Author: Maggie Kelley
Published: August 17th 2015
Source: Copy given by author for honest review
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Caution: May contain spoilers
A match made in Manhattan...
By-the-book Marianne McBride wants to prove she's more than a computer geek in a pair of horn-rimmed glasses. But how did she end up hiding in a cake, waiting to sing "Happy Birthday" to Nick Wright, a sexy and arrogant serial-dater? Not exactly part of her plan. Especially when she finds herself kissing the birthday boy, and then running like hell...
Nick falls for no woman. No strings, no commitments, and no relationships. Not even with the sweetly curvaceous bombshell from his birthday. But then he's hit by a bombshell of his own. He needs to find the perfect faux fiancée, or kiss his key to the executive washroom goodbye. Fortunately, his matchmaker sister has the perfect girl in mind.
Now Nick and Marianne have to pretend they're in love for six weeks. No dating. No sex.
And definitely no acting on the wickedly-hot chemistry that could ruin everything...
Fake engagement story for the win! This one played out well and ended up being really lovely by the end. Nick and Marianne are kind of a case of opposites attract, but only on the surface. He's that guy who will supposedly never settle down, but he's forced to pretend. The two of them are paired to help him with his predicament and for her to have a date for a family function. They embark on this temporary arrangement, claiming they won't cross any lines. Nick and Marianne realize they need to at least be able to kiss (because that's a given if they're faking an engagement), but that sort of changes when their chemistry is impossible to ignore. Is their relationship really only temporary?
Unexpectedly His is an unexpectedly sweet love story. I enjoyed how the two of them went about their fake relationship, how they fought their feelings and acted on some. Nick and Marianne made me believe in possibilities and their sweetness made me smile. They were a great pairing. I'm intrigued for the first book in the Smart Cupid series, Breaking the Bachelor, and more from Maggie Kelley!