A Friendly Engagement

A Friendly Engagement

by Christine Warner


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Omar Esterly is married to his job. But when Omar sets his sights on a potential, family-oriented client, his confirmed bachelorhood becomes a problem. Fortunately, his friend and employee, Devi Boss, has the perfect plan...

Okay, so it wasn't exactly Devi's plan to become her friend's fake fiancée. Lies aren't her style. However, Omar offers her a big, beautiful raise-enough to track down the missing father she's never known-and Devi reluctantly agrees to the whole engagement hoax...

This was supposed to be a no-strings-attached win-win for both Devi and Omar, but when they cross the line between friendship and...well, something more, Devi realizes she's made a huge mistake that just might cost her both job and friend-falling for her fiancé.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781682811566
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Publication date: 06/23/2015
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 723,900
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.67(d)

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A Friendly Engagement (Entangled Select Contemporary) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Omar is a workaholic and owns Esterly Finance. Being a workaholic seems to be a trait he had inherited from his dad. But then Omar has a potential client -William- he can’t quiet connect with and he thinks it’s because Omar is single/ Devi is his friend and employee. Neither Devi or Omar has ever been in love. Omar suggests Devi become his fake fiance. Devi hates lies and lieing but she will get a large raise that will help her her find her missing father she had never met. As the story goes on their is a growing attraction between Omar and Devi. I liked the story a lot. There was a good plot and this was well written. Also was a quick read which was fine. I did feel that Omar’s and Devi’s friendship turned into love a little too quickly. More like lust at first anyway. I liked all the ins and outs in the story especially between Omar and Devi. I recommend. I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.
2kasmom More than 1 year ago
Devi has worked for Omar Esterly for 6 years. She knows him well. They are good friends and work well together. He decides to let her in on his biggest plan. Omar tells Devi that he needs an engagement to win a client. He never plans to marry, since he saw what it did to his parents. Devi is not planning on children or a hisband for similar reasons. Together, they are quite the powerhouse. At work and at play. She is the only one who seems to get through to the closed off boss who makes her skin tingle. The sparks are flying everywhere! A well paced and sweet romance. I found this a great start to the Friends First series and hard to put down. Only 99 cents right now! ***This ARC was given by Netgalley.com and its publisher in exchange for an honest review.
JensReadingObsession More than 1 year ago
Omar and Devi's relationship has moved past boss/employee to friendship. She helps him the remember that there is more than just work. So of course, Omar figures that they can pretend to be engaged so that he can try to land a huge account. We all know what comes next - fake romance becomes real. Of course it's not all smooth sailing, but there the drama is not over the top. There are lots of romantic and sexy moments as well as an emotional reunion that I figured right away. Overall a cute, fun and sexy read that left me wanting to read the following books about Omar's brothers. I received an ARC via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, all conclusions are my own.
ToniSheldon More than 1 year ago
Fun, flirty, sexy, romantic; just a few words to sum up this great story! I was skeptical after reading some of the reviews, but I think Christine Warner did a great job developing the characters of Devi and Omar into the perfect friends to lovers couple. I found myself cheering Devi on in a few scenes when Omar was being such a stick in the mud! Again, I really found this book to be a fun read and really got caught up with the characters. I would have loved to have delved farther into their past, but overall I still loved it! Omar Esterly is a no-nonsense workaholic following in the footsteps of his late father from whom he inherited his company, Esterly Financial. Omar has long since decided he doesn’t need or want the heartache or distraction that comes with having a family; especially after his lonely childhood and watching his parents strained marriage. His business and success is enough to keep him happy…or is it? Devi Boss is a fun, energetic, live in the moment type of woman. Devi understands how fragile life can be after losing her mother during childbirth and being raised by her grandparents. She enjoys her independence and never wants to experience the heartache her mother endured when she told Devi’s father she was pregnant and he turned his back on her. Her independence and love of life is enough to keep her happy…or is it? Omar and Devi have had the perfect working relationship and friendship for the last five years. So it comes as no surprise when Devi comes up with the idea for him to get a fake fiancée to secure an invite to an exclusive week long meeting with THE potential client Omar has been relentless pursuing for the last three years. But, to Devi’s surprise, and dismay, Omar chooses Devi to be his fake fiancée…what is a friendly engagement between friends? Throw in a weeklong exclusive beachfront getaway and sparks fly as hidden desires are revealed…
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful read. What do you get when you put two people who work together, are friends and need a really important contract and invitation to a getaway. A wonderful story. Omar is a hard working man who has taken over the business his father left him, he has been trained to think of business first and family is not everything. He doesn't really talk to his mother and brothers, and doesn't feel the need for a decent relationship. Then you have Devi who is Omar's assistant, she was raised by her grandparents and loves her job but she has a try anything attitude. They have become friends in the 5 years they have worked together and she is trying to get him to loosen up a bit. The is a customer that Omar really wants to get to sign a contract with them and this man says he wants to work with a firm that is family oriented, Omar believes if he talks to him he change his mind, but it doesn't work. So he asked Devi to be his fake fiance to get this customer and they get invited to the week getaway. I won't tell you the rest you just have to read it. But I can tell you that I couldn't put it down. I look forward to more
AuthorsCafe More than 1 year ago
A FRIENDLY ENGAGEMENT by author Christine Warner is a cute and well-written story that's full of romance, humor and great heat between the two main characters. I've read several of Ms. Warner's books, so expected a fabulous read and with this book the author does not disappoint! Omar is a confirmed bachelor and workaholic, which has the potential to derail his acquisition of a new family-oriented client. His friend and employee, Devi Boss is a fun-loving free-spirit who somehow gets talked into posing as Omar's fiancée. The twists and turns of this story are sometimes predictable, but there are some surprises too. For an awesome summer read, you can't go wrong with this book. All in all, it's an entertaining story from a wonderful author. The Authors' Cafe is going to give A FRIENDLY ENGAGEMENT a 5 Star Review!
LilMissBookmark More than 1 year ago
Omar has one priority in life: work. If it doesn't have to do with his business, he wants nothing to do with it. Then comes along the client that wants to know he has a life outside of work and Omar sets out to find himself a fake fiance. He looks no further than his assistant, Devi. Devi really wants no part in this massive deception but after Omar assures her that he will come clean after the client realizes how valuable pairing up with Omar would be, she relents. Neither was ready for what happened next. I thought that the summary sounded cute on this one and I couldn't wait to dive into it. Honestly, it was ... okay. I didn't really relate in any way with Omar or Devi. They seemed like shallow characters that didn't have anything to them. Omar works hard and loves working hard and works to love work and loves to love work. Got it. But what else? There were these little hints dropped about his background but nothing was ever really fleshed out. I enjoyed his character but I just didn't know him. And I felt the same way about Devi. And then them together ... just didn't seem realistic. For a dude who has his head only focusing on business and it had been that way for forever ... I just don't see him falling for some chick after one day. I mean, come on. Can people fall in love that fast? Sure. But the way that his character was set up, it just didn't seem authentic. The story was pretty good. Although, there was a moment when things escalated so quickly that I actually wondered if I missed a chapter somewhere. Again, it just didn't seem natural to the flow of the story that was established in the first chapter. Basically, I felt conflicted about this one. It wasn't my favorite but it wasn't the worst either. I will probably give the author another shot on her next novel because I did enjoy the story line. * I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
Engagement or marriage of convenience stories are one of my all time favorite romance tropes and A Friendly Engagement is a nice addition to this entertaining classification. This book as well as the others that I have read by Christine Warner are easy to understand and follow. I never have to reread a passage or paragraph because Ms. Warner is always clear and straight-forward with her writing style. Good-looking yet slightly nerdy Omar Esterly is a wealthy investment broker and workaholic. With the exception of one elusive account, he has achieved everything he could have ever hoped for in his professional career. Now he is on the cusp of obtaining the one and only Bartow account. With the help of his amazing assistant and good friend, Devi Boss, they agree to pretend to be engaged, since Mr. Bartow will only give his business to those who are not single. While they are spending a week together at the Bartow's beach retreat, Omar and Devi flirt, laugh, and fall into each others arms. They are one hot and sexy couple. Overall, this is a cute and playful romance. Although this is a tried and true storyline, I found the pace of this book to be on the slow-side and the plot to be quite predictable. However, I loved Devi's spunk and moxie, in addition to her ability to make Omar laugh and not take life so seriously. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Fun, relaxing read! It's a fake fiancee story that is very well done and definitely left me with a smile. Omar knows exactly what he's doing in his finance world. Everything is precise and exact, just like he likes things. But when the very large client he's been going after decides he only wants to work with family-oriented firms, he knows his bachelorhood will be a problem. Who better to help him out than best friend and personal assistant Devi. She knows him better than anyone so faking an engagement should be easy. Seeing each other out of the office setting has emotions and well other things stirring!! This is one you will want to pick up for a great afternoon read. I highly recommend it.