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New Release Review and Giveaway: Fiance by Fate by Jennifer Shirk

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Fiance by Fate

Book Title: Fiance By Fate

Author: Jennifer Shirk

Release Date: 4/14/14

Genre: Contemporary Romance


Book Synopsis:

Sabrina Cassidy believes in fate. So when her fiancé breaks off their engagement, she’s convinced they’ll get back together eventually. But fate was not on her side when it brought Jack Brenner into her life—and work. Frustrating, gorgeous, and cocky, Jack has an offer that Sabrina can’t refuse. Not if it means getting the life she’s always imagined.

Despite being one of the town’s most eligible bachelors, Jack has a reputation that’s working against him. He has to convince his father—and his company’s board—that he’s ready to settle down if he wants a promotion. But convincing Sabrina to be his fake girlfriend turns out to be the easiest part. What he didn’t count on was their intense attraction and how easily their lie would escalate. Sabrina’s still hung up on her ex, and Jack will never settle down. But fate has other ideas…


Fiance by Fate is a really cute read. It features a fake engagement, a troupe which–when done well–can be a lot of fun.

Sabrina Cassidy has long felt as if her life was not in her control. Losing her parents at a young age, she bounced around the foster care system for years, yearning for a real family. As an adult, she still craves the type of stable family life she never had, and is sure that’s she’s found her big chance for one–with her fiance David. He’s a doctor. He’s handsome and has a family that has welcomed her in with open arms. All the signs needed to start her perfect new life are in place. Destiny is smiling down at her.

There’s just one tiny problem. David’s asked Sabrina for a short break. A hiatus, if you will, from their engagement.

Sabrina’s sure it’s just a blip; though she does head to a psychic to get confirmation from fate. The psychic’s no dummy–she (or is it he? Sabrina isn’t even sure) tells Sabrina exactly what she wants to hear–or at least tells her some vague reassurances that Sabrina’s more than happy to turn into the corroboration she’s looking for. Perfect–now all she has to do is sit back and wait for David to come back to her.

Except he isn’t. Maybe he needs a little push?

Enter Jack Brenner. He might be one of Boston’s most eligible bachelors. but he’s also Sabrina’s boss’s son and a heartless and self-centered playboy. When fate–darn it, Sabrina was sure that fickle entity was supposed to be on her side–puts the two of them in close proximity at work, Sabrina resigns herself to having to make the best of a bad situation.

Mr. Brenner’s been ill, and Jack has moved back to Boston hoping to lighten his load and take on more responsibility at the company. When his father tells him the promotion he wants is contingent on his showing more maturity in his personal life, Jack manages to convince Sabrina to fake date him for a while. It seems like the perfect plan–he gets a new job, she uses jealousy to get her fiance back. What could possibly go wrong?

(Yeah, I know. But luckily characters in romance novels never can see the glaring neon signs that are flashing the words BAD IDEA just above their heads. 😉 )

Their early antagonism in the office reminded me a lot of this scene from The Cutting Edge:



Oh, yeah. Total foreplay.

And, just like in that movie, you know where these two antagonists are going to end up…but of course it’s their journey in getting there that’s so much fun.

Watching their relationship go from antagonistic to grudging respect to friendship to something more is like a guilty pleasure. You can’t help but root for these two to get their heads screwed on straight and realize that, hello, they’re perfect for each other.

If you’re looking for a fluffy and flirty story to pass the time with, Fiance by Fate might be just what the orthopedic surgeon ordered. 😉

Rating: 4 stars/ B-

I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.


Author Bio:

Jennifer Shirk has a bachelor degree in pharmacy-which has in NO WAY at all helped her with her writing career. But she likes to point it out, since it shows romantic-at-hearts come in all shapes, sizes, and mind-numbing educations.

She writes sweet romances (some even funny!) and won third place in the RWA 2006 NYC’s Kathryn Hayes Love and Laughter Contest with her first book, The Role of a Lifetime. Recently, her novel Sunny Days for Sam won the 2013 Golden Quill Published Authors Contest for Best Traditional Romance.


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  1. Neena Martin Neena Martin

    Another good book for my tbr list!

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