Release Date: May 9, 2019
I blamed him for my lapse in judgment. I blamed his eyes, the ocean blue eyes that looked straight into mine unapologetically, and that frown on his face I had no idea I would become so fascinated with in time.
One second he was unattainable. The next he seemed to be completely mine.
One second I thought we were in love. The next it was still nothing but a lie.
The idea behind this book is what drew me to it initially. It was a little different than most “fake marriage” books I’d read in the past in that the couple didn’t know each other previously, or one of them wasn’t hired for the purpose of playing a fake fiance/spouse. I wasn’t exactly sure how this would play out, especially with the darker start. Jack is a lawyer at the firm that handles Rose’s recently deceased aunt and uncle’s, her guardians since she was a child, estate and will. Rose was not close with her aunt, uncle, and cousins, but her uncle had promised to let her open a coffee shop in a Manhattan property he owned and run it for two years. However, in his will he mandated that her husband would inherit the property or it would go to his own son instead. Since Rose and her fiance had broken up suddenly a few weeks prior and right after her aunt and uncle were killed, there was no husband and Rose would lose all the money she had already invested in furniture and supplies for the shop. Jack proposes – literally – a solution: she marries him and he will honor her agreement with her uncle. She assumes he is in it for the prime real estate.
After a rough start to their fake marriage, Rose is hard at work on her coffee shop preparing it to open. Jack comes by nightly and helps her paint, put up shelves, and whatever else she needs, maintaining his grumpiness the entire time. Slowly they get used to each other and begin to actually talk to each other and a beautiful relationship blossoms.
Then, Rose learns the truth about her breakup with her fiance and the reason behind Jack’s offer.
Despite the description and events that occur throughout the book – blackmail, serious illness, betrayals – this book had a lot of fun parts too. Jack and Rose were a delight together. She is open and bubbly and talkative. He is cold and standoffish and silent. But as they get to know each other, they begin to see more. Jack sees Rose’s bravery and work ethic, and sees that she has never been able to count on anyone but herself. Rose sees how Jack shows his feelings through actions, and the emotions behind his seriousness. They complement each other perfectly and balance each other out.
Seriously, this was a very good book.