Thursday, April 30, 2015

From Fake To Forever by Kat Cantrell

Bride: Meredith, soon-to-be co-owner, wedding dress business
Marital Status: Victim, Vegas wedding mix-up
Action Required: Divorce, ASAP
After one night of tequila and sex, their impromptu Vegas wedding shouldn't be valid. But Meredith Chandler-Harris just discovered she's still tied to irresistible businessman Jason Lynhurst. She needs out of their marriage, but to become his company's new CEO, he needs her as a bride. Let the newlywed games begin.

Title: From Fake To Forever | Series: Newlywed Games #2 | Author: Kat Cantrell | Publisher: Harlequin | Imprint: Desire | Category: Passion | Release Date: April 2015 | Genre: Contemporary Romance | Source: MLM Media Relations | Rating: 4

My Thoughts:  I love it when the hero and heroine have a history. It just makes the chemistry that much more intense. And Jason and Meredith have amazing chemistry that sizzles off the pages.
“What’s your dream, Meredith? Tell Me?”
“Why?” she asked suspiciously. “More leverage?”
Oh, yeah, she was no dummy. And that turned him on as much as everything else in her full package. More maybe. The fact that she was so savvy about his motivation changed it instantly.  “No, because I’m curious.  My mouth has been between your legs. That gives me special right to know what’s between your ears, too.”
So here’s what’s going on. Meredith and Jason meet in Vegas and spend a dirty weekend together. The two end up tying the knot—not a big surprise given it’s Vegas—although what is surprising —and a little mystifying—is the fact that they entered into this marriage to seal the ‘Grown-Up Pact’. Apparently, they’ve decided that entering into a marriage with a random stranger somehow proves you’re an adult (I really don’t get their reasoning, but let’s move on).
Neither believed that their marriage was valid so they parted ways. Fast forward two years later and Meredith discovers that she is indeed married to Jason. Although to move forward with her ‘Grown-Up Pact’ she needs a quickie divorce to end her marriage that never should have been.
When Jason discovers he’s married to Meredith he sees it as an opportunity to reunite his family’s fashion empire and he refuses to grant his wife the divorce she wants until he gets something in return.  When it becomes apparent that having Meredith as his wife will aid in his becoming CEO, he doesn’t want to let her go.
Although he’s not ready to admit to himself—or Meredith—the real reason he doesn’t want to let her go.
The chemistry between Jason and Meredith was some of the best chemistry that I’ve seen in a romance novel. They have a past but they haven’t seen each other in two years yet neither have gotten over the other. And neither have been able to find someone who makes them feel what they felt during their wild weekend in Vegas.
The pacing of this book was fantastic and the dialogue was amazing but I would have liked to see a bit more conflict. It was there but because this was a category romance (under 200 pages), the conflict and resolution felt a bit rush.  
Overall, I enjoyed this fun, sexy, little romance. It was a fast-paced read with likable characters and a brilliant plot. I look forward to checking out the first book in this series.


Newlywed Game Series

Book 1: From Ex To Eternity by Kat Cantrell


Sophia Rose said...

I read a couple of these Vegas marriage scenarios and for some reason I like them. I didn't know about this one so thanks, Angela! Nice review!

Angela @ Simply Angela said...

I've only read a handful of the Vegas-themed ones, but I liked them as well. I hope you get time to read it!