Title: The Tycoon's Convenient Bride... and Baby
Author: Shoshanna Evers
Format: ebook, 205 pages
Publication: July 28th 2014 by Entangled: Indulgence
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After her brother and his wife go missing and are presumed dead, Lauren Peters plans to raise their infant daughter. Her brother's will, however, stipulates that baby Callie can only be raised by a married couple. Lauren’s as single as they come.
Mack Hansen can’t stand idly by while his business partner’s baby is thrown into a foster home. As he sees it, there’s only one solution—he and Lauren will marry for the sake of the baby—and he’ll keep his attraction to her at bay.
Lauren knows that Mack is all about business, including their marriage of convenience. But her unexpected feelings for him have her turned upside down. With passion sizzling between them, can Mack keep Lauren from stealing his heart…and becoming his wife for real?
This book, oy, this book. Suffice it to say, it was just not for me. I've never rated a book one star before but I suppose there is a first time for everything...I wish I could just leave it at that but I think it's only fair to state why this book did not work for me.
Lauren Peters has been crushing on her twin brother's best friend and business partner, Mack Hansen for years. He is her go-to fantasy man but that's all he's ever been, a fantasy. When her brother and sister-in-law go missing though and presumed dead, the fate of their infant daughter is in the air. Mack and Lauren must marry in order to gain custody of her niece. But Lauren knows that it will be a marriage in name only. The playboy millionaire would never settle down, especially with the likes of her. And even if he did, she could never give him a family. So Lauren just has to keep her feelings in check until they can gain a separation and divorce. Easy in theory, until her new husband wants to have a wedding night and many more after...
The Tycoon's Convenient Bride... and Baby had so much potential for a fabulous story. Hidden crushes... circumstances pushing the sexy couple together. Unfortunately it did not deliver. The story was rife with misconceptions and a lack of honest communication. Lauren was crushing on Mack but thought he was all business and not looking for a real marriage. Her feelings constantly waffled back and forth between living in the moment and enjoy Mack while she could to not wanting to take the risk and pushing him away. While Mack was much the same, crushing on Lauren but not wanting a commitment to not being able to envision a future without her. Of course, neither of them would even hint to their true feelings out loud so each assumed the worst in each other. The same insecurities were harped on with every page until I wanted to yell at the pages, "YES! I know you can't have children. YES! I know you're mom left your dad! YES! I know you really like each other but think it's not reciprocated!"
While all of this emotional ping-ponging was happening with our main characters, there is also the fact that two people are missing. Mack presumes, from a brief and incomplete message, that Joe and Marisol are faking their deaths to allude a criminal Joe got mixed up with. Neither Lauren or Mack though try to confirm that this is true or even try to look for the missing couple. It was all very strange and unrealistic behavior. The phrasing during intimate scenes was also a bit off. While reading one particular scene I turned to my Hubs and asked him, "If I asked you to 'take me' would that be weird?" and his reply was, "What? Like take you to the store?" Exactly... I kept trudging through the story though hoping that these two would finally have an honest conversation and some real communication. After all, how can there be a HEA for them without the ability to communicate? And that did eventually happen...with a single page and then a short epilogue that wrapped the story up way too quickly and neatly. Oy. All in all, there was just no substance to the story for me to latch on to and enjoy. There is nothing that I can say that I enjoyed about The Tycoon's Convenient Bride... and Baby which is disappointing, especially since it is an Entangled novel. Such a shame too with such a magnificent cover!