Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Review: Fiancee for Hire (Front and Center #2) by Tawna Fenske

Title: Fiancee for Hire (Front and Center #2)
Author: Tawna Fenske
Source: Entangled Lovestruck
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Length: Novel
Release Date: July 21, 2014
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

Rating - 5
Sexual - 3

Former Marine MacArthur Patton has made a small fortune on top-secret government
contracts and black-ops missions, but his new assignment involves something more dangerous—marriage.

Well, fake marriage anyway.

To keep weapons out of the hands of terrorists, Mac has to secure a fiancée. A sweet, demure, compliant fiancée to serve as his arm candy for a few weeks while he completes the covert arms deal in Mexico. His sister claims to know just the woman, and sends her best friend to play the role.

"Sweet" and "demure" aren't in Kelli Landers's repertoire. A badass veterinarian who neuters big dogs and bigger men on a regular basis, she can't wait to bring Mr. Tall-Dark-and-Detached to his knees. Her longtime crush on the commitment-phobe makes her plan to seduce him even sweeter.

Love wasn't part of the plan, but the deeper Mac and Kelli fall into their ruse, the more danger they attract, until more than just their hearts are on the line…

 This book started out with a bit of a WTF! moment for me with Kelli in the vet's office.  She is definitely one of the most unique and bold female characters I've read about.  You'll see exactly what I mean within the first couple pages.  She is smart, won't take crap from anyone, and gets what she wants any way possible.  Mac on the other hand is about as up tight as they come.  At first he comes off as your standard military/mercenary type.  Always thinking about the mission and always in control of everything around him.  Both our characters have a past that plays a HUGE part in their personalities and decision-making process so far.  These elements are used brilliantly to help push them beyond their barriers and really grow.

Their agreement to go undercover as a married couple causes all kinds of problems right off the bat.  Mac doesn't seem to have a clue what married people really do, and Kelli has some serious ulterior motives for finding things out.  There is a bit of suspense - we are dealing with arms dealing terrorists here - but it's not quite enough to really call the story a romantic suspense.  Kelli and Mac's histories keep coming out more and more as the story progresses - sometimes in the absolutely crazies ways.  It was one of the reasons I loved this book so much.

This book really was difficult to put down.  I loved how the humor just seemed to come from out of nowhere and slap you (in a good, sexy way).  I would stop and laugh out loud and have to go back and re-read it just to make sure I could laugh again.  You should definitely give this one a try, and if all of Entangled's Lovestruck's are like this, I may be buying a lot more books - just don't tell my family.

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review*

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