Former Marine MacArthur Patton has made a small fortune on top-secret government contracts and black-ops missions, but his new assignment involves something more dangerous—marriage.
Well, fake marriage anyway.
To keep weapons out of the hands of terrorists, Mac has to secure a fiancée. A sweet, demure, compliant fiancée to serve as his arm candy for a few weeks while he completes the covert arms deal in Mexico. His sister claims to know just the woman, and sends her best friend to play the role.
"Sweet" and "demure" aren't in Kelli Landers's repertoire. A badass veterinarian who neuters big dogs and bigger men on a regular basis, she can't wait to bring Mr. Tall-Dark-and-Detached to his knees. Her longtime crush on the commitment-phobe makes her plan to seduce him even sweeter.
Love wasn't part of the plan, but the deeper Mac and Kelli fall into their ruse, the more danger they attract, until more than just their hearts are on the line…
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This was a new twist on the whole arranged marriage trope for several reasons. The first being that, while it was for a business deal, it was also for national security which certainly makes things more interesting and also makes things seem more altruistic than an arranged relationship would otherwise be. Second, she is funny and brash. I knew I was in for an interesting read when the opening scene involved a less than clinical discussion of "Neuticles" prosthetic implants for animals who have parted ways with their manhood. Third, she has deep ties to his family. In fact, all of his family loves her and knows her better than the hero does for the majority of the book.
Besides the fact that this is a marked improvement on the arranged marriage theme, it was also a compelling story. I loved how the heroine was smart and irreverent and had a healthy sexual appetite that she wasn't ashamed of. I also liked that she had a vulnerability that felt fresh and real, as did the hero. The ratio of romance, lust, action and humor was perfect. There were some ridiculous animal rescue scenes in there and the humor seemed to orbit around ball-busting but I was in the perfect mood to appreciate such oddities.
*A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an HONEST review*
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