Author: Taylor Dean
Publication Date: July 1, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Zachary Drake had love in his life--and tragically lost it. He knows it won't come his way again. Andie Parker would do anything for the love of her life.
Even marry a total stranger.
In spite of the unorthodox manner in which Zach and Andie come together, there is no denying that things are unexpectedly good between them, taking them both by surprise. However, when secrets come between them--and trust does not--Andie soon finds herself vowing to never make the same mistake again. But, she'd do it again in a heartbeat and she knows it. She'd marry a hundred strangers if it helped Nick.
She'd do anything for Nick . . . anything.
It's been a couple weeks since I finished this book, but I am going to do my best to review this properly. It's going to be hard to do because there is a huge part of the story that is a mystery and to reveal any part of that would ruin the suspense. I won't spoil anything, I promise!
This story starts with a prologue that shows us what happened to Zach's wife. It's a heartbreaking chapter, but it's what ultimately leads us to the present story. Zach's grandfather has passed away leaving him with the family business, which just happens to be a multi-million dollar enterprise. He has one stipulation, Zach must be happily married within the following year in order to remain at the head of the company. It sounds like a horrible situation, but Zach's grandfather only wants him to find happiness again. He knows that it's out there if Zach will just take the chance and find it.
When we meet Andi we know nothing about her except the fact that the love of her life, the one she will do anything for, is Nick. Andi has a job interview, it's a job she desperately needs and it just happens to be with Zach. The ad says he is looking for a personal assistant, but she finds out almost immediately that this isn't the case at all. She is the last of the women he has seen and the moment he sees her he knows that she is the perfect one for what he has in mind and the fact that she passes his little "test" is an even bigger plus. Andi is taken aback by his proposal. Zach needs someone to pose as his wife in the public eye for the span of a year. For this year of her time she will be paid 1 million dollars. She isn't required to have feelings for him, they just need to convince his grandfather's lawyers that the marriage is real for one year. He will even pay her the money up front and she needs that money more than anything. Andi needs time to think about it, but we all know that, given her situation, she is not going to be able to pass this up. Now, I say given her situation, but really we know nothing about her at this point other than it's been made clear that she is living on very little and she has this person in her life that needs the money.
Zach makes it clear from the beginning that he doesn't want to get involved in Andi's personal life even though she has made every effort to tell him her secret. Even when they start to develop feelings for each other and their relationship starts to more closely resemble that of a real marriage he still is hesitant to let her open up to him. That's why when he starts to snoop and follow her around it's kind of unbelievable. Andi has been more than willing to tell him where she is going, but he insists that it's none of his business. What this does is create tension and distance between them that could have been avoided if he had just listened to her. This type of thing happens a couple times and since he is only seeing a small part of what is going on he reads things into the situation that are untrue and this pulls them apart.
So, as far as plot goes, this is about all I can say without spoiling anything. I know, it's so hard, but it's really a good story, I promise! This is a wonderful, clean romance. It had me in tears on more than one occasion. I loved Zach, Andi and most especially Nick. This is one of those books that you can't help but fall in love with the characters because of who they are. I have read all of Taylor's books and this is probably one of my favorites. I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!
*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book, courtesy of the author, in exchange for my honest review.