Published by Harlequin Source: Netgalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Romance
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From bridesmaid to bride...
Stepping into her sister's place at the altar beside gorgeous tycoon Flynn Ashton, Helena Morrison hopes saying ''I do" and uniting their two families will finally be enough to redeem her in her father's eyes. It has nothing to do with the fact that she's always held a special place in her heart for her childhood crush!
But after embarking on the perfect Tuscan honeymoon, their paper marriage dissolves to ash as an unexpected heat flares between them... Dare Helena dream that this convenient marriage could be the fresh start they've both been searching for?
I admit I was a little on the fence about this book, I like the concept of two people coming together in marriage who don’t know each other well, or don’t have feelings for each other when the book begins, but at the same time I have an issue if it doesn’t feel organic. It’s easy to see how two people could end up in a marriage after a drunk weekend in Vegas, but to voluntarily marry someone you don’t know well or love, well its hard to make that believable. I did actually understand the motived behind this marriage, which is what I was worried about. Honestly, it was more of a business transaction then it was a love match. And let’s face it, even in this day and age, wealthy families do merge through marriage as a business transaction, so this worked for me.
Overall, I thought the whole scenario worked for the most part for the story, and there is a lot of joint family history here to be sure. So Flynn is originally suppose to marry Helena’s sister, a lot of preparation went into this marriage contract, but in the end Helena’s sister ran off with Flynn’s brother. It wasn’t exactly what I would call organic for Helena to just step up and say, hey I’ll marry you, but it worked for the most part. The whole reason why Helena agrees to the marriage in the first place is because she wants to make up for mistakes that she made in her past, which are very hush, hush and kept secret from Flynn.
If I am completely honest, the whole connect between Flynn and Helena seems really forced. I didn’t really feel like there was even much of a spark between the two of them until way over half of the book was gone. And honestly there was so much emphasis put on the contract aspect of the marriage that it was almost too much. But, once the spark did start between the two of them, it did keep me interested.
That being said I didn’t like Flynn all that much. I mean Helena has a past, and so does Flynn (hey everyone has a past), but Flynn has let his past make him so unforgiving about certain things. When Helena’s past is finally exposed to Flynn he reacts so horribly. And even when he knows all the facts and feels a little bad about it, I have a hard time forgiving him. I guess I just don’t really like people who only see in black and white, I mean everyone makes mistakes, and unless you have been in someone else’s shoes you have to be able to at least try and see where other people are coming from.
All and all, this was an okay book. I think I would have enjoyed it more if there was more of a connection between Flynn and Helena earlier on in the book, but maybe that’s just me.