Fool Me Once
Ashley Winstead — 2022
Fool Me Once is a laugh-out-loud, irreverent women's fiction novel, with a snarky heroine and a juicy enemies-to-lovers arc. Perfect for fans of Emily Henry's Beach Read and Fleabag. Lee Stone is a twenty-first-century woman: she kicks butt at her job as a communications director at a women-run electric car company (that's better than Tesla, thank you) and after work she is "Stoner," drinking guys under the table and never letting any of them get too comfortable in her bed... That's because Lee's learned one big lesson: never trust men. After four major heartbreaks set her straight, from her father cheating on her mom all the way to Ben Laderman in grad school--who wasn't actually cheating, but she could have sworn he was, so she reciprocated in kind. Then Ben shows up five years later, working as a policy expert for the most liberal governor in Texas history, just as Lee is trying to get a clean energy bill rolling. Things get complicated--and competitive as Lee and Ben are forced to work together. Tension builds just as old sparks reignite, fanning the flames for a romantic dustup the size of Texas.