Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Hawaiian rancher Alex Kahale needs a temporary wife to close a deal that’s vital to the welfare of his herd. Thankfully, he’s already married to a woman stole his heart in less than a week, even if that same wife filed for divorce a few days after they said their “I dos”.
Rising country music star Britney Moore had a wild fling with a cowboy in Las Vegas a year ago which ended in a drunken drive-through marriage. Once she returned to Nashville, she filed for divorce to save her squeaky clean image. Besides, spontaneous marriages never last, and she knows better than to risk her heart on Alex. But no matter how many requests she sends him, he refuses to sign the papers. Then he sends her an intriguing offer. Come to his ranch on Kauai and pretend to be his wife for two weeks for business purposes, and he’ll sign the papers.
As much as Britney tries to resist his charm, Alex manages to tear down her defenses one by one until she falls for him all over again. But when the press finds out about her secret husband, will their revived romance be killed by the tabloids
What a fun, sexy romance!
I really enjoyed the character of Alex. He was strong, assertive and he wouldn’t take no for an answer. Probably from being a second son who wasn’t meant to inherit the family land, but was willing to fight tooth and nail to keep it, even if no one thought he would be able to.
“Alex gritted his teeth the same way he always did when his father’s words ambushed his thoughts. His father had never wanted Alex to have the ranch, had never thought he’d be capable of running it . But in a sad twist of events, it was his now. And if he could make the seemingly impossible happen with his inheritance, then he could apply the same stubborn will to Britney.”
The chemistry between Alex and Britney is enjoyable, and I loved some of the descriptions, but I wish that there wasn’t SO MUCH “but, she wanted him”, “but, he wanted her” …We get it! So, just do it already! But, THAT KISS!
“Oh, sweet Jesus, how that man could kiss. It was smooth and luxurious, but at the same time urgent and greedy. It was as though he’d been waiting all year to claim her as his, and now that he had the opportunity, he was determined to do a thorough job of it. With every caress, with a sweep of his tongue, with every pleasure-filled moan that escaped, she slipped further under his spell. It wasn’t long before she caught herself wondering why she’d ever left this man.”
As always (it seems) with books like this, some of the secondary characters were my favourites!! I absolutely love Malu, the straight talking houskeeper,
“Mind telling me what she meant by ‘hapai’?
He leaned forward on the roll bar, stretching his lean body while looking at something over his shoulder. “She was suggesting I knock you up.”
And Alex’s friend Caz, who even though not in the book much, had some of the best lines!
“If you even make a half-hearted attempt to appear like you’re hanging on her every word, you’re golden.” (great advice Romeo!)
“Glad to hear some common sense from you. For a moment, I was worried you’ve been watching too many of those Hallmark movies or something.” (there is NOTHING wrong with Hallmark Movies!!)
If I hadn’t had the blog tour scheduled for today, this would have been a great Cozy Sunday with a steamy twist.
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Crista McHugh is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLING author of fantasy and romance with heroines who are smart, sexy, and anything but ordinary. She also writes fantasy with a little less kissing and bit more action (outside the bedroom) as C. A. McHugh.
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Better Together is Best Served with a Mai Tai
- 1 oz (2 tablespoons) dark rum
- 1 oz (2 tablespoons) amber rum
- 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
- 1/2 oz (1 tablespoon) Cointreau or triple sec
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 1 teaspoon orgeat syrup* or 1 drop pure almond extract
- 1 teaspoon superfine granulated sugar
- Dash of grenadine
- Shake all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with 1 cup ice cubes, then strain into a glass filled with ice cubes.