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Fiance by Fate: An Anyone but You Novel
     

Fiance by Fate: An Anyone but You Novel

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by Jennifer Shirk
 

Sabrina Cassidy believes in fate. So when her fiancé breaks off their engagement, she's convinced they'll get back together eventually. But fate was not on her side when it brought Jack Brenner into her life—and work. Frustrating, gorgeous, and cocky, Jack has an offer that Sabrina can't refuse. Not if it means getting the life she's always

Overview

Sabrina Cassidy believes in fate. So when her fiancé breaks off their engagement, she's convinced they'll get back together eventually. But fate was not on her side when it brought Jack Brenner into her life—and work. Frustrating, gorgeous, and cocky, Jack has an offer that Sabrina can't refuse. Not if it means getting the life she's always imagined.

Despite being one of the town's most eligible bachelors, Jack has a reputation that's working against him. He has to convince his father—and his company's board—that he's ready to settle down if he wants a promotion. But convincing Sabrina to be his fake girlfriend turns out to be the easiest part. What he didn't count on was their intense attraction and how easily their lie would escalate. Sabrina's still hung up on her ex, and Jack will never settle down. But fate has other ideas…

Each book in the Anyone But You series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Series Order:
Book #1 - Fiance by Fate
Book #2 - Wedding Date for Hire
Book #3 - Wrong Brother, Right Match

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781622664993
Publisher:
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date:
04/14/2014
Series:
Anyone But You , #1
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
242
Sales rank:
59,235
File size:
2 MB

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Fiancé By Fate

An Anyone But You Novel


By Jennifer Shirk, Stacy Abrams, Alycia Tornetta

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2014 Jennifer Shirk
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-62266-499-3


CHAPTER 1

You're not doing anything wrong.

Sabrina Cassidy took a deep breath and waited for the psychic to shuffle the cards.

You're not doing anything wrong.

She repeated the thought again for good measure — and because she liked to hear herself think.

Eating an entire cake? Sure, she could feel guilty. Lying on a résumé? Oh yeah, she'd certainly feel terrible about that one. But asking a psychic for information on her fiancé? Not a chance. She was sure any woman in her position would do exactly the same thing.

Pretty sure, anyway ...

The psychic placed the third Fate tarot card down on the table with such careful attention to spacing that Sabrina was almost afraid to breathe on it. The woman seemed a stickler for details — except when it came down to her name: Madame Butterfly. The psychic was neither Japanese nor even really female for that matter, but so far she seemed to know what she was talking about, so Sabrina was willing to let those things slide.

Sabrina glanced at her friend, sitting next to her. Maddie's eyes were looking sleepy, and she was trying hard to stifle a yawn. Sabrina had to admit, watching Madame Butterfly was a little like watching a slug race. They had already been there for more than twenty minutes and were just starting to get to the good stuff.

It was Maddie's suggestion that they come to get their fortunes told tonight. She thought Sabrina needed some fun, a distraction to help her forget about her recent fiancé problems. But Sabrina took the readings much more seriously than that. From the moment she and David had met, she had known it wasn't merely by chance. It was something more — the date, the timing. David was her destiny. And although she and her fiancé were on a temporary break right now, Sabrina knew in her heart they would be together again.

Of course, if she could hear that same thing from the psychic, it'd make her feel much better.

"I see a man in your future ..." the psychic began in a raspy voice. His — her — Adam's apple bobbed up and down as she closed her eyes and laid her palms on the cards. Sabrina blinked and tried hard to focus on what she was saying and not on the hair of Madame's knuckles.

"A man. Wow, that narrows it down," Maddie muttered.

Sabrina shushed her.

Madame Butterfly opened one false-lashed eye and aimed a definitive glare at Maddie, then continued on. "He's very handsome."

Sabrina shot a knowing grin at Maddie. David was handsome. And smart. And successful. He was just finishing his orthopedic surgery residency at Mass General.

The psychic opened her eyes, tapping a long, painted-blue nail on top of one of the cards. "He's wearing a white coat."

Sabrina gasped. "David's a doctor. That could be his lab coat you're talking about."

Madame Butterfly nodded emphatically. "Yes, I see that."

"Now you see that," Maddie added, folding her arms over her chest.

It was Sabrina's turn to glare at her friend. "Maddie, please. Don't make me kick you out of here."

"You can't kick me out. I'm the one who paid."

The table suddenly buzzed. Madame leaned forward and blew out her candle. "I'm afraid our time is up," she said in a regretful tone. "Please exit to your left."

"What? But wait," Sabrina pleaded. "One last thing. I have to know ... do you see us ...?" She tried to calm her voice. "I mean, will David and I get back together in my future?"

Madame Butterfly studied the cards for several agonizing seconds, then looked straight into Sabrina's eyes. "Yes. Most definitely."

I knew it! Sabrina elbowed Maddie with a grin. "I told you we were meant to be."

"Ah," the psychic said, waving a finger in Sabrina's face, "you must be careful with this knowledge. You are still the creator of your own destiny." A dry smile slowly kicked at the corners of her mouth. "Don't overlook the journey, my dear."

Sabrina frowned. Journey? "But I don't understand. You said David and I would get back together."

Madame Butterfly stood and threw her heavily ringed hands in the air. "Sorry. You want more information, you need to pay. And also reschedule. I have an appointment waiting."

Maddie grabbed Sabrina's arm and yanked her up. "We're not paying more. But thanks for the entertainment. It was a real hoot."

Sabrina allowed herself to be pulled out the door, even though she was seriously tempted to shill out the extra money. A little "journey" clarification would be nice to have.

Once they were outside, Sabrina turned to her friend. "Hey, just so you know, that wasn't entertainment. That was for real. Everything Madame Butterfly said was spot-on."

Maddie snorted. "Easy for you to say. At least you got 'white coat.' All I got was 'lots of hair' in my relationship destiny. Now I'm going to have to make a guy remove his shirt before I date him."

Sabrina laughed. "Aha! I knew you believed."

"I don't." Her friend bit her lip, then grinned. "Well, maybe a little," she admitted. "Now I need a drink. Let's stop over there." She pointed across the street to a Tex-Mex bar and restaurant. "You owe me a margarita after that one."

"Okay. Deal."

The truth was, all that psychic-journey stuff gave Sabrina a headache and she needed a drink, too. Plus, it was unusually warm for an October night in Boston.

Tons of people were out walking along the streets in the Back Bay, and although the restaurant was packed, they managed to snag a high-top table in the corner of the bar. After the waitress took their drink orders, Maddie scanned the crowd and grinned. "I think we struck gold. Lots of hotties here tonight," she said, waggling her eyebrows up and down.

Sabrina shook her head but glanced around anyway. Yeah, there were some cute guys. But she only had eyes for one. And unfortunately, he wasn't there. "You can meet your hottie. I'm an engaged woman, remember?"

Maddie pursed her lips. "You were an engaged woman."

"David said this split was just temporary while he figured some things out. Besides, you heard what Madame Butterfly said. We will be getting back together. As far as I'm concerned, I'm still engaged."

Maddie blew her wavy blond hair out of her eyes. "Now I'm sorry I suggested going to that psychic. I was hoping it would get you to forget about David and his 'I think we need a little separation' theory."

Sabrina lifted her chin. "Hey, it happens to be a good theory."

"Says David."

"No, says me, too. It's actually very mature when you think about it. Maybe we did rush into our engagement a little. Better to take a small step back now and make sure this is what he really wants. It's a big commitment, and I appreciate that he's not taking it lightly." Although a little niggle of doubt — despite what Madame Butterfly had said — wormed its way into her thoughts. She pasted on a bright smile when the waitress brought their drinks and wiped the thought out of her mind.

After the waitress turned away, Maddie lifted up her glass in a toast. "Well, here's to a hottie for me and good karma for you and David."

Sabrina smiled. "I'll drink to that." She took a healthy sip and swallowed appreciatively. The margarita was the perfect combination of sweet and sour and as she licked the salt from her lips, she enjoyed the heady kick of the tequila. She was such a lightweight when it came to alcohol.

Maddie leaned in with a wicked grin. "Remember when you talked me out of that tattoo for my birthday? Well, I was thinking ..." A strange look crossed her face and she trailed off.

"You were thinking what?"

"Nothing." Maddie's eyes grew round, and then she ducked her head. With a shaky hand, she lifted her margarita to her lips and downed half of it. "I was thinking nothing. Let's finish our drinks and get out of here."

"But we just got here, and you said there were lots of hotties."

"Not that many," Maddie said, her voice escalating. "In fact, did I mention I needed glasses? Hey, I have a great idea! Let's go get my eyes examined. I think there's a Four Eyes around the corner."

"What's the matter with you?" She glanced behind her to see what had Maddie in such a tizzy, and when she did, she immediately understood.

Her fiancé, David, was standing on the other side of the bar, talking to a beautiful redhead. Sabrina's heart dropped further when he grinned at something the woman said, then handed her a glass of wine.

Sabrina bit her lip until it throbbed. David. With another woman. She had to look away, or she was going to be sick.

Maddie placed her hand over Sabrina's and squeezed. "Hey, I'm sorry you had to see that, but pull it together. Don't sit here and let him do this to you. You should go confront him."

Her chest hurt, and she wanted to scream, but she shook her head instead. "No. I couldn't do that," she said, trying to control the tremor in her voice. "David wouldn't want a scene."

Maddie scowled. "David wouldn't want a scene? Forget what that jackass wants."

"No, I — I can't."

"Well, don't you worry," her friend said, patting her hand. "I personally love a good scene, so I'll be more than happy to cause one for you."

Maddie sliding off her stool pulled Sabrina from her daze. She grabbed Maddie's arm. "No. Don't. It's nothing. I've seen her before. I think she's a doctor at the hospital."

Maddie looked back at David with her eyes narrowed. "A coworker? Maybe. He's not touching her or making any googly eyes, I'll give him that much. There are two other men with them, too."

Relief flooded her senses, and she was able to breathe again. "See?" She picked up her drink and took a healthy gulp. "It's business. Now sit down before he sees us. Please."

"Oh, fine," her friend huffed. "Looks like they're going into the restaurant now anyway." She sat back down but still looked petulant. "Honestly, Sabrina, you should go over there and say hello. If he's truly out on business, then neither of you have anything to feel guilty about."

That was true. But a nauseating sinking of despair held her immobile. What if it was a date? What would she do? She couldn't let him go so easily. She finally thought she could have a family and home of her very own. After everything she'd been through, was that too much to want for herself?

Maddie tilted her head. "Your silence is incriminating. You know what I would do if I were you?"

She was afraid to know, but still asked, "What?"

"Retaliate."

"Retaliate," she repeated. She cocked an eyebrow. "What are we, fifteen?"

Maddie shrugged a shoulder, then opened her purse and pulled out a copy of Boston magazine. "Okay, maybe 'retaliate' is the wrong word. But dating while he makes up his mind is a good strategy. Imagine if David saw you with one of these guys. That so-called temporary break of his would be on permanent hiatus."

Sabrina peered down at the article entitled "New England's Most Eligible Bachelors" and rolled her eyes. "Oh my gosh. Are you serious?"

"As a heart attack."

"Well, put it away before you give me one. I'm not interested in dating any eligible bachelors to make David jealous."

"Why not? If David is playing the field, you should, too."

"He's not playing the field." Maddie just didn't get it. Sabrina didn't want to play games. At almost thirty years old, she didn't have the time or patience for them. She and David had been together for three years and it had been wonderful — a lovely taste of what it was like to be loved and accepted into a family. "Look, I appreciate what you're trying to do, but I don't want to date anyone else."

Maddie ignored her last comment by burying her nose in the article. "Check out this guy. He's even from Boston."

Sabrina grudgingly looked. And wish she hadn't. Jack Brenner's all-too-handsome face stared back at her. He was posed with his arms crossed, wearing a designer tuxedo, tieless with his shirt undone at least four buttons down from the collar. His thick, dark hair looked playfully mussed, as if some woman had just run her fingers through it.

Sabrina swallowed hard. Good Lord, for a man who worked in finance, he sure had Hollywood-chiseled looks. Unfortunately, he also had that same cocky grin he wore the last time she'd spoken to him — and that was enough to ground her back down to reality.

She shoved the magazine away. "Definitely not that one."

Maddie did a double take at his picture, then frowned. "Are you kidding me? Why? He's the best-looking one in the bunch."

"Well, I can speak from personal experience that he's all too aware of that, too."

Maddie's mouth hung open. "You've met Eligible Bachelor Number Three and you didn't introduce him to your bestest single girlfriend?"

"Trust me. If I had, we wouldn't be friends anymore. He's my boss's son and one of the mutual-fund wholesalers at my company. Thankfully, he covers the state of Connecticut, so he's rarely in the Boston office. Small favors, since he's a complete and total player."

Her friend winced. "A dog, huh?"

"I'm afraid so."

Maddie looked back at his picture longingly. "Yeah, I guess the article does mention he's gone through quite a string of women. But I don't know. Dogs can be fun. Sometimes all they need is the right trainer."

Sabrina just shook her head. Becoming another notch on someone like Jack Brenner's bedpost held no appeal to her. The last thing she wanted was to be bounced around in her love life like she'd been bounced around foster homes as a kid. That kind of hollowness was not something she' d easily forget, which was why she craved stability. And David gave her that. Besides being handsome and intelligent, he was grounded and levelheaded. David's parents loved her, too. Even if she took out Madame Butterfly, there were still so many signs ...

"Is he as handsome as his picture?" Maddie asked with a sigh.

Sabrina wrinkled her nose at her friend's fawning. It never failed. Whenever Jack Brenner entered a room, women felt compelled to fling their panties in his direction like he was some modern-day Elvis He had that kind of effect on women.

On all women except her, that is.

Sabrina shrugged. "I guess so."

A minor lie. Jack Brenner was a thousand times better-looking in person. Even though she was engaged, she could admit that much to herself. After all, any woman would have to be dead and buried in the grave a month not to notice. But that didn't change the fact that he was heartless and self-centered. He didn't even have the decency to come back to town when his father was in the hospital last month. The fact that he could so easily dismiss his family in a time of crisis was yet another reason why she couldn't stand the man.

Maddie stuffed the magazine back in her purse. "I have to hand it to you. You must be head over heels in love to ignore someone like that."

"I definitely am. David is worth the wait."

"Well, if I were you and anything happens with your engagement to David — or maybe I should say doesn't happen with him — I'd zero in on this guy in a heartbeat the next time I saw him."

Sabrina laughed. Yeah. Right. Get mixed up with a playboy like Jack who ate up women who threw themselves at him like they were chocolate bonbons? No. Thank. You. There was no chance of that happening, even if she and David never got back together. Which was highly unlikely in itself.

But she knocked on the wood table for luck anyway.

Maddie eyed her. "All I'm saying is keep an open mind. Don't get your hopes up that David will be ready to commit just because of a few superstitions and the premonition of a cross-dressing psychic."

"I am keeping an open mind. I may not be Madame Butterfly, but I can safely predict that Jack Brenner is one man who will never, ever be a part of my future."

* * *

Jack Brenner walked across his father's penthouse and stared out the window into the night. The Boston skyline was illuminated before him and he felt content being back in the city he'd grown up in. This was where he belonged. It took some time, but he'd paid his dues and was ready to make the next step in eventually taking over control of Brenner Capital Investments. He assumed that was why his father had transferred him back to Boston, to make the transition easier. Jack couldn't wait to get started. He loved his job, and he did it well. Aside from his family, this company was the one thing he could say he was truly passionate about.

It was a part of him.

The front door suddenly opened, and his father walked in. Leonard Brenner smiled and extended his arms wide as soon as his gaze landed on Jack. "I'm glad you finally made it, son. You look great."


(Continues...)

Excerpted from Fiancé By Fate by Jennifer Shirk, Stacy Abrams, Alycia Tornetta. Copyright © 2014 Jennifer Shirk. Excerpted by permission of Entangled Publishing, LLC.
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Meet the Author

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 romances (some even funny!) and won third place in the RWA 2006 NYC's Kathryn Hayes Love and Laughter Contest with her first book, The Role of a Lifetime. Recently, her novel Sunny Days for Sam won the 2013 Golden Quill Published Authors Contest for Best Traditional Romance.
She's a board member for Straight Ahead Ministries, an organization involved in helping spread the gospel and aiding medical and pharmacy students in Russia. She's also a board member of the Ocean City Library Board of Trustees. She resides in a beach resort in NJ, and when she's not involved in all the above, she's taking care of her most treasured possessions: her husband, daughter, guinea pig (Rocco), puppy (Sox) and four hermit crabs.

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Fiance by Fate: An Anyone but You Novel 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
ValiaLind-Author More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness, I LOVED this book. Seriously, just so adorable I can't even. LOVED Sabrina and Jack's story so hard.  Okay, full review time. This story is about Sabrina and Jack. Sabrina is on a "break" with her fiance and is desperate to have him back. After all, fate told her that they're meant to be together. Enter Jack, bachelor oh so hot and in need of a makeover. His dad, and board of directors, thinks that he needs to settle down, even though Jack doesn't believe in marriage. So he does the next best thing, he convinces Sabrina to be his fake girlfriend. After all, she's the perfect example of the kind of girl his dad wants to see him with and she's ready to have her fiance back. I don't know if here comes trouble or let the fun begin is the best way to describe where it goes from there.  I loved everything about this book. It was such a cute, fun read, full of emotion and adorableness. I loved Sabrina's character, especially when she was around Jack. Those two really can't stand each other, which makes it that much more fun to watch them interact. And I love how Jack brings out a side of Sabrina that's strong and confident. Something her jerk of a fiance doesn't see her as and that's reason number one out a billion why her fiance is a jerk. Ha. Anyway, Jack. Let's talk about Jack. I have a serious love for guys who's whole outlook on life changes when the right girl walks into their lives. He's a great guy as it is, but Sabrina brings out those protective qualities right to the top and it's so adorable to watch. I just loved these two together and so glad I got to read their story. Jennifer has a way of crafting a believable and lovable story, full of tension and misunderstandings and discovering what you really want in life. And just how fun it is when you take fate into your own hands. This book is now out and you should get it and read it! :-D
tlf0803 More than 1 year ago
LOVED everything about this one. It was fun to read and their witty banter always made me smile. I read the whole thing in practically one day and had a really hard time waiting to post my review (so it'd be after the release date-some sites don't let you review something that isn't out). Definitely one I'd recommend! I'm planning on picking up more of her books now. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
kdjohnston73 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book!!! If you like sweet, funny romances then this is the one for you! I found myself laughing out loud at times over some of things the characters would say. A real feel good book! Loved it!
sharonc06 More than 1 year ago
Fiancé by Fate is a must read by Jennifer Shirk.  Sabrina Cassidy believes she met her fiance by fate.  When he wants to take a break she feel fate will bring them back together.  Fate doesn't seem to be on her side.   Jack Brenner is trying to show is father he ready to start working on his future as head of the family business.   Jack's father tells him he needs to turn things around in his life before he will get him prepared to take over the family business.  This was story of two people who are looking for different things in life needing each others help to find it.   The story had me swooning.  I love Sabrina.  In the story you can't help for Sabrina to find happiness.   At first look you might not like Jack but he truly a great man at heart.  I loved watching this character as they realize what they try want.  I had a hard time putting this book down.   I found the story to be well written.  As read I couldn't wait to see what would happen next. 
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Very fun story that kept me totally entertained. They were just suppose to pretend to be a couple so he could get ahead at his job and she could make her ex jealous. You will want to read this one to see how things could get turned around! Highly recommended read.
Nicola_1202 More than 1 year ago
5 swoonworth stars from me. I haven't read anything by Jennifer Shirk before, but that's about to change because if her previous offerings are half as good as this, I'll be a happy woman. Sweet light romance is combined with humour and touching heartfelt moments making Fiancé by Fate a perfect read. Sabrina Cassidy's Fiancé has just broken off their engagement. No reason, just wants a bit of space i.e he is a douchebag. She has faith he's still the one and after visiting a crazy psychic, she's convinced it's all part of her path to happiness. Yeah. Right-o. Jack Brenner is her boss' workaholic son with a playboy reputation. He's also exceptionally sexy, witty, kind and charming. She sees him as a self-centred arrogant player and he sees her as Miss Perfect, but when thrown together at work they realise that a faux-mance could be beneficial to them both... What can I say, I loved them and their journey. Their chemistry burns throughout and their banter, snark and sniping was full of wit, humour and frustration. And Jack, oh he was just divine; honestly every time the man went in for the kiss, my stomach flipped. This rarely happens with a kiss, yes I swoon and sigh, but flips tend to be reserved for more intimate activities. Of which there are none - probably a good thing or lord knows what would've occurred. Fiancé by Fate is another excellent addition to the Bliss line (of which I have read many), it's a book I will certainly read again and if a sweet easy-read romance that will make you smile and sigh is what you're after, this is all that and more. I received a copy of this courtesy of Entangled Publishing for an honest and unbiased opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was short but sweet and left you with a happy sigh!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I laughed and smiled all the way through
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read. Strongly disliked her fiance...total jerk to dump her to 'think about it' and only wanted her back because she was with someone else. Very basic romance story. I enjoyed Jack's character.
onlyminordetails More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts: I have to say, Entangled knows how to pick some great authors and stories. This one is from the Bliss imprint, which is a little different than my usual Brazen choice, but still a great one. Brazen books have more passion and heat, and the Bliss books, at least this one, are very, extremely sweet. You know when you put two people in a situation like 'faking a relationship' that it's going to stir something up in them. For Sabrina and Jack, this is definitely the case. They have these kisses, and they're not ordinary kisses. I was swooning and wishing I were Sabrina at those times. I couldn't get enough of the two of them together. Fiance by Fate was a glorious ride. It's a very clean romance, so almost anyone who enjoys a good romance would adore this. I mean, I did. Jennifer Shirk impressed me with her ability to tell this charming story. It made me want to check out other books by her, so you know it's made of win. My Rating: Very Good
Lengua2010 More than 1 year ago
THIS BOOK IS BEAUTIFUL, GREAT. I love it all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this story. Yes its only 170 pgs but good pages. The characters are well developed and you could relate to them. Sabrina is going through a tough time. Her fiancee decided he needed a break to see if he really wanted to be married to her. She is heart broken and lost in life, then her boss says his don is coming back to the company and he will be her partner. She and jack didnt see eye to eye on most things. He was the playboy and she the planner. But when jacks dad tells he cant have the job due to his playboy issues that could give the family company a bad name. He freaks and asks sabrina to be his fake girlfriend. He would get the job and she could make david jealous and win him back. A win win for both of them. Until they fall in love with each other. Kristy Dean
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
Fiance by Fate is a really cute read. It features a fake engagement, a troupe which--when done well--can be a lot of fun. Sabrina Cassidy has long felt as if her life was not in her control. Losing her parents at a young age, she bounced around the foster care system for years, yearning for a real family. As an adult, she still craves the type of stable family life she never had, and is sure that's she's found her big chance for one--with her fiance David. He's a doctor. He's handsome and has a family that has welcomed her in with open arms. All the signs needed to start her perfect new life are in place. Destiny is smiling down at her. There's just one tiny problem. David's asked Sabrina for a short break. A hiatus, if you will, from their engagement. Sabrina's sure it's just a blip; though she does head to a psychic to get confirmation from fate. The psychic's no dummy--she (or is it he? Sabrina isn't even sure) tells Sabrina exactly what she wants to hear--or at least tells her some vague reassurances that Sabrina's more than happy to turn into the corroboration she's looking for. Perfect--now all she has to do is sit back and wait for David to come back to her. Except he isn't. Maybe he needs a little push? Enter Jack Brenner. He might be one of Boston's most eligible bachelors. but he's also Sabrina's boss's son and a heartless and self-centered playboy. When fate--darn it, Sabrina was sure that fickle entity was supposed to be on her side--puts the two of them in close proximity at work, Sabrina resigns herself to having to make the best of a bad situation. Mr. Brenner's been ill, and Jack has moved back to Boston hoping to lighten his load and take on more responsibility at the company. When his father tells him the promotion he wants is contingent on his showing more maturity in his personal life, Jack manages to convince Sabrina to fake date him for a while. It seems like the perfect plan--he gets a new job, she uses jealousy to get her fiance back. What could possibly go wrong? (Yeah, I know. But luckily characters in romance novels never can see the glaring neon signs that are flashing the words BAD IDEA just above their heads. ;) ) Naturally you know where these two antagonists are going to end up...but of course it's their journey in getting there that's so much fun. Watching their relationship go from antagonistic to grudging respect to friendship to something more is like a guilty pleasure. You can't help but root for these two to get their heads screwed on straight and realize that, hello, they're perfect for each other. If you're looking for a fluffy and flirty story to pass the time with, Fiance by Fate might be just what the orthopedic surgeon ordered. ;) Rating: 4 stars/ B- I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chicklit at it's best Sabrina is an International Wholesaler with Brenner Capital Investments. Even though she is very good at her job and well regarded in the work place all Sabrina really wants is to get married and have a 'family' that she can call her own. This is something that she has never had. All seems to be going perfectly in her life until her fiancé, David, tells her he needs a break from their relationship so he can think things over. All Sabrina wants is to marry David. Jack, the son of Leonard Brenner founder of Brenner Capital Investments, is known as a womaniser and can't commit to a serious relationship. His father tells him if he wants to move up in the firm he must show him he can settle down as he doesn’t want the firm getting any adverse publicity. Jack and Sabrina are thrust together in a working relationship and quickly realise that a fake personal relationship can help both of them reach their dreams. WOW!! Chicklit at it’s best. Right from the beginning you know how the story will pan out, but it’s the journey to the finale that was the fun. The story flowed well and the characters of Sabrina and Jack developed slowly showing small snippets of their true personality slipping through their outer veneer. Sabrina wasn’t really the uptight miss perfect she appeared to be and Jack wasn’t the womaniser that cared little for his family. I loved the interaction and banter between Sabrina and Jack. Lots of humour dispersed through the story had me laughing out loud at times. “Blindly. Her lips continued to follow his, and all thoughts of who she was kissing and even why flew out the window. She could barely remember her own name.” Jennifer Shirk shows us how you don’t need steamy sex scenes to write a perfect love story.
Katand More than 1 year ago
I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. I thought this book was great!  There are interesting characters who grow and change over the course of the story.   Both Sabrina and Jack mature as they realize that what they thought they wanted is not what will make them happy.  At the beginning of the book, Sabrina is frustrated that her fiancé David has decided they need a break from each other.  To be sure of what they really want.  Jack thinks it is time for a big promotion in the family company, but his Dad thinks he needs to show he has his priorities straight, maybe settle down a little.  So Jack comes up with a great plan for them to both get what they want.  Jack and Sabrina will pretend they are dating, making David jealous  and Jack's Dad satisfied. But as Sabrina and Jack start to spend time together, they each start to question their motives and ultimate goals, making the pretend relationship a little more complicated. This book is clean (a few PG swear words, not enough to make me put it down), funny, and a great escape novel.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kim for Read Your Writes Book Reviews Merriam-Webster defines “Bliss” as complete happiness. Reading Fiance by Fate will definitely put you in a state of bliss. Jennifer Shirk has written a truly sweet romance that will leave you smiling. Jack Brenner has just been transferred back to the Boston office of Brenner Capital Investments. His thought is that this move is the gateway to the National Sales Manager position, which will eventually put him on track to run the company founded by his father. Unfortunately, Jack’s playboy lifestyle is about to get in the way. Sabrina Cassidy is “little miss perfect”. Sabrina is almost 30-years-old and desperately wants to have a family and be stable; something she never experienced while being bounced around in foster homes. She’s a little delusional in her thoughts that she and her former fiance David will get back together. Sabrina has even gone as far as to consult a psychic in her attempt to make sure her and David are destined to be together. Jack’s transfer to the Boston office now means that Sabrina, who is an internal wholesaler at Brenner Capital will now be working with him. Jack is everything Sabrina dislikes. She thinks he takes his family for granted, is a playboy, and never takes anything seriously. More importantly, she thinks he’s only gotten jobs within the company because his father owns it. When Jack finds out that he isn’t going to get the position because of his personal life, he comes up with the idea of having Sabrina pretend to be his girlfriend. After all, having someone who is as wholesome and straight as an arrow like Sabrina is bound to make him look like a stable guy. In return for Sabrina helping him, Jack agrees to help Sabrina get David back. After all, if David really has cold feet as Sabrina thinks, then making him jealous will have him running back to her. I will admit that Sabrina can be a little irritating with her psychic/astrologistic belief that she’s going to get back together with David. But this is something that has to be overlooked based on the way she grew up. I loved that this was a truly sweet romance. One of Sabrina’s rules for her and Jack’s arrangement was no kissing. Yeah well, that rule got thrown out the window fast. But that’s as far as it goes. Fiance by Fate takes you on a journey where two people initially have thoughts and beliefs about each other, only to have those misguided thoughts disappear once they start to get to know each other. Once you get into the book, you aren’t going to want to put it down. After all, “You are still the creator of your own destiny. Don't overlook the journey.” Source: Publisher
A-slickKkkkk More than 1 year ago
4 Stars! So the story begins with Sabrina and her fiancé being on a…what do you call it? Mutual break from their relationship, so technically Sabrina really isn’t engaged to David. By mutual I mean, David suggested the break and Sabrina wasn’t too happy about it, but what could she do? She wants to be with David so bad and be a part of his family, to make them her family which is what she’s always wanted, a family. After a month of their separation Sabrina sees the man she loves so very much out with another woman. David says she is a fellow employee at the hospital where he works, but Sabrina is jealous, sad really. She believes they’re friends, but she’s still sad her and David aren’t together after a month apart. So when Jack, her new boss, suggests her and Jack enter into a fake relationship, to please his father and the board and to make her David jealous which in turn will allow Jack to get the position he desperately wants and for Sabrina to make David jealous and fight to be with her again. Everything sounds perfect, the plan is sound, but no plan ever ends up being perfect. That’s when feelings become fishy, personalities once hidden, rear their ugly faces, and one thing leads to another until Sabrina, Jack and David are caught up in a web of lies and deceit that the light at the end of the tunnel doesn’t look as bright as it did in the beginning. So what are they going to do? Will Sabrina win David back? Will Jack get his promotion he wants and believes he needs? Or will nothing go according to plan and every dream Sabrina and Jack had in the beginning, now just be lost in the sea of dreams? Read and find out. It is definitely worth it to go and buy the book to find out how Sabrina and Jack’s story turns out. It may just surprise you; it definitely surprised me, a little. I like to believe in the princess and the prince being together in the end. You could say I have a thing for happily ever after’s, so I wasn’t too surprised, but I was happy in the end. The ending was predictable, but the story, the build up to the end was worth it. It was a wonderful; one-sitting read-well that is if you’re like me and never want to put a book down once you start it. It’s a beautiful story of finding perfection in a person who is flawed and loving them anyways. We’re all a little flawed, thinking no one could love us for the flaws we carry, but this story just shows that there is a person who will love you, no matter your flaws, because love is funny like that. No one can choose who they fall in love with, they just need to find The One person who they love so much they’re flaws are things that make them love that person even more.
booksaresanity More than 1 year ago
A fun and light-hearted read with witty banter! I fell in love with Fiance by Fate! It was fun, flirty, and full of witty banter. Sabrina decides to patiently wait for her ex-fiance who just needs some 'time' to make sure he is ready for marriage. Now me, I would run the other direction if my fiance had already proposed and then decided he needed more time to be ready! Really? Anyway, Sabrina is convinced they are so right for each other but she continues to see him with this other woman.  Enter the annoyingly-drop-dead-gorgeous and conveniently single Jack. Convenience and a pay-off for both brings the two into a fake relationship. This is where the fireworks begin! Bring on the swoon worthy kisses and the heart pounding love connection! If only the two can wake up and realize what they have together! I loved the run-ins with Sabrina's ex, the over protectiveness of Jack and the chemistry was sizzling hot! If you enjoy a light-hearted romance with laughter, this is the book for you! It kept me page-turning to the very end! A wonderfully well written book that I will read again and again! Rating: Clean, mild sexual innuendos; language is mild I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
The characters shine in this cute, funny romance.  Sabrina Cassidy's anticipated happy-ever-after ending screeches to an abrupt halt following her ex-fiance's decision to stop and think about their relationship. Sabrina is left berefit and doesn't think her life could get any worse. Then... another whammy hits her when Sabrina discovers that she has to work closely with the boss' son who is NOT her favorite person since he garnered a promotion that should have been hers. When her new manager proposes an arrangement that could work out to be beneficial to both of them, she decides to play along after seeing her ex with a beautiful red-head as Sabrina will do anything if it wins her ex back.  Jack Brenner is one of the town’s most eligible bachelors. Jack is quite the ladies' man but he makes very sure that his heart is never involved. Now Jack wants the position of National Sales Manager and his father and the Board will only give it to him if he's ready to settle down. Hence... he proposes a fake engagement with Sabrina as a win-win for both of them and he can be very persuasive.  Sabrina was smart in many ways, but also an alternately feisty and clingy character. I wanted to yell at her to open her eyes to how fake her ex was. Jack came across as chauvinistic at first, but he quickly matured into a yummy romantic character and I was definitely pulling for him. The bantering between the characters was often laugh-out-loud funny. The physic element was hilarious and I'm a believer in physics! The writing was polished and the story kept me entertained from beginning to end. I'd recommend this book to anyone who enjoys light and playful contemporary romances. This was the 1st book I've ever read by Jennifer Shirk and it won't be the last! Very good! 4 Stars!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found Fiancé by Fate to be a very sweet, funny romance, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I can't wait to read more from from Jennifer Shirk! I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received this ARC from Cameron Yeager at Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest review. I really enjoyed this book. I'd put it at 3.5 stars. The storyline was cute and quite predictable but isn't that what you're looking for in a romance? I mean, if the guy doesn't end up with the girl, what's the point of reading it! There were a few detailed kissing scenes which made me wonder if there were going to be detailed bedroom scenes. I am happy to report that there were no bedroom scenes! I really liked the banter between Jack and Sabrina. It was interesting that Sabrina was so into being superstitious. Not really my thing, but at least it was a consistent theme in the book rather than just haphazardly thrown in. This was a quick read and I was able to read the whole thing during my kids' nap time and after they went to bed without staying up late to finish. I enjoyed it. It was a fun escape! Thanks!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received this ARC from Entangled Publishing in exchange for a honest review. I absolutely loved this book. It was lighthearted, witty, charming, engaging, and at times had me smirking at the banter between the hero and the heroine. I liked how the hero and heroine's relationship developed gradually over time. Both of their feelings and opinions about one another gradually changed during the course of the book. They both were astonished when they finally realized they were in love. I liked how they did not jump into bed right away. That is a big pet peeve for me. The hero is described as a lovable, charming playboy. I liked him from the first to the last page of the book. He never came across as a jerk to me. I felt he had underlying feelings for the heroine and was not able to deal with said feelings so he teased and taunted her. I love when a playboys meet the right woman and give up their ways. He was perceptive in that he saw right through the heroine's sleaze of a fiancé. He also was protective and had the heroines best interests at heart. The hero never took undue advantage of the heroine because of their pretend arrangement. The heroine had a difficult childhood. Her parents were killed in a car crash and so she was raised in numerous faster homes. She eventually learned to close off her heart. She desired above all stability and security in a relationship. Her fiancé gives her that, but nothing else. I felt she had not connection with him and overlooked his faults. Overall, I would recommend this contemporary romance to anyone who loves when a hero is brought to his knees by the heroine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This review is coming from a reader. I read for the enjoyment of escaping my everyday life. I have no intention of criticizing the authors method of writing. I bow to a talent I don't have but seriously enjoy partaking of. My biggest compliment to the author is that she was able to write a CLEAN romance with out it going stale. Just the right amount of heat to keep it real without becoming distasteful. Apparently that is very difficult nowadays. I love having a confident male lead that falls for a level headed woman. Not going to go into details as that has already been covered in other reviews, just wanted to give Jennifer a thumb's up and say Keep them coming!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago