Marry Me for Money by Mia Kayla
Series: Forever After #1
Published by Self-published on May 4th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Leaving her small town behind, Bethany Casse moves to Chicago in search of a new life. Working at a top financial bank brings her into contact with two men who are as different as night and day.
Kent Plack, heir to Plack Industries, has no interest in being with a woman for longer than one night. A spoiled and lazy man-whore, he is completely content with his playboy lifestyle, and Beth is surprised when they form an unlikely friendship.
Brian Benson, a finance banker, is gorgeous and respectful. A man plucked from Beth’s dreams, he is definite husband material. Unfortunately, Beth has a hard rule against dating coworkers, but Brian is determined to change her mind.
When a deadbeat mother and money problems follow her to Chicago, Beth is offered a solution that could fix everything. Marrying for money seems simple enough, but when lines become blurred, Beth faces difficult choices, making her realize that the easy way out just made her life even harder than before.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Let me start by saying, I’m not real fond of love triangles as the main plot of a story. To me, if you can’t make up your mind about who you want to be with, then you shouldn’t be with either. Luckily the set up for this story is slightly different.
Beth just moved to Chicago for her dream job, and after growing up with a sorry excuse for a mother who left her in debt up to her eyeballs, she has very strict guidelines as to what her life dreams entail.
Kent, heir to a millionaire company client of Beth’s bank, is a spoiled, lazy player whose only goals in life are buying stuff, partying, and getting laid by a different girl every night. A lucky coincidence will have them sharing a trip to one of Plack Industries plants, and a weird kind of friendship begins to form between them.
At the same time Brian, the good guy, the all-American-total-husband-material hot coworker starts playing for Beth’s affection. And it seems he is everything Beth ever dreamt about.
But while Beth and Brian start to grow closer together, Kent who’s become Beth’s best friend finds himself in big trouble. His parents, tired of his aimless existence, might be cutting off his trust fund as there’s a stipulation that says if he isn’t married and settled down he won’t get one more cent.
Now, you can only imagine Kent’s state of panic when he finds out about this so he runs to Beth for support and advice. This is how the plan comes to life. Beth will marry Kent so he can get his trust fund, and after a month they’ll get divorced and Kent will pay off all of the debt in Beth’s name. Easy peasy, but for the tiny, little, minor detail that Beth is dating Brian.
Now this is where it gets not so good for me, because the act of getting engaged then married requires that they pretend to be together. We soon start to see that for both of them their feelings begin to change. Through this time, Beth has a humongous case of denial, because Brian is the type of guy who goes together best with her vision of a future and not a guy like Kent… in spite of what she feels.
So basically she ignores her heart, letting Brian get deeper and deeper with her, while we see clear as day that from the very beginning, he didn’t stand a chance against Kent.
Overall I liked the story, and while it’s not my preferred plot-line I still enjoyed it. The drama at the end was kind of unnecessary, in my opinion, and it only made me roll my eyes, because we could see clearly that he had already made a change.
Marry Me for Money was an easy read that many will find entertaining.
Rating: 3 Stars
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