by Jaci Burton
Narrated by Elizabeth Hart
Publication date Oct 22, 2014
Running time 6 hrs
New eBook Edition:August 1, 2014
Jaci Burton Publishing
Previously Published: March 13, 2007
Audiobook provided by Tantor Media for review purposes. No remunerations was exchanged and all opinion presented herein are my own unless noted.
Multi-millionaire casino owner Ryan McKay needs a bride in a hurry, and the one he chose has just backed out, which means he could lose his company within hours. He doesn’t know the meaning of the word failure, so he’s scrambling for Plan B and not happy that the ridiculous terms of his grandfather’s will have backed him into a corner.
So when his shy but dedicated executive assistant Faith Lewis tells him she’ll do everything in her power to make sure he succeeds, she’s shocked to realize Plan B involves her—in other words, he wants to marry her. Like right now.
Faith reluctantly agrees, burying the heavy crush she’s had on Ryan for years. But the shy virgin is going to have to live with, sleep with, and reveal many secrets to the enigmatic man who sees this as a logical business deal. Faith’s been holding out for love, and that four letter word isn’t in Ryan’s vocabulary after being raised by a cold, loveless family.
But love very rarely follows the rules of business or logic, and this business deal is about to get very personal.
This is a pretty trite story and telegraphs most events pretty far in advance.
The book has some solid themes about love, but the initial premise about a will is, in my humble opinion, ridiculous!
The female character, Faith is an anachronism, Ryan is just an ass – of course until true love finds its way into his heart. It is pretty hot but the heroine is an avid reader of romance novels, but is a virgin and doesn’t seem to know what to expect. If anything, after reading romance novels, your expectations would be set pretty high, but you would know, for certain, how to fit tab a into slot b.
When Ryan has to produce a child he wants no part of it because he is a childish fool: He was treated as an unwanted child and I can’t imagine he would do that to another kid so he could maintain control of a large company. Plus, regardless of whether there is a will or a loophole in that will, there are ways to overturn an unreasonable will. Wills are often contested, and this one would surely be in court the day after it was read. I cannot imagine a court would uphold a will that required the conception of a child in order to maintain control of an organization. And further, that if a couple couldn’t conceive they would divorce to try again! Not. Going. To. Happen.
Ultimately, I think this is about:
- Arranged/Convenience marriages don’t work in a society where individual rights and emotions are tantamount to a commandment and where marriage is no longer seen as a business arrangement designed to combine and maintain, or expand property and perpetuate a bloodline.
- Without trust and love, marriage cannot succeed, or at least cannot be fulfilling for each party.
- To trust you have to open your heart which means you can be hurt.
It’s not awful, but it doesn’t give us anything new and the premise is flawed. I usually love Jaci’s books though so this is not indicative of how much I like her work. And there is a bit about cats that I found moving.
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