New Review: The Catch by Amy Lea

Boston fashion and lifestyle influencer meets rugged small-town inn owner and fisherman...
instant enemies become fake fiances???

After a rocky start, The Catch ended up being a lot of fun and truly heartwarming. At the beginning, Melanie is so ridiculously high-maintenance and comes across as shallow, snotty, and superficial. A combination I struggle with. Massively. And there’s a scene on the boat where I would have been almost fine with her falling overboard…everything is all about her at all times.

She stays high-maintenance but  as The Catch goes on, we start seeing her scars, where she’s coming from, and why she is the way she is. At her core, she actually cares for more than just herself but traps herself in a shell.

Evan is rough at the beginning too, but you can at least see why he’d be surly and gruff around her after the way she stomps into his inn and immediately insults him. But you get the sense that what you see is what you get with him, and there’s definitely no fakeness. Except when Evan and Melanie try to pull off a fake engagement to get his family speaking to each other again. 

The buildup from fake to real is perfect–starting with Mel and Evan having their walls up, gradually bringing some of them down, acknowledging that they feel something, and not knowing what to do with it. It was never too slow or too fast.

The Catch brings some great humor too–the side characters, especially Nana and Ian, are hilarious and add even more fun to this story. If you can get through the first third, it’s worth it!

Rating: 3.8
Steam: Medium
Themes and Tropes: Enemies to Lovers, Fake Engagement, Opposites Attract, Small Town v. Big City
Pair With: East Coast fish and your favorite white wine. 

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