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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Catfished in Craig (Odds-Are-Good, #5) by Katy Regnery

 A Review by Wendy

4.5 Finding Peace Stars
* * * * 1/2  

Spoiler Free

I am a huge fan of this series and when Katy Regnery decided to do something a little different, I was all in. Catfished in Craig takes a different look at those living in Alaska and why, while still keeping with the theme of looking for a mate through the magazine, Odds Are Good.

Tony's reason for being in Alaska's Craig is to hide from his past in New Jersey. But as the saying goes, you can take the guy out of New Jersey but never get the "Jersey" out of the guy.
Tony has successfully established his place as a contractor and friendly fella with the small community. He has "worked" his way through all of the single women and finds himself missing his beloved "Jersey Girls". He is actually lonely and decides to place an ad in the magazine.

The only problem with the ad is it truly describes what Tony wants and how he thinks, shallow. Well, there is one phrase that hits at the heart, that he wants to take care of the person who answers his ad.

Tessa is a "Jersey Girl" who fell into the trap of loving a man who was not in love with her. She was his "side, hidden woman" because she wasn't the perfect model type he was wanting to be seen with. She ended up having his child, ending the relationship. He did provide a check every month but he never admitted to his family he had a kid.

Tessa happens to see Tony's ad and is annoyed by his way of asking for a mate. It brings back all the pain she experienced as a hidden side person. She decides she will teach Tony a lesson and respond.

Tony gets lots of responses but the one that catches his eye is Tessa's. They start an email/text relationship and when Tony asks for a pic, Tessa sends her cousin's. You see, Tony is picture-perfect looking for a picture-perfect mate, only. He is self-absorbed, bragging about how hot he is and how he wants a hot mate. They start to have a surprising connection causing Tony to ask for a phone call. It is during that phone call, things between the two change. Feelings get hurt and the contacts end.

Then the worst thing happens for Tessa. When her daughter's father is killed, this throws Tessa and she makes the mistake of going to the funeral. That the man did not admit he had a kid actually was good for Tessa because the man was with the mob. Yup, the pretty man who she couldn't say no to was part of the family who ran her part of Jersey.

This scares Tessa and causes her to make the most important decision of her life. She goes where no one would know where she is, Craig, Alaska. This is the hook and oh, the story really takes off from there.

This story was out of the usual Regnery style. It was engaging in its own way, though there were times where I wasn't as sure about some of the dialogue and character actions. The choices made weren't mine so that was the reason for my rating. Otherwise, as all the other reviews state, this was solid fun, a bit dark, romance to enjoy.  

 A gifted copy was provided by author/publisher for an honest review.


New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery has a heart for smart romance featuring strong women and decent men. Almost exclusively self-published, Katy claims authorship of over 45 titles, including three RITA® finalists. Translated into French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, and Turkish, Katy has sold over 1.8 million books worldwide.


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