Book Review, Romance Review

Review: The Front Runner by Elsie Silver

Stefan Dalca is beautiful, brooding, and bossy. He’s also public enemy number one in this small town, with a murky past that’s hard to overlook. And I just agreed to three fake dates with him.

I may be a renowned veterinarian, but when I find myself in a sticky situation, Stefan is my last hope. I need his help to save a sick foal and what he wants in return is me.

Our time together starts out as a simple transaction, but the more time I spend with him, the more I wonder if he’s not quite the villain they’ve made him out to be. With every intimate conversation and lingering look, the tension between us builds. I’ve been drawn to Stefan since the first day I laid eyes on him. And now he’s downright irresistible.

I know sleeping with the enemy is playing with fire. But like a moth to a flame, I’m attracted to the mysterious man in a way I can’t explain—in a way those closest to me wouldn’t approve of or understand.

And the more he softens for me, the harder I fall.

But as his mysteries unravel, so do hidden truths. Truths that are bound to leave someone burned.

I just didn’t expect that someone to be me.

This was my first book in the series but it reads just fine as a standalone. It quickly became apparent that Stefan was the villain of the town in the earlier books so Mira’s friendly relationship with him is a source of embarrassment for her. I have no idea what he did to get the reputation but I will say that the animosity came from Mira’s friend Billie who may be the most unlikable character ever, so despite all of that, I loved Stefan and enjoyed this book so much.

It seems nobody’s bothered to get to know him at all since he came to town but he’s not a bad guy at all. In fact, he’s awesome. Mira is too, I loved everything about her. She’s smart, driven and successful but doesn’t have much time for dating with her demanding career but Stefan isn’t going to give up on his quest to win her over. Their chemistry was off the charts so their story is hot, hot, hot. I loved everything about this book (except for Billie) but especially the MCs and they’re so good together, I just want more. Maybe we’ll get Nadia’s story next, I hope. This was also my first book by the author but I love the writing style and the way she brings these characters to life. I received an ARC from Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.

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