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Alexa McKenzie, a woman after my own heart… An owner of a bookstore and desperate to save her family home…

Nicholas Ryan, a billionaire on the verge of inheriting his father’s corporation…

The only catch is, in order for Nick to inherit the company, he must be married; and Nick doesnt believe in marriage.

Alexa needs money and Nick needs a wife. What are a girl and boy supposed to do?!

Luckily for both Alexa and Nick, they are old childhood friends and decide that they will get married and solve both of their problems once and for all. The deal states, no sex…no entanglements.

WTF?!

what-no

So anyways…moving on…

I anticipated that this book would be cliché from beginning to end; that the story would jump from page one to hot and heavy on page two… BUTTTTTT

I hate to say it, it was kind of slow for me. I ended up spending most of the book looking like this

bored

but THEN, something exciting happened…

oh-boy

Oh wait…nevermind.  Jennifer Probst has a talent for building up to that moment when they would finally realize they love each other, and then pulling the rug out from under you. Leaves you wanting and sexually frustrated!

arousal

This happens a few times. Nick and Ryan are just about to hook up and something else happens to interrupt them!

For the LOVE!!!  Can’t they just hook up already?!

amen

Then finally, the clouds part, the sun rises, and all of my prayers are answered… Nick and Alexa realize how much they mean to each other

yippie

The book ends on an odd note, with more of the focus on Nick’s sister and another character from the story, but it was meant to build up to a second installment in this series. I haven’t yet read the second book, but its on the list.

This book had me all over the place in terms of emotions. Bored. Happy. Frustrated. Laughing. More Laughing. Smiling.

Some of my favorite quotes:

“Hell, at this rate she’d end up in the mental institution by the end of the year. Cause: Celibacy.”

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“I’m tired of females who order a salad, then look as if they deserve a medal. A good meal is a gift.”

pizza

“I suck at it? You’re acting like this is some stupid play you’ve put together for the neighbors. This is real life, and I’m doing the best I can.” “My plays were not stupid. We made a lot of money in admission tickets. I thought Annie was excellent.” He snorted. “You can’t even sing and you cast yourself as Annie.” “You’re still pissed because I wouldn’t let you play Daddy Warbucks.” He plowed ten fingers through his hair and made a noise deep in his throat. “How the hell do you get me on these ridiculous subjects?”

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“The breath whooshed out of her lungs and she swayed as her feet cut out on her. She expected a precise, controlled kiss to calmly show her mother they were lovers. Instead she got hot testosterone and raw sexual energy. She got warm lips melded over hers. His teeth nipped. His tongue burrowed in- side and plunged in and out with sheer command, bending her back over his arm to take every last drop of her resolve.”

being-bad

Overall, this book started off kind of slow but I am happy that it did. It really built up the excitement and anticipation. There were many parts of the book that had me laughing out loud (particularly the scenes involving the fish and the dogs).

I give this 4 out of 5 stars.

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