Friday, 7 February 2014
The Boss's Fake Fiancée by Inara Scott
Melissa is getting ready to watch Garth's new presentation at an event when she spots Mark. He has the cheek to approach her and pityingly ask her how she is coping. To annoy Mark, Melissa hints that she and Garth are in a relationship. Unfortunately for Melissa, Mark embellishes the story, and passes it off to the press, and within a day or two there is a story proclaiming that the Human Calculator has become engaged to Melissa.
Garth has very few people in his life that he cares about - one of them is his grandmother, who brought him up after the death of his parents. Garth's grandmother is elderly, and is fighting off pneumonia. She is overjoyed at the thought of him getting married and he doesn't have the heart to tell her the truth until she is stronger. He is also hoping to land a funding partner and avoid any type of scandal so he persuades Melissa to play along as his fiancée. Although both of them are clear that they don't want a relationship, neither is prepared for the level of attraction they feel.
I only realised after finishing the book that it's book 2 in a series, so I think it reads pretty well as a standalone. I have a guilty weakness for marriage of convenience and fake fiancée scenarios, even though the ending is usually assured and they are often formulaic! However, this was quite a fresh take on it. I liked the fact that both of them genuinely weren't on the lookout for a relationship, having both been burned in the past and not wanting to mix business with pleasure so they both fight it. In Garth's case there were also a few other factors preventing him from pursuing a relationship with anybody. I was really enjoying the book but I felt it was let down somewhat by the ending, which seemed unlikely and unrealistic, I couldn't imagine most people behaving like that, and it seemed particularly out of character for Garth. I thought it would have been far more romantic and likely if it had been much more private. On the whole, despite the slightly disappointing ending, if you enjoy fake fiancée stories, this is probably worth a read.