'The Schemer' (Harbour City no. 3) by Àvery Flynn, was a fast-paced, fun and emotional story that I enjoyed. Its approach was enemies-to-lovers. Previously, I thought I had the plotline pegged, but I didn't. Written in the third person with dual POVs, Avery's writing was solid and the dialogue/banter was engaging - crazy at times. The well-developed MCs, Tyler 'the schemer' Jacobson and Everly Ribinski were both very strong willed and fallible, but sexy as all get out. Tyler, once from the wrong side of the tracks, aimed to prove himself amongst the elite (although his friends didn't judge him). He was a planner and a plotter as well as a driven man, and quite complex. While a successful businessman, he had a major deal in the making that would help him cement his place, but there was an issue. Everly Ribinski, art gallery curator, was setting up her business òn the ground floor of Tyler's building, as well as living above his apartment, much to his chagrin. He was surrounded, so he created rules. Everly had a backstory and there was a lot to this girl. She was also adorable, tough, real and proud, but unapologetic and mighty fierce. Animosity began between them, and voilà, major sparks flew. Enter, Tyler's ex and things got more interesting. At times, the story was a tad frustrating, but considering the circumstances, the 'swordplày', antics and bad behaviour ... that was probably just what Avery was aiming for. Suffices to say, Tyler ended up needing to redeem himself...a lot! There were some fantastic secondary characters, including Helene Carlyse who featured strongly. The subplots were a strength. I enjoyed reading 'The Schemer' and felt it was packed with personality, laughs and lots of energy.
This series has been romantic, fun and enjoyable and the third in the series does not disappoint. Everley and Tyler both have issues from the childhoods that continue to define their attitude to relationships and romance. This is the story of how they grow and fall for each other. It’s a simple straight forward romance with loads of steam and laughter.
I thoroughly enjoyed this enemies to lovers romantic comedy from Avery Flynn. Self made millionaire Tyler Jacobson has worked his way from nothing to a life of luxury. Pretty much leaving everything about his past behind him (except a few faithful friends), he knows when he falls in love it will be with a rich socialite, because he doesn’t want someone from the wrong side of the tracks reminding him where he came from. He didn’t factor in Everly Ribinski though. Everly is not ashamed of her roots or her past, Everly however knows she doesn’t want to be with a rich schemer who reminds her of her absent snob of a father. It’s so funny how these two end up together (just while it’s fun), neighbours who annoy the hell out of each other and pulling stunts to really wind each other up. I love their nicknames for each other, 2b and 3b (their apartment numbers). The chemistry between them is off the charts and their banter backwards and forwards adorable. A firm winner for me. I loved the story, the writing and the characters. I’m hoping there is going to be a fourth book in the series. I was provided with an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is my honest review.