Published by Carina Press on 2011-05-23
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When lingerie heiress Brandy Summer gets cold feet and runs out on her Vegas wedding, she has nowhere to turn—so she hijacks a hunky biker waiting for a red light and begs him for help. What she doesn't know is that her instincts are right: the groom has a hidden agenda. He needs her money to pay off his gambling debts and she's his ticket to the good life.
Marco Vargas isn't sure what he's getting himself into when he rescues Brandy, but figures he'll do the chivalrous thing. He offers her a job in his bar and the chance to sort out her feelings. But it seems that keeping Brandy hidden is easier than keeping his hands off her—and what will happen when Brandy discovers that Marco has secrets of his own?
Brandy is getting married. Stood at the Hunk-A-Hunk-A Burning love chapel, she realises that she doesn’t actually like her fiancee. Turns out she has good judgement, as the scuzzball only wants her for her cash because Brandy is a heiress to a fortune. Trying to escape from the chapel in a very cheap wedding dress isn’t going to be easy, so she escapes the area in the only way that she can; via the back of a motorbike. Marco can’t quite believe his eyes when a damsel in distress, dressed in the most hideous wedding dress, hops onto his bike and orders him to drive.
For some reason he can’t say no, and so ends up taking care of the fuddy looking stray. When it becomes apparent that Brandy can’t go home, and so has no place to stay, Marco ends up offering her a room at his house and a job at his bar. With her ridiculous attire, and recent single status, he finds it push aside their burgeoning attraction because of her “vulnerability”. Unfortunately, after Brandy gets a bit of a makeover, Marco starts to struggle to keep his hands off her, and struggle to keep his temper in check when others seem to have the same issue. Tempers fray and the sexual chemistry ignites, but is it enough? With both of them hiding secrets, is it a realistic expectation for this to be anything more than sex? Moreover, when the secrets come out, will either of them feel the same way?
I liked this book. It was funny, well paced and very sexy (seriously hot sex ladies). Marco was rather dreamy too. He can’t quite believe that he is attracted to the little mousy teacher who wears cat jumpers, but he is. He believes he is doing the right thing by not acting upon their clear attraction, but, in reality, he is just a little befuddled that he finds her hot. When everyone else starts noticing that she isn’t exactly butt ugly, he goes a little caveman and starts shouting at everyone.
As much as I like Marco, I did get a little annoyed by the character of Brandy. She was the biggest stereotype I’ve read in a book, and I ended up a little peeved by her. She starts as this fuddy little mouse, cat jumpers, awful hair and a complete naivety when it comes to life in the real world. Then she makes a split second decision to get rid of the fiancée (which I would too…the man was a creep) and she becomes a different person. She starts masturbating in stranger’s showers and, post makeover, ditching the cat jumper for miniskirts and fishnets. I had a massive problem with the makeover, because it seemed that the only reason that she did it was to get Marco’s approval. Now I’m all for a makeover, God knows my hair has been every shade L’Oreal sells, but to completely transform so you get some nookie? No chance, no man is worth it. It offended me slightly, but I let it go for the sake of the rest of the plot. After I did, I really did enjoy the plot.
It was sweet, funny and a little cliché. The path of true love, of course, does not run smooth. We have secrets exposed (and rather daft ones at that!), scorned ex-fiancées turned stalkers and a whole host of internal conflict. It’s a fun, easy read that will make you chuckle without taxing any of your brain cells.