I first discovered Sharla Lovelace by her Heart of the Storm series! They hooked me in, and when I saw she had a new book coming out I had to grab it!
Charmed, Texas… quaint, quirky, and when it comes to romance, there’s no place quite as enchanting.
Lanie Barrett didn’t mean to lie. Spinning a story of a joyous marriage to make a dying woman happy is forgivable, isn’t it? Lanie thinks so, especially since her beloved Aunt Ruby would have been heartbroken to know the truth of her niece’s sadly loveless, short-of-sparkling existence. Trouble is, according to the will, Ruby didn’t quite buy Lanie’s tale. And to inherit the only house Lanie ever really considered a home, she’ll have to bring her “husband” back to Charmed for three whole months–or watch Aunt Ruby’s cozy nest go to her weasel cousin, who will sell it to a condo developer.
Nick McKane is out of work, out of luck, and the spitting image of the man Lanie described. He needs money for his daughter’s art school tuition, and Lanie needs a convenient spouse. It’s a match made… well, not quite in heaven, but for a temporary arrangement, it couldn’t be better. Except the longer Lanie and Nick spend as husband and wife, the more the connection between them begins to seem real. Maybe this modern fairy tale really could come true…
The concept of this story was great and I absolutely loved the two main characters. Lainie is just trying to get through her life by pleasing everyone through the lies she has built up, but she didn’t see the impact her lies would eventually have. Her quirky Aunt decides that she will shake up Lainie’s life after she passes away and her will is read. Now Lainie has to try and find a fake husband or face losing her childhood home and the inheritance that her aunt was leaving her. Enter Nick McKane……. the hot line cook that is recently out of work and trying to find a way to support his daughter’s art school tuition.
Nick and Lanie’s characters were great. I especially loved Nick, and I really connected to his character. He was loyal, sexy, a great cook, and would do anything for Lainie. Lainie was a little harder for me to connect to, but I did really love her character. They complimented each other nicely. The small town romance of this story was sweet, and Charmed Texas was interesting, especially with the honey festival.
The only thing that I didn’t like as much with this book was the long drawn out drama. In some instances it felt like Lainie just needed to come to her senses and do something sooner instead of her drawing it out. Also I really disliked some of the side characters. I know we are meant to not like them, but some of the drama from these characters was a little too over the top for me. (mostly Lainie’s ex Alex and his wife.)
All in all this was a good book, and I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series! Definitely can’t wait for Carmen’s story!
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