Small town. Big secrets. Welcome to Sweet Ridge.
Gage Cooper has always wanted the family cabin. Not only for the oil on the property, but as a way to prove to his father that Gage's past doesn't define his future. When his dad wills the land to stranger Charlotte Wilkinson and all Gage gets is a mysterious key, he's determined to do anything to get his rightful inheritance back.
Charlotte Wilkinson never expected to inherit a piece of property in Sweet Ridge, Texas--the Aussie businesswoman is focused on building an environmental analyst career here in the States. But the moment arrogant oil-man Gage Cooper walks into her office accusing her of seducing his father, all plans for selling the property to him fly out the window.
Then fate threatens to send her back to Australia and the dueling duo are forced to accept a fake marriage to keep their dreams alive. But as they discover common ground and a surprising chemistry together, suddenly Gage must decide what's worth more: the land he's always coveted or a future with Charlotte.
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Gage Cooper is an oil businessman, Charlotte Wilkinson an environmental analyst, even though these two have never met their meetings are never easy, calm or simple. They both push for what they think is best, usually the complete opposite of what the other wants. When Charlotte inherits a piece of land from Gage’s father (a friend who she was unaware of his connection to Gage) Gage is ticked, that his father left family land to some random woman when he expected it to come to him. With Charlotte in the US on a work visa and Gage wanting the land he suggests a compromise, a marriage of convenience. Charlottes gets a green card and he gets the land, what could be simpler? Both Gage and Charlotte are solid characters that I truly liked reading about. I loved the way Charlotte was this feisty, strong, opinionated woman who didn’t back down from what she believed was right for her or for the environment. Gage, well he could be an asshat at times. Granted workwise he was trying to do what he felt was right for his employees as well as what was right for the land but personally sometimes I’m sorry I really wanted to slap him upside the head. Together they have this fierce attraction and the bed scenes, STEAMY!!! Then Gage tries to hedge his bets and goes behind Charlotte's back on certain issues which lead to her leaving him and him to wondering if he just lost the woman he loves. Another book by Nicole that goes on my shelf with this wonderful read! Great characters, steamy scenes and an intriguing subplot throughout the story. Gage's family, who are a hoot and I can’t wait to read more about them, there is also a mysterious box that is found to which Gage holds the key and the contents prove quite intriguing. This is the second book in the Sweet Texas Secrets Series and can be read as a stand-alone.
The key to everything is happiness When Jack Cooper passed away, his three sons were baffled as to why they didn’t inherit they expected, only a small memento and a strange message. Gage Cooper expected to inherit the oil rich land his father told him would be his, but to his surprise, it was left to a woman he barely knew and he ended up with a key that he had no idea where it went. Charlotte Wilkinson only met Jack Cooper a few times when she was passing through Sweet Ridge Texas, but they hit it off pretty good and became friends. She was shocked to find out he left her some land and the house that was on it. What Charlotte didn’t expect was for Jack’s son to be the stubborn oilman she has been doing business with. As an Australian citizen, Charlotte’s work visa is about to run out. She will do anything to stay in Texas and working for the company she loves. Gage just wants his land and comes up with an idea that will help them both. After a year, Charlotte can sell the land to Gage and when they divorce, she will have her green card. It’s a win-win for them both. Or is it? This was a good book. The tension between Gage and Charlotte made the story fun. But when they finally fell in love, it was even better. The story was easy to visualize and the characters were interesting. Finding out where the key that Gage inherited fit was another story on its own. I also have to mention a cute kitten names Oil Slick was in the story that made me smile too.
Charlotte and Gage have had their battles (professionally) when the environmental management company she works for constantly puts roadblocks in the way of Gage's oil business (for good reasons of course, but irritating none-the-less). When it turns out that she's inherited a piece of land from his father (with whom she was friends, not knowing that his son was her nemesis) Gage is upset, particularly since he had expected it to be his. As Charlotte is in the US from Australia on a work permit only, Gage suggests a compromise - a marriage of convenience to help her get a green card in return for the property. Can these two find a way to work together for a common purpose, and maybe find a romance in the bargain too? I really enjoyed this enemies to lovers/marriage of convenience story (2 tropes in 1!). Gage and Charlotte were both strong but likeable characters, and I appreciated that Charlotte gave as good as she got. She's firm in her beliefs about preserving the environment and not a pushover, no matter how much money is involved. At the start Gage comes across as a business man who cares about his business and his employees, and it's a balancing act for him to do what's right by them versus what's right for the land. But he respects Charlotte's work even when he doesn't always agree with it. They share a strong attraction to each other once they've met in person, and slipping into bed together once they've decided on a marriage partnership isn't hard at all to do physically, though Charlotte warns herself to keep her heart out of the bargain. They share some steamy scenes together that definitely show they could make this marriage work on all levels if they tried. There were a few things that Gage did throughout the story that put him in my bad books briefly (going behind Charlotte's back on some issues that concerned her) but he makes up for it in the end. I really liked meeting Gage's family, and I'm hoping to read more about them in the future. There is also an interesting subplot with a mystery box found at the house to which Gage holds the key that I quite liked. In the end, Gage and Charlotte come to a compromise that makes for a happy romantic ending and it was an entertaining and enjoyable read. 4 stars.