The engagement is pretend, but there's one thing she's definitely NOT faking in this hot and hilarious stand-alone romance from Lila Monroe!
Hot bachelor Max Carlisle is heir to a media empire, tabloid catnip, and... wants to hire me to be his fake fiancee. I know what it takes to keep a billionaire in line, but signing up for seven days in close quarters with this Very Irresistible Playboy? It's just asking for trouble. The kind of thrilling, reckless trouble I could use a little more of since my career is currently ass-backwards in a mud bath with six shih-tzus (don't ask).
So do I:
a) Take the job, and bicker wildly every step of the way?
b) Embark on a mad-cap treasure hunt to claim his billion-dollar inheritance?
c) Try my hardest not to fall head-over-heels in love with him and wind up having the best sex of my life?
d) All of the above?
Something tells me I'm about to be way out of my league... and under the most handsome, infuriating man I've ever met. But with a fortune on the line, can we beat out his crazy relatives to win the prize? And will our fake relationship be game over at the finish line?
This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Very Irresistible Playboy is a quick, light, and fun fake relationship romance that gives a fresh and OTT take on the inheritance trope. Hallie and Max will take you on a goose chase and a sweet, whirlwind romance. This book has everything I absolutely adore about Ms. Monroe's writing; it's funny, sweet, and has characters you'll love.
Hallie Gage and Max Carlisle first meet at a wedding, with Hallie as one of the photographers and Max one of the guests. While the encounter was brief, albeit a little absurd, it makes an impression on the both of them. But Hallie never expects to see the handsome man again. She's too busy trying to make ends meet and apply for jobs that'll help her reach her dreams of becoming a successful photographer.
Out of desperation, Hallie ends up working in a field wholly unconnected to what she wants. It's not ideal for her, but Hallie is nothing if not determined. She meets Max again, and this time, she'll be working for him as his fake girlfriend.
Max Carlisle of the Carlisle Publishing dynasty needs a date for a family gathering in Palm Beach, Miami to get them off his back and give him the impression he's ready to settle down. He goes to an agency that specializes in exactly that and comes face to face with the tempting woman at the wedding. She's even more tempting now that they're in close proximity, pretending to be in love, and most importantly, pretending to be engaged. When the family gathering turns into a treasure hunt to get their grandfather's full inheritance, Max brings Hallie with him to an adventure of a lifetime.
Max and Hallie work in similar fields—Max is a journalist and Hallie a photographer. Max has his family's legacy to back him up, although he's talented on his own, while Hallie only has her talent to help her climb up the corporate ladder. This is one of the reasons why I think they mash so well. Not only are they attracted to each other and have great chemistry, they understand each other and know each other's motivations. In the short time they've met, they were supportive of each other's careers and personal growth, and I am here for it!
There was never a dull moment in this book, with twists and turns, absurd, hilarious, and steamy moments between the couple, and a fun treasure hunt to entertain you all the way. I've devoured so many fake relationship books that sometimes it seems like it all bleeds into one, but Very Irresistible Playboy definitely stands out. Fake it 'til you make it, am I right?
Tropes: Fake Relationship, Inheritance
POV: First Person, Dual POV
Max sets me down gently, and brushes a strand of wet hair from my face. His eyes are stormy blue in the darkness, and his fingertips hot against my face.
My breath catches. My eyes drift to his mouth, and then just like that, he’s pulling me close again, into a hot, reckless kiss.
God, I’ve been dying to taste him again. His mouth is hard and possessive, claiming mine, and a shudder of lust rolls through me at the feel of him. His hands are all over me, molding me against him as the fire between us blazes hotter, and I forget everything. Like my rules, and our arrangement, and the fact I’ve sworn off men like him . . . None of it matters, not with Max’s tongue doing wicked things to mine, and his body so hard against me.