A delightful and fun fake marriage trope with memorable characters from Noelle Adams‘ Convenient Marriage Series.
A Bookbub deal find, I snatched A Negotiated Marriage up one afternoon when I was in the mood for something light and easy. Ended up reading it in one sitting.
Luke is a reserved, successful businessman. To almost anyone, including Molly, he’s confident and outgoing. However, as we get to know him better, there are definite signs that he’s as insecure as the rest of us, at least on matters of personal importance. He reminds me of the kind of guy who maybe wasn’t the most popular in school, but was studious and kind.
Molly agrees to Luke’s proposed fake marriage scam because she’s just been burned by her ex and the agreement will help her business. She’s completely blind to Luke and is much more focused on portraying the wife he can be proud of to hold up her end of the contract.
I love how in several parts of A Negotiated Marriage he wanders into her bathroom to locate her wedding band to put it back on her finger, since she keeps forgetting it after her shower. In the beginning, there’s a scene where her skirt rises, and he’s staring at her thigh. Molly thinks he’s staring in a critical manner, but we the reader…oh, we know better.
The tension and passion between these two slowly ramps up after they both agree to add sex to their terms. Which, by the way, even the way Luke proposes this addition is kind of endearing. These two aren’t rip-your-clothes-off, sex-in-the-car kind of people, and the way they sometimes discuss sex hardly feels like the start of a heated romance. But, nevertheless, it’s a heart-warming love story that does pack some heat.
Sexy, page-turning fake marriage romance done London style. The chemistry between Beckett and Olivia sizzles right from the start. I found myself wanting to beg them to just get on with the fornication already.
Olivia’s clumsy tendencies and some of her attitude remind me a tad of another British chick I adore, Bridget Jones. Olivia, however, is way more buttoned up. For one, she’s an entrepreneur and has launched a dating service (think eHarmony) called eVolve that leverages social networks to find the right match. She’s a nonsmoker, bad vegetarian, and while she does wear leggings to lay on the sofa, she’s not weighing herself daily. So, not a perfect match for Bridge.
Beckett’s a gazillionaire financier with a knack for making savvy investments and purchases. An alpha with smoking abs, he goes after what he wants.
The fake marriage comes about as part of a win-win scenario. He wants to be married to ensure he can buy a controlling share of a specific company and he needs to prove he’s reliable, and she needs funding to keep her start-up afloat. The whole scenario unrolls in a believable fashion, but it’s after the temporarily binding marriage that the sparks fly and the slippery, heated ride commences.
Anglophile romance lovers will love this book. Donna Alam‘s writing style is like a lesson on British speak. Anyone who loves fake marriage tropes is gonna get a kick on this spin and be dreaming of Beckett.
There’s something about the names Jack and Rose. I thought Titanic nailed those two into eternity, then I read this book. Wow. It’s like Jane Austen came back and wrote a contemporary novel.
Just look at that cover. That’s Jack. Yep. Hot. As. Fuck. Makes me wish I’d found a grumpy, serious frowner.
Ella Maise sucks the reader in with one of the best first chapters I’ve read in a long time. Confession: Somewhere around Chapter 2, I took note of my page number and scrolled to the last chapter just to check out the ending. I consider that kind of draw impressive given the romance category where we’re pretty much guaranteed an HEA unless some witless writer wants to risk hate mail.
Love this book. Even the innocent kissing scenes make my heart beat faster. Moving forward, when I think of Jack and Rose, I’m thinking of this love story. No longer will I wonder why she couldn’t fit him on the door. Heartwarming romance, great story.