Book Review

ARC Review: The Hustler Next Door by KA Tucker

Justine MacDermott is in what she would call a transition period: squatting in her best friend’s house and working in an appliance store in Polson Falls while the man she was supposed to marry starts a new life with someone else.

She’s definitely not thinking about slashing his tires and wishing his vital extremities would fall off.

When newcomer Garrett Harrington strolls into Murphy’s Appliances looking to buy a refrigerator, Justine convinces herself she’s found her rebound. Or the next love of her life. Either works. But a chance encounter leads her to discover that Garrett isn’t who he made himself out to be, and he’s more interested in hustling her kindly old boss out of his family business—and using her to do it.

Furious at being fooled by yet another man and itching for retribution, Justine enlists the help of unlikely townsfolk to battle Harrington Group’s big-city development plans for Polson Falls.

It’s all going to plan … until Justine finds herself crossing enemy lines.

This book is refreshingly funny and so much fun to read. I really liked Justine and Garrett, her especially. Justine is a force to be reckoned with in this small town. She’s hilariously blunt and never holds back but even her many quirks are loveable. I was suspicious of Garrett at first, but quickly warmed up to him because he’s absolutely charming. It’s also important to note that their story has an outstanding cast of secondary characters who bring so much to the story.

The heat and tension between these two is off the charts as Justine fights the developers, which includes Garrett. They’re not wanted in town so the residents of Polson Falls make it abundantly clear and Justine is practically leading the charge. Despite their differences, Garrett’s captivated by this woman and wants more Justine. She quickly falls for him as well but her ex betrayed her in the worst way and she’s still getting over it. Unfortunately for her, since their parents are best friends and the ex is also her brother’s BFF, she can’t avoid him or his new girl, who also cheated with him.

The story ends very abruptly so I would have liked more of a wrap-up at the end. There’s an epilogue a year into the future, which is great, but it doesn’t give us much detail about their lives. This was my first book by the author but won’t be the last. I received an ARC from Valentine PR in exchange for an honest review.

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