Sunday, November 29, 2009

Review: His 7-Day Fiancée by Gail Barrett

Title: His 7-Day Fiancée
Series: Love in 60 Seconds
Author: Gail Barrett
Read copy: eBook
Published: May 1, 2009
Publisher: Silhouette
ISBN: 1426832796
ISBN-13: 9781426832796

After being falsely accused of murder, mega-billionaire Luke Montgomery couldn't afford more scandal. Especially if he wanted to clinch his plan to crush rival magnate Harold Rothchild. However, when the handsome high roller spotted a skittish single mom under siege in his Vegas casino, he figured the odds were finally in his favor...Before Amanda Patterson could catch her breath, Luke brokered a deal to spirit mother and child off to his mansion to protect them from a predator. His asking price? Pose as his fiancée. But Luke was blindsided by his smoldering desire for Amanda. Would this notorious playboy relinquish control and gamble on love?

My rating:

Having finally escaped the clutches of her abusive ex-husband, Amanda Patterson arrives with her daughter to Las Vegas, only to become the next intended victim of a deranged killer with a huge grudge against the Rothchild clan.

Her only hope—Luke Montgomery, ruthless, playboy billionaire with an unhealthy thirst for revenge, and a hidden soft spot for single mothers in danger. Problem—he needs Amanda to pose as his fiancée until he closes on an important deal. Second problem—the line between reality and fiction is getting more and more blurred with each day that passes.

This was the story I’ve been waiting for since the first page Luke Montgomery appeared on in The Heiress’s 2-Week Affair. And the fact that he got his story so early in this miniseries (book 2), made me a happy reader indeed.

This story started in the final scene of the previous one. In the lobby of The Janus, Luke’s hotel, where the man who murdered Candace Rothchild, Natalie’s twin sister, slipped Candace’s diamond ring into a woman’s purse. That woman turned out to be Amanda, this book’s heroine.
And because her cavernous purse “swallowed” the dratted ring, the killer set his sights on her, stalking her, threatening her daughter, breaking into her sister’s apartment…Until he drew her into Luke’s arms.
If the killer hot on her trail wasn’t enough, Amanda faced the terrible fact that she might have inherited her mother’s mental illness.

The buildup was wonderful, the suspense rather subtle, but that more “effective” in the chilling and guessing department, with the imminent threat constantly hovering at the sidelines, waiting to pounce.
But what truly drove this story forward were the two leads. I love it when two characters click immediately, the attraction is palpable and the chemistry is sizzling. What happened between Luke and Amanda was no different, only a bit hotter than most, which is rather surprising for a SRS category book. Because let me tell you, some of their scenes were H-O-T.
And they were absolutely perfect for each other, healing each other’s wounds, learning to embrace their mutual feelings together…Though Luke, in true alpha form, threw a “fit” just before the end, but an important event (that’s usually reserved for the heroine) made him see the error of his ways.
These two were a cute and sexy couple that I wouldn’t mind revisiting in the future.

Great suspense and pacing, wonderful characterization, tender love-story, explosive chemistry. 4 ½ stars

And since this is part of a miniseries, and a main suspense arc, the story ended on a nice cliffhanger, whetting this reader’s appetite for more. I’m looking forward to reading more about the Rothchild clan, and discovering the killer’s identity.


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