[ARC REVIEW] “Fool Me Twice” By: Carrie Aarons

“Fool Me Twice” will be released on March 12, 2020!

Friendly reminder that it’s new adult, so I usually recommend these books for ages 17+! That being said, you do you. 

Official Synopsis:

When my best friend died of cancer just before her eighteenth birthday, she left her coveted bucket list to me.

The things she already crossed off? Skinny dipping, going to Paris, completing the local hot wing challenge, road tripping to the ocean, and sending out a message in a bottle.

So, it falls on me to finish it for her, to honor her memory. In the next year, it’s my mission to:

1. Dye my hair
2. Have sex
3. Camp out in a tent
4. Go bungee jumping
5. Get revenge on Lincoln Kolb

Most are doable, some terrify me, and then there is the last item on the list. When the raven-haired football god dumped my best friend during senior year of high school, she was devastated. The jerk with charm for days found out she was sick, and betrayed her in the worst way possible.

But he doesn’t know me, I went to school a town over. Now, to fulfill my promise, I’m the newest freshman on the campus where he is the big man. If there is one thing, aside from cheap beer, that a jock can’t pass up, it’s a shiny new girl.

So when I catch his eye, play hard to get, and then fall into his bed, I know my scheme is working to perfection. But what Lincoln can’t see coming is the beatdown I have planned for his ice-cold heart.

Unfortunately, what I never saw coming was the one he had planned for mine.

Rating: 5/5 Stars


“Fool Me Twice” can best be described as J.M. Miller’s “Senior Year Bucket List” meets the “I Dare You” trilogy by Ilsa-Madden Mills. This book is a must-read for new adult and college romance readers! This is the 11th book of Carrie’s that I’ve read, and it just might be my favorite. (Tying with the first one I read by her, “The Tenth Girl.”)

If you’ve read any of my other reviews before, you’ll know that, as a college student, I love reading books set in college. If it involves sports? Even better. (As my sister pointed out, I could not care less about sports in real life, but if it’s in a book — sign me up!) The majority of “Fool Me Twice” takes place in the first semester of freshman year for Henley and Lincoln, switching back and forth between their two POVs. I think the reason that I liked this book more than some of her previous ones is that there wasn’t too much of an over description about characters appearances, and although Lincoln was cocky a lot (especially at the beginning), he wasn’t really too much of a jerk. (Wow. Low standards, huh?) Both him and Henley were easy characters to root for.

At first when I found out that Henley passed up her first choice to go to Warchester to complete Catherine’s list, I felt bad for her. After all, think of all the opportunities she might’ve missed! I was glad that she found her place pretty quickly at Warchester, and ended up with a ton of awesome internship and career opportunities because of it.

One thing that I would’ve liked to see was a scene between Henley and Catherine’s mom. Actually, that’s how I thought Lincoln would find out about the list — by having him and Henley run into Catherine’s family. (Spoiler alert — that’s not how he found out.) Overall though, I though all of the characters were well-rounded and multi-faceted, as they should be. This was a really great book, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who likes to read books set in college!

Check out my interview with Carrie about “The Tenth Girl,” and read my other reviews of her young and new adult books:

“The Tenth Girl”

“You’re The One I Don’t Want”

“Fleeting” (Nash Brothers #1)

 “Forgiven” (Nash Brothers #2)

“Flutter” (Nash Brothers #3)

“Falter” (Nash Brothers #4)

“The Second Coming” (Rogue Academy #1)

“The Lion Heart” (Rogue Academy #2)

“The Mighty Anchor” (Rogue Academy #3)

“Hometown Heartless”

“Fool Me Twice”


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