Expected Release Date: April 16, 2012
Imprint: Carina Press
Author’s Website: http://catschield.com/
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: No
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Warm
Who’s the sexy blonde stranger sleeping in Simon Holcroft’s bed? The workaholic returns from a business trip to find someone stretched out on his sheets. Between the laundry basket at her side and the smell of orange cleaner, he deduces that the young woman is his maid-and resists the urge to kiss her awake.
But when his brother’s fiancé-his own ex-bursts in and strips down to her panties, Simon has to get her dressed and back where she belongs. So he introduces the maid as his fiancée. But his little white lie gets bigger, because now he has to bring his supposed bride-to-be to meet the whole family. One offer-she-can’t-refuse later, Simon has bought himself a temporary fiancée.
In debt up to her eyeballs and all alone for the holidays, how could struggling grad student Caroline Sampson not accept her gorgeous client’s fantasy proposal? But acting like she’s in love comes more easily than she ever expected.
What Worked For Me:
- I’ve always been a bit of a sucker for the “pretend fiance” trope, and was really intrigued by the idea of a man hiring a woman to be the pretend fiance. For some reason, it seems to always be the other way around, so this was fascinating to me.
- Even though it was light on steam, I enjoyed the chemistry between Simon and Caroline. In some ways, I actually liked that there wasn’t a lot of focus on explicit details, because there was less chance of attributing their growing feelings to simple lust.
What Didn’t Work For Me:
- I wasn’t thrilled with Simon’s “betrayal” of Caroline (don’t worry, it’s not that kind of betrayal), though it did add a lot of tension to the story.
- I’m also not a huge fan of whirlwind romance unless there’s a mystical reason factored in. While some readers will file this in the plus column rather than the negative, the fact taht Caroline and Simon were “in love” after less than a week took away from my enjoyment.
- Caroline was a bit too “perfect” for my tastes. Hard working, principled, beautifully, intelligent, self-sacrificing, and chaste, I had a hard time warming up to her character.
Cute and sweet, with just a touch of steam, this book is good for a light summer read. I’m a big fan of the “pretend fiance” trope in romance, but it’s rare indeed that the female is the one helping out the male, at least in my experience.
I loved the tension between Caroline and Simon stemming from both their attraction to each other, and the stress of keeping the truth from his family.
However, the whirlwind aspect to the romance, combined with a few other things kept this one from being a favorite of mine. The pacing seemed off at times, and I never really believed that his family would be quite as accepting of Caroline, no matter how nice they truly were.
In the end, this wasn’t a bad way to pass the time, but neither was it a favorite.