4 out of 5 Stars
*I was gifted a copy of Pros & Cons by the author. I am not compensated for my honest opinion.*
Jenna York has made a good life for herself as a con artist and doesn’t understand why her partner wants to stop living the life and settle down—especially since her partner is in love with one of their rivals. The other half of the rival con artist team, Ethan Summers, pushes all of Jenna’s buttons every time they cross paths. With Jenna’s father pressuring her to get out of the business, she wants nothing more than to keep him out of the line of fire.
Ethan is attracted to Jenna; there’s no denying that. What he doesn’t realize is that his feelings may run deeper than he thought he was capable of. When tragedy strikes, Ethan and Jenna band together to fight their common enemy, but more surprises are in store for the conniving couple, and suddenly all their plans and dreams look different than before. With more at stake than ever, they’ll be in for the fight of their lives to save their family.
Pros & Cons is a contemporary romance with a little bit of thriller added in. I loved the idea of the main characters being involved in a life of crime, yet somehow they were still the “good guys” of the story. The tension between Jenna and Ethan as they pushed each other away was exciting without being overdone. I especially enjoyed the way they bickered back and forth while their feelings remained just under the surface.
The story included some secondary characters who were also easy to love. Ethan and Jenna were each partnered with their best friends, and their best friends fell in love with each other. The relationship between their partners was well-incorporated into Jenna and Ethan’s story, enough so I felt an attachment to this secondary relationship as well. We also got a peek into the lives of Ethan’s parents, Jenna’s father, and Ethan’s pilot who became an important part of the story.
Only a few things kept this from being a five-star book in my opinion. I would have liked to see a little more of the actual con jobs that Ethan and Jenna pulled, either separately with their original partners or together once they formed their own team. We got more detail of their home life than their adventures. I also felt the climax was a little lacking in action, although I still enjoyed the resolution of the plot very much. Thankfully the few minor editing issues didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the story.
Overall, I was caught up in Ethan and Jenna’s lives and really liked this book. I will definitely read more by this author.