Author: Jessica Lemmon
Published: June 28, 2016
Stars: 4 out of 5
Manwhore. That’s what the board of directors-and the tabloids-thinks of billionaire bachelor Reese Crane. Ordinarily he couldn’t care less, but his playboy past is preventing the board from naming him CEO of Crane Hotels. Nothing-and no one-will keep him from his life’s legacy. They want a settled man to lead the company? Then that’s exactly what he’ll give them.
Merina Van Heusen will do anything to get her parents’ funky boutique hotel back-even marry cold-as-ice-but-sexy-as-hell Reese Crane. It’s a simple business contract-six months of marriage, absolute secrecy, and the Van Heusen is all hers again. But when sparks fly between them, their passion quickly moves from the boardroom to the bedroom. And soon Merina is living her worst nightmare: falling in love with her husband
You are probably thinking the plot- an attractive alpha billionaire needing a fake marriage to get what he wants- has been done already. And you are right, this kind of plot has been done many times before. But it takes a gifted author to be able to tell the story again without it becoming boring. I’ll be honest with you, I didn’t want to put the book down. This book was exciting, fun, flirtatious, full of sexual tension, and the banter between the characters was fantastic! I don’t think you will be disappointed in this book.
Merina is feisty and sometimes a bit careless. But she means well and is a fun character to read about. She is strong but also vulnerable.
I feel so bad for her in the beginning. Because of the secrets her parents kept from her about their financial difficulties, everything changes for her and she loses everything she has come to love. But Merina doesn’t take the news of new ownership of her beloved hotel lightly. No, she is a firecracker when it comes to confrontation and fighting for what she believes in. I couldn’t stop smiling as I read the scene where she confronts Reese for the first time. The author did a perfect job of describing the attraction she has for him but not letting it derail her opinions or dreams.
Reese is the strong, confident, and very sexual kind of man. His flaws are in abundance yet he is extremely charming and you just want to love him or maybe hug him. To put things simply, Reese has been hurt and refuses to put himself in a situation where that could happen again. Although he sleeps around.. A lot… He knows close to nothing about romance, women (beyond sexually), and relationships. It was fun watching Reese flounder trying to figure Merina out and their ‘relationship’.
The fake marriage is a whirlwind of emotions and absolutely fantastic! In many ways I felt almost giddy over Reese’s flirtatious behavior. I found myself laughing and smiling often. But I also found myself really feeling for Merina and Reese. The struggles they faced were heartbreaking. This is one of those books you fall for the characters, for their love story, and when they shatter into tiny broken pieces, you do too.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. The characters are well developed and Merina and Reese fit well together. This isn’t the type of book full of twists and the unexpected. In the general sense, you probably already know how things will end. But the avenue the author took and the characteristics of Merina and Reese, makes this story worth reading. Besides, sometimes it is nice to read a book that easy, light, and doesn’t make you go crazy with everything that is happening. I recommend this book for anyone looking to read about a sexy billionaire, lots of chemistry, and a fun love story!