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His Indecent Proposal

This was a difficult book to review. A quick read, it was based around a classic, tried & tested romance premise: obscenely-rich-but-lonely man (David) needs a wife in a hurry and makes a businesslike marriage proposition to a woman he barely knows (Jenna).

As if they were connected by an invisible wire, she could feel when he watched her. And he watched her often.

And it should have worked. Lynda Chance has a delightful writing style, so many lines and quotes leapt out at me, sucking me in and helping me to identify quickly and easily with the heroine.

She usually kept ramen noodles, microwave popcorn and cups of macaroni and cheese for such occasions. The problem was, she had been having a lot of such occasions lately. Her drawer was depressingly empty.

I wanted this to work. Jenna, a lowly accountant in David’s firm, overhears a conversation in the kitchen:

She heard the door shut, the shuffle of feet and an irritated male voice. “Goddammit, let it go. What the f*** am I supposed to do, post a job opening for a wife?”

… Before she could stop herself, she heard the words that impetuously popped from her mouth. “Do I apply in HR?”

But I hated David.

She looked at the handsome blond because he was infinitely the less dangerous of the two.

Rude to the point of being obnoxious, he wasn’t so much an Alpha as a Jerk! He took her to dinner, took her to bed and then to Vegas the next day to get married. He promises to pay her a large amount of money to stay married for two years and Jenna, saddled with a massive debt from college, reluctantly agrees.

He pushed Jenna around, refused to listen to her and gave her no reason at all to like him – and then suddenly he declares he’s in love and like magic, she is too. Sorry, but I just don’t buy it. 3/5 – only because of the excellent quality of the actual writing.

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Mergers and Acquisitions (Siren Publishing Classic)

Emily is stuck in Sydney for an unexpected weekend with her lecherous boss Carlton. She’s the accountant working on the massively important acquisition of a major hotel and needs her wits about her, in order to represent their client. Returning to her hotel room at the end of a stressful day, she’s wiped out and longs for some relaxation. Distraction comes in the form of the delicious American Randy (Randall) Mortimer, occupying the room – and balcony – next door.

His immaculately fitted black pinstripe pants curved over what could turn out to be a very cute backside. He appeared cool but elegant in the matched vest and crisp white shirt. The buttons left open at the cuffs and collar gave him an air on shabby chic.

They chat and flirt a little, and Emily learns that he works at the hotel as a waiter. When he delivers a fabulous neck massage alongside her room service dinner, she’s smitten and hopes to see more of him. Although there’s a definite spark between them, he holds her at arms length initially, making her wonder if he’s really interested or not.

It’s only when she’s due to move to another hotel and Randy offers his room for the weekend, that their fling takes off.

“You came to say good-bye?”

Slowly, he shook his head and picked at a piece of imaginary fluff on his shirt sleeve. “Not exactly. I came to beg you to stay here.”

“Like you said, the hotel is fully booked for the weekend, some dickheads convention or something, so you’ll have to stay in my room.”

As far as Emily’s concerned, he’s perfect. And as distractions go, he’s a major one, when she has to go back to work on Monday – especially when she learns he’s not just a waiter after all.

“How do you fancy being flat on your back on top of a Full English?”

Emily moved closer and whispered in his ear. “I’d rather be flat on my back beneath a hot American.”

Can she continue with the acquisition – and can she get through it with her heart intact?

“Em, please come out and talk to me.” His voice sounded strained, choked with emotion. He did a wonderful impression of a man who cared.

I loved this book. Lillian Grant has an easy style of writing that draws the characters beautifully. And who wouldn’t enjoy a gorgeous guy like Randy delivering room service with a smile. It’s a sexy, quick read and ideal for a sunny afternoon – or a rainy one, while dreaming of the sunshine. 5/5

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