The Engagement Game by Jenny Holiday
Series: 49th Floor #3
Also in this series: Saving the CEO, Sleeping with Her Enemy
Published by Entangled Publishing on October 5th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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The black sheep of the old-money Rosemanns, advertising executive Marcus has made his own way in the world—and done extremely well for himself—but his family is still pressuring him to join their investment firm and settle down with a quiet, unobjectionable girl.
Which is why the sexy Rose Verma is the perfect date for his family’s charity ball. A bleeding-heart lefty from the wrong side of the tracks, Rose has never met a stray dog she didn’t love or a polka-dotted mini-dress she couldn’t rock. Marcus has enough dirt on Rose to “convince” her to play along. And if he lets it slip that they’re engaged, all the better.
But all’s fair in love and blackmail, and Rose is ready to play a few cards of her own…
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I’ve enjoyed the previous installment of this series, all featuring hot, rich, commitment-phobic CEOs. In The Engagement Game Marcus has built his own advertising agency from scratch, with no help from his disapproving asshole of a father, who had a lifelong mistress and divorced his mother while she was battling cancer. Can someone say douche of the century??
Anyway, he is set on being nothing like his father (daddy issues) so when he is pressed to show with a date to a fancy ball his whole Jewish family will be attending, he decides to find the most unsuitable date he can come up with to accompany him.
Rose works for an NGO concerned about caring for the habitat and ecosystems wildlife and humans share, and trying to keep them balanced. When she sends a personal letter instead of a thank you note to a big donor she just about wants to die. She never counted on Marcus (the aforementioned donor) using the mix up to blackmail her into being his unsuitable date for the ball. Because what could be more unsuitable in his rigid Jewish father’s eyes than to show up with a hippy, vegetarian, foster-mother-to-animals, colorful Indian woman?
When Rose agrees to the scheme (she doesn’t have much of a choice) she soon finds that the whole situation is way more uncomfortable than she expected, and even Marcus jumps to her defense and tells everyone on the table that they are actually engaged.
And that is how the deal is struck. Rose agrees to play Marcus’s devoted fiancée to get on his father’s nerves until Hanukkah and Marcus will help overhaul her agency’s web page and make substantial donations to help a new program they’re launching. After that, they’ll just pretend to have a fight and that’s that, piece of cake… Well, it would be if they didn’t have this crazy chemistry between them, Rose stopped her traditional Thursday Night dates that drove Marcus crazy (because they’re all losers, not that he is jealous) and they didn’t really enjoy the time they spent together… can someone say denial?
A reinforced steel beam has no rigidity on Marcus. And Rose after having a rough time at school being the only non-white student is a bit closed off to trust and love. Will they open up and take a chance at love or will they let their pasts dictate their future?
With a quirky yet strong female lead, a standoffish but in the end melt-for-her hunk and some crazy chemistry, I found this book very entertaining. I loved the epilogue but wished we could have had a chance to spend more time with the previous couples in this series.
Sparkles’ Rating: 4 Stars.
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