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Love and Other Scams

(2023)
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She wants to steal the ring. He wants to steal her heart.

You are cordially invited as two con artists fake-date their way into the poshest wedding in town.


Single, broke, and about to be ejected from her London flat, Cat feels left behind by her friends, who are all either married or engaged. At least if she picked a few pockets when fellow wedding guests get handsy, no one's the wiser. No one, that is, except her favorite bartender, Jake, who has his own less-than-legal side hustle.

When she's unceremoniously fired and roped into bridesmaid duties for best frenemy Louisa, Cat can’t help but notice that Louisa’s priceless diamond engagement ring sure would solve a lot of problems. But Cat isn't as skilled a thief as Jake is, so to pull off the scheme of their lives, they'll have to pair up. From an engagement party on a boat to the bachelorette weekend in Palermo, Cat and Jake play cat and mouse with each other in a romantic charade. But who’s to say what’s real and what’s fake, when love and money are on the line?


Genre: Romance

Praise for this book

"Ellis's sharp wit and masterfully drawn characters completely sucked me in from the first page. A true rom-com in every sense of the term, this book is full of hilarious hijinks, yet also tugged every one of my heartstrings. It's a pure delight!" - Falon Ballard

"Mischievous, magnetic, touching and heaps of fun. No matter how you're feeling, the pages instantly cheer you up." - Emma Gannon

"With a sharp eye for detail and some of the funniest dialogue I've read in a long, long time, Philip Ellis has managed to give me the debut didn't know I needed: a heisty romp of rom-com that brilliantly skewers marriage, class, and love. He's the real deal, and so is his brilliant book." - Grant Ginder

"If you've ever had your weekend ruined and your budget broken by a so-called friend's over-the-top wedding, Love & Other Scams is the book for you." - Katherine Heiny

"Fresh, fast paced and funny with a wonderfully warm cast of characters - everything you want and more from a book about diamonds, deceit, and desire. I adored it." - Laura Kay

"Two con artists. A scam. A cat-and-mouse game. And yet the real heist here is debut author Philip Ellis's ability to so fully capture a reader's attention with vibrant characters and the seasoned skill of a pro. I was laughing from page one and I already can't wait to read what he writes next." - Steven Rowley

"A blast from start to finish, reminding me of some of my favorite things - the movie Heartbreakers, Sophie Kinsella novels, and finding someone you can talk trash with at a wedding. By some sleight of hand, Ellis had me increasingly invested in Cat and Jake's relationship even while I was legit laughing out loud at their hijinks. I loved every minute of it!" - Alicia Thompson

"I went into Love & Other Scams expecting a fun, witty, sharply-observed romp. Not only did it deliver on all fronts, but it also packs an emotional punch, with a pair of complex main characters I cared for deeply. This book stole my heart!" - Ava Wilder


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