The Love Coupon

The Love Coupon

How many coupons does it take to fall in love?Flick Dalgetty knows what she wants and how to get it, which is why she’s about to start her dream job in Washington. Until then, she needs somewhere to crash, and Tom O’Connell’s place is her sole option. He’s a repressed, antisocial ogre…but man can he kiss.For Tom, being around Flick is like being too close to the sun. Her u...

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Title:The Love Coupon
Author:Ainslie Paton
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Edition Language:English

The Love Coupon Reviews

  • ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

    This book is set in the same world as the previous book, and we even meet Jack and Derelie for a second in the beginning, but it can be read as a complete

    !

    Flick - Felicity - is about to leave Chicago for Washington. She got her dream job. She still has to work for her old company for another three months - but she's already moved out of her apartment.

    Enter Tom. His roommate just got promoted, and left for China and Flick would be the perfect solution.

    Only she wouldn't be.

    Crazy, loud a

    This book is set in the same world as the previous book, and we even meet Jack and Derelie for a second in the beginning, but it can be read as a complete

    !

    Flick - Felicity - is about to leave Chicago for Washington. She got her dream job. She still has to work for her old company for another three months - but she's already moved out of her apartment.

    Enter Tom. His roommate just got promoted, and left for China and Flick would be the perfect solution.

    Only she wouldn't be.

    Crazy, loud and wild and chaotic Flick is the complete opposite of Tom's calm, organized and serious persona. They would kill each other within the first few days.

    But Flick is way too convincing and bam - she's living with poor Tom now.

    Perfect recipe for falling in love, right?

    Ainslie's book are often a bit ... different. Which is SO not a bad thing.

    She has this completely different writing style - and sometimes it can come across as a bit strange, a bit much. But I really loved this story!

    You immediately fall in love with Tom and Flick and you want them to end up together.

    But of course we have this mega-long way to go until there might be a happily ever after in sight.

    But we enjoy every single moment of that journey!

    They are so over-the-top opposites. It's just hilarious.

    But they also somehow click. And they're mega attracted to each other.

    We have lots of adorable moments. Funny moments. Frustrating moments. Sexy moments. Moving moments. I even cried a bit here and there!! I just loved it!

  • Maria Rose

    On the heels of The Love Experiment which was a fun look at two reporters pushed into working on a story together and discovering they quite liked finding out what made the other tick, the Love Coupon is the second and equally enjoyable romance in the Stubborn Hearts series. Stubborn Hearts is a great tagline for this series as in each instance the characters are determined to keep their hearts protected - to no avail, as it turns out. Where book 1 has a more lighthearted feel, this one gets qui

    On the heels of The Love Experiment which was a fun look at two reporters pushed into working on a story together and discovering they quite liked finding out what made the other tick, the Love Coupon is the second and equally enjoyable romance in the Stubborn Hearts series. Stubborn Hearts is a great tagline for this series as in each instance the characters are determined to keep their hearts protected - to no avail, as it turns out. Where book 1 has a more lighthearted feel, this one gets quite emotional (It's got ALL THE FEELS) and takes you on a ride of joy and sadness and everything in between on the way to a well deserved happy ending.

    Flick is a lobbyist who's had a tough upbringing, moving out on her own as a teenager and with the opportunity for a dream job in Washington. But it's a few weeks away and in the meantime she needs a place to stay. Tom's in marketing, his latest client a pharmaceutical company looking for branding. He's neat, organized, quiet, and in line for a promotion. Until then he needs someone to help pay half the mortgage since his roommate moved away, and Flick, a woman in his career circle whom he defines as 'made of bees' for her energetic non-stop buzz is probably going to be the roommate from hell, but he can't say no.

    What follows is an adventure in lust and love as these two go from wary acquaintances to friends to lovers (and back to friends, and then again to lovers) in a roller coaster ride of emotions and hot sex. The sex surprises them both in how compatible they turn out to be, sharing their desires and secrets and finding themselves challenged to keep it in a neat little box with a definite time clock ticking as Flick's departure gets ever closer. The 'coupons' Flick uses to show Tom some of what he's been missing in his ordered life don't actually come into play until later in the story, once they've already established their somewhat complicated relationship. There are some gut wrenching emotional scenes too, more angst than I'd expected, but ones that make their connection all the more real. As opposites, they complement each other in so many ways and I loved seeing them make those little connections that turn their worlds upside down. There are interesting scenes with friends, difficult scenes with family, sharp scenes on the disadvantages of women in the workplace and scenes that moved me to laughter and tears. The ending flayed me. If you're expecting a romantic comedy, you'll get that, but a lot more too. Don't say I didn't warn you.

    A copy of this story was provided by the author for review.

  • nick

    Ainslie Paton was one of my favorite romance discoveries last year. I completely adored The Love Experiment - it turned me into an instant fan of the author. I was beyond thrilled to find out that she was continuing the series on with The Love Coupon. I didn't think it was possible, but I think I fell for this book even more than The Love Experiment. It had all the ingredients for a perfect romance read.

    I'm all for pairings of grumpy heroes and peppy heroines, and I got exactly that with The Lov

    Ainslie Paton was one of my favorite romance discoveries last year. I completely adored The Love Experiment - it turned me into an instant fan of the author. I was beyond thrilled to find out that she was continuing the series on with The Love Coupon. I didn't think it was possible, but I think I fell for this book even more than The Love Experiment. It had all the ingredients for a perfect romance read.

    I'm all for pairings of grumpy heroes and peppy heroines, and I got exactly that with The Love Coupon. Flick was an adorable ball of energy! And an ambitious ball of energy at that. I loved how hardworking she was. Flick was also a girl with a huge heart. Despite the way her family members mistreated her for being successful, she still went out of her way to ensure that they were happy. She had just gotten her dream job in Washington and had to find temporary housing, which is how she and the hero Tom come to be roommates. Of course, grumpy Tom wanted nothing to do with Flick. He found her annoying and far too chipper for his likes. I was very easily charmed by Tom. He had me swooning - I don't know what it is about the silent grumpy hero that I can't resist. Underneath all those buttoned-up layers was a sweetheart. Even though he didn't like to show it, he grew to care deeply about Flick. Honestly, there was so much to love about the guy, but I'm going to let you discover him all yourself. :)

    Flick and Tom's romance had a great progression to it. They annoyed each other, but there was a lot of chemistry between them even when they were pushing each other's buttons. Flick found a way to worm herself and settle in Tom's heart, and it was adorable to watch. I'm a little bit ashamed to admit this, but I may have squeed a few times in joy. When the love coupons were introduced in the second half of the book, they amplified the tension between them. The banter, the sexy games and all the romantic declarations made my heart so happy! As always, I was engrossed in Ainslie's writing in The Love Coupon. There's something very unique and addicting about it.

    The Love Coupon was a blast to read! If you enjoy hot roommate romances with some hate to love dynamics, then give this book a try. You won't be disappointed!

  • Kindling Micky

    I really enjoyed the first book in this series THE LOVE EXPERIMENT and I was super excited to see if the same quality of writing and characters could be replicated but differently. I can report that the answer is yes. THE LOVE COUPON has two rather different characters (thankfully) but they have the same level of chemistry, hilarious connection and banter. I am of the mind that Ainslie Paton writes some of the best dialogue out there.

    Flick is an acquaintance of Tom’s and she wrangles an agreemen

    I really enjoyed the first book in this series THE LOVE EXPERIMENT and I was super excited to see if the same quality of writing and characters could be replicated but differently. I can report that the answer is yes. THE LOVE COUPON has two rather different characters (thankfully) but they have the same level of chemistry, hilarious connection and banter. I am of the mind that Ainslie Paton writes some of the best dialogue out there.

    Flick is an acquaintance of Tom’s and she wrangles an agreement out of him to rent his spare room for a fixed term till she moves for her new job. Tom is organisation and tidiness epitomised whilst Flick is spontaneous and a little messy.

    The build of their connection was fun and hot to observe. Their banter was electric and kept me so very entertained. Sometimes side characters are important in a story, but with this book, there is only Tom and Flick. I could be a fly on their wall forever. I loved the concept of love coupons, it worked brilliantly and I waited for each to play out.

    I am here for what Ainslie Paton has to offer next, she has talent, she needs more exposure.

    I voluntarily read an early copy of this book.

    Reviewed for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog.

  • ♥Rachel♥

    Flick is full of energy and her life appears to be a little chaotic, but really, she’s a determined woman when it comes to her goals. Flick rose above her circumstances and exceled despite having no help from her family (a family that fully pissed me off!). Now she’s finally landed her dream job, helping less fortunate ones to succeed with education and opportunities, but she needs a place to stay for three months before she moves. This is where Tom comes in.

    Tom has a room to rent, but he’s use

    Flick is full of energy and her life appears to be a little chaotic, but really, she’s a determined woman when it comes to her goals. Flick rose above her circumstances and exceled despite having no help from her family (a family that fully pissed me off!). Now she’s finally landed her dream job, helping less fortunate ones to succeed with education and opportunities, but she needs a place to stay for three months before she moves. This is where Tom comes in.

    Tom has a room to rent, but he’s used to living a regimented life and everything about Flick is out of his comfort zone. They end up together, and she annoys him, but there’s something refreshing, and intriguing about her, too. They push each other’s buttons, but Tom and Flick are definitely attracted to each other.

    was very much an opposites attract/antagonistic romance with a lot of witty banter back and forth. Ainslie Paton’s writing is clever and sharp. Tom and Flick were at odds and I loved seeing them gradually get on the same page. Surreptitious glances, and lusty thoughts finally gave way to some

    encounters! Those tightly wound guys are all kinds of hot when they finally let lose! The love coupons didn’t come into play until well after the 50% mark, but oh my!

    This was a little more angsty than I usually read because Flick’s stay had an expiration date, and neither one wanted to admit they were getting more and more serious. Still, this is a romance, so I knew things would probably work out, lol.

  • Samantha (WLABB)

    A few of my fellow bloggers put Paton on my radar, and am I glad they did, because

    was such a fun and sexy read, which I am filing this under "books that made my face hurt", because that ending left with smiling from ear to ear.

    • Tom, a super disciplined PR man, who likes his life nice and tidy.

    • Flick, a lobbyist, who was ambitious, and ascribed to a "no-holds-barred, anything-goes approach".

    His roommate recently relocated for a job, and Tom was unable to afford his

    A few of my fellow bloggers put Paton on my radar, and am I glad they did, because

    was such a fun and sexy read, which I am filing this under "books that made my face hurt", because that ending left with smiling from ear to ear.

    • Tom, a super disciplined PR man, who likes his life nice and tidy.

    • Flick, a lobbyist, who was ambitious, and ascribed to a "no-holds-barred, anything-goes approach".

    His roommate recently relocated for a job, and Tom was unable to afford his mortgage on his own as he awaited his promotion. Flick was looking for short-term housing as she finished out her current employment contract and prepared for her move to Washington DC to begin her dream job. It seemed like they were each other's perfect solution, but would Tom be able to handle Flick turning his world upside down?

    I was such a fan of this couple. Tom was this outwardly grumpy guy with a secret heart of gold, and Flick was a total spitfire. I loved watching hurricane Flick knock Tom off his rails. The chemistry between Flick and Tom was off the charts! Flick described it like this, and I sort of agree:

    Yes to awesome chemistry, and also to the fun, sassy, sexy banter. Tom and Flick had an interesting rapport. This was a hate-to-love sort of thing, where Tom was not Flick's biggest fan in the beginning, but she was relentless, and eventually won him over.

    I, for one, was grateful that Flick was so persistent, because these two were something special together. They made each other see the world in a new way and rethink the things they believed. They made each other world bigger and better.

    And let's give it up for epically beautiful endings! My heart exploded at the end of this book. My sappy sap self was beyond happy with the way Paton wrapped up Flick and Tom's story, and I couldn't think of a better way to end it.

    A steamy hate-to-love-roommate romance, which left me brimming with joy.

    *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

  • Blackjack

    Conceptually this book has an intriguing premise. Two very different people are wildly attracted to each other despite being complete opposites, but because of temporary circumstances they are forced to get to know each other well. Tom is an introvert with a dedication to living a very orderly and controlled life. Flick is a reincarnation of Holly Golightly, a bit of a wacky extrovert and a socializing risk-taker dedicated to living life on her terms. If I had been Tom in this book though, I wou

    Conceptually this book has an intriguing premise. Two very different people are wildly attracted to each other despite being complete opposites, but because of temporary circumstances they are forced to get to know each other well. Tom is an introvert with a dedication to living a very orderly and controlled life. Flick is a reincarnation of Holly Golightly, a bit of a wacky extrovert and a socializing risk-taker dedicated to living life on her terms. If I had been Tom in this book though, I would have fled from Flick too, and that he doesn't in the end is one of the reasons the book did not quite work for me. I simply never believed that two such different people could build a sustainable life together. There are a number of issues still left unresolved by the end, which is an interesting, if unsettling, way to conclude a romance. One of the lessons the book tries to impart though is to avoid superficial views of someone and take the time to get to know someone. The problem for me is that after taking a few months to get to know each other, Tom is in the end still a controlled introvert and Flick is still an unbridled extrovert ready to take risks in life. Overlooking the final few pages where Tom makes a grand gesture that struck me as a bit improbable, these are two people not really suited for each other.

    Most of the novel takes place within the confines of Tom's designer apartment in downtown Chicago where he reluctantly allows Flick to move in for a few months until her new job in D.C. begins. Flick is the Oscar to Tom's Felix, and I truly felt for Tom as he struggled to contain his irritation with a messy and somewhat obnoxious roommate. It took me quite a while to warm to Flick, including her annoying name, as she really is a bit too over-the-top for the first half of the book. She softens and becomes more three-dimension as the story progresses, thankfully, but I still sided with Tom many times when he refers to her as a brat. I was not entirely comfortable either with Flick's deliberate attempts to push Tom out of his comfort zone for his own sake. I truly hate when romances construct men as characters who simply know better than the heroine what they want or what is good for them, and just because this is a gender reversal of that idea does not make it any more comfortable. Also, Tom does not change Flick one iota in the book, and so in the end, this is a book about an uptight man who needs a carefree and fearless woman to change him rather than two opposites who learn and grow from each other. Clearly we are meant to take away a love of Flick's attributes, but for me, some of her traits are admirable but not all. Some of Tom's traits are admirable to me, but he is set up as a bit of a broken person and that niggled at me right to the end. I will say too that seventy percent of the book consists of sex, and though well-written, it bored me. I found my mind wandering many times, and the book as a result took me far too long to read.

    I'll end on a more positive note though by saying that the coupon device is clever and fun and really works here to allow two people a chance to explore in a freeing way the excitement of the infatuation stage of a romance. On the surface the coupons are simple, but the ways in which the characters use them to serve their goals and to honor their own personality traits was clever. They were the best part of the book.

  • Marianna

    ***3.5***

    You can find this and many more reviews on my blog

    The Love Coupon confused me like no other. It’s been two weeks (maybe more) since I finished reading it, and I still have no idea what the rating will be. What is it that is troubling me so? The writing style.

    If you know me, then you know that the writing style is my holy grail; the determining factor; I may be meh about the plot, but once the writing has me, I’m in heaven. And this writing style, sadly, was not for me

    ***3.5***

    You can find this and many more reviews on my blog

    The Love Coupon confused me like no other. It’s been two weeks (maybe more) since I finished reading it, and I still have no idea what the rating will be. What is it that is troubling me so? The writing style.

    If you know me, then you know that the writing style is my holy grail; the determining factor; I may be meh about the plot, but once the writing has me, I’m in heaven. And this writing style, sadly, was not for me. I had a hard time connecting with the characters and the plot and therefore found it difficult to sympathise with their situation.

    Having said all that, I LOVED THE PLOT! That is the paradox; I loved the plot but hated the writing style.

    The story is told in a dual perspective; Flick’s and Tom’s.

    she is outgoing, fun, lives life to the fullest.

    he is guarded, not taking risks, he is a rock of a man. They have one thing in common: their ambition.

    Let’s talk a bit about the romance; it was totally swoon worthy and H O T! I loved their relationship and their banter was hilarious. Tom and Flick’s relationship is absolutely a very healthy and consensual one. I was giggling like a fool for the most part.

    I also liked that it discussed the inequality of the genders in the workplace. Flick always had something to say about how she is treated in comparison to men and I am so here for this.

    The writing style couldn’t let me live. Seriously it was so frustrating, because I was so immersed in the story, and just as I was ready to feel all the feels BAM! I got detatched. I’m telling you if not for the writing, the story itself could potentially get 5 stars. Yep,

    good.

    Who knows, maybe you will love the writing style and get to fully experience the book and the story. The reason I am a little meh is very subjective so give it a go!

  • Laura

    |Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review from publisher via NetGalley. Thank you!|

    I would like to say that I loved this book but sadly, that was not the case. I found this book really overwhelming and all over the place.

    I didn’t enjoy our female lead and her “quirkiness” was like nails on a chalkboard. I, definitely, wasn’t a fan. Other thing I didn’t like was the pacing and the writing style. In my review for her previous book I said I didn’t mind her contemporary-matter-of-fact style,

    |Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review from publisher via NetGalley. Thank you!|

    I would like to say that I loved this book but sadly, that was not the case. I found this book really overwhelming and all over the place.

    I didn’t enjoy our female lead and her “quirkiness” was like nails on a chalkboard. I, definitely, wasn’t a fan. Other thing I didn’t like was the pacing and the writing style. In my review for her previous book I said I didn’t mind her contemporary-matter-of-fact style, but it took a toll on this story and I guess it was due to her main characters.

    The

    part of the book takes place way too far in the book and that just didn’t do it for me. I know that it was in order to establish the relationship between the MCs first, but I found it tiring and kind of pointless where it came around.

    To make this short, I don’t see myself reading any book from this author soon. I like her ideas, but the execution is poorly done.

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