Fool Me Once by Ashley Winstead

Fool Me Once by Ashley Winstead has everything romance readers will love, a messy protagonist, chemistry for days, spice, and laugh-out-loud moments.

It’s official: Ashley Winstead can write any genre, and I will gobble it up.


Lee Stone is Director of Communications for a women-run electric car company. By day, she is the consummate professional, and by night, she is simply Stoner to her closest friends.

After having her heart broken time and again, Lee has sworn off committed relationships and is only looking to have fun.

Her delineated life gets upended when Ben, the last man who broke her heart, returns to Texas, and circumstances force the two to work together. Both are adamant that they are definitely over the other. Soon, the pair fall into their old habits of flirting and competing against each other.

Review of Fool Me Once by Ashley Winstead

I read and loved Ashley’s debut In My Dreams I Hold a Knife, so it’s no surprise that I enjoyed her romance debut just as much. Romance isn’t my go-to genre, but the wholly relatable characters and humour kept me glued to the story.

I liked that there was more to this story than only the romance. Lee’s friend group were her ride-or-dies and often lovingly called her out. I don’t usually enjoy politics when reading fiction, but they leaned left, which kept me rooting for Lee and Ben to get the job done.

So while there are elements of this novel that I wouldn’t typically go for, Ashley Winstead spins them all together in a fun and compulsively readable way. I will continue to read whatever she writes and cannot wait for her upcoming thriller.

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Expected Publication: 05 April 2022

Thank you to Graydon House for an arc provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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