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Well, this was an entertaining story filled with secrets on top of secrets, and a few lies to boot. While some books with plots revolving around character's having secrets can be slightly predictable, especially if the listener is aware of the secrets early on in the story, but I loved how Frankie kept the listener in suspense wondering when, and how the truth would be revealed.
Landon concocted a plan to impress, and prove to his father he was stable, mature and more capable than his brother to take over the family business. To help execute his plan, he enlisted the help of Claire to play the part of his fiancée, and pretend they have been dating, fell in love, and are ready to tie the knot. She's the perfect candidate, she smart, leveled headed, and keeps her cool. The more time they play pretend, the steamier it gets, and he starts to develop real feelings, and wants to be the man Claire deserves. Claire has been keeping secrets from her new friends, as well as Landon, but when he offers her a chance to earn some serious cash to be his pretend fiancée for a week, all she thinks about is what the money could do for her. But here's the thing about keeping secrets, they always find away to be discovered, and at the most inconvenient of times, and her skeletons won't stay in the closet forever. Her secrets will either bring them closer together or cost her a big payday.
Joe and Maxine really delivered an incredible performance! I LOVED Joe's English accent, it really showcases his talent as a narrator. Maxine always does a wonderful job with all the emotions, you could feel the anxiety, fear, and concern Claire's character had regarding her closely held secrets. Kudos for a job well done!
King was an excellent addition, and I can't wait for the rest of the "small straight" to be released in audio (Ace, King, McQueen, and Jack.....clever Frankie!) Credit or Sale; it's worth it!
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Claire and Landon dance together at Emmy and Ace's wedding but, just as things are hotting up when they move to Landon's hotel suite, they get interrupted and have to pause their pleasures.. however this has started their sizzling chemistry and mutual attraction for one another. For some time 27 yr old sexy Player Landon has been getting pressure to go back home to England and he's determined not to let his brother Geoffrey take over running their family's multi-million pound jewellery business. So, when Landon decides it's time to go back to England, he gets the brilliant idea of paying 24 yr old Claire to travel with him and pretend to be his fiancée to a) get his parent's approval and thus b) be appointed the next head honcho. Landon thought it was a good plan.. but, once they arrive at the family's ancestral castle, things soon start to unravel because his feelings for Claire quickly turn into unrequited love, he finds out Claire has been hiding secrets and she isn't the only person hiding secrets from him.. and when they're all eventually spilled the fallout will be life changing.
Cocktail Waitress Claire has a five year old daughter but nobody knows - not even her two best friends Emmy and Tess and Claire has got other skeletons in her closet too that she has never shared with anybody other than her Mother. So, when Landon offers her $250,000 to be his fake fiancée for a couple of weeks, Claire thinks what that amount of money could do for her and her daughter. But before they left Landon did warn her that his brother was ruthless and would dig up any dirt she had in her past.. but Claire didn't take any notice of his warning. And soon Claire would regret her naivety, regret lying, regret not sharing her secrets.. and regret hurting the man she'd come to love.
A good second book in the series, Landon was sexy and sweet but, due to events in her past, Claire had erected some very high impenetrable walls around her life and her heart keeping everyone out. She had trust issues and it took Landon some time, and help from their very supportive friends, to finally convince and prove to Claire that he could be a safe haven for her and her daughter's love. Unfortunately Claire's secrets were found out rather than freely divulged which caused tension, tears and heartache. Dual POV storyline with lots of sexy times.. plus angst, secrets, family drama, good secondary characters and some stellar narration.. especially by Joe Arden and his English accent was simply outstanding.
Worth a credit? Yes.. but it was under $10 so yet again I just bought it and saved my credit for a higher priced book.
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