When struggling novelist Chris Valentine meets Jesse Donovan, he's interested in a book contract, or possibly a date. The last thing Chris expects is a marriage proposal from New York City's most eligible bachelor!
Jesse's in a pinch. To keep control of his company, he has to marry. So he has valid reasons for offering Chris this business deal: in exchange for living in a gorgeous mansion for a year, playing the doting husband, Chris gets all the writing time he wants and walks away with a million-dollar payoff. Surely Chris can handle that. He can handle living with the most handsome and endearing man he's ever met, a man he immediately knows he wants in the worst way and can't have. Or can he?
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wishing for a different ending
I have to say, this is probably the first time I’ve completely disagreed with outcome of a book.
Love, Jesse, totally get his story, why he hide sexuality from his Grandfather even after his death. And why he didn’t tell Chris to start with.
Chris, well, talk about someone that can’t see past the end of his nose. If he’d just stop and think, see, hear, he would have seen what was right in front of him.
Maybe that was the point? To see how these two are so completely different. One already half in love with his object of convenience. And the other one so angry, bitter, self absorbed that he doesn’t see it good, happy. But honestly it got me so aggravated it was no longer cute, I was ready to delete the whole thing.
The narrator, John Solo is probably one of my favorites. But I’m not sure if that helped or hurt the story this time. That Boston accent, yikes. However, when not doing that saved the rest of the story.
I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review by Crystals Many reviewers
- Amazon Customer
Witty, sexy and fun
I really enjoyed this story. I was pleasantly surprised to find twists and turns in what I thought might be a fairly predictable story. It was lighthearted, witty, and fun.
Chris and Jesse are well developed and lovable characters. And I found Jesse's step-mother to be a really great supporting character. The story shows a side of romance that can be fumbling and awkward, crashing and burning at times. But something beautiful can still be salvaged from the wreckage.
This is read well by John Solo, but I don't feel his performance of Chris' voice really fits. It was enough of an issue for me that it took away slightly from what was a very enjoyable story otherwise.
All in all, I recommend this book, but I feel I would have enjoyed it more in text as opposed to audio.
*I received a free copy of this audiobook to read for Inked Rainbow Reads in exchange for an honest review.*
- Amanda Janes