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Falling For Her Fiance: An Accidentally in Love Novel
     

Falling For Her Fiance: An Accidentally in Love Novel

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by Cindi Madsen
 

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

Overview

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?

Each book in the Accidentally in Love series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 Falling For Her Fiance
Book #2 Act Like You Love Me
Book #3 Resisting the Hero
Book #4 An Officer and a Rebel

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781622668151
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
01/14/2013
Series:
Accidentally in Love , #1
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
211
Sales rank:
43,343
File size:
2 MB

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Falling For Her Fiance

An Accidentally in Love Novel


By Cindi Madsen, Stacy Abrams

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2013 Cindi Madsen
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-815-1


CHAPTER 1

Apparently, even spammers were bound and determined to shove her lack of a love life in her face today. Dating sites filled her junk folder. She could View Beautiful Singles or WINK at singles now—free for three whole days! Did winking usually cost more? Dating a millionaire would probably be nice, but the Be one of our cougars! from CougarDating.com stung. Hello? She wasn't that old.

There was also an exclamation-marked e-mail about increasing the size of something she didn't have. But apparently, it was a very pressing matter.

Dani clicked the box to select them all, hit the delete button, and watched them disappear. If only she could do the same to her work inbox. There were approximately thirty e-mails about the upcoming retreat now that more details had been announced, most of them in screaming caps and containing multiple exclamation points, because one just didn't convey enough freakin' excitement.

Of course they're excited. They all get to take their significant others and get in good with the boss.

While the company would never call the retreat couples exclusive, the one they'd had two years ago proved that being part of a duo meant more one-on-one time with the boss and his wife. Wayne Bridges always bragged about how Bridges Marketing, Inc. was a family-friendly business—he also had this whole competition-makes-you-stronger stance—and she knew one very pompous jerk had been promoted over her as a result, even if Wayne would deny it.

And maybe Mr. Pompous's marketing degree had edged him in, too, but Dani had done most of the work for every account they'd taken on together. All the work and none of the credit. But with a new senior exec position opening up, she was going to change that, no matter what it took. Because medical bills were expensive, and unless she won the lottery soon, the only way to get extra money was to move up, preferably ASAP. Mama was now living in Florida with Abuela Morales, taking over the physical care as well as working long hours to try to pay for everything. Dani was helping financially as much as she could, and between the two of them, they were still barely squeaking by every month. Mama told her not to stress, that it wasn't her responsibility, yet she felt the constant burden weighing her down. When she'd gotten all the scholarships she could for college—both for academics and basketball—and still came up short, her family had pooled their money so she could go. Abuela Morales, her maternal grandmother, was the one who'd given her the most.

Dani drummed her fingers on the desk, trying to figure out how she would push past the fact that she couldn't participate in most of the physical competitions at the retreat without a partner and still get the promotion anyway. Not to mention the fact that she tended to freeze up around her boss, like his presence cut off the part of her brain where full sentences were stored.

Her cell phone rang, Justin Timberlake's "SexyBack" filling the air. That song meant her day was about to get better, and it even had her cracking a smile when she answered.

"Tell me I don't have to go," Wes said. He was the one who'd programmed JT's song as his assigned ringtone the last time they were together, claiming the tune was "so me."

"You don't have to go," Dani said.

"Thanks. And thanks for not asking what you're giving me permission to miss."

Dani stood and leaned against the wall of her gray cubicle. From this viewpoint, she could see the setting sun through the window of the office she hoped to soon make hers. "You're talking about your sister's wedding. And like I said, you don't have to go, but you should, and we both know you're going to."

Wes's sigh came over the line. "If you ask me, she let me off the hook when she picked my ex-fiancée as her bridesmaid. Today when I was home, Audrey and my mom both gave me these pity-filled looks every time they mentioned her name. Like I'm not over her. And I am."

"Of course you're over that self-centered princess." Okay, so her description might be a little harsh, but she knew Wes needed to be reminded why he should be over his ex, Sophie, even though Dani wasn't sure he actually was. In fact, she sometimes worried he never would be, and that was a shame, because she'd never been good enough for him in the first place. The girl was way too high maintenance for Wes, all demand with no compromise.

"Enough about all that boring crap. How's life on your end?" he asked.

Dani told him about the retreat and how she felt all this pressure to stand out but didn't know how she was going to compete in boat races when everyone else had a partner. "Not to mention all the sad looks I'll get—a few of my coworkers' wives always want to set me up, too. A couple of months ago I told everyone I was dating someone just to get them off my back. If only I had an actual guy to go with me." She used her thumbnail to scrape away the remnants of her last manicure. "Guess you don't happen to be free at the end of this month."

She'd thrown it out as a joke, but the tingling of an idea was working its way through her head, and she started to wonder if it might be brilliant. She snuck back inside her cubical and lowered her voice, even though most everyone had already left for the day. "Wes, fly over here and go with me. I'll tell them ... I'll tell them you're my fiancé or something. We'd rule all the physical competitions, I wouldn't be so nervous with you there, and I'll finally get Wayne's attention."

The other end of the line was dead silent. She glanced at the display to make sure they were still connected and then put the phone back to her ear. "I know it's kind of extreme, but I haven't seen you in forever and—"

"I'll be your fiancé for the retreat if you'll be mine for Audrey's wedding," Wes said. "I was going to try to find a date, but this would be so much better. It'll stop the pity-filled looks, and you know me well enough to pull it off—plus everyone's always suspected we were more than friends anyway. It's the perfect way to show Sophie I've moved on since she dumped me."

Dani bit her lip. "I'm not sure taking off work right before I go up for a promotion is—"

"You never take time off. Come on, Dani. I need you here."

She was also thinking about the cost for the flight to North Carolina, but Wes had said he needed her, so how could she skip it now? Not to mention, it'd been way too long since they'd seen each other—calls and texts just weren't enough with her best friend.

The more she thought about it, the more this seemed like the perfect solution for both of them. She could picture showing up at the wedding with Wes to see Sophie's lips twisting up in that tight-ass way they always did. She imagined sitting behind the desk in the office across from her cubical, giving instructions instead of doing all the grunt work. And even better, she pictured the extra zeros behind her paycheck every month and finally being able to help her family without barely scraping by.

"I'm getting down on one knee right now," Wes said, but she could also hear the crunch of chips, meaning he was most likely sitting on his couch, spilling crumbs all over himself. "Danielle I-forget-your-middle-name Vega—"

"You don't know my middle name?"

"You've got, like, three of them, and they're all in Spanish."

"I've only got two, and names are names."

"Oh, like you remember mine."

"Jonathan."

"Okay, fine, you win this round. Now if you'd stop busting my chops, I'm trying to ask you something here." The sound of more crunching chips came over the line. "So like I was saying ... Danielle two-middle-names Vega, will you do me the honor of pretending you're going to marry me?"

She laughed, a lightness filling her chest. Of all the stunts they'd pulled, this one would take the cake. First the wedding cake, and then that awful bakery kind they passed around the office whenever one of her coworkers had a birthday or, you know, blinked right. Even though Wes couldn't see her, she went all out, throwing a hand to her chest, batting her eyes, and doing her best over-the-moon-with-a-side-of-ditzy voice. "Yes! Yes! A thousand times, yes!"


As the plane descended toward Charlotte, North Carolina, excitement danced through Dani's stomach. She leaned forward in her seat and peered out the tiny window. She'd grown up a few hours away in Greensboro and had gone to Wingate University, which was about forty minutes south. The green trees, all the historic sites, and the fact that Wes was here—it felt like coming home.

The flight attendant did the last check through the cabin and Dani started bouncing her leg—until her seatmate, a crabby older woman, glared. She probably doesn't have a best friend, period, much less one she's dying to see.

Or should I say fiancé? Dani shook her head. Being engaged to Wes was an odd thing to think about. When they'd met freshman year over their nerdy love of history, they'd become instant friends. They studied together, hung out most weekends, and occasionally crashed at each other's places if they were too tired or too tipsy to make it home.

People always assumed they were a couple. No one seemed to get that they simply loved each other without being in love, and that Wes was still the one friend who made everything better, who was by her side when she needed him most.

Finally the wheels touched down and they taxied toward the gate. Anticipation tingled through her veins, and it was all she could do to patiently wait for her turn to exit. Whatever happened with their fake engagement and his sister's wedding, this was going to be the vacation she so desperately needed. Already her body felt lighter, her head clearer.

As soon as she got off the plane, she zipped past the other people, weaving in and out, practically running now. She walked past security and scanned the faces. Nope. Nope. Nope.

"Dani!"

She turned toward the voice, her feet already propelling her forward. Wes met her halfway, scooping her up in a giant hug. She squeezed him so tightly the brim of her baseball cap ended up crooked. She took a step back to get a better look at him. His wavy, dirty-blond hair was longer than usual, and from the looks of it, he hadn't shaved in weeks. He grinned and his pale blue eyes lit up—good to know he was as excited to see her as she was to see him.

"I almost didn't recognize you with all the scruff. You look like you should have an ax over your shoulder and a big blue ox for a pet." She ran her hand down his face and his whiskers tickled her palm. "Do girls go for that these days?"

"Not many, unfortunately," he said, but she knew that wasn't true. Although Wes hadn't had a serious relationship since Sophie, there was never a shortage of girls after him.

He took her suitcase from her. "Audrey and my mom are both on me to shave and get a haircut before the wedding."

They started toward the exit and he eyed her get-up of T-shirt, yoga pants, and neon yellow sneakers. "If I'm Paul Bunyan, you must be Workout Barbie."

She elbowed him in the gut. "Hey, I was flying and bloated. Give me a break."

He flashed her a grin and draped his arm over her shoulders. "I'm so glad you're here. I figured we'd do a little hiking, and then I've got something special planned for tonight."

Something special usually meant something she'd end up regretting later. "Have you talked to your family yet? Do they even know I'm coming to the wedding?"

His grin widened. Wes loved to be the center of attention, loved a good prank, and this was a mixture of both. Of course he hadn't warned them. "They're going to flip. But we don't have to deal with anyone until tonight after dinner, so we'll worry about that later."

Over the phone this had seemed like the perfect solution, something that would be simple. But now that she was here, thinking of meeting Wes's entire family, a ball of nerves was forming in her gut. Since she wasn't actually going to marry him, it shouldn't matter whether his family liked her or not, should it?

She pressed down all her worries the best she could and shot him a smile. "Actually, I'm more worried that my fiancé looks like a hobo."

* * *

Over the past few weeks, all the stupid wedding stuff had been throwing Wes off, leaving him constantly on edge. Okay, so if he were being honest, it was mostly the Sophie thing. He still couldn't believe Audrey had made his ex a bridesmaid. Yes, the reason he'd met her was because she and Audrey were friends, but it felt like choosing sides, and since he was the one dumped on his ass without any more explanation than "It's just not going to work," Audrey should've chosen his. To add insult to injury, about a month after breaking off the engagement, Sophie had shown up at the bar he frequented with some dude hanging all over her.

But the instant he and Dani were hiking up the trail, none of that mattered anymore. Especially now that they were nearing the Buzzard Rock outcropping, where they could sit in the sun and get a view of the entire area.

Dani blew out a breath. "This is your idea of a small hike?"

"Anything not requiring rappelling gear is small."

She shook her head, but she was smiling. He knew she'd be down for however big or small he decided to go, which was why she was his favorite person to just hang out with. It was hard to explain their relationship to people—especially to his guy friends, who couldn't believe he'd never "hit that." It wasn't like he'd failed to notice that Dani was naturally pretty, her Mexican ethnicity giving her an exotic look he'd seen plenty of dudes drool over. A fact that Sophie had definitely noticed. They'd argued about his relationship with Dani all the time.

What people didn't get, though, was that being with her was effortless. They liked the same things, laughed at the same jokes—she just got him in a way no one else did. When something good or bad happened, she was the first person he wanted to call, and it had been like that pretty much since the day he'd met her.

At the top, he pulled out two water bottles and handed one to Dani. She took a swig and looked over the valley. Her shoulders relaxed and she closed her eyes, tipping her head to the sun. He knew she'd like this place as much as he did.

"I miss this," she said. "I should find trails in Arkansas, but it takes so long to get out of the city, I never have anyone to go with, and I just don't think it'll ever feel like home the way North Carolina does."

"So move back."

She looked at him, head tilted. "Oh sure, just leave my job and move back. Easy for you to say."

"What's keeping you? You moved out there because of Steve, and now that he's out of the picture, you might as well come back home." She turned away, so he couldn't see her expression. He knew the idiot she'd followed to Arkansas had hurt her, and he hoped she wasn't staying to try to get back together with him. Wes had felt the urge to punch the guy from day one, but he'd tried to get along with him for Dani's sake. If he ever saw Steve again, he was going to enjoy telling him exactly how much of a loser he was, though.

"My job's in Little Rock." She plopped down, and Wes sat next to her. She picked up a handful of dirt and let it drift through her fingers. "How about you? Still glad you left your desk job to fly helicopters?"

"Hell yeah." When he'd first considered quitting his perfectly good software sales job to train for his pilot's license, his family had flipped. Dani was the only one who'd told him to go for it if that was what he wanted. She also said that if everyone else disowned him and he ended up broke, he'd always have a spot on her couch to sleep and her fridge to raid.

"I love my job," he said. "Love being up in the air, flying over the city in a matter of minutes. And now that I've got more piloting experience, I'm thinking of starting my own tour company. Something a little more exciting—all the places in North Carolina people don't normally see with historical facts made more interesting by yours truly." He grinned at her to drive the point home. "Maybe even places where people can cliff dive or go white water rafting—spots that are nearly impossible to get to any other way."


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Falling For Her Fiance by Cindi Madsen, Stacy Abrams. Copyright © 2013 Cindi Madsen. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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Meet the Author

Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she'd be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they're sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children. She is also the author of the young adult novel All the Broken Pieces.

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Falling For Her Fiance: An Accidentally in Love Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 109 reviews.
NavyWave62 More than 1 year ago
4.5 STARS INSTEAD OF FIVE BECAUSE IT DID DRAG AT TIMES. This is a clean, sweet story of our H/h who have been best friends for years and need each other to prove they have each moved on from their 'ex's" and for a possible job promotion. You will laugh and have your heart tugged on. Right now the e-book is selling for $3.99 (I got it for free), for 166 pages, and I don't think it is worth that. (ljb)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fun, easy, pretty clean read. I really liked the characters and the story even though you pretty much know whats going to happen. Would recommend to anyone looking for a lighthearted read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed this story!!! Hard to put it down!!! Love Wes and Dani !!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book had me hooked by the end of the first chapter. Could not put this book down. A real true love story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For the price, this book was a real surprise! I truly enjoyed the characters and the storyline, and couldn't put it down! Highly recommmended for anyone wanting a light-hearted, fun read!
TheAutumnReview More than 1 year ago
Falling for Her Fiance was such a fun book to read. It was fast paced, had likable characters, and a really sweet love story. Another Bliss hit for me! Dani and Wes have been friends since college. They've both been in relationships that haven't really worked out. Now, some of the ex's have laid blame on the friendship and the closeness that Dani and Wes have. However, they've both been adamant that they just have a good, solid friendship without any romantic feelings toward each other. However, Dani's up for a promotion and Wes has a wedding to attend and neither one of them wants to go alone. So, they call on each other and form a plan to pretend to be engaged. Little did they know that this hoax, would bring about their true feelings for each other.  I really liked Dani. She's determined to be successful in her career, because she is the primary care giver for her family. I really admired her. It's not easy to be so young and have all that weight on your shoulders. As for Wes, I loved him. When you first meet him, he seems like a carefree slacker in some ways, but Wes has a big picture plan for his future. The only person who has ever believed in him and his dreams is Dani. As a reader looking in at their relationship, I could see their spark right away. They have an intimacy to their friendship that lays a good foundation for any relationship. They've truly been a good support system for each other over the years. I loved watching them realize that their feelings for each other went deeper than friendship.  Overall, I loved Falling for Her Fiance. Friendship to lovers stories are always a win for me. I believe that having a good friendship with your partner, also allows you to have a stronger relationship. That's been my experience anyway and I'm happy to say that my husband is also my best friend. If you like sweet, light hearted romances, check this one out!
RRPNC More than 1 year ago
It was great!!!! Recommend Highly!!
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I looked forward to reading more every time I had to put the book down. Good story and I'm not the mushy type so the was good.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast read. Good story. Wish it had a little more at the end.
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166 pages of actual story. This book is nothing earth shattering, but it's a fun read. I likes the chars and it was fairly believable without all the constant whining and moaning some of this genre have. I did think the ending just dropped me though. Madsen really needed to add more there as I thought "what the hell?" when I was just dropped unceremoniously onto the floor. A few more pages would have elevated this story.
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Great Read
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I enjoyed reading this book, it was a good book and as far as being predictable, aren't all romances? The man gets his woman or the women gets her man?
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Great author, what i didnt like was that i was able to put the book down and forget about it,
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