Melissa Bencher is at a fundraiser for her boss and his company when she sees her cheating bastard of an ex slide his way toward her across the dance floor. Since she can’t get away, she grits her teeth and tries to stay cool. Unfortunately, the unapologetic twit gets under her skin (who could blame her – he slept with her [ex]best friend?!) and she ends up “confessing” her secret relationship with her boss, Garth Solen. Little does she know that when she wakes up the next morning the jealous idiot has told the paparazzi and now she and Garth are front page gossip news!
Although she is convinced she will lose her job, she’s shocked when Garth asks her to keep up the charade. We learn that although her sexy boss is very private, he’s also very family oriented and when his grandmother (the woman who raised him after his parents passed away) got so excited that he had finally found someone, he couldn’t bring himself to break her heart. Especially since she’s recovering from pneumonia and is having a hard time bouncing back.
And so a deal is struck. They pretend the engagement is real until his grandmother gets better and then they’re done. Of course, that’s not how the cookie crumbles…
Not another fake fiance story, you say? I’ll admit, I was wary going into it but to be honest even though the name is corny as hell and way too obvious, the story and characters truly made up for it.
I really liked Melissa and how even though she had been hurt, she was open to the possibility of something else changing her life –and that even though she knew she shouldn’t fall for Garth, she let herself do it anyway. That’s my kind of girl! Even if it hurts, every one should have that great big REAL love once in their lives. Garth, on the other hand, did everything he could to avoid it. It was really interesting and a little heartbreaking to see what he had been through as a child and how that shaped him as an adult. I couldn’t help but feel empathy for him when he revealed his condition at the end and how truly beat down the world made him about himself.
It was sexy and incredibly sweet, definitely a worthy read! I will make sure to go back and read about Melissa’s brother, Brit, in Rules of Negotiation.
*ARC Provided by Entangled Publishing
The Boss’s Fake Fianceby Inara ScottRelease Date: October 14, 2012Publisher: Entangled Publishing