Expected Release Date: May 21, 2013
Imprint: Harlequin Presents
Author’s Website: http://www.sarahmorgan.com/
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Sicily’s Corretti Dynasty (Continuity)
Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone
Steam Level: Steamy
Pet Peeves: Whirlwind Romance
Favorite Tropes: Pretend Engagement
Snapped and seduced: there’s nothing more dangerous than a restless Corretti
Taylor Carmichael holds one thing precious: the reputation she’s spent years rebuilding. Then one encounter with Corretti lothario Luca, a bottle of chilled champagne and a skintight dress and the paparazzi have their shot.
Cool, calm and irritatingly aloof, Luca couldn’t care less. Splash his face over the papers—he has bigger fish to fry. But Taylor is fuming. Luca had the chance to halt the press and refused. Well, this time she’ll make the headlines work for her:
Stop the press—bad boy Luca Corretti to wed screen siren Taylor Carmichael!
What Worked For Me:
- The chemistry between Taylor and Luca was scrumptious, but I wouldn’t expect any less from Sarah Morgan.
- I loved the painful pasts of both our playboy hero and our reformed “bad girl” heroine. Of course, neither was as bad as their reputations had made them out to be (though Luca certainly had his moments), but it was a lot of fun getting to know their characters better while they got to know one another.
- I’ve always been a big fan of pretend engagements, but this one was even more fun than most, because of the way it came about.
- I loved Luca’s protectiveness over Taylor, even when it came back to bite him in the butt.
- I also adored the thing that Luca did for Taylor that nobody else had ever done.
What Didn’t Work For Me:
- I didn’t particularly care for how fast the I Love You’s came. I think that in this particular case it was a limitation of the page count requirements of this line of book, rather than any implied lack of skill on the author’s part, because given the length of the story, it happened at the “right” time. Even so, it felt a little bit rushed.
One thing I’ve always been to count on from Sarah Morgan is an entertaining story about two fascinating characters, with a lovely amount of chemistry, and this book was no exception.
A jaded playboy from a powerful family, a former child-star and Hollywood wild-child trying to make her comeback into acting, and a pretend engagement that leads to so much more, all added up to a very entertaining read.
Though I wish the villain was a little more complex, and that the I Love You’s had come a little more slowly, but the fun of watching Luca settle down, and Taylor learn to let go, more than made up for that in the end.
A very solid 4/5 Stars