With his chiseled jaw and his thick blond hair, Harrison Montgomery was born to lead. Four generations of Montgomery men have served the state of Georgia and now he’s next in line. Harrison, though, is driven to right wrongs: namely to clean up the political mess left by his father’s greed and corruption. But Harrison must first win his congressional bid, and nothing can get in his way—not even an angel who served him whiskey and gave him a shoulder to lean on and a body to love for a night. Problem is, she’s pregnant. Scandal is brewing and there is only one solution: marriage.
Damage control? Ryan Kaminski can’t believe that a cold, calculating political animal now inhabits the body of the emotionally vulnerable stranger who’d given her the most unforgettable night of her life. Really, she doesn’t want anything from Harrison, except to be left alone to have her baby in peace. But Ryan is broke, jobless, and essentially blackmailed by Harrison’s desperate family to accept this crazy marriage deal. For two years, she will have to act the role of caring, supportive wife. But what is Ryan supposed to do when she realizes that, deep in her heart, she’s falling in love.
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This book has a very interesting backstory for the heroine. It seems to cover all the bases to portray the impact socioeconomic factors, familial dynamics, naiveté, and poor decisions have on one’s life. Most people can relate to at least some of these factors but it is a whole different story if someone starts looking at your life with a microscope.
I liked how the heroine had no way to contact the hero at first and accepted her fate as a single parent. I realize that sounds odd, but it is the stark reality of a one-night stand that is rarely acknowledged. Of course, this is a romance, so serendipitous events allow the characters to reunite. But…it is far from a happy reunion.
I can’t say that I loved the roller coaster that was their relationship but I liked how the heroine developed allies, set a course for her future, and resolved her relationship with her family. She is also quite the actress and a quick thinker which kept her from drowning when she was thrown to the sharks. The hero alternates between sweet and cynical and does a great job in the end of debasing himself for her. I have to admit that the ending wasn’t quite what I was expecting but it was more realistic than what I was anticipating.
*I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*