didn’t mind it here. I definitely recommend this if you love stories with complex characters dealing with serious issues.
Thank you to NetGalley and Graydon House for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.