I Married a Billionaire (Contemporary Romance)

I Married a Billionaire (Contemporary Romance)

by Melanie Marchande


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Maddy Wainright has given up on marriage - and men. After dating way too many losers who aren't capable of appreciating her for who she is, she's about ready to resign herself to a life of spinsterhood. Until her insanely rich boss Daniel Thorne comes along with an offer she simply can't refuse.

He proposes a marriage of convenience - one that would allow Maddy to live in the lap of luxury for a year, and Mr. Thorne to stay in the country that has become his home. At the end of their arrangement, Maddy will walk away with a cool two million dollars. All she has to do is move into his mansion, put on a convincing show in public, and endure a few INS interviews, for which she will be thoroughly prepped. It's a big risk, but one Maddy might just be willing to take, considering the payoff.

At first, it's all business. But when the gentle touches, passionate kisses, and lingering looks they have to give each other in public start spilling over into their private life, Daniel and his devious mind take Maddy to heights of pleasure she's never experienced. And the more she gets to know him, the more she feels that wistful tug in her chest every time he puts his arm around her in public. Before long, she finds herself wishing it were real.

As time goes on, Maddy finds herself wondering if two million dollars will be enough to cover the cost of repairing a broken heart. But Mr. Thorne may have yet another secret in store...

- Excerpt -

Well, this was going fantastic. If this were a real first date, I would have blown it completely. I hunched over the table, staring down into the steaming cup of organic free trade gourmet roasted coffee that I hadn't touched. Daniel was waving the server down for the check.

Once he'd filled it out with his own elegant pen, produced from an inner jacket pocket, he leaned over the table again and spoke in soft murmur.

"I think it's best, for appearance's sake, if we leave in the same car. And I would appreciate it very much if you would come home with me and spend the night."

My throat tightened. "So soon?"

"Well, by this time, we've been having an affair for a few weeks now. It only makes sense you would come home with me after our 'first date,' if only because it's hardly our first date."

"Fine," I said.

He was almost whispering now. "You can stay in your own room." He smiled. "With a lock on the door. I have no plans to take advantage of you. Right now, everyone here thinks I'm telling you about all the naughty things I'm going to do to you, when we get back. Smile back. Smile back."

I did, even as goose bumps rose all over my skin. "It's a good thing the acoustics are so bad in here," I purred, slipping my foot out of my shoe and resting it lightly on top of his. It was dark, but the tablecloths were certainly short enough that someone might see, if they happened to look. His eyebrows went up a fraction of an inch. I wasn't sure if it was the situation, or the man, or the wine, or some combination of all three, but I felt bold.

"I hope their imaginations are sufficiently filthy to put the right words in my mouth," I said, slowly stroking the small part of his leg I could reach with my toe under the cuff of his pants. It was the first time we'd touched, other than shaking hands. I could feel his eyes on me - and the eyes of a few other patrons as well - but I refused to look up, instead pouring a little cream into my coffee, stirring it, and then raising the spoon to my mouth. I slid it into my mouth and licked it clean with an exaggerated gesture. It would be laughable under normal circumstances, but I hoped the alcohol and the atmosphere would work in my favor. If I could at least make Daniel half as uncomfortable as he was making me, then I would win.

Of course, it was backfiring horribly as well. I couldn't tell if the look on his face was entirely acting or not, but I was tingling all over.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781482576986
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/25/2013
Pages: 206
Product dimensions: 4.90(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Melanie Marchande is a young writer who loves creating fun, flirty, and occasionally steamy stories about two people realizing they just can't live without each other. If you'd like to read more from her, please leave a review letting her know what you liked about the book so she knows what to write next!

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I Married a Billionaire (Contemporary Romance) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 64 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've never written a review, but I felt I had to with this book. The story had a lot of potential, unfortunately the writing was bad. Just one example, I have no clue what the characters look like, because they are never described. No hair color, eye color, height, nothing. She writes at some point that Daniel is so attractive, but I have no idea how. There's no real conflict, everything just seems to fix itself right away. At one point, she even refers to the same character by two diffetent names. Save your money. The story is disjointed, hanging on by a very small thread.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved Maddy and Daniel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice quick read. I loved the characters and the nice mix of steamy and sweet. want there to be a sequel soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was impressed with the writing. Felt like the tone changed about 1/3 through. Nice characters and fun love story though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome. I liked teh way things played out between these characters and I hope there is more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The plot line moved fast and the characters were great!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. Loved the cute scenes with Daniel and Maddy. Not the longest read but emotional and intense in many parts. I was satisfied.
northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
This romance was like a coloring book page before it is colored in--the outline of the picture is charming but it is missing all the hues and vibrancy that really makes it come alive. This writer is very promising and I hope to read books by her in the future that are not missing the detail and the follow through of a full piece. I was disappointed when I reached the end of the story that so little was resolved in terms of conflicts in the story. We do get the start of a nice HEA but then I discovered that there are several books to go in the series on this couple.  I did not find them a compelling enough couple because of the missing pieces nor the nature of this contemporary romance to need several books to follow them. While this isn't quite a serial as there is no cliffhanger, I still wish it had been a complete novel--all in one.  The missing parts--Why doesn't Maddie have any friends outside the disappeared Lisa?  What is the backstory exactly of his previous deal? ... There are tons of these threads.  Sigh. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SO GOOD!! I really enjoyed this story. So sweet and spicy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had a hard time deciding on the star rating for this. It's slightly above average. It's a tad disjointed in places, dragged in a few places... and there seemed to be more fighting and silence between them then falling in love so I had a hard time buying this sudden we're in love book over ending. And then the random ex appearance was just a waste of time. And no mention of why maddy was so "broken" about marriage. For being 1100 of actual reading there wasn't a lot of get to know you moments or feeling like they were connecting.....
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
Nice Maddie gets called into the bosses office. She doesn't know what going on. Daniel gets a letter from the INS and has to figure it out. They decide to get married, and he will pay her. Little did they know they would fall in love.
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Can't wait to read the next book in the series.
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CrazySnowdog More than 1 year ago
This certainly wasn't an original idea for a book, in fact it's a very common story line. But the author failed to do one extremely important thing: she did not describe the characters AT ALL. You have no mental picture of what the characters look like. This is a huge fail for an author that is supposed to be a top seller at the Kindle store.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was sort of rushed. Maybe More details in book two. This is an ok read so I give it a 4 star.
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I really enjoyed this book. Much better than I expected. I wish it was longer. I will look for more by this author.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Disappointing after reading this authors last book Barely any zing and zap Very little description of characters which was boring Linsey's character showed more excitment than the main characters!
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sassyparakeet More than 1 year ago
A really good novel. I loved it. Maddy had given up on men and marriage after dating a lot of losers. That is until her boss, Daniel Thorne, makes an offer she can't refuse. Because his lawyer neglected to complete filing his paperwork to become a natural US resident, he is now in danger of losing his visa. The only way of staying is if he marries a US citizen. Hence his proposal of a marriage of convenience. One that would allow her to live in the lap of luxury for a year and receive two million in compensation afterwards and allow him to stay. At first it's all business. But before long she finds herself wishing it were real. This is a good read. I recommend to anyone who enjoys Billionaire romances.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story very much. Good adult love story. L.M.A..