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Blake Harrison:Rich, titled, and charming…and in need of a wife by Wednesday. Blake turns to Sam Elliot, who isn’t the businessman he expected. Instead, Blake is faced with Samantha Elliot, beautiful and feisty with a voice men call 1-900 numbers to hear.Samantha Elliot:Owner of matchmaking firm Alliance and not on the marital menu…that is, until Blake offers her ten milliBlake Harrison:Rich, titled, and charming…and in need of a wife by Wednesday. Blake turns to Sam Elliot, who isn’t the businessman he expected. Instead, Blake is faced with Samantha Elliot, beautiful and feisty with a voice men call 1-900 numbers to hear.Samantha Elliot:Owner of matchmaking firm Alliance and not on the marital menu…that is, until Blake offers her ten million dollars for a one-year contract. And there’s nothing indecent about this proposal. The money will really help with her family’s medical bills. All Samantha will need to do is keep her attraction to her new husband to herself and avoid his bed. But Blake’s toe-curling kisses and sexy charm prove too difficult for Sam to resist. It was a marriage contract that planned for everything…except falling in love....

Title : Wife by Wednesday
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ISBN : 9781467964401
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Number of Pages : 221 Pages
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Wife by Wednesday Reviews

  • Candace
    2019-03-11 04:40

    I picked up this book as a Kindle Unlimited selection with free Audible audio. Listening to this book immediately following 'Grayson's Vow', it was impossible not to compare the stories. Unfortunately, even though this was a pretty okay story, it couldn't compare. In truth, I probably should've held off on reading this one for a little while. Then, maybe I would have been able to enjoy this one without any lingering comparisons. This story is in the marriage of convenience trope. Rich guy needs a wife to secure his inheritance to make him even richer. Not-so-rich lady marries rich guy because she needs the cash. They're not supposed to fall in love. They do. Vindictive ex-girlfriend throws them a few curveballs. They break up. They make up. HEA. Not a new or original storyline. Not the best done, but not the worst by a long shot. If I hadn't read a great story with the same basic storyline immediately prior to reading this one, I probably would've liked it even more.All in all, I liked it. It was a nice way to pass a little time and I found it to be a fast-paced and entertaining read. It was sweet and enjoyable. Nothing spectacular, but still good.

  • Kristen
    2019-03-12 04:24

    Review posted at:Swept Away By Romance Solid 4 StarsWhat a delightful book! Wife by Wednesday had me captivated and entertained right from the start with its wonderfully developed and charming characters, tantalizing and playful prose, and sweet, feel good romance.  I couldn't seem to get enough of the hero and heroine throughout this book. The chemistry between Blake and Samantha (Sam) was fabulous and made for some awesome dialogue and love scenes. There was a genuine and amorous feel to their relationship that radiated off the pages. It was obvious they genuinely liked and cared for each other. I thoroughly enjoyed this slightly steamy, entertaining, and feel-good love story. You can't go wrong with this one. 

  • Catherine
    2019-03-15 08:44

    Well I wrote it, of course I'm going to give it 5 stars! LOL ~I look forward to all of your thoughts/reviews. Look for translations in Spanish, Portuguese and Thai.

  • Mysza
    2019-03-17 07:36

    Petty pleasant story about marriage of convenience that turns into a love match. Little drama, nice heroine and nice hero. Overall, easy, quick and enjoyable book if you like that kind of trope.

  • Kathy * Bookworm Nation
    2019-03-03 06:48

    This is not a clean read. Before buying it I skimmed over reviews but didn't find anything besides it being a "sweet" story. I guess I should be more careful about .99 books on Amazon, sweet to me means clean, but I guess it doesn't to others...Besides the two descriptive love scenes, I was disappointed in the story. Both characters are shallow and lustful. Their relationship moved along too fast to be believable. I skimmed most of the book and thought the whole thing was silly. The overall plot could have been good. If there had been more build up between the two before jumping in the sack. I would have liked to see them fall in love, not lust.

  • Susana
    2019-03-20 08:36

    Back in the day when I used to devour Harlequin novels, the whole "marriage of convenience plot" was amongst my favourite to read about.The thing is, those harlequin novels? Well they had more plot, and character development than this one!(Ah! Who'd have thought?)And if they had some "ideas" that today would have sent me into a feminist rant, at least they had the excuse of having been written "back" in the eighties.This one?It was written in 2011 for crissakes!So, let me see if I got this straight:The woman agrees to marry the guy *due to reasons* and what does she immediately do?Her "company", her job is immediately placed aside.The two of them decide to get involved in the blink of an eye.The guy has the depth of a fluffy... doughnut. Her amount of confidence can be measured by a thimble -_-Oh, and the baby issue? I've seen that nonsense before in a Jill Mansell story: (view spoiler)[for heaven sake what's with the plot of women piercing condoms? (hide spoiler)] *shakes head*So why a two star rating?I managed to finish it, even if I did skip some supposed "sexy" bits, because I found them _as a couple_ boring as hell.Better to re-read my favourite harlequin novels o_O

  • Shawna
    2019-03-02 04:31

    4 stars – Contemporary RomanceThis was a great contemporary romance, and a very nice surprise, especially considering the cheap $0.99 cent Kindle price. It read like a really good Harlequin and should appeal to fans of modern royal heroes and “marriage of convenience for inheritance” plots. A solid 4 stars!

  • Lisa Kay
    2019-03-17 06:43

    [image error]★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Tanya Eby does a nice job here, using her alto range sultriness to full advantage. Which is a good thing, as the heroine, Samantha Elliot, is known for her sexy vocals. I’ve heard Ms. Eby narrate before, and I liked her deep sexy voice for the heroine, especially when she purposefully lowers it a few octaves to push the buttons of the hero and dashing duke, Blake Harrison. While his voice wasn’t perfection - I didn’t like the intonation she uses for him sometimes - it didn’t grate on me, either.I thought I’d give Catherine Bybee another go, since I was pleasantly surprised by the first book of hers I listened to in another series. She didn’t disappoint me with Wife by Wednesday. Here is a sweet, quick little “marriage of convenience for the sake of an inheritance” story that has a nice little twist at the end.The characters are charming, the dialogue is fun, the love scenes are steamy, and the epilogue is smile-worthy. Though there were only a few in the book, I especially liked Sam’s interactions with her sister, Jordan, who has suffered a stroke.I’m looking forward to the rest in The Weekday Brides series, which are coming soon on audio. In fact, I’ve already pre-ordered the next one.Titles Out on Audio - <--coming out March 19, 2013.

  • TJ
    2019-03-07 02:33

    Blake Harrison is the modern day heir to a very old, titled English inheritance. An inheritance that his departed Father saw fit to rescind if Blake is not married by the age of 35. Sam (Samantha) Elliott is an all-American blue blood born with a silver spoon but down on her luck. Her one chance at making her high-end match-making business successful has finally arrived in the form of one very rich, very English power-player, Mr. Blake Harrison. What follows is an absolutely delightful yet surprisingly believable romp through the machinations that is modern day love and society.If one has ever wondered whatever happened to all those Dukes and Earls from our favorite historical romances, look no further! In “Wife By Wednesday”, Ms. Bybee has successfully taken the ever popular regency tome’ of titles, heirs money and inheritances, transplanted it into contemporary society and turned it on its ear! The writing is down-to-earth, girl-next-door readable, the dialogue quick, witty with just enough snark to make it pop and the romance is a sweet, slightly steamy treat! It’s pure escapism, feel good fun that makes a reader happy for the pure pleasure of indulging.

  • Juanita
    2019-02-21 06:41

    3.5 starsFirst time read by the author, not bad I will continue with the series

  • Alba Turunen
    2019-03-03 05:35

    En realidad 3'5 Estrellas. Es el primer libro que leo de ésta escritora, admito que si fuera por la portada, el título o incluso la sinopsis no lo habría leído. ¿Por qué lo he hecho? Porque lo encontré de oferta por 3€ y pensé que tampoco perdía demasiado, además de ser un libro cortito. Y la verdad, no me arrepiento de haber gastado esos 3€. Mis prejuicios contra el libro fueron que me pareció un libro más de entre toda la vorágine que prosiguió a la publicación de las odiosas 50 Sombras, uno más de entre miles de libros chorroeróticos. Me alegro de haberme equivocado, porque éste libro ni es chorroerótico ni se parece a las 50 Sombras, es una novela de romance contemporáneo al 100%.¿Qué nos encontramos? A Blake y Samantha, Blake es un duque inglés, además de ser un empresario de éxito que vive entre California e Inglaterra. La relación con su padre nunca fue buena y en el testamento de éste le exigía a Blake que se casara antes de cumplir los 35 años, o la fortuna no ligada al título iría a parar a su odioso primo. Le quedan pocos días y Blake necesita una esposa, así que pide ayuda a Samantha, jefa de una empresa de citas, para que le ayude a encontrar a la candidata idónea. Pero a Blake no le gustan las candidatas que le presenta, él quiere a Sam, y ella no se niega cuando éste le dice que tendrá 10 millones de dólares a cambio de un año de casados.Así es cómo empieza la relación de los protagonistas, en principio será un matrimonio de conveniencia, sin sexo, y en público demostrarán que el suyo fue un apresurado matrimonio por amor para convencer a los abogados del padre y que así éste pueda heredar su dinero. Con lo que no contaban los protagonistas es con que serían capaces de romper los límites que se establecen. Entre ellos hay mucha química y mucha pasión, se desean, y pronto descubren que no pueden tener las manos separadas el uno del otro.Como he dicho, la novela es muy cortita, apenas tiene 220 páginas. El estilo de Catherine Bybee es rápido, directo, y ameno. El problema que he visto es que en algunos puntos todo va demasiado rápido y no profundiza demasiado en los personajes, ni en su historia, ni en sus sentimientos, es demasiado superficial, es una novela que va al grano y no se entretiene en explicar ciertas cosas que podrían enriquecer más la lectura. Lo cierto es que es una libro que no aporta demasiado, es simplemente literatura fácil para pasar un buen rato, no me sorprendería menos si el libro lo hubiese publicado Harlequin.Los personaje, pese a que no ahonda demasiado en ellos (y aún menos en los secundarios), me han gustado. Sam proviene de una familia rica donde hubo secretos y engaños, su padre está en la cárcel por desfalco, su madre se suicidó y su hermana intentó seguir los pasos de la madre, con la consecuencia de que se provocó un daño cerebral y está hecha casi un vegetal. Sam intenta pagar unas facturas imposibles para la residencia donde tienen a su hermana, así que al principio la oferta de Blake le viene que ni caída del cielo, y es por eso, por poder mantener cómoda a su hermana, que acepta.En cuanto a Blake, me ha gustado, me ha gustado mucho, mucho más de lo que esperaba. Sí, es un hombre rico y poderoso, duque snob y pomposo con pedigrí y además un importante hombre de negocios, pero si hay algo que me ha gustado de Blake es cómo ha tratado a Sam, siempre con ternura, cariño y respeto, y eso es lo que más valoro en un protagonista masculino. Además su relación ha tenido una de las cosas que más me gustan, y es que siempre van con la verdad por delante, no tienen nada que ocultarse el uno al otro y saben lo que esperar el uno del otro y de su matrimonio.Quizás es al final cuando se ha destrozado un poco la trama, pero es porque la he visto demasiado rápida y previsible, además que entrará en potencia un tercer personaje para crear discordia entre los protagonistas, estropeando ésa confianza y respeto que tanto me estaba gustando de ellos.Al fin y al cabo el libro me ha gustado, me ha entretenido y me ha hecho pasar un par de tardes agradables.

  • Tinsoni
    2019-02-26 04:47

    A contemporary romance with all the components I love of historical romances: MoC, sexy duke/strong duchess, and a major but quickly resolved misunderstanding to introduce some angst into the novel. I really enjoyed this book. It was a simple and smooth read. There was a few minor inconsistencies in the information presented....but I could overlook it because I enjoyed Samantha and Blake's love story. This is the- I am suffering from insomnia and want to read but nothing too serious or thought provoking- kind of book. Enjoy it :)

  • A_Ryan
    2019-03-07 05:46

    2.5 "It started as a Sham" Stars "An agreement was exactly what he needed. A contract. A business deal that would benefit both parties for the course of one year. Then they could go their separate ways and never lay eyes on each other again." I haven't read amarried for conveniencelove story for a while, and I must admit the first 33% of this book was so good that it left me wondering why I hadn't come across similar titles more often. Catherine Bybee brilliantly set up the story. Everything you want in a first chapter. The cold-hearted millionaire who needed a wife but couldn't be bothered with any strings whatsoever. So he decided to contract one out and went to a matchmaking agency to find the perfect business partner. But why settle for a possible candidate when the owner of the matchmaking business was just as unattached as he was? She already had a brilliant business mind, and she understood the stakes more than anyone. And so a deal was struck.And I was loving it. Right up until that point.Suddenly, character development went out the window and the plot jumped from one scene to the other so fast I was suffering from jet lag. I would have loved for this to be a character-driven romance but instead it was... ridiculously unrealistic. And just... silly.Supporting characters were introduced with a sentence or two and barely enough dialogue for me to even remember who they were. Plot twists (view spoiler)[ from him being an actual Duke to vengeful vipers with hidden cameras and Barbie Ninja skills, to pierced condoms and strange legal clauses held by lawyers with a stake in the booty(hide spoiler)] (all of which described with barely any motivation or cause) made my head swirl. There was no real build up between these characters and the millionaire who was meant to be cold and heartless turned into a soppy woman who fell in love after one shag.The female main character (I've already forgotten her name) wasn't really a serious business woman after all, infact she basically let her whole business go (indefinitely) as soon as she had a man who could support her. wow.I ultimately didn't feel invested in the characters. The fantastic set up was all smoke and mirrors for a very silly romance.It's an enjoyable fantasy ride but a little too simple for my tastes.

  • Gamze
    2019-03-10 07:41

    http://gamzeninkitapdunyasi.blogspot....Novella yayınlarından çıkan Çarşambaya Kadar Eşim Ol yazarın ülkemizde çıkan ilk kitabı. Kitapyurdunda dolanırken yayınlanacak kitaplarda rastladığım zaman konusu keyifli gelmişti, bende önce favorilerime ardından da sepetime atmıştım.Ama sonradan okurken anladım ki.. Acele etmesem de olurmuş hani almak için :DKonusu malumunuz klasik. Kitabı almadan önce itiraf etmeliyim ki goodreadse bakmadım. Yorumlara dikkat etmedim hiç. Şimdi baktığımdaysa neredeyse ben hariç genelde beğenilmiş kitap ki puanı da 3,75.Ama bilmiyorum sarmadı beni. Yani kitabı açtım, başladım okumaya sonra hooop bitti birden. Giriş olmuş, yazar ara kısmı atlayıp kitabın direk sonuç bölümüne geçmiş gibi hissettim.Şimdi yorumlara baktığımda harlequin kitaplarına benzetilmiş. O tarz daha önce okumadığım için nasıl oldukları hakkında hiçbir fikrim yok ancak keşke bu kadar kısa, hemen sonuca varan türden bir kitap olmasaymış.Hani pek güllük gülistanlık değildi kitap evet ama insan ne bileyim daha fazla aksiyon hadi bu olmadı en kötüsü ikili arasındaki ilişkinin gelişme aşamalarını daha detaylı okumak istiyor. Yani en azından ben böyle olmasını tercih ederdim. Konu sizinle evlenememden direk yatağa atlayınca yani insanı pek tatmin etmiyor..Tam bir çerezlik kitap kategorisine ait diyebilirim sanırım. Bir pazar günü kahvaltı sonrası kahvenizi ya da çayınızı yudumlarken başlayıp hemen bitirebileceğiniz cinsten.Son dönemlerde piyasamızda bu tarz kitaplardan geçilmezken insan kitabın içinde onu diğerlerinden sıyıracak, farklı bir noktaya taşıyacak ufakta olsa bir şeyler arıyor doğrusu.Okuyun veya okumayın.. Tamamen size bırakıyorum :))

  • Jacob Proffitt
    2019-03-20 07:43

    I'm something of a fan of the marriage of convenience turning into love so I took a chance on this inexpensive story. I don't exactly regret doing so, but the last quarter or so was painful enough to drop this a whole star rating.Blake and Samantha are charming. Fun, even. I liked them as characters, even though the entire setup was laughable. You expect to buy the premise in a story like this one, however contrived, because how else do you get a marriage of convenience in a modern setting? So I went along even though every single thing connected to Blake's situation was completely impossible. That's all background, so I give it a pass. It's the price to pay for being with some delightful characters for a while and enjoy their budding relationship and growing trust for one another.So yeah, serviceable. Until . . .The last quarter or so of the already short book was contrived beyond all possible reason. Bybee has Blake contract a fatal case of the stupids. I'm not a huge fan of the Big Misunderstanding in the first place, but when you have to compromise the very foundation of both the character and the relationship to pull it off, you should probably rethink that story element altogether. And Bybee makes it even worse with how Blake resolves it. (view spoiler)[Sam doesn't need proof that he hadn't compromised their birth control himself. She needs to know why he betrayed her trust in keeping the terms of the ridiculous will secret (I use ridiculous in every sense of the term). She needs to know why he lied (even by omission) in a relationship built from the beginning on absolute honesty. He didn't need to come to her with proof. He needed to come to her with groveling apologies and a heartfelt resolution to be better. (hide spoiler)]So yeah, it was an enjoyable three stars that dropped in that last quarter. Frankly, two stars is possibly too generous, but I did enjoy them in the beginning (as shallow as they ultimately are).A note about Steamy: I didn't actually keep count in this one for some reason. Middle of my steam tolerance with probably two and maybe three explicit sex scenes. They weren't remarkable, but weren't out of place, either.

  • Wanderlust
    2019-03-06 10:43

    I absolutely adored this authors other series (Not Quite) so when kindle unlimited suggest I look at this series I downloaded it straight away. I did enjoy this book, I didn't love it like I had with the books in the other series but that might be because this book was more relaxed. It's rare for me to read a romance with little to no drama but I enjoyed it regardless. I have downloaded the next book in the series and when I'm looking for a chilled out read I will read it.

  • Angigames
    2019-03-06 04:30

    Adoro i romance leggeri che narrano la storia di matrimoni di convenienza che sfociano in legami unici!Questo libro ha una trama prevedibile ma è riuscito a farmi staccare la spina completamente e a rilassarmi. Lo stile dell’autrice è semplice ma mai forzato e molto romantico.I protagonisti non hanno un grande background ma sono adattissimi per una storia del genere. Questo libro è quel tipo di romance che ti fa venire voglia di andare a caccia di un principe!Carino!

  • Cassie
    2019-02-28 07:24

    Der Stimme von Uschi Hugo war es sehr angenehm zuzuhören. Besonders morgens oder abends im Zug gab es mir eine schöne Auszeit vom Alltag. Es war eine leichte, locker-flockig, romatische Geschichte. Eine Stelle war mir dann doch etwas zu kitschig und wenn ich es selbst gelesen hätte, hätte ich bestimmte Details augenrollend zur Kenntnis genommen, wohingegen ich beim Hörbuch einfach drüber "hinweghören" konnte. Doch insgesamt war nett, mal was anderes und es genau das, wonach mir gerade der Sinn stand.3,5 SterneOb ich die Reihe weiterverfolgen werde, weiss ich noch nicht. Wenn ja, dann bestimmt nicht sofort.

  • Jennifer☠Pher☠
    2019-03-02 05:30

    4.5★s - If this just had a little more length I would for sure give it 5★'s, 4.5 is pretty damn close though. I think this book did everything right for the pretend marriage story line. Everything right. If you like this type of story, this one was done perfectly. From the initial meeting, to the proposition, to the marriage and on, this book did it just right. There was no frustrating inner dialogue, no running or any of the other nonsense that sometimes happens in “pretend” books. They each stepped up to the plate, played their roles and formed a bond. Blake and Sam fit from the very beginning. You could see where this was going to go and you knew you would enjoy getting there. I liked both of them and I really liked them together. The pace was great. There weren’t long stretches where we scream come on already. It all just flowed together. Even the itty bit of drama we have to endure wrapped itself up quickly and efficiently. Great cast of characters were introduced who I assume will all get a chance in the spotlight. I am looking forward to reading many more books by this author.

  • Wendy'sThoughts
    2019-03-18 04:24

    A little diversion... part of a stand alone series of novels. Taking from Historical Romance, the Character who must marry or lose the family estate, etc. Finds h who has financial stress of her own and story takes off. Brought to todays' news cycle and had an under current of the real issues people experience everyday; who do you trust? Are you will to reveal how you really feel for another person? can you just be real? Wasn't a waste of my time and cleared my head space happily. If i am in the mood, would read the related books of the series.

  • Lala_Loopsie [fire breathing B!tch Queen]
    2019-02-25 10:26

    I just hate giving books less than 3 stars.Ok. This is the typical millionare looks for wife with no atachments for a year to get money. But this time the guy wants the suplier of wives. Redhead and sexy (including voice) who wouldn't want her? Any DUKE can get what he wants. So yadha yadha yadha. Paparazzi and so on. Kisses and sex. Crazy lover/stalker/bitch(view spoiler)[ puts holes in condoms. Married cuple & fetus. She is pregnant! No wonder!! Holes in condoms, gosh. Girl cries, tries to leave him, he doesn't let her. They will have the baby together (hide spoiler)]That was basically the story.

  • Tania Martins
    2019-03-19 02:31

    Uma excelente leitura sem grandes pretensões mas que acaba por ser bastante gira!Gostei do Blake e da Samantha e da forma meio estranha como eles entram no casamento de conveniência que se torna bastante real passado algum tempo apesar da previsibilidade da historia em si mesma, acaba por ser um amor fofo e com um desenlace perfeito, uma óptima leitura de férias e que lê num instante!

    2019-03-12 03:34

    Çok sevimli bir hikaye idi bir çırpıda okudum.

  • eNovel Reviews
    2019-02-19 04:28

    Blake Harrison is nearing his mid-thirties. He is handsome, successful and a Duke. He is presently bedding down with two women. Blake has a problem though, one he can't charm and connive his way through, his father's will. If he isn't married by the age of 35, which is rapidly approaching, he will lose a sizable inheritance. (Some spoilers if you continue reading...)Blake seeks the aid of a man, Sam Elliot, who owns a matchmaking service. Except Sam is actually Samantha, a striking red head with emerald eyes and a fire in her soul, as well as her tongue. Blake is a no nonsense kind of guy. When he meets Sam and realizes she's a woman, he is prepared to bolt and find a man to do the job. Though, being a notorious playboy millionaire, she's easy on the eyes and he gives her ten minutes to distract him.Sam gets down to business and peppers him with personal questions, though her extensive research has already uncovered the answers. "Have you been arrested? Who is your worst enemy?" Blake has lied to women before, but he admits to a fight at seventeen, which landed him in trouble with the law. Sam is satisfied with his honesty. Blake is surprised at his candidness.Sam is in financial straits. Her younger sister is in an expensive assisted-living health care facility, and her own business hasn't been stellar. She needs this client and she needs the money.Blake is unimpressed with the pictures of the women she has presented him, and he researches Sam's background. Intrigued by her business acumen, he makes her a proposition. Marry him, and receive 10 million dollars. He knows most of the money will be used to take care of her sister. As long as she remains his legal wife for a year, she can keep the money. He can continue his lifestyle without the emotional burden and baggage that accompanies a long-term relationship. The marriage will not be consummated. After a brief moment of hesitation, Sam agrees.Blake and Sam have to make this marriage work. His father's lawyers and Blake's cousin, Howard Walker, his worst enemy who would benefit if there was an inkling of a sham marriage, are watching his every move with private detectives and spies. Can they do it? And what happens if they fall in love?Catherine Bybee's ebook has been a bestseller on Amazon for weeks now. The subject matter and concept has struck a chord with readers across the country and around the world. Marry someone you don't really know or love, but then you learn who they are and you fall in love with them.The ebook reads like a Hollywood script, and it is only a matter of time before the major studios come knocking on her door. If they haven't already, Katherine Heigl and Jennifer Aniston better download this ebook to their Kindle.Bybee is an expert at dialogue and the inner thoughts of her characters. She creates an atmosphere where the sexual tension between Sam and Blake becomes so thick at times, you could safely hang a Rembrandt on it.The author is a registered nurse who has spent a decade in the painful and often tragic urban Emergency rooms, so this book ends happily. Though she may have stumbled on her second career. If Romance is your weakness, this ebook will bring you eternal bliss. --Novel Reviews

  • Sheila Majczan
    2019-03-17 07:31

    After reading Single by Saturday and thoroughly enjoying it and then seeing this was available on kindle Unlimited I jumped right on it and read it in less than a day. It was a nice romance to escape into on a rainy day.With so many other reviews posted I have no desire to go into details. But I was happy to be looking backwards in this series to learn just what the "Duke and Duchess" references were from that first book I read. Complications from both fathers make for a couple who are both leery to place trust in anyone. But then sparks do fly when they touch much less after marrying and being in close quarters. Sam (Samantha) Elliott, in giving Blake five minutes to state his case in the first chapter set in a Starbucks, won my heart - a no nonsense woman. Blake in expecting a man and then in turning the tables in a proposition for a marriage on paper only, (with her, not with any of the 3 candidates she screened for him) - not even a marriage of convenience - seems a perfect foil. But then we learn the family history for both and our hearts pull for love's magic touch to make this a HEA marriage for both. The author does not fail us.

  • Hayden
    2019-03-14 03:41

    What a fairy tale! I mean, isn't this every girl's REAL dream? To tame the man who claims to be untameable? Isn't that the ultimate catch? While that's just about the exact opposite of what Sam Elliot was trying to do, it's still what she did.Blake Harrison is a handsome bachelor who could have any girl he wants. But he doesn't really want any girl. He's yet to meet a woman that makes him want to settle down. Until he meets Sam Elliot. And she has that effect on him without even trying.Sam got dealt a bad hand in life when her father was convicted of embezzlement and fraud. Her life fell apart, and she put it back together on her own. She was content to be independent, until she met Blake, and against both of their intentions, they fell in love and got their happily ever after. A 21st century Cinderella story!There were quite a few grammatical and spelling errors, but this story was so good I didn't even care, and THAT'S saying something for me!

  • Elaine
    2019-02-27 04:23

    I don't usually read short stories, but lately I have discovered that with a great writer even a short story can be good. I was in the middle of a series and I knew I couldn't get wrapped up in another long book so I decided to give this one a try.It was an interesting concept and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Catherine is a great author and there were several laugh out loud moments! Blake was a self made millionaire that needed a wife by Wednesday in order to meet the clause in his father's will. He didn't need his father's millions, but his mother and sister did. He contacted a professional matchmaker to set up a contract with a woman that would marry him long enough to meet the clause in the will, but divorce him after the clause was met. They didn't marry out of greed but concern for others in their life.Very sweet short story.

  • Sruthi
    2019-03-04 08:40

    Reading HP's , I was expecting all the possible bad outcomes out of every situation . Like Demons from the past , connecting link btw both their bitter pasts , something of that sort . It took me by surprise that nothing of that sort hpnd though yes there is this evil Viper OW . A feel good read with different characters , I loved Mr.Sweet H for a change ( Rude Ruthless MCP's do get boring after some point of time , change in flavor is essential ) and a strong h who is not dependent on H , who could resist the irresistible ;) If you love , Angst , vengeance kind of plot , this is not for you . This is a simple sweet story with a more than perfect happy ending .

  • J. Grayland
    2019-03-19 04:45

    This series follows friends and family that meet through a company that arranges marriages for monetary and security purpose, it starts with Blake and Sam, in series one, Carter and Eliza in series two and Neil and Gwen in series three, they have a great storyline, with romance, love and intrigue with rather tame sex scenes and some nice little plot twists that all link together, narrated by Tanya Eby who does wonderful work with both male and female characters this is a must listen to audiobook.

  • Haidoulina
    2019-03-21 05:30

    3.5 stars actually.I really enjoyed it... It was funny and fast read...