I'm a growing fan of Ms. Anne-Marie Meyer. This book was a lovely romantic comedy.
Poor Emma is the last single woman standing. Naturally everyone wants to marry her off, especially her mother. There's nothing wrong with being single and Emma is fine with her status, but to get the matchmakers off her back she agrees to a fake marriage with Austin, who she barely knows, to help him get his ranch. His matchmaking grandmother won't given to him unless he gets hitched. Hilarity ensues as Emma and Austin try to prove their marriage is real (which it legally is) and try to convince themselves they aren't falling in love while they act like they are.
Lots of miscommunication and second guessing if their spouse has feelings for them provides the necessary tension to drive the story along. Clean writing, swoon worthy kisses, and good storytelling make this a good read and a great start to a series. I'm looking forward to the next one.
And I like the cover.
Emma George seems destined to be the perpetual bridesmaid. Out of her five friends, she's the surviving single gal and her one potential groom dumped her on her birthday a year ago. Now at the mercy of every do-gooder matchmaker, she's starting to think that love isn't ever going to find her. Alone at her best friend’s wedding, she reaches a point where she will do just about anything to get some relief from those who think that the only way to happiness is through marriage.
Austin Maverick thought that he was finally going to get married to fulfill his grandmother's stipulation that he must be wed to inherit his grandfather's ranch. But when his romantic weekend in Las Vegas turned into a broken heart, he decided that love wasn't going to be a requirement for marriage anymore. Now a groomsman in his old friend's wedding, he reunites with Emma and concocts an idea. A fake marriage between the two of them would be beneficial for both.
After a quick wedding at the courthouse, they fly to Austin’s Montana ranch. What starts out as a mutually advantageous trip turns into something more. Feelings emerge and neither Emma nor Austin can figure out if the other one is genuine or just playing the part of a fake spouse. When Austin's grandmother arrives and starts poking holes in their lie, they must decide if what they feel is real or if it's all just an act.