'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.
The Schemer by Avery Flynn is the third book in her Harbor City series. Another flirty, fun, sexy, romantic story told in dual POV between Tyler Jacobson and Everly Ribinski. This can be read as a standalone but is better read in series order. Each book continues with another couples story along a progressing timeline.
Tyler has worked extremely hard to egt where he is. He is now rubbing shoulders and doing business with the Harbor City elite, regardless of his blue-collar birth place across the harbor. Voice coaching to get rid of his "wrong side of the tracks" accents and always a plan laid out at least six-steps ahead. He excels at reading people which is why he is beyond baffled at the epic failure of his first meeting with Everly, his upstairs neighbor and all-around beautiful woman. Although, it may have something to do with him placing his foot in his mouth in EPIC proportions the very first time they met - maybe.
Everly has successfully opened her own art gallery and is making it, barely, but she is doing it. She is proud of where she came from, not embarrassed by her blue-collar background at all. When Tyler suggests a voice coach for her accent her hackles are up right away, but she manages to not tear him down, he is, after all, her downstairs neighbor. But when he just keeps stepping it where she is concerned a feud begins between them. One that enjoys just as much one-on-one time (sex) as it does fighting. But can Tyler ever get past her lack of embarrassment at her upbringing or trust that she can fit into the upper-crust niche he himself is trying to squeeze into?
Feisty, sexy to the max, laugh out loud funny and a bit emotional too, this was well-written, well-paced and decent page-turner. Enjoy!
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.
What an enormously entertaining story. It's filled with snarky humor, unwanted smoldering desires, unintentional secrets, and oh my persistence, unrelenting persistence. She's from the wrong side of town and has worked to get where she is with no pretense of being anything else. He's also from the wrong side of town and through hard work has everything you could ever want, but he's sworn he'll never let where's he's from bring him down. Two very conflicting views, one accepting her background, the other making themselves over to keep his as far away as possible from where he started. How can they ever have a chance for a meaningful relationship, when all they see in common, even though they don't want to admit it, is their unwanted desires for each other. That's it, for I hate spoilers; but I hope I've tickled your fancy, cause this is one terrific story. Terrific from their comical beginnings, all the way through their passionate ending.