Blake Harrison: Rich, titled, and charming…and in need of a wife by Wednesday. Blake turns to Sam Elliot, who isn’t the businessman he expected. Instead, Blake is faced with Samantha Elliot, beautiful and feisty with a voice men call 1-900 numbers to hear.
Samantha Elliot: Owner of matchmaking firm Alliance and not on the marital menu…that is, until Blake offers her ten million dollars for a one-year contract. And there’s nothing indecent about this proposal. The money will really help with her family’s medical bills. All Samantha will need to do is keep her attraction to her new husband to herself and avoid his bed.
But Blake’s toe-curling kisses and sexy charm prove too difficult for Sam to resist. It was a marriage contract that planned for everything…except falling in love.
©2013 Catherine Bybee (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Purely romantic, sensual & heart warming story! I loved the story, the tenderness, the characters, tons of steamy sizzle & passion (without being vulgar or tasteless). A very classic, with a twist, love story ❤️
At the very top, I enjoyed this in so many ways for so many reason.
When Blake came home and found her in the bath having a war with the condoms.
I loved her voice, the characters that she brought to life. I enjoyed the moods she gave each one, the power she put behind each character you felt like you were there. I just could not put this down.
This is the first book I have read/listen to by this author it will not be the last. There was nothing I didn't like, the author gave a compelling story of power, needs, wants, pain, trust, honor as we are reminded that things are not always as they seem. I thought the author sent a powerful message along with a wonderful plot.
Two people come together in an arranged marriage so both can come out ahead. For Samantha she just wanted to be able to take care of her sisters needs. Samantha was a wonderful caring, loving, compassionate character. She looked out and helped so many, is it any wonder why everyone around her fell in love with her. She had lost so much in a short time no one can blame her for getting married for money when it was done for the love of her sister. She is a very strong stubborn women who believes on standing on her own, she lets her actions speak for her but gives so much of herself.
Blake is powerful but caring and will not give up the money for family reason. No he doesn't need it but his mother and sister do. He might be an alpha male but he is a compassionate one to those he loves. He is rich due to his hard work not what his father left him. He spent his life proving to his father he could stand on his own and make something of his self. His father isn't willing to let go not even in death, his father must have control.
One things leads to another and these two are in over their heads. Things were done and said that might tear them apart before they can work out how they really feel about each other. To many hands in the pot stirring up a mess of trouble for any good to come of this.
I thought this was a wonderful plot, the author gives you a page turner that you can't put down. The narrator brings that story to life in a way that keeps you hanging on to each word. The author gives the read mystery that you do not see coming, she puts just enough twists and turns to keep you interested and before you know it with the narrator you are done and left wanting more from both the author and the narrator. I enjoy a humorous read with meaning which I felt the author gave you. In my book this was more than a 5 star read. I would have liked to have known what happen to the people behind the scam and if anything happen to the firm in question. In no way does this take away from the story just something I would have liked to have known.
Sometimes when we try to out smart people it comes back to bite us as Samantha and Blake found out. I can relate to the characters in this book family should mean more than anything to us as these wonderful characters showed us. Yes they came out ahead if things go as planned but they never thought of their selves just of their families needs. I feel sure if I was in either ones of their shoes I very well would have done the same thing. To make sure your family is taken care of without hurting others I could see a lot of people following along in their shoes. I found this story to be very believable with wonderful caring characters. I will be checking out more books by this author and expect she will be added to my favorite author's list very soon.
I first came across Bybee books with her Not Quite series and it was wonderful. I decided to try this series and it was great! Now onto book 2 and I hope Bybee has another series on the horizon.
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I could relate to Samantha, who was willing to marry a rich man to pay for her sister's medical care. I could not relate to Blake, who needed a wife to quality for an inheritance, when he didn't need the money.
While parts were amusing and entertaining, I found the plot weak and unrealistic. Who wants a self-absorbed millionaire who doesn't care who gets hurt as long as he gets more money. Not me.
I enjoy historical, paranormal, and contemporary romance. Also steampunk, sci-fi, fantasy, suspense, and fiction. I'm open to about anything
Setting: California, England, and New York. Contemporary
Well, I'm trying to review this on the merits of the story. The premise is one that's more common in regency romance: Filthy rich Duke must, because of stipulations in his father's will, marry by his birthday on Wednesday. It's Monday. He goes to a matchmaker, but decides to marry her instead of the candidates she provided. Sound familiar? Anyway... This author didn't come close to knowing how noble titles are passed. Yes, a personal fortune can be passed to someone other than the heir to the title, but entailed properties cannot. That entailed estate may be debt-ridden, but it still cannot pass into the hands of the next guy in line. Well, it can happen, but generally, dad has to declare his son a bastard, and dad isn't around to do that, being dead and all. Oh, I also have a problem with the afore-mentioned filthy richness. This Duke was so greedy he had to have it all? If he didn't get it, half was to go to charity, a quarter to be shared between his mom and sister, and the cousin to get a quarter. Needless to say, I found the whole execution of the premise simplistic and unreasonable, especially in a modern setting.
I have listened to, and enjoyed, many narrations by Tanya Eby, but this is not one of them. While this is a contemporary American romance, many of the characters are British, and Ms Eby does not do that accent well at all.
So, bottom line: Don't spend a credit for this. If a marriage of convenience trope in a contemporary setting intrigues you (and you can't find something that does it better), get this one on sale.
yes, i would listen to another catherine bybee book. tanya eby was "ok" but i would listen to her again if i thought the story was worth it.
her male voices all sounded elderly. made the lead blake who was 36 not so attractive.
yes, sell myself to the highest bidder! lol
although it was a cute love story, i don't think i'd buy the other books in the series unless there was a sale on them.
This is a light, cute romantic book, the characters and the plot are well done and its very well narrated. I liked the voice of Tanya Eby so much, I will look for some more books narrated by her.
Although It has a very predictable plot the story develops nicely.
SPOILER ALERT!!! It kind of seems in a way like a famous Julia Roberts film from years ago, but not completely. I will not write which one but its pretty obvious once the story on book starts to develop.
She has a great voice, she makes all the characters come to life, and the whole book was very pleasant but definitely she cannot do british accent I have to add. But in the end for me that was not a big deal. The whole performance was very good.
When she was crying in her room and Blake goes to talk to her.
This is a very light novel, something you would like to read on vacation or for fun, its a no brainer and is just a piece of nice girl literature very well made, that never sounds outdated. Do not expect anything dense. Its very sweet and romantic.
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