Release Blitz + Review: Side Hustle (Dawson Family #3)

From New York Times bestselling author Emily Goodwin comes a sexy standalone romance about a single dad who has sworn off women and the nanny who is faced with the biggest con she has ever pulled, not falling in love.

Side Hustle by Emily Goodwin is live!

When Scarlet Cooper takes a new job as a nanny, she assumes she’s going to work for the rich couple who hired her. But instead of pulling up to their million-dollar estate, she finds herself on the front porch of a humble farmhouse, looking into the eyes of dark and brooding single dad, Weston Dawson.

It’s bad enough that Weston doesn’t have a fortune to charm out of him, but he’s also a cop. After marrying his high school sweetheart only to have her up and leave weeks after their baby was born, Weston has sworn off women for life. All that matters now is taking care of his son, Jackson.

If anyone can break down the tough exterior of the former soldier, it’s Scarlet. But just when she’s close to getting exactly what she wants, she’s faced with a whole new challenge, which just might be the biggest con she’s ever pulled: pretending she doesn’t love him.


I received this ARC from the author and Social Butterfly PR in exchange for an honest review.

My rating: 5 Stars

I've read two books by Emily Goodwin so far and I've loved them both. I was not disappointed with Side Hustle. I was hooked from the very first scene and wanted to get to know Scarlet better from the beginning. I love Emily's writing style and this book had me laughing on several occasions. I enjoyed reading about the Dawson family in Cheat Codes and End Game so I was excited to get my hands on another Dawson family story. This book was amazingly written and engaging. The story line sucks your right in and makes you want to keep reading to see what happens next.

Scarlet was a con artist with a big heart who was only trying to keep her broken family together and provide for them the best that she could. It was clear from the beginning that she was not a bad person. She was in a bad situation and doing her best to get through it. She had a sick father, a sister in jail, and was swimming in medical debt and money problems. She came up with the only plan that she thought was the right one for her. Knowing her situation up front made me sympathetic of her even when I knew she was planning on conning Quinn and Archer. I felt so bad for Scarlet because she had an abysmal life and nothing seemed to be going right for her until she met Weston, Jackson and the whole Dawson clan. I absolutely adored Scarlet and I loved her character development. I love that this story started with showing her running a con and what her life is like. That's what made me understand her and like her. We didn't get to see much of Wes in the first two Dawson Family books but I liked him enough. I loved him in Side Hustle. He was the right amount of dark and brooding and he and Scarlet together was perfection. Their romance went at just the right pace. I did not feel like it happened too fast or too slow. It progressed naturally for two people who have dealt with some challenges in their lives and would be cautions of starting something new. They were absolutely perfect together.

I enjoyed being able to see Quinn and Archer in this one. It was nice to see them with their daughter and how much of a cat lady Quinn really is. I loved seeing more of the twins, Owen and Logan. Owen cracked me up and I loved his inappropriateness and the way he was hardly ever serious. Logan was funny as well and Dean was his normal brooding self. I absolutely loved and adored Jackson; he was one of the best characters in Side Hustle but also in Cheat Codes and End Game. His tantrums over things like having to wash his hands made me laugh. I couldn't stand Kara at all. She has more issues then are necessary and she was the one character that bugged me a lot until Daisy, Wes's ex-wife, came back into the picture.

The way that Emily brought everything together and to light was done very well. It made sense and did not feel forced or trivial. I was actually relieved that Wes did not drag out things when he found out the truth about Scarlet. He accepted that she had a hard life and did some questionable and criminal things in her past. He understood that it was in her past and he loved her and wanted to make a life with her. I enjoyed the ending and how everything worked out and how everyone communicated, not letting things fester. Emily did an amazing job with this story and I cannot wait until the next book in the series, Cheap Trick. I am ready to so ready for Logan's story.

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About Emily

Emily Goodwin is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of over a dozen of romantic titles. Emily writes the kind of books she likes to read, and is a sucker for a swoon-worthy bad boy and happily ever afters.

She lives in the midwest with her husband and two daughters. When she's not writing, you can find her riding her horses, hiking, reading, or drinking wine with friends.

Emily is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Agency.

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