Rating: 3 Stars out of 5
I loved the premise of this book- a modern day marriage of convenience to further a business deal. Ryder is mega rich, running the company started by his family. Trace isn’t quite as rich, but he isn’t shopping at Target either. They have a chance meeting and a super hot night together; without knowing who the other was. Even though it was one night, there was practically “insta-love”. First turn off for me. But Trace is firmly in the closet and plans on staying that way if he wants to take over his family business.
Fast forward a few months when Ryder’s company is trying to take over Trace’s company. Friendly turns hostile turns into a marriage for a year to cement the deal.
So while I liked the premise and like parts of the book and story line, my issues were these. Trace had a big problem with Ryder acting like he could buy whatever he wanted- including people. Yea, kind of he did act that way. He was pompous and arrogant and while there were hints that there was a nice guy under there, I didn’t see it. His ruse for the marriage was that he was in love with Trace. But he didn’t act like it.
On the other side I really did feel like Trace cared about Ryder quite a bit but was not only scared, was totally railroaded. By a man who supposedly loves him and by his completely homophobic father who seemed to readily agree to the marriage.
Trace swears there will be no sex- and yet they constantly have sex. Ryder swears they won’t mess around at the office. And they mess around at the office.
So a decent story, hot sex, but a bit disjointed. I don’t regret reading it, but I can’t say I would read it again.
Kellie Dennis Book Cover by Design (Illustrator) details story elements and the couple. Eye-catching definitely.
Kindle Edition, 240 pages
Published October 31st 2016 by Hidden Pleasures Publishing