Misadventures of a Backup Bride by Shayla Black
Rosa's rating: 5 of 5 iScream Cones
"He looks like a Viking someone shoved into a perfectly tailored suit."
I feel stupid admitting to you that this is my first Shayla Black read. Where the hell have I been? I enjoyed another book in the Misadventures series, so I decided to try this one by a different author. Best decision ever... I have learned my lesson and will properly fangirl over this author in future. Let the stalking begin.
Carson was thrown into the deep end when his biological father died and left him his empire. It's worth billions, if he sells it. But he doesn't want to lose his legacy, he wants to run it himself. He needs a short term investor to help him bring it back to where it needs to be. The only problem is that since he doesn't have experience in this industry, nobody is willing to loan him the money. Well, nobody other than his biggest competition in the sweets business. And that man wants him to jump through hoops to make it happen. So, of course he agrees. It seemed like a good idea at the time...
Ella is an out-of-work actress who needs a job. When she gets the call to be his fake fiance', of course she agrees. She's seen him before, and thought to herself, "If I had conjured up the perfect guy, the one who would forever make me long for sweaty nights and star in my masturbatory fantasies, it would be this one."
When she shows up to perform her duties Carson starts having some fantasies of his own. She's everything his rival's daughter is not. She pushes all of his buttons, especially his UP button. How's he ever going to keep his lust in check while pretending to be in love with her?
What starts off as a little harmless flirting escalates into blistering chemistry between them. Will it just burn itself out if they give in to it? Or will she be left with a broken heart when she has to leave him at the alter?
I can't believe how much goodness was crammed into this short read. I devoured it from beginning to end and it was so good that I felt like having a cigarette afterwards. I most definitely will be keeping my eye out for whatever the author tackles next. The line forms here...