“You want me to find you a wife? “No. I want you to be my wife.”
Garrett Song is this close to taking the reins of his family’s LA fashion empire…until the Song matriarch insists he marry her handpicked bride first. To block her matchmaking, he recruits Natalie Sobol to pose as his wife. She needs a fake spouse as badly as he does. But when passion burns down their chaste agreement, the flames could destroy them all…
Will they end up with more than they bargained for?
What I love
Temporary Wife Temptation by Jayci Lee is the first book in The Heirs of Hansol series. This being a Harlequin, there is the requisite romance trope. This story uses one of my favorites: the fake marriage. What I love best about this story is the heroine. Natalie is super nice, sweet and honest. She admits right away to her fake fiancé that she is not good at lying so he’ll have to do it for her. I love that about her. I’m not good at lying either and wouldn’t be able to lie my way through an event (not that anyone is asking me to fake marry them). Natalie is also ambitious and smart and in the running for a Director position. But they both need to marry each other for their own reasons. Natalie needs Garrett so she can adopt a baby and Garrett needs a wife if he wants to be promoted to CEO. Garrett is not a jerk (and I’m so glad the days of jerk heroes are mostly behind us). The stakes are high, the hero and heroine are likable and I found myself rooting for them.
What I don’t love
There isn’t much I don’t love, but if I had to nitpick I’d say that from the time of the marriage agreement to the wedding day it all goes too fast. I feel like I was missing a few pages. Even the moving-in-together scene is glossed over. They went from being colleagues to suddenly being married. That said, I highly recommend this romance novel if you enjoy reading the other books in the Harlequin Desire line.
What are you reading these days?