Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Seven Day Fiance (Love and Games #2) by Rachel Harris (+ Giveaway)

Seven Day Fiance (Love and Games #2)
by Rachel Harris
 

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Publisher:
Entangled Publishing - Bliss

Date of Publication:
October 14, 2013

Number of pages: 153

Cover Artist: Jessica Cantor

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Book Description:  Angelle Prejean is in a pickle. Her family is expecting her to come home with a fiancé—a fiancé who doesn’t exist. Well, he exists, but he definitely has no idea Angelle told her mama they were engaged. Tattooed, muscled, and hotter than sin, Cane can reduce Angelle to a hot mess with one look—and leave her heart a mess if she falls for him. But when she ends up winning Cane at a charity bachelor auction, she knows just how to solve her fiancé problem.

Cane Robicheaux is no one’s prince. He doesn’t do relationships and he doesn’t fall in love. When sweet, sultry-voiced Angelle propositions him, he hopes their little game can finally get her out of his head. He doesn’t expect her to break through all his barriers. But even as Angelle burrows deeper into his heart, he knows once their seven days are up, so is their ruse.




Seven Day Fiance was a lot more than I had been expecting.  Not that I was expecting it to be bad, I figured it was just going to be similar to other stories I've read of its kind.  However, much to my delight, it was much better than I had been hoping for.  The story had me captivated from the first chapter and smiling and laughing out loud all the way to the end.  This was easily my favorite contemporary romance book of the year. 


Angelle Prejean is a fun, quirky, but shy woman who is determined to break out of her shell.  After spending her whole life trying to please others, she is ready to focus on herself for a change.  The trouble is, in order to do that she must show her overbearing, overprotective, but incredibly loving family that she can be okay out in the big bad world, and in order to do that she needs for them to meet…you guessed it, her incredibly wonderful, ruggedly handsome fiance…who doesn't exist.  No problem, right?  Enter Cane Robicheaux.  Seemingly your typical bad boy, he has a soft side for his wonderfully fabulous sisters and, it seems, Angelle.  Shh…don't tell. 
What made this story so fabulous was the characters.  From Angelle's lively antics to Cane's incredible sexiness to the Robicheaux girls' shameless matchmaking, each one brought a unique personality to the story.  The banter was sweet, sexy, and fun, and the chemistry between Angele and Cane was…intense.  There is no other word for it. 

I fell in love with the author's easy writing style and loved how she was able to throw in so much of the southern culture and charisma into the story.  While I had not read book one in this series before I read this one, I had absolutely no trouble following along without feeling like I was missing part of the story.  However, after looking it up and realizing book one was the story of Colby and Jason, I had to purchase it and am planning on reading it next.  I am very much hoping book three will be Sherry's book. 




Excerpt

“Don’t worry about it, Angel. We’ll figure it out.” He sent her a confident smile, hoping he was right. Spending the holiday with this charade blowing up in his face was something he’d really rather avoid. “We have two-plus hours to get a crash course in each other. Plenty of time to hit the highlights.”

Angelle nodded distractedly, clearly unconvinced, and began tapping a rhythm on her lap. Cane knew a thing or two about nervous habits, so he placed his hand over hers to calm her down—and caught her shiver from the corner of his eye. The tapping stopped, and he bit back a smile.

Now unable to help himself, knowing his touch affected her, Cane encircled the slender bones of her wrist with his thumb and finger. Angelle was tough, but she was also much more delicate than any woman he’d ever known. So feminine and vulnerable. The contradictory mix fascinated him. It brought out every protective instinct he had, and attracted him like nothing else before.

On the underside of her wrist, the site of her tattoo, he felt the raised skin of a scar. Curious if the injury linked to the mysterious one-word brand, he grazed the pad of his thumb over the mark. Her pink lips parted. When he did it again, her head lolled, and her breath caught.

The stuttered sound, the rise and fall of her chest, the way her hand flexed and curled as his thumb drew slow circles…it only made him want her more. He hadn’t thought that was possible. And when her head shifted and she peered up at him with unmistakable, unhidden desire, well, it was all over.

Cane gunned the accelerator. Flipping on the turn signal, he switched lanes, headed for the rest stop an exit ahead. Angelle’s voice was whisper soft when she asked, “Where are we going?”

“We need to get something out of the way right now.”

In the quiet of the cab, he heard her swallow. There were no other words until he threw the truck into park a half mile up the road. As soon as he did, Cane chucked his seat belt, made quick work of hers, and stared into her unguarded eyes.

Angel was one giant tell. If she ever tried playing poker, she’d lose her ass. Her family bought the fiancé lie up to this point because she hid behind a cell phone and several hundred miles, but the two of them wouldn’t have that luxury this week. People would be watching them like hawks, curious about their relationship, looking for sparks. And luckily, they had that in spades.

Brushing a lock of auburn hair away from Angelle’s face, Cane said, “This charade isn’t going to be easy. I’ll learn everything you want me to know, everything we have time for during the drive. But darlin’, there’s one thing we don’t need to work on. And that’s this.”

He lowered his forehead to hers, feeling the soft pant of her quickened breath hit his opened lips. He skimmed his nose across hers and closed his eyes as he breathed deeply. Sunflowers. A hint of vanilla. Cherry-scented lip gloss. And Angelle. His Angelle, at least for the next week.

Angling his mouth so their lips were barely touching, he said, “Desire, Angie. Attraction. We have it. We don’t have to fake that. And since we’re alone, and that’s my ring on your finger, it seems only fair I get to steal a kiss.”

Anxiety mixed with excitement entered the emotional gumbo of her gaze, and her tongue flicked out to wet her lips. It brushed over the seam of his mouth, and he growled low in his throat. “Our first kiss of many.”




About the Author:  Rachel Harris grew up in New Orleans, watching soap operas with her grandmother, and staying up late sneak-reading her mama's romance novels. Today, she still stays up late reading romances, only now she does so openly.

A Cajun cowgirl now living in Houston, she firmly believes life's problems can be solved with a hot, sugar-coated beignet or a thick slice of king cake, and that screaming at strangers for cheap, plastic beads is acceptable behavior in certain situations.

She homeschools her two beautiful girls and watches countless hours of Food Network and reality television with her amazing husband. She writes young adult, new adult, and adult Fun, Flirty Escapes, and LOVES talking with readers! 


 

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6 comments:

  1. EEP! I want to highlight this entire review and quote it everywhere! Knowing that I gave you more than you expected, and had you smiling and laughing, makes me a very happy author. Thank you so much for reading and for being a part of the Seven Day Fiance tour!

    xoxo
    Rachel

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    1. Thanks Rachel! Glad to make your day :)

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  2. This book looks great, I'm adding it to me TBR list

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    1. Good luck with the giveaway! Thanks for stopping by and entering!

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