When Callie Williams signed up to the "bride bidder" app she was in a desperate situation. On the brink of losing her home, she needed money and she needed it fast. Allowing herself to be sold as a bride to a wealthy man was supposed to be a last resort for Callie, but she soon realized it was her only option.
When billionaire Thomas Dearborn signed up to the "bride bidder" app he was not totally interested in finding a traditional wife. He was not a man who wanted any romantic hassle but he knew that being seen as married would help his business interests.
Now, Callie and Thomas have been paired up in extraordinary circumstances for a marriage that suits them both. It is a modern day marriage of convenience with the promise that they will never love or touch one another.
And this is a promise that both parties are going to find very hard to keep.
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Enjoyable contemporary romance
- Adriana B "Books give a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything. - Plato"
Pleasant but predictable.
This was a pleasant story with characters that were likable with good chemistry. I thought Callie was very well characterized as the unselfish granddaughter who would do anything to keep her beloved grandmother in her home. Throughout the book, the author lets us into Callie's head, so we can empathize with her. I only wish the same was true with Thomas. And because we don't really understand where Thomas is coming from, some of the plot elements become ridiculously unbelievable.
Spoiler Alert: For example, why on earth would Thomas offer double Callie's minimum bid to secure her as a wife when he has not met her and has no idea if they would even be compatible? And if Thomas just needs a wife to stop a business associate from pushing his daughter off on him for a wife, why does he propose a permanent, PLATONIC arrangement with Callie? Wouldn't a few months or years be plenty? And why restrict the terms to a platonic relationship, even when they find themselves attracted to each other? What is Thomas thinking????
But I was mildly entertained by the audible story. I just think it would have benefited from some insight into Thomas' character and thoughts. I also was not crazy about the narrator. While her diction was impeccable, and her delivery was very clear, she spoke with such a monotone that it took away from any emotion the book might have elicited. She did use Italian accents for the characters in Italy, but still spoke in that dreary monotone. The story could have benefited greatly from a more dramatic presentation.
I received a free audible version of this story in exchange for an honest review.
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