Misadventures of a Backup Bride (Misadventures Series #4)

Misadventures of a Backup Bride (Misadventures Series #4)

by Shayla Black

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ISBN-13: 9781943893423
Publisher: Waterhouse Press
Publication date: 10/17/2017
Series: Misadventures Series , #4
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 116,611
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Shayla Black is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than fifty novels. For over fifteen years, she’s written contemporary, erotic, paranormal, and historical romances via traditional, independent, foreign, and audio publishers. Her books have sold well over a million copies and been published in a dozen languages.

Raised as an only child, Shayla occupied herself with lots of daydreaming, much to the chagrin of her teachers. In college, she found her love for reading and realized that she could have a career publishing the stories spinning in her imagination. Though she graduated with a degree in Marketing/Advertising and embarked on a stint in corporate America to pay the bills, her heart has always been with her characters. She’s thrilled that she’s been living her dream as a full-time author for the past seven years.

Shayla currently lives in North Texas with her wonderfully supportive husband, her teenage daughter, and a very spoiled cat. In her “free” time, she enjoys reality TV, reading, and listening to an eclectic blend of music.

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Misadventures of a Backup Bride 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
MaimeosAngelsEL More than 1 year ago
5 Star review of Misadventures Of A Backup Bride by Shayla Black What a complicated life Carson Frost leads! When he inherits a confectionery company, he turns to a competitor to assist him with much needed funds he cannot raise in time. The catch? He has to marry the man’s daughter and give up a percentage of his business. What’s Carson going to do but go ahead with it. However, when doubt rears it’s head he knows he cannot marry her and so begins a web of lies that keep getting bigger and bigger. This is when Carson remembers meeting and being interested in an actress from LA named Ella Hope and he subsequently “hires” her to be his “fake” bride. What starts off as a fake relationship, soon morphs into so much more and becomes even more complicated, feelings become involved. The possibility of a real relationship soon becomes a reality, only problem is they live states away from each other. Will Carson be prepared to leave his inheritance behind or will Ella be prepared to give up her dreams of winning an Oscar? The chemistry between Carson and Ella was sizzling the twists and turns heart pounding and all in all was a great addition to this wonder Misadventures series.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Such an awesome book. Another great misadventure
PENELOPE SMITH More than 1 year ago
Who is Fooling Who is the Question! This is #04 in the Misadventures Series by Shayla Black. HEA with No cliffhangers! This is a Multi Author series, written as a standalone. You do not need to read them in order. Content Advisory: High heat There is sex, dirty talk, and dirty thoughts. I've listened to several titles in this series and they have all been very steamy! The stories are page turners too, which makes them a win, win for me! The consistency as a whole has been great even though this is a multi author series of standalones. Most of the Misadventures can be found in the library as well as various subscription services so they are easy to come by. Carson Frost is trying to salvage the business left to him by his birth father, but his rash choices are coming back to haunt him. He took a deal with a competitor for the money he needed to keep the business afloat and the shiny coins aren't shiny or even real coins anymore. In an effort to get out of the deal he hires Ella Hope to be the long lost love of his life ... that will get him out of his current engagement ... and then dump him at the altar ... Simple, Right? Ella Hope is a struggling actress. Her love life, as well as her bank account, have seen better days. She remembers Carson and how she would of been interested if she were not on a date with his friend. The call was welcomed timing. Spending time with the hot guy from the party while padding her bank account sounds like a solid plan. She is a professional ... she can do this ... Simple, Right? It wasn't Simple! Things heat up fast, and their well laid plans go out the window. As the outside players keep changing the rules, things get crazy. Well, more crazy , because things started there in the first place. Lies become real, while the real becomes lies. Don't believe anyone till its all said and done! A good time will be had, and that is not a lie! Shayla Black is a go-to for racier reads with awesome characters. She did not disappoint with this title. Christian Fox and Lucy Rivers narrate this title with alternating POVs. Both individually did a great job in their pacing and emotion. I do wish it would of been a true Duet though, because they end up, by default, competing with each other for who did the character better. It's really hard to pick a clear winner. Normal speed was fine, however I listened at 0.90x. It is my personal preference. Ebook obtained through my local library (Overdrive). Audiobook obtained through Audible Romance Package.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You can always depend on Shayla Black for a great read!
Naughty_Book_Blog More than 1 year ago
Once again Shayla Black writes a story that hits it out of the park! Sweet, sexy & full of surprises. Expect the unexpected! Carson and Ella both have their own hangups, but this fake arrangment soon blurs the lines between fake and real. They both have insecurities and preconceived notions that have them fighting their connection, but in the end the heart wants what the heart wants. I had so much fun watching these two fail miserably at not falling in love!
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
Carson Frost is still adjusting to owning a successful confectionary. To get it out of debt and back to making millions, he’s agreed to marry the daughter of a competitor. Unfortunately, he and his competitor’s daughter have nothing in common and no attraction. When he comes up with the idea of hiring a bride to strike a new deal, he didn’t encounter his feelings taking part. This was a pretty good story. The insta-attraction was well enough written that I felt it worked with this story and fell in with the time-frame of the story. My only problem was that it was somewhat hard to buy Ella’s quick feelings when she repeatedly showed a lack of trust and faith in people. Overall though, I did enjoy the book. **I voluntarily read and reviewed this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and will recommend to everyone! Word of warning if you get into books like I do you will be crying by the end.
kahea46 More than 1 year ago
***4 Stars*** This was a fun fake relationship morphs into way more than either person ever imagined read that was filled with a good balance of heart, smexyness and drama that kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next. It was easy to like both Carson and Ella. They aren’t afraid of working hard for what they want, they’re honest and have an ease about them that made it easy to connect with both of them. Their journey to their HEA was a fun one and I really liked the direction it took. It is all kinds of insta-lust that morphs into insta-love, but it worked for me because of how the fake relationship came about. They were forced to get to know each other without the game playing and stringing each other along, so they got the “This is me. Take it or leave it” version and it totally worked for me. The sexual chemistry between them is off the charts and I really enjoyed how they became a couple without realizing it. There are a few bumps in their road, but I like how everything worked out in the end. Misadventures of a Back Up Bride was a fun read and pretty much devoured once I started it. There was one spot where things did slow down for me, but overall it was an engaging and well paced story. The secondary cast of characters were very well written, one I wanted to gut with a spoon on numerous occasions, but he did add a bit of fun to the story in the end. I’m quite curious about Ella’s sisters and am keeping my toes crossed that they may just get their own books one day. ~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley & voluntarily reviewed ~
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book & story line.
Arch_Angel More than 1 year ago
This author has long been a favourite of mine, and her contribution to this marvellous new series is original, fun and has moments of laugh out loud you just can’t ignore. Carson and Ella are extremely entertaining and the overall storyline is captivating and addictive. To say that I’ve become an instant fan of this new off the cuff romance series, is not really giving the series it’s full credit. If you’re looking for something that’s got it all, then definitely add the Misadventures to your read list!
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars This story features Carson and Ella. The attraction is there. Everything is PERFECT, except none of it is real. Well, maybe all the HOT sex they’re having is real and a few other things. I was a little irritated with Ella. EVERYTHING was there for the taking but she still wasn’t sure. Maybe it seemed too good to be true. Looking forward to reading more from this fantastic author.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
Witty, fun and downright sexy! With the fourth book in the Misadventures series, Shayla Black takes us on a fun jaunt towards happily ever after with a fake it till you make it love story. The plot was easy to get drawn into and the characters were a fun combination! Carson Frost finds himself in quite the conundrum after inheriting his father's struggling business. He has to make a deal with the devil, AKA his father's greatest rival, in order to stay above water long enough to get the company back in good standing ... but his end of the bargain is marrying his rival's daughter. The closer he gets to dooms day, the more convinced he is that it's a huge mistake, so he is left with no other option than to come up with Plan B! Ella Hope is a struggling actress and more than happy to get the promise of a job, but when she learns she's supposed to be playing the woman Carson says he fell in love with in order to get out of marrying his fiance, she's not so sure they can pull this off! When playing make-believe starts to feel all too real, will they be able to get the deal done with their hearts still intact?
AggieHist More than 1 year ago
I went into the read excited for a quick and fun story. It was all that and a bag of chips! Shayla Black did it again, she has humor, romance and emotion all wrapped into a story you can’t put down! This book so flirty but has substance. Ella and Carson are an amazing couple!! I loved this book... like going to buy the hard cover version love! If you are looking for your next amazing story then look no further!
EileenAW More than 1 year ago
If you want a book with a lot of sex scenes then Misadventures of a Backup Bride by Shayla Black, Misadventures book four. Carson Frost inherits a candy company but is in need of a loan to keep the company running. He agrees to take a loan from his late father’s rival but there are two catches: Carson has to sign over a permanent stake in the company and marry the man’s daughter. Carson really doesn’t want to marry this daughter so he claims he is in love with someone else. The investor agrees to still hand over the cash if Carson marries this woman. Since he really isn’t dating anyone and he contacts an actress, Ella, he met at a friend’s party and convinces her to do it but to jilt him at the altar. Ella is happy to take on this paying gig, but isn’t quite sure about jilting a hot guy in public. The more time Carson and Ella spend together pretending to be in love the more they find themselves actually falling for each other. Can they make this work and save the company or is the pressure too much? I enjoyed reading this book and had trouble putting this book down. There was definitely a lot of time in this story spent with Carson and Ella sharing sex, in detail, overpowering some scenes. I recommend this book to other readers and am looking forward to the next book in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Theresakerch-28 More than 1 year ago
Great read This was a great read of this series. Shayla Black has once again wrote another great story. What better story of insta love and trying to put one over on you business rival and what is supposed to be you fiancée father in law. Carson inherited his fathers company that needed money so he goes to Gregory Shaw who owns another candy company and mr Shaw offers the money if Carson marries his daughter Kendra, the problem is that neither Carson or Kendra love each other. So to get out if the deal Carson says that he is Love with some one else Ella. They the. Have to plan to show how much they love each other and try to trick Gregory Shaw, or do they really love each other. This was a well written and did not feel rushed and it was hot and the story was for well written.
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
'Misadventures of a Backup Bride' by Shayla Black is book Four in The "Misadventures" series. This is the story of Carson Frost and Ella Hope. This book is a standalone book. Carson inherited his fathers business but it and he needs money to get it up and going again. When an investor says he will give the money if he would marry his daughter...he reluctantly agrees. But then he back tracks and says he can't marry the mans daughter because he loves another. So he is then told to marry the women he loves instead of the daughter. Carson doesn't have anyone in his live that can be a pretend girlfriend. Ella is an actress that needs money so when presented the job by Carson she accepts to be his fake girlfriend to bride. But sometimes when you pretend it becomes real. This was a fun read but also one that was a quick one. Really enjoyed it!
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
'Misadventures of a Backup Bride' by Shayla Black is book Four in The "Misadventures" series. This is the story of Carson Frost and Ella Hope. This book is a standalone book. Carson inherited his fathers business but it and he needs money to get it up and going again. When an investor says he will give the money if he would marry his daughter...he reluctantly agrees. But then he back tracks and says he can't marry the mans daughter because he loves another. So he is then told to marry the women he loves instead of the daughter. Carson doesn't have anyone in his live that can be a pretend girlfriend. Ella is an actress that needs money so when presented the job by Carson she accepts to be his fake girlfriend to bride. But sometimes when you pretend it becomes real. This was a fun read but also one that was a quick one. Really enjoyed it!
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
'Misadventures of a Backup Bride' by Shayla Black is book Four in The "Misadventures" series. This is the story of Carson Frost and Ella Hope. This book is a standalone book. Carson inherited his fathers business but it and he needs money to get it up and going again. When an investor says he will give the money if he would marry his daughter...he reluctantly agrees. But then he back tracks and says he can't marry the mans daughter because he loves another. So he is then told to marry the women he loves instead of the daughter. Carson doesn't have anyone in his live that can be a pretend girlfriend. Ella is an actress that needs money so when presented the job by Carson she accepts to be his fake girlfriend to bride. But sometimes when you pretend it becomes real. This was a fun read but also one that was a quick one. Really enjoyed it!
BookReview4you More than 1 year ago
'Misadventures of a Backup Bride' by Shayla Black is book Four in The "Misadventures" series. This is the story of Carson Frost and Ella Hope. This book is a standalone book. Carson inherited his fathers business but it and he needs money to get it up and going again. When an investor says he will give the money if he would marry his daughter...he reluctantly agrees. But then he back tracks and says he can't marry the mans daughter because he loves another. So he is then told to marry the women he loves instead of the daughter. Carson doesn't have anyone in his live that can be a pretend girlfriend. Ella is an actress that needs money so when presented the job by Carson she accepts to be his fake girlfriend to bride. But sometimes when you pretend it becomes real. This was a fun read but also one that was a quick one. Really enjoyed it!
mkcooke More than 1 year ago
Misadventures of a Backup Bride by Shayla Black was a delightful, steamy, and all consuming romance that I could not put down! From start to finish this book had me hooked in to everything I was reading with these characters, it gave me a story that was fast paced and worked so phenomenally well, and it gave me a reading experience that was fully enjoyable through every word. This story was well written, it was enrapturing as all get out, and it gave me a love story that made me blush and hit my heart in the same breath! This is the first book that I have right by Shayla Black, but I know that it will not be the last. I absolutely loved her writing style. She made it so easy for me to fall right into the story with these characters, and I love how she let me feel and experience it all with them. Her effervescent writing gave me these characters, their personalities, their story, and it just gave me them. I loved that. I loved how I felt like I was living this book with them and it made this book even more enjoyable to read because of that. What I loved about Misadventures of a Backup Bride was the premise of the story, how this author perfectly blended a story of steam and sexy with sweet and heartfelt, and how I just fell in love with these characters. What you get with Carson and Ella as the story unfolds will melt your heart among other things, and will have you rooting for them! This story follows them as they see if a bargain and an agreement between them could lead to much more than either of them thought. Carson needs a bride. He's trying to save his family business, and he's trying to be a good guy who does the right thing. Ella is an actress who is trying to help Carson do just that. What starts off as the two of them agreeing to help each other out, soon find them falling hard and fast for each other. This story follows them through every twist and turn, through every high and low, and as these to try to see what could be with the very real and very heartfelt feelings that have grown between them. What I loved about Carson was that he was so genuine and was a good guy trying to do the right thing for everyone involved. That pulled me into his character, and it seared me to him with what I got with him in the story. He was a man that completely stole my heart through every word that I got with him. Ella was a female character that I immediately connected to. She was real, she was sweet, and she was an independent woman ready to do what needed to be done. What she didn't expect was to fall for Carson so quickly and so deeply, but I loved that throughout all of those feelings she had for him, she was still smart and headstrong and not afraid to fight for what she wanted. I loved both of these character so much, and the way that Shayla Black makes them so real, so authentic, and so easy to love will have you rooting for them every step of the way! This was another phenomenal addition to the Misadventures Series. This book had it all. It had the spark and fire between these characters that I could not get enough of. It had their love and the world a feeling that developed between them. It had a story that was unique and consuming. It had the writing that brought it all together, and I truly can't say enough how much I loved it! This was a well-written, fast-paced, and all-around phenomenal read. If you are looking for something quick and enjoyable, then run yourself to this amazing book this second! It will make you blu
carvanz More than 1 year ago
This is definitely my favorite of the series! I absolutely loved Carson and Ella. Carson is being forced into a marriage with a rival’s daughter. He confesses to loving another woman and then finds himself having to prove it. Ella is an actress but hasn’t found success yet. When the man she met six months ago calls to offer her a job she accepts. The money is a great motivator but the truth is she was and still is very attracted to him. This plot moves along at a constant pace never getting old. Something is always twisting and turning as this couple try to decipher what they have together and how they might can make a relationship work. Everything boils down to whether or not they will actually say “I do”. The final twist was unexpected and, if not a little contrived, made me happy for everyone involved. I was disappointed there was no epilogue but everything else was great. This is a fast read with a bit of humor, realistic characters that communicate, a little insta love, and some good old fashioned steam. This is an honest review of an advanced copy provided by NetGalley and Waterhouse Press. Dual POV Safe No apparent triggers
gigiluvsbooks2 More than 1 year ago
An Overnight Billionaire... When Carson Frost inherits a confectionary that rakes in billions but is too cash-strapped to last another sixty days, he agrees to take a loan from his late father's rival. There are two catches: Carson has to sign over a permanent stake in the company, and marry the man's daughter. Concocts a Fake Bride... Two weeks before the wedding, he gets cold feet and claims he's in love with someone else. The investor says he'll still hand over the cash if Carson takes a stroll down the aisle--with the woman who owns his heart. Since he isn't even dating anyone, Carson panics. Where is he going to find a bride willing to jilt him at the altar on such short notice? And Whips Up a Little Love. Ella Hope is an actress happy for any paying gig, but jilting a hottie in public isn't what she had in mind. Still, she needs rent, and he's in a bind. How hard can it be? While playing at matrimony, suddenly their intimacy isn't so fake. Ella can't help but fantasize that Carson is her groom and they will live happily ever after. But once his company is safe, will he want her anymore? Review: Instalove and fake intendeds abound in this short contemporary romance. Love Shayla Black and this gave me a fix of her until her next book comes out. It is full of sexy good times as she writes so well. It also has a great premise of Carson trying to get out of an arranged marriage by hiring Ella to play the girl he never got over. Lots of machinations by everyone in the story leads to a very touching and heart warming ending. I really enjoyed reading this quick romance, from the multi-author series. 4Stars *I voluntarily read an advance reader copy of this book provided by the publisher.*
grammyx3 More than 1 year ago
Shayla Black is one of my favorite authors. Her writing style just always makes for a very interesting, very satisfying, very fun read. Misadventures of a Backup Bride is a perfect example of this author's super writing style. She hits all the right spots in this book to make it a very entertaining read. The storyline flows well, the plot is great and I love the characters. I really connected with Carson Frost and Ella Hope. There's lots of fun and action in this story. Carson inherits his father's candy company but it is short on cash flow due to a cousin's poor executive decisions. Carson's plan to get a loan from Gregory Shaw, a competitor comes with strings attached. Carson has to agree to marry Shaw's daughter, Kendra. Neither Carson or Kendra are happy with the prospect of this marriage but Carson needs the loan and Kendra has to go along to get her trust fund released when she turns twenty-five. Carson finally gets Shaw to agree to the loan as long as he marries the woman he says he met in California and fell in love with. Carson then hires an actress he met in L.A. to pose as his love interest. Funny thing though, the actress is Ella Hope who Carson met and they both felt some interest and attraction to each other when they met at a party in L.A. Carson flies her to Charlotte, NC to meet Shaw, the agreement between Carson and Ella is to look like a couple in love, a few kisses but no sex. That didn't last long since both Carson and Ella feel a special connection and fall in love for real. There are many obstacles to the happily ever after and Shayla kept me guessing as to how and when their HEA would happen. The end of this story has a great surprise which absolutely shocked me. This is a "turn the page and can't stop reading" book. I highly recommend it!
Manzaroo More than 1 year ago
Misadventures is a softer side of Shayla Black. But that doesn’t mean it is any less fantastic than any of her other books. To go into a “relationship” knowing that it may not last...wow what a mind trip. Characters are brilliantly developed, the plot is intriguing, overall just a fantastic novel. Great to curl up with on a rainy day and submerge yourself into the crazy world of this backup bride
caroldh4 More than 1 year ago
RATING 4.5 STARS Misadventures of a Backup Bride is book four in the Misadventures series. This book is by Shayla Black. This book was so sweet (and I mean that both literally and figuratively) and sexy and I completely enjoyed it. There were also a couple of little surprises that I never saw coming! Carson Frost has unexpectedly inherited his birth father’s multimillion dollar candy company, Sweet Darlin’, after his passing. Carson couldn’t have been more surprised since he barely knew his father. He was always so busy running his company. Carson was raised by a very loving mother and step-father. The company is cash strapped and if he can’t secure a loan soon, everything will be lost. He wants to save the company to honor his father. No bank would loan him the money he needs so he turned to a rival candy company. He will give him the loan but with some very unique stipulations. The owner is worried about his wayward daughter and he wants Carson to marry her! Carson agrees to the terms but try as he might, he and his fiance just can’t seem to find any common ground on which to base a marriage. There is exactly zero chemistry between them. He’s pretty certain she feels the same way. So a new plan is hatched. Carson will invent a long lost love, Carson met Ella Hope about six months ago but she was on a date with a friend of his. There was an instant spark, something that kept him from forgetting her. He remembered she was an actress in Los Angeles and she was the first and only person that came to mind to pose as his love interest. Ella has had little luck jump starting her career as an actress. She needs rent money so when Carson called and offered her a job posing as his long lost love, she agreed. She definitely remembered Carson. She couldn’t take her eyes off of him the time they met. She doubted he felt the same way but had no hesitations in accepting the job. As soon as she arrived in North Carolina and they were face to face, that same spark was there only this time it was more like huge arcs of electricity between them. Needless to say, these two decided very quickly to act on their mutual attraction and if their chemistry could have been bottled, they would have been able to light up the entire city. “He wants to conquer me. Heaven help me, I want to let him. This is so not what I planned on happening.” As the days pass, their bond grows into something more. But Ella was raised by two parents that rarely had time for their own children. The thought of falling so fast for this man is frightening. No way could she trust that what they have found together could last. Plus, her life is in Los Angeles and his is here. If they were going to make this work, who would be the one to sacrifice? “When this assignment is over, maybe the glow I’m feeling with this surprising attachment will have dimmed. After all, what are the chances that the guy who hired me to jilt him would be my soul mate?” As they try to convince everyone their love is true, they realize that they aren’t play acting. But Ella is convinced that she will end up with a broken heart if she stays. Somehow Carson has to convince her that he truly wants her. That he has fallen in love with her and she is all he wants. This was such a sweet and sexy story. I loved both Carson and Ella. Both had their demons to conquer. But together, they filled a need neither of them realized was there. They completed each other.