Maddy Wainright has given up on marriage – and men. After dating way too many losers who aren’t capable of appreciating her for who she is, she’s about ready to resign herself to a life of spinsterhood. Until her insanely rich boss Daniel Thorne comes along with an offer she simply can’t refuse. He proposes a marriage of convenience – one that would allow Maddy to live in the lap of luxury for a year, and Mr. Thorne to stay in the country that has become his home. At the end of their arrangement, Maddy will walk away with a cool two million dollars. All she has to do is move into his mansion, put on a convincing show in public, and endure a few INS interviews, for which she will be thoroughly prepped. It’s a big risk, but one Maddy might just be willing to take, considering the payoff. At first, it’s all business. But when the gentle touches, passionate kisses, and lingering looks they have to give each other in public start spilling over into their private life, Daniel and his devious mind take Maddy to heights of pleasure she’s never experienced. And the more she gets to know him, the more she feels that wistful tug in her chest every time he puts his arm around her in public. Before long, she finds herself wishing it were real. As time goes on, Maddy finds herself wondering if two million dollars will be enough to cover the cost of repairing a broken heart. But Mr. Thorne may have yet another secret in store…
The marriage starts off as a business contract, when Daniel calls Maddy into his office and asks her if she would be willing to marry him for the sake of him being able to stay in the country.
I find this story line plot to be a little bit far fetched really, however it was very original, I have never read a book with this sort of story line to it. Maddy doesn’t really take a long time to accept the proposal, I think it was just over a week, which I found to be unconvincing.
The time lines of the story line seem very realistic, which left me feeling a little confused, and some parts of the story weren’t very well described, with massive parts (of what I feel should have been in there) missing. I would have loved to have read a bit more about their honeymoon.
The characters didn’t really seem very likable to me, and I couldn’t get connected to them. They didn’t really seem to connect sexually or just generally really, which I hate in books, I love to feel like the characters have a massive connection with each other.
I didn’t like Daniel, he had an awful attitude towards Maddy, but she also allowed herself to be used in a certain respect.
I think it’s stupid that they tried to keep things un-personal, however he still expects them to be sharing a bed, how do you expect to keep it un-personal if you are both sharing the same bed? I have no idea.
The sexual scenes sounded promising, but they was only mediocre for my tastes, and since they didn’t have a connection, it just felt awkward.
Overall, really not one of my favourite books ever, but it was a short read, so I can’t complain that I wasted too much time on it.