When struggling novelist Chris Valentine meets Jesse Donovan, he’s interested in a book contract, or possibly a date. The last thing Chris expects is a marriage proposal from New York City’s most eligible bachelor!
Jesse’s in a pinch: to keep control of his company, he has to marry. So he has valid reasons for offering Chris this business deal. In exchange for living in a gorgeous mansion for a year, playing the doting husband, Chris gets all the writing time he wants and walks away with a million dollar payoff. Surely Chris can handle that. He can handle living with the most handsome and endearing man he’s ever met, a man he immediately knows he wants in the worst way and can’t have. Or can he?
Shira Anthony’s First Comes Marriage was a nice read~ sweet, loving men with an added dose of angst. Jesse needed to get married, per his grandfather’s will, stay married for a year, and then all the control of Windview Enterprises would be his. Jesse neither had a spouse nor the desire to marry a rich debutante.
Chris was a barista-struggling writer who would love to dedicate more time to his novel, but bills have to be paid. Lucky for them, they met at a book reading and Chris’s number one fan approached him with a proposition. Marry for a year, Jesse gets the company and Chris gets a million dollars and the chance to write the next great novel with little interruption and at a world class estate.
Jesse and Chris were lovely characters who through mishaps and lies by omission almost lost a good thing. The premise of the story may have started out as a million-dollar deal, but soon the men found common ground and learned that the institution of marriage may not be all that scary.
Both men were likeable characters, although I must admit I had to warm up to Jesse. Ms. Anthony, though wrote him with an edge of mystery and I soon learned and understood what made him tick. Kudos!
The step-grandmother Wenda was a great addition, who added angst and an element of surprise.
Overall a good read.
Book provided by author/publisher in exchange for an honest review
Sexy and Sizzling
A four handcuff review
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