From Fake to Forever
by Kat Cantrell
April 1, 2015
Bride: Meredith, soon-to-be co-owner, wedding dress business
Marital Status: Victim, Vegas wedding mix-up
Action Required: Divorce, ASAP
After one night of tequila and sex, their impromptu Vegas wedding shouldn't be valid. But Meredith Chandler-Harris just discovered she's still tied to irresistible businessman Jason Lynhurst. She needs out of their marriage, but to become his company's new CEO, he needs her as a bride. Let the newlywed games begin.
I haven't read the first book in the Newlywed Games series, but I was quickly caught up in the story. Meredith and Jason had a "pretend" wedding two years ago. They both felt a connection when their eyes met in Vegas. They could talk to each other like they had met years before. They decided to "marry" to act the part of grown ups. Then they went the separate ways, each believing the other had destroyed the marriage license. Somehow, and we never find out how, the license is filed and they've actually been married this whole time. It only comes to light when Meredith needs to have a clean slate before going to her father to ask for a loan.
Probably good that Jason found out before he married his current fiance!
I wanted to like this a lot more than I did. Meredith is a bit of an airhead, but she's apparently really really bright with regard to running a business. Jason is cold, no he's hot, nope...cold. Whiplash abounded for both Meredith and me. For her part, she still thinks he's hot and everyone she's been with in the last two years just hasn't measured up. Yes, they have both had some significant, and not so significant, others since they left Vegas. Since they didn't know they were married, I guess technically it's not cheating. Still didn't sit well with me.
There were a lot of leaps of faith on this reader's part. Jason needs Meredith to spy for him, in the other half of the company that his family used to all own together before his folks got divorced. She gets a job immediately in that half of the company. She meets his sister immediately. Nothing seemed to be hard for her, either. And she's brilliant at everything she does. Jason kept backtracking on what he wanted from her. It also seemed that only Meredith was using her head.
Something I enjoyed was the fashion designer aspects of the story. Haven't read anything like that before and it was fun to get a peek into the life.
This was an easy read, and while I liked Mindlink a lot better, I will still be looking for more from this author.
*Thank you, Netgalley and Harlequin Desire, for the opportunity to read this book.
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Kat read her first Harlequin novel in third grade and has been scribbling in notebooks since she learned to spell. What else would she write but romance? When she's not writing about characters on the journey to happily ever after, she can be found at a soccer game, watching Friends or dancing with her kids to Duran Duran and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Kat, her husband and their two boys live in North Texas.
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