I read this one just after Ms. Madsen's Cinderella Screwed Me Over.
It still has the language problem but to a lesser degree. Or maybe after reading Cinderella, I was less sensitive to it. Who can say?
Of the two, I like this story better. Yes, it's similar to Lyon's A Portrait for Toni in that the premise is a romance forming between two best friends, but it's told differently. Neither Dani nor Wes have much in the way of romantic feelings for each other at the beginning of the book so their feelings develop along the way during their fake engagement and spend the book hiding it from the other one. Great entanglement, plus it's told from both points of view.
Plus, this writing just flowed better for me and I think the characters are better developed.
We do get the smexy element but no off page sex, so that worked better for me as a preferred clean romance reader. Still plenty of chemistry but with great emotional tie ins.
Worth a read.
Danielle and Wes have been best friends since college, so when Wes needs a date
for his sister’s wedding and Dani needs a partner for her company’s retreat,
they devise the perfect plan: a fake engagement to get through both events
unscathed. Adrenaline-junkie Wes can prove to both his ex and his family that
he’s well and truly moved on, and serious-minded Dani can prove to her boss that
she’s worthy of the promotion he seems to only want to give to a family-oriented
employee. But amid the fake swoons, fake kisses, and forced proximity, neither
expects the very real feelings that develop. There’s nothing more dangerous than
falling for your best friend…but what if the landing is worth the fall?