on May 9, 2019
Also by this author: The Hardest Fall, Marriage For One
Jack and I, we did everything backward. The day he lured me into his office-which was also the first day we met-he proposed. You'd think a guy who looked like him-a bit cold maybe, but still striking and very unattainable-would only ask the love of his life to marry him, right? You'd think he must be madly in love.
Nope. It was me he asked. A complete stranger who had never even heard of him. A stranger who had been dumped by her fiancé only weeks before. You'd think I'd laugh in his face, call him insane-and a few other names-then walk away as quickly as possible. Well…I did all those things except the walking away part.
It took him only minutes to talk me into a business deal…erm, I mean marriage, and only days for us to officially tie the knot. Happiest day of my life. Magical. Pop the champagne… Not. It was the worst day. Jack Hawthorne was nothing like what I'd imagined for myself.I blamed him for my lapse in judgment. I blamed his eyes, the ocean blue eyes that looked straight into mine unapologetically, and that frown on his face I had no idea I would become so fascinated with in time.
It wasn't long after he said I was the biggest mistake of his life that things started to change. No, he still didn't talk much, but anyone can string a few words together. His actions spoke the loudest to me. And day after day my heart started to get a mind of its own.
One second he was no one. The next he became everything. One second he was unattainable. The next he seemed to be completely mine.One second I thought we were in love. The next it was still nothing but a lie.
After all, I was Rose and he was Jack. We were doomed from the very beginning with those names. Did you expect anything else?
I should wait for my coffee to kick in, because I don’t seem to be able to find my words yet.
I don’t even know how to start this review.
The key word for this novel is “long”. My kindle said “average time reading it: 8 hours”. I kept thinking it can’t be true, but it was. 😔
It’s was too damn long. Don’t get me wrong, it didn’t bore me, but still, at times, I felt like it was a little bit dragged and the story could have been told in half of the pages/time.
You’ve read novels with fake marriages before, right? We all did. You know, where the main characters get married for some reason other than love and somewhere down the line of that fake-ness things start to get real. Well, this story isn’t like the others. Even with its length, it was a page-turner. I couldn’t put it down.
Here’s what you need to know about it.
“In that first glance, he was nowhere near being my type. I wasn’t into the broody and aloof who didn’t like using their words all that much, as if you weren’t worthy of a conversation in their eyes. Definitely wasn’t a fan of the fancy, rich types who came from money and grew up assuming they owned everything and everyone in their vicinity; I’d met my fair share of them living with the Colesons, and we just didn’t mesh well.” (…) “He was standoffish, prickly, arrogant at times, aloof.”
The heroine is funny, sarcastic, strong, hard-working and determined young lady.
“You look worse than you did last week.” “I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I think I’m actually starting to consider keeping you around as my husband, permanently, Jack. I’m really liking these compliments so far, but I’m warning you, you can’t blame me when all these pretty words start to go to my head.”
Their story: he asks her to marry him, so that she can follow her biggest dream of opening her own coffee shop and was supposed to have sort of a trophy wife for public events and charming his clients.
I figured out pretty quickly there’s more to the story and he wasn’t honest in his proposal.
I gave it 4⭐️ first because of its length and second because of the ending. Once all cards were reveled and I got the full picture, I was a bit disappointed. That whole Joshua thing was totally unnecessary and way too much.
In the end, I liked it a lot, mainly for its heroine and the hero was funny in all his prickliness and brooding way. Plus, we grew on me with his sweet and caring gestures. I don’t regret spending a whole day reading it, so that should count for something, right?