- Evernight Publishing
- Release Date
- April 2018
- Book 1 of The Man Catalog
Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Need a date? Or a temporary boyfriend? How about a husband in a hurry? The professionals at SASS—Singles Arrangement Service Specialists—are here to help.
Libby Dawson has spent her life under the crushing thumb of her controlling father. She wants to escape, which would be easier if she had her half million-dollar trust fund first. However, she can't have it unless she's married by twenty-three—six months from now.
Blaine Parker is a savvy but disillusioned stockbroker. Tired of the cutthroat business world, he's used his genius financial skills to secure most of the funds to retire by thirty. He just needs one more investment to get out forever—and he doesn't mind selling himself for it.
Brought together by SASS, Libby and Blaine make a complimentary team. However, attraction and emotion—including love—isn't a promised part of the deal. They soon discover it's just a bonus.
Book Review by Dawn (reviewer)
Jun 13, 2018 [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
55 people found the following review helpful
When you get more than you bargained for...
Libby is in a pickle. She's dropped out of college with a plan to bring clean water to places in the world that need it most. It's an admirable endeavor and a challenging problem to solve, but she's sure she can do it. Unfortunately, the funding she needs to get the project off the ground is currently being held for ransom by her father. He's incredibly old-fashioned and would never agree to letting her use the money for her work and school.
The solution? She has to get married. And quick. That's how she's found herself forking over thousands of dollars to an agency that specializes in fast and fake marriages. The idea is simple. Libby gets hitched to this stranger and they pretend the marriage is real for a few months, until she has her trust fund in her grasp, then she's free to end the arrangement. Falling for her fake husband, however, was not part of the deal.
Blaine has a problem too. He can't seem to help but fall a little more in love with his new wife each day. It's not supposed to happen, especially since he knows that this situation is temporary. But seeing Libby fit so perfectly in his life--and his bed-- is making the waters of this false relationship turn muddy. But if the two of them don't solve Libby's trust fund problem, neither of them will get what they want from this surprisingly real fake marriage.
I'm starting to really enjoy these fake relationship romances. I have to say that they are quickly growing on me. There is something awkwardly adorable about two people falling in love with each other while pretending to actually love each other. It makes for a lot of funny moments and nice sexual tension. This is the first of a new series where this will be the theme and I just can't contain my excitement for even more of these stories to come. Even better, this is from one of my favorite authors, so I have even higher hopes that this will be a hit!
So far, I'm correct on that prediction. This story may have shared a theme with other books, but that's about it. The characters were not the usual rich boy with an attitude and girl down on her luck who is in awe of his many 'assets'. The hero here was realistic and compassionate. Our heroine was a hard-working woman with an ambitious career in mind for the future. The pair were a great match and I loved both characters from the start.
The romance was steady to build and steamy. The scenes with Libby's way overbearing father were tense and left me on the edge of my seat. When the conflict happened, I felt terrible for the pair, but it had a great ending. This was one couple who really deserved their happily ever after and definitely earned it by the last chapter. I would still like to give Libby's father a good slap. No lie. That man made me want to throw my Kindle right at his fictional face.
I am curious to see who will be the next customer to employ SASS's services. Five stars!
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