The Courtship Charade
As a draftswoman in a man's world, Jessica Sinclair causes a stir as her new male colleagues vie for her attention. And the company manager has an ultimatum: fake a courtship with her boss, Flynt Kavanaugh or lose her job. But pretending to be smitten with the handsome engineer unleashes a real, complicated attractionand could reveal the past she hoped to keep hidden.
Jessica is certainly the best person for the job. But as their make-believe romance escalates, Flynt knows that's not the only reason he wants her on his team. However, with his past shrouded by a shameful secret, Flynt has always focused his ambitions on building a career, not a family. Now he has designs on Jessica's heart, but can they trust each other with the truth?
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About the Author
Award-winning author Keli Gwyn, a native Californian, transports readers to the early days of the Golden State. She and her husband live in the heart of California’s Gold Country. Her favorite places to visit are her fictional worlds, historical museums and other Gold Rush-era towns. Keli loves hearing from readers and invites you to visit her Victorian-style cyber home at www.keligwyn.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I don't usually read historicals because I usually don't like them. I won a copy of Make-Believe Beau in a giveaway and decided to give it a try. I was very pleasantly surprised. I thought Make-Believe Beau was a great story of a female draftswoman seeking work in a male dominated environment and her engineer supervisor who is forced to become her Make-Believe Beau. They both have baggage related to saloons and deal with it differently. Great story!
What would you do if pretending to be in love with your supervisor were a condition of your employment? Especially if that supervisor had also been ordered to carry on the charade by the owner of the company? This historical novel explores the sometimes poignant, sometimes frustrating (but definitely enjoyable) story that in modern days would be almost illegal! Jessie Sinclair only wants to be accepted as a draftswoman. She's not looking for romance. Flynt Kavanaugh just wants the boss, Corby, to give this talented woman a chance to prove her work is as good or better than the other four draftsmen in the department. However, strife erupts when she sits down at a drafting board and begins work. Two friendly faces, two definitely unfriendly. So when the boss makes his suggestion and tacks it on as a condition to her continuing in her job, what can they do? Corby says a month, and then they can "split up." One month. One month to prove herself better than adequate at her job and ease the tensions there. Surely she can tolerate one month. If only she can continue to conceal her past from the very straight-laced Flynt and the others.
Keli Gwyn is a wonderful storyteller, and I love getting lost in the pages of her books! In Make-Believe Beau, she brings to life the rich history of the setting, and I reveled in the myriad of fascinating details that were included. I also enjoyed the uniqueness of the heroine’s career; Jessica Sinclair is a talented draftswoman in a time when very few women in this field existed. Jessica and Flynt’s story is entertaining and engaging from the first page until the last! I delighted in their journeys to overcome their pasts and the lessons they learned along the way. “A simple, unexpected gesture can have quite an impact.” Make-Believe Beau is sure to delight readers of historical romance! I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. All thoughts expressed are my own.
Make-Believe Beau is such a delight to read. It is a fun story with the lesson of how to forgive and moving on. I highly recommend this book, as well as, any other by Keli Gwyn. 5 plus stars.