Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Fake Wife by Stacey Lynn

This marriage is strictly business... until the temptation gets way too real.

I loved my grandma, but I don’t need her money. All I care about is keeping the house—the only place that’s ever felt like home. That, and screwing over my dad, who wants to turn the property into a mall. There’s only one catch: To receive my inheritance, I have to get married within six months. Me, the guy who’s never dated a girl for more than six minutes. Now I need to find a woman I can trust. So when I’m rear-ended by a Prius, I figure it’s a sign that I’m supposed to meet gorgeous, down-to-earth Teagan Monroe.

First I lose my job. Then I come home and find out—in the most graphic way possible... yeah, that way—that my boyfriend is a cheating jerk. And then I speed off and nearly kill Portland’s sexiest bachelor. Corbin Lane should be pissed. Instead, he offers me more money than I’ve ever seen in my life to marry him and live together in a mansion for two years. No sex. No feelings. Just cash—enough to make all my dreams come true. Then we go and break all our rules... and I realize I’m falling in love with my fake fiancé.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Avid Reader☆☆☆
M/F Romance
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Teagan is struggling with where her life has gone. She followed the man she loved for several years, putting her own future on hold. When she doesn't think it can get worse, you guessed it – it does. Wandering aimlessly, she finds herself up against Corbin, a very eligible bachelor.

Corbin is reeling from the death of the only parent figure he's known. What he can't wrap his head around is her wishes that he settle down and have a family – especially since she never did. He has always known that he will overtake his father's company, despite having huge reservations about it. When he and Teagan cross, he sees the answer to his prayers. He just doesn't know how much his life will change.

These two give each other courage to go after what they really want. They push each other and complement each other. Trust is a difficult thing for both Corbin and Teagan and it will take all they have in each other and themselves to build that trust that others want to drag down. It was a sweet story, but felt kind of drawn out with a lot of hints at what they want, but not great communication.

Mary Jo☆☆☆
I did enjoy this book, but Corbin's family dynamics, his grandmother's will, and Teagan's troubles were a little much for me.

It was a classic storm of emotions on the day that Corbin and Teagan met under difficult circumstances. Given all he has to lose, Corbin chooses Teagan to help solve his problems. Teagan, leaving a long standing relationship, is hesitant to jump in with both feet, but does so anyway.

The romance itself was great, but the outside factors detracted from it.

This is an enjoyable read which gives you exactly what you expect, with a few twists thrown in.

What I would have liked more of was character development, rather than everything being in a tearing hurry. The best bits were when the tempo slowed and we got to understand just what Teagan and Corbin were about – for example, when they were in his barn, or in the car. So many things happened, that the speed of the relationship was just another factor, rather than being the key to the whole story. When I had finished and could review the romance in retrospect, I was pleased to have read the book.

Stacey Lynn is a simple girl raised in the Midwest. Over the long, frigid winters, she would read every book she could get her hands on, from John Grisham and Danielle Steel to Ann M. Martin and C. S. Lewis. She began writing poems and short stories long before she reached high school, and now, as a wife and mother to four children, she finds solace from the craziness of her life by creating steamy, sexy stories. After publishing her first book, what began as a hobby has now turned into an unending passion.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Fake Wife (Crazy Love #1) by Stacey Lynn to read and review.

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