Monday, 11 July 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #91
Bachelor's Bought Bride - Jennifer Lewis
Mills and Boon Desire 2-in-1
Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2011
From the back cover:
"Quietly attractive, sweet natured…and filthy rich, Bree Kincannon was just the bride ad exec Gavin Spencer had been looking for. And Bree's father had secretly offered him a cool million to take her off his hands. With the chance to start his own agency, it took the bachelor no time to turn the heiress into his loving wife.
Yet it didn't take Bree long to discover the real reason behind Gavin's whirlwind courtship. And the bedroom door was slammed in his face…. Too late, he realized his feelings were very real. But could he convince his bought bride that his motives for marriage had changed?"
This is a book that I have had on my Kindle for a while and never got round to reading. It's an enjoyable read.
The heroine Bree is shocked when she is asked out by handsome Ad Exec Gavin, the hero. As an heiress, Bree is used to men wanting her only for her money, as a result she is reserved and initially suspicious of Gavin's motives. Gavin has worked hard to get to where he is and now he is ready to set up his own advertising company, something that has been his dream for most of his adult life. He approached Bree's father, a very successful venture capitalist, for start up funds and he was offered $1 million for his business if he marries Bree. Gavin is initially hesitant but after he meets Bree he thinks it could work, as not only is he attracted to her but he also likes her as a person. Gavin makes the effort court her and they form a close relationship and Bree lets go of her suspicions. However she is devastated when she learns about the money from her father, after they are married, and knows that she has to end their relationship.
I thought the plotline of this book was interesting and a bit different. I liked that Bree was confident but felt a little trapped by her wealth and expected lifestyle. But, I thought writing her as frumpy and having a lack of style was unnecessary and then the whole new-female-friend-gives-amazing-makeover part was very frustrating, I felt it undermined her character and left a bad taste in the mouth. Gavin's character was OK, but I didn't really believe in him.
The dialogue and setting were really well written, I particularly liked reading about San Francisco landmarks, they were so beautifully described that I'm now desperate to visit!
This book has some good points and some bad points but overall it's an enjoyable read.
This is part of the Desire mini-series 'Kings of the Boardroom', but it is perfectly fine as a stand alone book.