A Limited Engagement

A Limited Engagement

by Bethany Michaels

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ISBN-13: 9781633758575
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 03/13/2017
Series: A Limitless Love Novel
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 255
Sales rank: 245,652
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Bethany Michaels is the author of over a dozen contemporary novels and novellas as well as a handful of Regency-set historicals and light paranormal romances. The first book in her Nashville country music series, Nashville Heat, was an RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award nominee.

When not working on her next book, Bethany enjoys movies, traveling, camping, hiking, and volunteering with her kids' scout troops. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and four teens. Bethany Michaels is the author of over a dozen contemporary novels and novellas as well as a handful of Regency-set historicals and light paranormal romances. The first book in her Nashville country music series, Nashville Heat, was an RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award nominee.

When not working on her next book, Bethany enjoys movies, traveling, camping, hiking, and volunteering with her kids' scout troops. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and four teens.

Bethany loves to hear from readers and can be reached at bethany@bethanymichaels.com or through her website at www.bethanymichaels.com

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A Limited Engagement

A Limitless Love Novel


By Bethany Michaels, Stephen Morgan

Entangled Publishing, LLC

Copyright © 2017 Bethany Michaels
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-63375-857-5


CHAPTER 1

I can't believe I'm doing this.

Lilly Harmon stepped inside the swanky Chicago restaurant where she was meeting Derek for lunch. Catching up with an old friend would be no big deal. But her secret teenage crush?

Bad enough.

Her secret teenage crush who had gone from small-town heartthrob to worldwide auto racing superstar?

Yep, I'm in trouble.

Though they'd grown up next door to each other, she now only saw him on the rare occasions they both made it back home to Georgia to visit family for the holidays. He'd been generous in offering to give her a ride home to Georgia on his private jet after their impromptu lunch.

The restaurant was crowded with financial district executives, and she panicked for a moment. She really did not want to see any of her former coworkers — it would be too much like a morning-after walk of shame, especially since security had escorted her out of the office building.

Derek was already seated at a small table in the center of the room, but when he saw her, he stood up to greet her, and his big grin revealed his toothpaste-commercial-white teeth.

Her heart stuttered. He'd been hotter than asphalt in August when he was a teen, and he had gotten even sexier as he'd matured and filled out.

"Hey," he said when she made it to the table, thankfully without tripping and falling on her face. "You look great, Lil."

"Thanks. Um ... so do you."

Understatement of the year right there. His slightly shaggy sandy-brown hair — cut and styled expertly — still retained a hint of the untamable wave that had always driven her and all the girls in school crazy. Blue eyes beneath full brows sparkled with fifty shades of ornery, and the dimple in his left cheek backed it up. No wonder women wore his face on their T-shirts and hung out around his trailer at the track.

He opened his arms for a hug, and during that quick, friendly squeeze, she got a whiff of his soap and the freshly laundered scent of his shirt. The way her body instantly perked up, he might as well have been broadcasting pheromones. Suddenly it felt like it was a hundred degrees in the restaurant. Someone really ought to turn down the heat.

Fortunately, Derek didn't have an ounce of attraction for her, so it didn't matter how unexpectedly hot she still found him. To be honest, she'd missed him. While other women had always wanted him for his looks — and his money — she'd missed their conversations. He'd always made her feel safe in her own skin, a feeling she needed desperately right now.

He sat back, looking like a man who had the world at his fingertips. What was it like to not worry about money all the time? To get a hero's welcome wherever you went? To have the career you'd always dreamed of having? Watching him win at life was the closest she'd ever come to having all the shards of her life fall perfectly into place.

"I was surprised when Shana told me you were going home for a visit," he said. "When you didn't make it back for Christmas, I figured you were too busy showing those city folks what a Georgia girl can do when she sets her mind to it."

"Well, I have some time off." Not a lie. Not really. Quitting her job technically counted as the same thing.

Quit. Fired. Politely asked to leave. The details were murky. But she definitely remembered hitting her fiancé in the nose. And she absolutely remembered that he'd deserved it. But Richard had also been her boss, and that had meant the end of her engagement and her career at Reynolds, Sherman, and Green.

Big mistake. Broken heart. Broken career. Broken everything. Strikes one, two, and three, all in one day, and her five-year plan was toast. Especially since Richard had promised her, blood gushing from his broken nose, that he'd be calling every firm in the country telling them she was a violent nutjob. Getting fired meant her carefully plotted future was now decidedly undecided.

Hey, she'd progressed to admitting she was fired. Maybe she'd get over this latest disaster after all.

Her hand shook just a little as she picked up her menu. "I appreciate the lunch offer and the ride to Penny Ridge. If you knew the week I've had ..." She was nervous being with him again, even though she'd known him her whole life. He was the boy next door. Hell, she'd once seen him in his underwear doing the Tom Cruise Risky Business impersonation when he thought no one was looking. The first sign he was a star in the making. "I've never been on a private plane before."

"It's definitely better than flying commercial," he said. "I travel twice as much now as I did when I just drove the dang race car. All the endorsements and press, not to mention the extra responsibilities I've taken on as far as running the team, suck up all my time. The Gulfstream is smaller than Dad's jet. Small enough to land at Wright's Field."

Wright's Field had been the abandoned, overgrown airstrip where half of Penny Ridge High went parking. And now it was Derek's private airport. Traveling around on a private jet might seem normal to Derek, but then his family had more money than God, thanks to his dad's genius in predicting the boom in biotechnology when Derek was just a baby and investing heavily. He hadn't exactly experienced a normal childhood.

"You know your father wanted the city to rename the airfield after you when you won your first championship?" She laughed. "Crazy, huh?" His smile flickered. Just for a moment. "I'll bet he did."

She raised an eyebrow. "What?"

"Nothing." And then that bright smile was back in place.

She knew he had issues with his father. Once his parents split, he'd wanted nothing to do with him. She got that. A lot of kids resented one parent or the other when they divorced. She'd hoped that had changed over the years, but the wounds seemed more raw than ever, and she suspected it had to do with the race team Robert Sawyer still owned part of. His father had given him his start, but Derek's talent, drive, and resulting success were all his own.

And boy, did success look good on him. He'd been sexy before in an earthy, bad-boy kind of way. Now that he'd added a little masculine swagger to the mix, he was nuclear.

Was she staring? Luckily, he hadn't seemed to notice. She swallowed and looked at the menu.

"Shana said you might be checking out some firms in Atlanta. You're looking for a new job?"

"Something like that." She probably wouldn't even make it into the foyer of a respectable firm, let alone land an interview, thanks to Richard. She'd loved working in advertising, but she had to face the fact that a career change was likely now ... and the job would probably involve asking her new clients if they wanted fries with that.

"I'll bet your mama would be happy to have you closer to home. She told my mom that she wants you to marry a nice Southern boy and settle down."

She nodded, pretending to study the menu, hoping that her best friend, Shana, Derek's little sister, had not shared the reason she was looking for a new job. That would be too humiliating to bear. And she was definitely not looking for a spouse, Southern or otherwise. "Uh, yeah. I wasn't where I thought I should be after three years with RSG. There was no way I was going to be where I wanted to be in five."

He rolled his eyes. "You and your five-year plans."

Instantly, the stilted nervousness melted away and they were back in Penny Ridge, bickering like real siblings, as if they'd never spent a day apart.

She glared at him over her menu. "What's wrong with having a plan?"

"Nothing. Sometimes you just get so caught up in plans that you can't see the opportunities right in front of you, Lil. You've always been that way. Too serious."

"Wow. It's amazing how you can tell me my life when I barely see you twice a year."

He shrugged. "It's a gift. Are there any other life challenges you need me to sort out for you while I'm at it?"

He could be a little overbearing, always sure he was right, but she'd missed him and the teasing back-and-forth they had. When she'd seen him at Thanksgiving, even speaking to him had seemed like cheating on Richard, given the way her heart rate always jumped when he was near. No longer a problem.

"Please. Just because you're older, a lot older, doesn't mean you know everything."

"Ouch." He sipped his water, then set the goblet back on the linen tablecloth. "Fine. I'm sure you're perfectly able to run your own life and that the whole five-year-plan thing is the only way to get through the day."

"Some people would say a plan is how you accomplish anything."

He raised an eyebrow. "And I'd say that's how you overthink things to the point you never live. I try not to think past the next race. It keeps your head clear."

"I think that clear head of yours has bounced off the steering wheel a few too many times." She went back to perusing the menu, a little smile playing at her lips for the first time in longer than she cared to remember. He'd always had a way of teasing her out of a funk. He'd gotten even better at riling her up.

Well, two could play that game.

She opened her mouth to give him a piece of her mind —

Then he looked away and swallowed. He came back at her with those big eyes and a bigger smile, but it was too late. She'd already seen it.

He was nervous.

What the hell? Why was Derek, international playboy, media darling, and sinfully sexy god of auto racing, nervous about lunch with an old friend?


* * *

Asking a woman to marry me shouldn't be this hard.

Derek had been in a lot of sticky situations on and off the track. Proposing to a woman he'd known all his life should be easy as pie. But he knew he was in trouble the minute his fingers brushed Lilly's.

No, actually the trouble had started the second Shana had told him about Lilly's predicament and asked him to give her a lift home to Penny Ridge.

He should be thinking about how he was going to ask an old friend for a huge favor, but now that she was here in front of him, all he could think about were her curves and her vanilla scent that always reminded him of home.

Yeah, that didn't complicate things at all.

He seriously had to get a grip. Lilly was a family friend, not some racing groupie hanging around outside his trailer looking for a quick hookup with a celebrity. She was exactly the opposite, and that was why he'd never cross that line with her. Kissing her was off the table, but putting a ring on her finger was the reason he'd suggested meeting for lunch before their flight home.

He'd tried to think of another way to handle the Thomas Oil situation, but he'd always come back to the same conclusion. If he wanted to sign this sponsorship deal, he needed Lilly. And if his body wouldn't let him forget how much more gorgeous she was now than ever? He'd keep control of himself. He couldn't afford to think of her as anything but an old friend and hopefully a temporary fiancée. Period.

So just ask her.

He opened his mouth — but good Lord, what he'd give to put his mouth on her, to run his tongue along her neck and — Shit. Maybe this wasn't such a good idea.

He could still back out.

Except he would do whatever it took to escape the old man. Yeah, his father's money had helped him get his start. But the price? Wasn't worth it. Not just because his father second-guessed every decision Derek made. But because of the way his father had destroyed his mom. Hell, the entire family. This money from Thomas Oil would allow Derek to hang up the phone on his father and never speak to him again.

Just one problem.

The billionaire's daughter wanted Derek for herself. Well, that was never going to happen. But rejecting her would mean rejecting her father.

Unless Derek wasn't available. Enter Lilly. One of the only people left in the world who really knew him, and the only woman he trusted to help out on his terms.

It was a perfect plan. Now all he needed to do was find the perfect moment to ask her.

Five little words.

He'd known her forever; they ought to be so easy to say.

Lilly, will you marry me?

CHAPTER 2

"Derek, is there something you want to —"

Then a familiar voice sent all the alarm bells in Lilly's head ringing. She peeked over her menu and saw the hostess seating someone two tables over.

No, no, no, no. It can't be.

It was Richard. Immaculately dressed in a suit that cost twice the rent on her apartment, not a hair out of place, and only a couple of inches taller than Lilly. The only thing that marred his perfect appearance was the swollen red nose Lilly had given him — totally by accident — when he'd ended their relationship by informing her she was being transferred to Fuggitt, Nebraska. Alone.

And while he had intended to send her into the middle of nowhere, the woman on his arm indicated he had wasted no time in filling Lilly's spot in his bed. Small comfort that this woman must have already discovered that spot was cold and orgasm-free.

"Rat bastard," she muttered and tried to hide her face behind the menu. So this was why he'd never wanted to take her out. Too much chance they'd run into the Other Woman. Or maybe Lilly had been the other woman. That was something to ponder the next time she woke up in a pool of cold sweat at 2:00 a.m. convinced she was going to die alone.

Derek was looking at her. "What did you call me?"

"Huh?"

"Rat bastard."

"Not you," she said. She couldn't help sneaking another peek at the pair. Wait, were they ... were they holding hands? She swallowed. It was one thing knowing Richard had been screwing around on her. But holding hands was the kind of casually intimate gesture he'd always refused, not to mention getting him to say the L-word. The closest she'd ever gotten was a hearty "back atcha" and a playful smack on the ass when she'd professed her feelings.

She ground her teeth to keep from screaming something that would get her kicked out of her second establishment inside a week. But if she got to dump something on his stupid cheating head before security got to her, it might just be worth it.

"Is that the guy?" Derek asked in a low whisper, leaning across the table. "He works fast. Y'all broke up, what, last week?"

Her eyes darted to Derek's face, so close to hers. Crap. He knew.

"What did Shana tell you?"

"Only that you had been messing around with your boss and that's why you had to leave." He sat back. "Oh, and something about a beat-down with a telephone."

She groaned. "It wasn't that sordid. We were a couple. It was a relationship with long-term potential." Or so she'd thought. "And it was only the handset, not the whole phone. My hands were a little sweaty and it slipped out of — never mind. Shana wasn't supposed to tell you."

"She swore me to secrecy."

"Well, it's a good thing you're not in the CIA."

His eyes narrowed. Something sparked in them. He swallowed — again with that uncharacteristic nervous tic — and then smiled. "How about I make it up to you?"

"How? Got a three-hole-punch in your wallet you don't mind me throwing at his face?"

"I left my office supplies in my other pants, but I've got a better idea." That million-dollar grin spread from ear to ear. "We'll make him jealous."

Her gaze slid to Richard and the way he was looking at his date. "I'm not sure that's going to work. He seems pretty wrapped up in his lunch date's breasts."

"Trust me. It'll work. You're a beautiful, intelligent, accomplished woman, and he'll spend the rest of his life kicking himself for letting you get away."

"Yeah, right." There was a twinkle in his eye, but Lilly didn't get the sense he was out-and-out mocking her. And the thought of revenge was tempting. Revenge that didn't end in security escorting her out of the building was even better.

"What did you have in mind?"

He took her hand across the table and looked deep into her eyes as if she were the most beautiful thing he'd seen in forever, instead of his little sister's best friend and the perpetual pain in his side growing up. "Just follow my lead. Act like we're gearing up for a nooner and are totally into each other."

His hands were large and warm, and the way he was looking at her, even if it was an act, made her squirm in her chair. As a lovesick teen, she'd spent hours imagining what it would be like having him look at her like this. It was everything she thought it would be, and maybe a little more. Only she wasn't a teen any more. So pathetic. Now she knew a fantasy was just a fantasy.

"A nooner? Seriously?" She sneaked a peek at Richard and caught him staring at her, unblinking, like the giant snake he was. The woman turned to follow his gaze — and Lilly recognized her as the busty receptionist at RSG she'd always had a feeling hated her. Now she knew why.

Derek dropped her hand and scooted his chair out, about to get up. "Or I could just walk over there and punch him in his ugly, cheating face."


(Continues...)

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A Limited Engagement 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
KristieK More than 1 year ago
Limited Engagement By: Bethany Michaels 4.5 Star Review by Kristie K Bethany Michaels delivers a fun and frisky tale of loyalty, friendship, and lasting love... Every girl loves a great tale of friends-to-lovers romance, and every one of us has probably bailed on a potential love match because we were too afraid to compromise the friendship. Delving into a great story where the risk pays off, is one of the sure fire ways to bring a smile to my face, and make me wonder “what if”… Limited Engagement is one of these great tales, and had me grinning, and pondering…laughing, and crying…but ultimately it made me sigh in content. The story focuses on Derek Sawyer, pro racer and womanizing bad boy…and Lilly Harmon, childhood friend and stunning beauty with a huge heart, and a sweet innocence. When Derek asks Lilly for her help landing a huge new sponsor for his racing team, Lilly is eager to help…until he tells her he needs a fiancé for the weekend. With her childhood crush rearing it’s head, and her personal and professional life in tatters, Lilly agrees. When things don’t go completely as planned, they find their fake engagement leading down a dangerous path…one that turns hope into heartbreak, and truth into tears. I loved this book! It was written with heart, and included humor and such a sense of fun. I immediately loved Lilly, and Derek managed to sweep me off my feet as well…though there were times I wanted to strangle him! Their playful banter, and easy manner with each other was enchanting, and the true affection they held for one another was obvious and heart-warming. Their chemistry was off the chain, and the race car scene?! Holy hades…hot enough to melt glass. As for the technical stuff, the cover was attractive, the model gorgeous, but I didn’t think it represented the story as well as it could have. The characters were wonderful, and the character development was on point. We were given enough history, and background to give the story depth but not so much it was overwhelming. The plot and storyline were well developed, and thought through. The twists were believable and not overplayed. The writing itself is stellar. Ms. Michaels is a talented story-teller, with a gift for words, and the ability to put them together to form a fabulous tale I thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end. Ms. Michaels has taken the checkered flag on this one…welcome to the winners circle! Kristie K
aprilrenee1976 More than 1 year ago
Fun Childhood Friends to Lovers Read A Limited Engagement is a fast paced, and exciting read. Its premise is about fake engagements and what happens – well you have Lilly Harmon & Derek Sawyer. Lilly Harmon has had a crush on Derek Sawyer since she was a young girl. She moved on in life when Derek went moving on and moving up. Lily has just ended a bad relationship and then lost her job, all at the same time. Now she is back at the starting point, looking for a new job and starting over. When Derek learns that Lily is heading home, he offers her a ride on his private jet. But this isn’t a friendly offer of a ride home, he has ulterior motives.. He needs Lily to agree to be his fiancé so he can focus on business so that way certain people wont force themselves or their company views on him. This story has many twists and turns to it. It is highly emotional and fast paced. I found myself drawn into Lily and Derek’s lives and their fake to real romance. Lily has always had true feelings, but watching Derek tumble for Lily and his feelings develop further and become more real was so beautiful. Also, this was a awesome story that involved car racing. Any story that has car racing and has a friends to lovers storyline is aces in my book. My rating: 4.5 stars **** "I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review***
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
This is such a great sweet, sexy, and quick read. I love a friends to lovers/fake fiancee arrangement. Derek and Lilly were hilarious together with an underlying spark of attraction. They ribbed each other and encouraged one another. They truly had a beautiful friendship and a great foundation for a real relationship. I was a little down during that all too important moment. But the ending and epilogue made it all better. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Rating 4.5/5 Lily Harmon is having a bad week . . . she’s spectacularly split with her boyfriend, seriously hitting him in the face in the process. That wouldn’t be quite so bad if he wasn’t also her boss. So now forget the wedding plans, time to start looking for another job - and soon, especially as he’s threatening to have her black listed so she’ll not be able to continue her career. On a brighter note, she’s meeting ‘the boy next door’, Derek Sawyer, for lunch. Now he’s the one she had the secret crush on all through her teens but he’s totally out of reach as a highly successful bad boy on the racing circuit. Their friendship has still lasted all these years and now he’s come up with a plan . . . he wants her to be his fake girlfriend to convince the daughter of an oil baron billionaire potential sponsor, Serena, who seems to assume she’ll get him as part of the deal! However, the that lady isn’t easily sidetracked and when news of their engagement reaches their parents they’re all ecstatic so the weekend engagement is lasting longer and getting more real every day . . . . This is a classic scenario, the fake engagement, but it is given another twist by the couple having grown up together and knowing each other so well. The reactions of parents, friends and neighbours was superb at adding to the pressure by as the two main characters initially endeavoured not to give into their feelings for each other - but when they do, expect fireworks! There are plenty of sparks around and the secondary characters like Shana (Derek’s sister and Lily’s best friend) and Serena just add fuel to the fire! This is a great read from start to finish and I thoroughly enjoyed reading how the two are so focussed on not taking advantage of the situations but love just has to find a way. It is a sweet yet hot romance that is brilliant to escape into. I look forward to reading more by this author in future. Many thanks to the publishers for gifting me a copy of this novel, via NetGalley, with no obligation. This is my honest review.
repsgoddess More than 1 year ago
A Limited Engagement by Bethany Michaels is Book 1 of the Limitless Love Series. This is a fast and fun contemporary romance with plenty of heat and laugh-out-loud moments that covers the best-friends-turned-lovers stories that we all know and love. While I enjoyed the story, I did feel as though there was a lack of something something (not sure exactly what it was that was missing) between Derek and Lilly that didn’t have me fully buying into the whole scenario. I’m thinking it might to do with how truly rushed and last minute the whole situation came about when Derek approached Lilly. Still cute and plenty of laughs and well-worth reading. Please note that an ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review of which this is both honest and completely voluntary.
MaryJoMI More than 1 year ago
Lilly has a 5 year plan that just fell apart. Her fiancé dumped her and she lost her job all in one moment. As she meets Derek for lunch, the boy next door growing up that she always had a crush on, she doesn’t know what she will do next. What she never expects is for Derek to ask her to be his fake fiancé. Derek is desperate to close a sponsorship deal so he can buy out his dad from the race team but the owner’s daughter wants to get her hooks into him. He has a brilliant idea, if I show up with a fiancé, she can’t pursue me and who better to ask than Lilly, a woman he’s known his whole life. Derek is totally career focused and doesn’t have time for relationships. Can these two friends act like a couple in love? Will Lilly’s heart be able to handle being this close to Derek? Or will love find them both along the way? I loved that Lilly knew what she wanted in life and worked for it. She was also the one person that never took any of Derek’s crap. Derek thinks he knows what he wants in life, his parent’s divorce shaping his perceptions but Lilly might just rock his foundation. There are incredible sparks and banter that make this fun, sweet, sexy romance totally enjoyable.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
'A Limited Engagement' by Bethany Michaels is book One in the "Limitless Love" series. This is the story of Derek and Lilly. Lilly has been friends with Derek and his sister since she was little. Derek's sister is actually her best friend. Lilly has always had a crush on Derek but she always thought he only saw her as a friend. Now though she has lost her job and the man she though she would marry. So Lilly is feeling down and decided to return home. Derek wants Lilly to pretend they are engaged so that he can possible score a deal. But their pretend engagement starts to have issues when they are finding it hard to pretend. This was a really sweet romance that I enjoyed watching it play out. "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
'A Limited Engagement' by Bethany Michaels is book One in the "Limitless Love" series. This is the story of Derek and Lilly. Lilly has been friends with Derek and his sister since she was little. Derek's sister is actually her best friend. Lilly has always had a crush on Derek but she always thought he only saw her as a friend. Now though she has lost her job and the man she though she would marry. So Lilly is feeling down and decided to return home. Derek wants Lilly to pretend they are engaged so that he can possible score a deal. But their pretend engagement starts to have issues when they are finding it hard to pretend. This was a really sweet romance that I enjoyed watching it play out. "My honest review is for a special copy I voluntarily read."
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
This is a fun romance with Derek, a race car driver, who needs a fake fiance to keep the daughter of an investor at bay. Lilly is his sister's best friend that he's known all their lives. Lilly got dumped and fired at the same time just before she meets Derek for lunch. He helps her put on a show in front of her former boyfriend, then convinces her to be his fake fiance. Before long, it spirals out of control as all their family and friends believe its real. This had lots of sexy romance and was an entertaining novel that fans of the genre will love.
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I loved this one!! I simply couldn't put it down. I've read several fake engagement type stories lately and this was truly one of the most entertaining. It's very well written and Derek and Lilly are two characters that just made me happy. Their chemistry felt real and I was cheering for them all the way through. Definitely one you don't want to miss. Derek Sawyer is desperate to get his father out of his business. Both his actual business and his personal business. I needs to land a new sponsorship but the sponsor's daughter has been making a play for him for some time and he just can't take it anymore. That's were Lilly comes in. If he can convince her to pose as his fiance he won't have to worry about the other woman. Hopefully.
RomanceNovelGiveaways More than 1 year ago
Remember, it's just pretend! This is one of my all-time favorite scenarios: The fake engagement. What makes this story different from the rest is the added dynamic of Lilly and Derek knowing each other since childhood. In my opinion, this familiarity afforded them some liberties, given their in-depth knowledge of each other, that other couples simply couldn't take. I enjoyed this story because Bethany kept the characters pretty realistic. Of course, there's an element of undeniable temptation when a girl's childhood crush asks her to fake-marry him, but Lilly did an admirable job of keeping her eye on the prize and not letting her emotions get the better of her. For a while. Likewise, Derek did his best to stick to the plan and stay focused on why they were in this crazy scenario in the first place and not focus on his feelings towards Lilly. But holy smokes, when their restraint reached its limit, hotness erupted! I met some interesting characters such as Lilly's best friend and Derek's little sister Shana (I'd LOVE to read her story!) and even the "villain" (although she really wasn't much of a villain) Serena (she might need a story too!) All in all, I loved reading how their feelings changed towards each other and the revelations that came along with those new feelings. I would definitely read more books by Bethany! (I received a copy of this book in consideration of an honest review)
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
What does a person do when faced with a problem that is awkward and dangerous to their career? Create an out that seems beneficial but ends up more complicated. Enter Derek. The big bad race car driver has it all. A career he loves, his pick of the ladies and a huge sponsor in the wings. If only said sponsor didn't come with unwanted strings. Enter Lily. She's hit rock bottom. Her career is in shambles. Her love life even worse and now her childhood crush is asking for a favor. Her complicated world just became a lot more interesting. A Limited Engagement had all kinds of wrong, looking the perfect type of right. I've come across a few in recent years, but Ms. Michaels is right up there with the great ones. Anytime an author can involve a reader's heart from beginning to end, the story the author and the characters are WINNERS.