Published November 2018
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Cash is a billionaire playboy in danger of being pushed out of his family business if he doesn’t stop womanizing and partying. He’s been in the tabloids so much that they consider him bad for business. Kara is a blackjack dealer desperate to make enough money to cover her father’s gambling debt and healthcare bills. In a desperate move to keep his job at the company, Cash offers Kara a million dollars to pretend to be his fiancee at a board retreat in three weeks.
Told in present tense, alternating first person point of view, the book unfolds over the course about a month. Both characters are fairly well developed, each with a complex back story. Perhaps too complex because at times things are a little muddled–there’s a scene where Cash does something that should’ve been splashed across the media per earlier in the book and it doesn’t happen. Cash also has a dream of clean energy in Africa, but that’s a fairly flimsy secondary plot line.
The sex is scorching.
Things that I found problematic were the occasional racial signifier like “slanted eyes,” and that there are several instances where the couple semi-breaks up for a good reason. In fact, the reasons are often so good it’s hard to swallow them getting back together over and over. That’s the big drag on my star rating. I’m not actually sure that they belong together. And if I can’t root for the couple in a romance, then I have a big problem.