The Catch by Lauren H. Mae
(Summer Nights #1)
Release Date: January 11th, 2020
Genre: Adult Romance, Contemporary
Available now on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited
Catia Roday has learned the hard way that love always disappoints, so when she finds herself falling for Josh Rideout—the handsome, charming, seemingly-perfect guy she just met on vacation—only to find out they hail from neighboring towns, she has one question: what’s the catch?
Unwilling to let love make a fool of her again, Cat tries desperately to ignore the chemistry between her and Josh, but it isn’t easy when their vacation plans keep overlapping. With the universe constantly throwing them together, and her friends practically staging an intervention to tell her she’s making a huge mistake, she decides to prove her point once and for all. On the way home, she makes a bet. She’ll take her budding vacation romance back to the real world, and when she proves Josh is too good to be true, she wins! (And she avoids another heartbreak.)
What ensues is a series of tests and games with Josh one step ahead of her the whole time, until Cat realizes the friendly wager has her betting against the one man who may be able to revive her faith in love. Worse yet, it turns out Josh might not be the gambling type.
The Catch is a sweet and emotional romance that will give you all the feels
Catia and Josh meet randomly one night during a vacation for one of Catia’s best friend’s bachelorette party. Catia is reserved when it comes to romance, after giving up her dreams for love before she has been burned before and doesn’t dare to think of it happening again.
Josh knows what a bad relationship looks like, but as soon as he sees Catia the sparks fly and the energy between them is instant. For the first time, it’s Josh doing the chasing. It’s up to Catia whether shes going to let her past insecurities affect whether she lets Josh catch her or not.
The Catch was a cute and interesting read. Lauren does a great job of elaborating on Catia’s emotions and how she looks at romance. Definitely a past that many girls have or might struggle with, feeling there needs to be a choice between a relationship or independence. However, I felt disappointed at times about Cat’s antics. I felt that she was a little immature at times and even petty just to prove to herself that no man is worth her time. Even so, I love that Josh never pushes Cat but gently guides her instead to see how her life could be with him in. Love doesn’t have to be hard but it’s certainly not easy like when on vacation.