by Ella Maise
Release Date: May 9, 2019
Source: Blog TourJack and I, we did everything backward. The day he lured me into his office-which was also the first day we met-he proposed. You'd think a guy who looked like him-a bit cold maybe, but still striking and very unattainable-would only ask the love of his life to marry him, right? You'd think he must be madly in love.
Nope. It was me he asked. A complete stranger who had never even heard of him. A stranger who had been dumped by her fiancé only weeks before. You'd think I'd laugh in his face, call him insane-and a few other names-then walk away as quickly as possible. Well…I did all those things except the walking away part.
It took him only minutes to talk me into a business deal…erm, I mean marriage, and only days for us to officially tie the knot. Happiest day of my life. Magical. Pop the champagne… Not. It was the worst day. Jack Hawthorne was nothing like what I'd imagined for myself.
I blamed him for my lapse in judgment. I blamed his eyes, the ocean blue eyes that looked straight into mine unapologetically, and that frown on his face I had no idea I would become so fascinated with in time.
It wasn't long after he said I was the biggest mistake of his life that things started to change. No, he still didn't talk much, but anyone can string a few words together. His actions spoke the loudest to me. And day after day my heart started to get a mind of its own.
One second he was no one. The next he became everything.
One second he was unattainable. The next he seemed to be completely mine.
One second I thought we were in love. The next it was still nothing but a lie.
After all, I was Rose and he was Jack. We were doomed from the very beginning with those names. Did you expect anything else?
First off, how much does that cover model look like Sam Hueghan, aka Jamie Fraser from Outlander!? That caught my eye first. Then, when I read the synopsis and saw this was a marriage 0f convenience novel, I was willing to try this new-to-me author!
Rose thought she was going to marry the love of her life while completing her dream and opening her own coffee shop. Instead, she finds herself marrying a man she just met. Jack Hawthorne. Cold and stubborn, Jack offers Rose a business proposition she can't refuse. But the more she melts Jack's cold exterior, the more Rose finds herself falling for her husband.
Holy moly, talk about slow burn! This romance was everything and I was DYING over every touch and every rare smile from Jack when it came to Rose. This romance was just so so cute. I love a good marriage of convenience novel because the two have to pretend to love each other in public and that's when the lines blur between pretend and real feelings. I loved how much Rose would bicker with Jack, even when he wouldn't bicker back. His honesty was so fun and I was obsessed with their relationship.
While the romance was to die for in this book, I absolutely loved getting to know Jack and Rose and their past and current lives. There was a twist that was thrown in that I definitely did not guess and it had me freaking out when it was finally revealed. I didn't want anything to ruin the precious relationship of Jack and Rose!
Overall, I was swooning over this book so much and I was dyyyying over that slow burn. If you're a fan of Mariana Zapata, you are going to LOVE this book! I couldn't recommend it enough!!