The Blind-Date Proposal - Jessica Hart
Mills and Boon Tender Romance
Single title -
Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2003
Convenient Engagements By Request
Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2011
From the back cover:
"Kate Savage has landed herself with the boss from hell - he may be gorgeous, in a brooding sort of way, but he's on her case 24-7! Kate's friends try cheering her up by arranging for her to go on a blind date with an eligible widower. Only when Kate arrives for her date she's horrified to discover that her mystery man is Finn McBride - her boss!
Finn has a very interesting proposition for Kate - not only does he need a live-in nanny, he also wants her to pretend to be his fiancée. Kate's ready to take on a challenge - but she hadn't bargained on a blind-date proposal!"
This is the second book in the 'City brides' mini-series, I read this directly after reading the first, and once again another fab book from Jessica Hart. This was a great book.
The story is this: Kate, the female character, is temping for a boss she just can't get on with, and the feelings mutual. She's also a little fragile at the moment after recently being dumped and fired on the same day! Kate is a nice person, who is always rescuing stray animals, and has a desire to be a 'city girl' but deep down longs for a simple life domesticity and children, she's also a little eccentric! Finn, the male character, is a widower with a daughter, he is very serious and organised and clashes with Kate all the time. They are set up on a blind date by mutual friends, to hilarious consequences, after which their relationship begins to develop to the point of Finn asking Kate to move in and pretend to be his fiancée in order to keep his meddling sister off his back.
Remember when I mentioned that the blind date had hilarious consequences, well it does! Both of them pretend they haven't met before, the awkwardness combined with the digs they keep taking at each other is so funny that I was both cringing and giggling! I loved that the character of Kate was written so honestly, she's not perfect i.e. she doesn't really have any high-flying career ambitions, she would love to just be a housewife but isn't the tidiest of people (something I relate to very much, just ask my husband!!), she's also not the thinnest or most beautiful of women! I can't enthuse enough how refreshing it was to have a character that is simply 'normal'! Once again the banter and wit of Jessica Hart's characters is fantastic! The only thing I found disappointing about this book (and its a very tiny thing) is that its written entirely from Kate's point of view, I would have liked to have been able to have an insight into Finn's thoughts/feelings!
Definitely a great read!