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After her brother and his wife go missing and are presumed dead, Lauren Peters plans to raise their infant daughter. Her brother’s will, however, stipulates that baby Callie can only be raised by a married couple. Lauren’s as single as they come.
Mack Hansen can’t stand idly by while his business partner’s baby is thrown into a foster home. As he sees it, there’s only one solution—he and Lauren will marry for the sake of the baby—and he’ll keep his attraction to her at bay.
Lauren knows that Mack is all about business, including their marriage of convenience. But her unexpected feelings for him have her turned upside down. With passion sizzling between them, can Mack keep Lauren from stealing his heart…and becoming his wife for real?
This book has me torn. On the one hand, I like the premise–it makes somewhat more sense than many of the other “fake marriage” stories out there. (Key word there being somewhat. In this day and age it’s hard to come up with a 100% plausible reason.) I also enjoyed the characters–both Lauren and Mack are likable, down-to-earth kinds of people (for all that Mack is insanely rich) and don’t even get me started on baby Callie. Absolutely adorable, though she does tend to let them both off a little easily in the brand-new-to-parenting department. Still, so far, so good.
Then we get to the but…
If my brother and wife were missing at sea and presumed dead–or my business partner/best friend, for that matter–I would absolutely want more proof sooner, not later, that they actually were in some sort of witness protection program. I wouldn’t be okay with going on the assumption that that’s what was going on after being told of (or having) one conversation with the brother saying it was a possibility. I’d expect some kind of confirmation somehow and not be satisfied until I got it. (Especially since they’re twins, and presumably even closer than your average siblings. Lauren mentions more than once about the whole “twin connection” thing, so you’d think…)
Almost all of the relationship conflict could have been solved in a single, honest, actual conversation. Instead, every time the two characters talked each only heard what they expected to hear and completely twisted around what was actually said to fit their preconceived ideas. Drove. Me. Crazy. Just talk, already!
In all, it was a decent book–it made for a pleasant morning’s read–but it didn’t quite live up to its potential. I would definitely give another book by this author a chance, however, in the hopes that this one was just a one-off.
Rating: 3 stars / C
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.