Maddie McCarthy is single, between jobs, and (oh, the shame) lives with her mother. To make matters worse, she's the maid of honor for her sister's wedding, and desperately needs a date. Then she sees her salvation—Match Made Easy, a service for women in Maddie’s exact position. If she can't find a boyfriend, she'll do the next best thing...
Trent Montgomery isn't actually part of Match Made Easy. He's just doing a favor for his cousin, but one look at the blonde who hired him, and he's totally hooked. Now Maddie thinks that the attraction sizzling between them is just “part of the package.” And Trent is running out of time to prove to her that her date-for-hire might just be her happily-ever-after...
Wedding Date for Hire
by Jennifer Shirk
Maddie ignored his question, planting both fists on her hips. "What do you think you're doing?"
"You mean helping yourself," she spat.
"No, I mean helping you. Maddie, listen. You don't seem like the kind of woman who would call Match Made Easy on some whim. There must have been a pretty darn good reason. Or maybe even more than one. Start being honest with yourself, and don't let your pride about what happened in our past get in the way. I can help you with whatever that reason is in the present. If you let me."
Maddie looked down at her hands, wrung together in one giant knot of tension. He was right. This woman didn't just want simple company at this wedding. There was definitely more to it. But he had to remind himself that whatever the reason was, it wasn't his concern.
After several long moments, she finally conceded. "Okay," she breathed. "Fine. I really don't have a choice at this point. You're hired."
Yes! He couldn't wait to tell his cousin. Luckily for his self-respect, he had seen the end zone before and was able to school his expression into a perfect mask of impassiveness.
"Great," he said. "Let's go talk to Kennedy then." He started in that direction but after several steps, realized Maddie wasn't following.
When he glanced back, he saw Maddie no longer wore the troubled expression of a defeated woman desperate for a date. Instead, she'd taken on a warrior stance with those glossed lips of hers settled into a fine tight line. "Look, hot shot, Sabrina may think that we're a couple, but my family can spot bad acting faster than Roger Ebert at a B-movie festival, so you better be convincing."
He advanced another step and had the satisfaction of seeing her lose a little of that tough-act bravado. "I can be very convincing," he assured her in a voice several octaves deeper than he intended.
"Well…all right then." She bit her lip. "I'm paying a lot for you so I don't want there to be any mistakes."
Jennifer Shirk has a bachelor degree in pharmacy-which has in NO WAY at all helped her with her writing career. But she likes to point it out, since it shows romantic-at-hearts come in all shapes, sizes, and mind-numbing educations.
She writes sweet (and sometimes even funny) romances for Samhain Publishing, Amazon/Montlake Romance, and now Entangled Publishing.
Lately she's been on a serious exercise kick. But don't hold that against her.
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Wedding Date For Hire was highly enjoyable. Right from the beginning it grabbed my attention and kept it.
You will find some family drama very typical of many families, romance, relatable and charismatic characters, a hunkalicious leading man and a plot that will keep your interest. The pace was steady and the length was decent.
Maddie was having an unlucky streak. Her boyfriend left her for someone else. He caused her to lose her job. Her family won't shut up about a supposed curse. She's even starting to wonder about it herself.
Her sister was getting married and there was no way that Maddie wanted to go without a date. Hence the title. ;-)
Trent wanted nothing to do with weddings but he was a nice guy and his cousin's business needed the help. So he steps up to be Maddie's date to her sister's wedding.
I won't tell you more except that the story was sweet, charming, and engaging.
I received an ecopy in exchange for my honest opinion. This one is sure to please all romance fans.
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