Fare Game – Cade Haddock Strong

3.5*

Since she was promoted to Vice President of International Pricing at Logan Airlines, Kay Corbett has found out that her employer and other major airlines are not playing fair. The deeper she digs, the bigger the scandal seems to be. For months, she’s been gathering proof of price fixing. Angry and worried, she’s put the rest of her life on hold, trying to decide what to do. Which hasn’t stopped her from crushing hard (albeit from afar) on Riley Bauer from the Finance department. When a project they’ve both been working on takes them to Tokyo, both women give in to their mutual crush.

I don’t think I’ve ever read a whistleblower storyline in lesfic before, and I really liked that. It was intricate and confusing, just as it probably was to the characters, that feeling of being in over your head. Kay keeps saying air fare and pricing are complicated (she says it a little too often, IMO), so it makes sense that the fraud would take advantage of that complexity. The first part of the story is rather fast-paced, with Kay, and later Riley, investigating, but then the rhythm slows down as they have to wait for the SEC to look into all the evidence they have brought.

At that point, the whistleblowing storyline gets in the background and the romance becomes more important. For a little while, the story centers on Riley’s personal history, her relationship with her conservative parents, her closeted life, and how she and Kay deal with the situation as a couple.

I liked the characters from the start. While it sounds a little like instalust, they’ve been crushing on each other forever, long before we meet them. The endearments come a bit fast, however, and I didn’t expect Riley to let herself in Kay’s house with her own key so quickly either, but I decided it could work because of the situation they were and the hovering danger and all. The chemistry between them is utterly believable. The author did make a strange choice, though, as the first sex scene is fade to black but later ones are not. Fade to black can be great, but if you decide to give details later on, it’s weird. First kisses and first touches are the best, they’re the ones I want to know about.

All in all, Fare Game is a very enjoyable read (with a nice cover, too), and I’ll definitely be reading more by this author.

4-stars

Fare Game @ Bella Books

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