All’s Fair in Love & Blood

You all know how much I love Jennifer Peel’s book. Her latest is no different. I keep falling in love with each new book she releases and think it will be my new favorite…until her next one. Ha ha. I didn’t know what to think when I saw this title. My first thought was: “Ew. Blood?” I wondered if it would be a vampire book, but nope! All’s Fair in Love & Blood is a solid contemporary romance. Here’s the blurb:

They are both out for blood, but could it end in love?

Scarlett Armstrong and Kane Hudson have a tangled past involving not only their families but their own failed love affair. Now, eight years later, to make things more complicated, they’re both in the running to become the next CEO of Scarlett’s family’s business, Armstrong Labs, a privately held blood plasma company. It all comes down to who presents the best business plan to the board of directors.

For Scarlett, it’s a matter of continuing her family’s legacy and hoping that her father will be proud of her once and for all. After all, she’s spent her entire life pushing her own dreams aside preparing for this role. And perhaps she would like a little sweet revenge against the man who stole her heart and never gave it back. Kane, on the other hand, is determined to reach his goal of becoming the CEO of a Fortune 500 company before his forty-fifth birthday and proving to Scarlett she’s meant to follow her own dreams.

But things don’t go according to plan for either Scarlett or Kane when they realize that perhaps they’re fighting for the wrong thing. With love and blood on the line, which one will come out on top?

My Review

Loved this one. This book features Scarlett and Kane. As a naïve 22-year-old, Scarlett meets Kane when his mother becomes her father’s 7th wife. Scarlett’s skill in awkward situations brings the two together, and then they work together at her father’s plasma company. Kane quickly became one of my favorite book heroes as he helped Scarlett learn to love herself and get comfortable in her own skin. Scarlett is super adorable. I loved her and all the side characters as well—Naomi, Auggie, and the other minor-minor ones thrown in.

Scarlett’s and Kane’s love story stretches over a lot of years and is super complicated. But it is a story of growth, of forgiveness, or being true to your self and not trying to live for others, but going after your own dreams. I couldn’t put this one down once I started. I read it in a about a day and a half. Every thread of this story was perfect and I could not get enough of it. It’s one that warmed my heart and was extremely fulfilling. Well done again, Jennifer Peel!

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If you haven’t read any of Jennifer’s books yet, you won’t go wrong with any of them. She is an author who keeps getting better at writing, not worse (as some authors do who get caught up in the money-making side of it and start throwing out formulaic junk). Hers always give my heart a hard workout, which is why I love her stories every time. Give here a try. And this one was amazing!

Happy delectable reading.