Author: Cassia Leo
Series: Anti-Romance #1
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Laney Hill is screwed. On the bed. On the treadmill. On the hood of a BMW. And on her boss’s desk. Then she’s screwed again when she steps into the free clinic and finds out she has gonorrhea. That dirty prick gave her gonorrhea! She’s totally going to break up with him…until he breaks up with her…because he’s married!
A spur of the moment date with her hot musician neighbor, Kade Masters, goes from smoking hot to red-hot disaster in two seconds flat. Then, a night out drinking with friends leads to a fateful—yet awkwardly-sloppy—kiss between her and her best friend George Bratton.
Laney is ready to go into hibernation-mode, when George receives an invitation to his ex-girlfriend’s destination wedding in London. Self-destructive George and gonorrhea survivor Laney make a deal to go as each other’s dates. It will make great material for Laney’s “Anti-Romance” blog and maybe it will help George finally get over his ex.
Pushing aside thoughts of Kade, and his “big engine that could”, Laney jumps at the chance to escape to the magical land of the royal family. But her magical vacation soon turns into a royal, steaming pile of lies.
This is book one of a two-book series, with book two scheduled for release in May 2016.
Cassia Leo has once again managed to blow me away with her talent and creativity. Anti-Romance is fresh, fun, and incredibly fierce, delivering humor, heat, and heart in one totally addictive package. Laney is undoubtedly one-of-a-kind, hooking me with her amusing cynicism and reeling me in with her intelligence, wit, and surprising emotional depth. Cassia Leo made losing myself in Laney’s ridiculous and oftentimes awkward world absolutely effortless. Anti-Romance is a snarky and unpolished look at love and the ways in which it finds us even when we’re running screaming in the opposite direction. This story overflows with shameless innuendos and crude humor that had me smirking but it was the heart and soul that Cassia Leo so expertly infused throughout this novel that made it absolutely sparkle. Laney’s world is filled with vibrant characters that stole my heart in unexpected ways. I loved George and Kade and found myself totally torn between these two incredibly different men in Laney’s life. I’m dying to get my hands on the rest of Laney’s story to find out if romance will knock this non-believer off her feet.
“No one could feed my self-delusions the way George could, and no one could dismantle my self-delusions just as swiftly.”
To say that Laney is a hot mess would be an understatement. This character is blunt, unapologetic, and sometimes a total asshat. Surrounded by a great group of people, she’s not exactly the best friend in the world and she definitely seems to view men as disposable objects with limited entertainment value. While it is these characteristics that made me laugh and roll my eyes, it was Laney’s surprising emotional depth that made it impossible not to connect with her. As the story progresses, Cassia Leo exposes pieces of this character that had my heart aching for Laney. Through her relationships with George and Kade, Laney slowly begins to unravel, revealing a personal history and series of events that explained the underlying hurt responsible for her view of romance. As Cassia Leo brought this book to a close, I could practically feel a shift in Laney’s world happening as she’s forced to face some harsh truths about herself and the men who care about her. I’m anxious to see where Cassia takes this character in the final piece of her journey.
“It’s one thing to possess a free and independent spirit. It’s quite another thing to push away the people who genuinely care about you in a vain display of sovereignty.”
Going into this story with no real clue as to what lay ahead made Laney’s journey that much more entertaining. From the first word to the last I was riveted, laughing, cringing, and grinning my way through this hilariously uncomfortable and surprisingly heartfelt story. Cassia Leo’s writing cast its spell, bringing to life the colorful personalities and crazy adventures of the characters. There was plenty of heat burning across the pages along with a rollercoaster of emotions I never saw coming. Only Cassia could write something so simultaneously scorching and amusingly un-sexy. Laney’s candor, biting wit, and cynical inner monologue made this character a train wreck I just couldn’t look away from while George and Kade brought out the thoughtful and feeling soul of both Laney and the overall novel. Anti-Romance was perfectly paced and full of surprise twists I didn’t anticipate. My mind is still reeling from all of the revelations contained within the final pages of this book. I can’t wait to see how Laney’s story ends. Anti-Romance is sarcastic and sassy – a one-of-a-kind romantic comedy with heart.
ANTI-ROMANCE CHAPTER 7 – EXCERPT
Copyright © 2016 by Cassia Leo.
I closed my eyes and balled my hands into fists to hide the fact that I was now trembling. No one knew about the real purpose of my blog other than my friends, and I had just spilled my secret to a man I’d basically known for a total of four hours. The one alcoholic beverage I’d consumed tonight had been digested hours ago, but suddenly my stomach went sour.
Oh, God. What had I done?
“So that’s why you’re always bringing home all kinds of guys?” he asked, his voice unexpectedly calm and inquisitive. “Holy shit. Are you gonna write about me?”
I turned to him and shook my head furiously. “No! I have no intention of writing about you.” He didn’t seem convinced. “You’re the one who asked me out,” I reminded him. “I had no intention of dating you, much less sleeping with you.”
“You’re not making this any easier to swallow,” he said as he pulled the truck into the apartment complex.
“That’s what she said. Oh, God. I’m sorry.”
He laughed. “That’s okay. I walked right into that one.”
I sighed again as I tried to think of how to explain this without bearing my soul to him, but I couldn’t think of anything. “I don’t know what it is about you, but you make me want to do things I’ve never done.”
He cocked an eyebrow as he parked the truck. “Such as?”
“Like, tell you about what I do for a living.”
“So I should be honored?” he said as he pulled the key out of the ignition.
I looked into his eyes for a moment and thought of when he asked me to be his pick girl earlier tonight. “Absolutely,” I replied. “You see, I have a rule. I don’t write about any of my dates until the relationship is over. But…” I pressed my lips together as I gazed into his eyes and gathered the courage I needed to continue. “I’ve always told myself that when the right guy comes along, I won’t ever have to write about him because…we’ll never be over.”
He broke eye contact as he stared at the steering wheel for a moment. “You’re telling me that you plan on quitting your job when you find the right guy?”
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Cassia Leo loves her coffee, chocolate, and margaritas with salt. When she’s not writing, she spends way too much time watching old reruns of Friends and Sex and the City. When she’s not watching reruns, she’s usually walking in the rain or reading.