Title: Fake Wife
This marriage is strictly business... until the temptation gets way too real.
Corbin: I loved my grandma, but I don’t need her money. All I care about is keeping the house—the only place that’s ever felt like home. That, and screwing over my dad, who wants to turn the property into a mall. There’s only one catch: To receive my inheritance, I have to get married within six months. Me, the guy who’s never dated a girl for more than six minutes. Now I need to find a woman I can trust. So when I’m rear-ended by a Prius, I figure it’s a sign that I’m supposed to meet gorgeous, down-to-earth Teagan Monroe.
Teagan: First I lose my job. Then I come home and find out—in the most graphic way possible . . . yeah, that way—that my boyfriend is a cheating jerk. And then I speed off and nearly kill Portland’s sexiest bachelor. Corbin Lane should be pissed. Instead, he offers me more money than I’ve ever seen in my life to marry him and live together in a mansion for two years. No sex. No feelings. Just cash—enough to make all my dreams come true. Then we go and break all our rules . . . and I realize I’m falling in love with my fake fiancé.
Author: Stacey Lynn
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: His to Love, His To Protect, His to Cherish, Dominate Me
Series: Crazy Love #1
Published by LoveSwept Source: Publisher
Published: January 9, 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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This book had a good premise – a chance meeting between two people at a crossroads in each of their lives, one of them high-profile, the other exactly opposite. I was intrigued, and ready to be swept off my feet.
Unfortunately, the hero, Corbin, can’t seem to do much of anything except curse (a LOT) and think of sex. He’s very one-dimensional, and when he talks about other, darker pain (such as his dad having a second family), it’s mentioned in such a way that I felt it didn’t really mean anything to him. It felt as though that particular issue of Corbin’s was merely a plot device to give him depth that he simply didn’t have.
Teagan was just as one-dimensional. She’s the perfect little woman – gave up everything for her boyfriend and followed him around the country at the expense of her own dreams. She invested seven years of herself into a relationship, and then comes home to find her boyfriend screwing another woman on their bed. Okay…yes, that sucks, but you’d think she’d need to take a few minutes to herself.
She takes however many minutes the drive from her apartment to the back of Corbin’s car takes. I mean, in this story, within a month, she’s in love with another man, ready to use all his money to make her dreams come true. She’ll go back to school…and he’s determined to pay for it. She’ll open up her equine therapeutic center (what?) on his land, at his grandmother’s house, using his money.
How did this woman end up as a heroine in a modern-day romance novel?
I have no problem with a heroine who wants to be a wife and mother full-time. I have no problem with a heroine who wants to be the CEO of a company. I have no problem with a heroine who is happy at her mediocre-paying job, wanting nothing more than a weekend away with her friends. But this kind of heroine, who is a doormat on the best of days, is neither relatable nor exciting to read about. I finished this book feeling badly for her not because of who she ended up with (a guy with very little intellect, no family life, and – according to the hero himself – has a big chip on his shoulder). She realizes her dreams not through hard work, but through a big paycheck she “earned” simply for crashing into the guy’s car at a vulnerable moment in each of their lives.
Also, for as high profile as this guy was supposed to be, there really wasn’t anything that led me to believe he was what the author led me to believe. No paparazzi, no reporters digging, nothing. Just a single high-profile event where Teagan runs into her ex.
The sex in the story was…Well, the scenes were fine; they were well-written. But once they started having sex…it’s all. they. did. I couldn’t figure out how the sex was moving the relationship forward; Corbin was so stereotypical in his “wow she has a banging body” and Teagan was ridiculous in her justifications (because, you know, it’s cool that she’s sleeping with him so fast because it’d been so long since she’d had any sex at all). Newsflash: People do not need to justify why they do what they do in their own time. Teagan felt like she was justifying it to the reader and not herself – it was a major turnoff and made it very difficult for me to bother finishing the book.
I do not recommend, and I do not plan to read any more in the series. 2.5 stars.