By Stacey Lynn
This marriage is strictly business . . . until the temptation gets way too real.
Corbin: I loved my grandma, but I don’t need her money. All I care about is keeping the house—the only place that’s ever felt like home. That, and screwing over my dad, who wants to turn the property into a mall. There’s only one catch: To receive my inheritance, I have to get married within six months. Me, the guy who’s never dated a girl for more than six minutes. Now I need to find a woman I can trust. So when I’m rear-ended by a Prius, I figure it’s a sign that I’m supposed to meet gorgeous, down-to-earth Teagan Monroe.
Teagan: First I lose my job. Then I come home and find out—in the most graphic way possible . . . yeah, that way—that my boyfriend is a cheating jerk. And then I speed off and nearly kill Portland’s sexiest bachelor. Corbin Lane should be pissed. Instead, he offers me more money than I’ve ever seen in my life to marry him and live together in a mansion for two years. No sex. No feelings. Just cash—enough to make all my dreams come true. Then we go and break all our rules . . . and I realize I’m falling in love with my fake fiancé.
I really liked FAKE WIFE; the story and its characters drew me in from the very first chapter and did not let me go.
I liked Teagan, who really had it pretty rough in the beginning of this book. She loses her job, catches her boyfriend cheating, and then crashes her car into the city’s sexiest millionaire bachelor…all in the span of a few hours. How can you not like a woman who can remain polite, classy and—mostly—put together after going through all of that? The only time I was disappointed in her was when she believed someone, who she knew was untrustworthy, over Corbin and everything he’d told her. But, I did like that after she calmed down and thought about it, she realized she was probably very wrong and apologized quickly.
I liked Corbin for the most part, but he was a little wishy-washy about what he wanted. He offered Teagan money to be his wife for two years. No sex. No emotions. Just business. Then he starts to fall for her but won’t tell her, and then gets upset because he thinks she’s only in it for the money. Gah! He was also very rude to her when he was trying to hide his attraction to her, and I felt that kind of behavior was unnecessary. But, when he wasn’t acting like a prick, he was very down-to-earth and very likable.
FAKE WIFE is told in dual POVs and comes with a lovely HEA for Corbin and Teagan. It’s currently listed as a stand-alone, but two of Corbin’s friends might have a little something going on, and I imagine they could have their own story at some point. I would classify FAKE WIFE as an insta-love, because the entire story (not including the epilogue) takes place over just shy of two weeks.
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