4 out of 5 Stars
At age eighteen, Eve Barret walked away from her childhood modeling days, and she’s happy to have left that life behind her. Now she has a few close friends and a job as a high school teacher. Sam Kenneman would be every woman’s dream—had he not written the bestselling book 101 Ways to Avoid Commitment. The book is supposed to be a joke, but with men using it as their dating bible, most women hate Sam, including two of Eve’s friends who have been dumped because of the so-called advice in the book.
Eve’s friends have cooked up a scheme to bring Sam to his knees, and it all falls to Eve. She pretends to be a ditzy model in order to make him fall in love with her, and then the plan is for her to break up with him and embarrass him publicly. But Sam sees through her vapid behavior and actually begins to enjoy the company of the real Eve. And Eve realizes the man behind the book may not be who she originally thought.
Bringing Down Sam was an enjoyable read, although it felt like it could have ended a lot sooner than it did. I liked the author’s writing style and the romance was believable. Eve tried to play the dumb model, but every time Sam got her riled up she would lose the façade in order to snap back at him, contributing to Sam’s confusion and his desire to find out who she really was. Bit by bit, Eve got to know the real Sam and realized he wasn’t the swine everyone thought. I was impressed that Eve came clean about the scheme in a timely manner, instead of drawing it out for the sake of lengthening the story. At the same time, once Sam accepted her apology and they moved on, it felt like the story could have been over.
But there was more. Sam’s father had been trying to get Sam back to work with him, and someone blackmailed Eve to get her away from Sam. There were bits of the familial drama sewn throughout the beginning of the book, but it felt like two separate story lines: the romance and the blackmail. It wasn’t one hundred percent cohesive.
Overall, I did like the book and would likely read more by this author.