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.
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.
Avid reader for 45 years
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.
I really loved this story. The twist on the matchmaker was great. This book had all the things I love in a story, A great story line from the start, a couple of little twists, the chemistry between Blake and Samantha was great. Lots of wonderful dialogue throughout the entire book. Wonderfully written sex scenes.
And as usual this author writes with such ease and the whole story flows so nicely and very easy to read.
As for the narrator, I have to say WOW. Samantha in the book is described to have a very sexy voice, 1-800 worthy, and I am here to tell you she sure did! Amazing narration by Tanya Eby. 10 stars for Samantha's voice alone!
Retired. My hobbies are knitting, sewing and sports. To busy doing hobbies to be able to read so audible books are great for me. Also enjoy listening when driving on a long road trip.
Book is listed as "unabridged" but it reads/listens as if it was abridged. There are so many places that seem to be skipped over that if there was more context it would be more interesting and draw you in more. Good bones, but needs more.
This is my first by Catherine Bybee.
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