Olivia Carter has a handsome, millionaire boyfriend she's madly in love with. The hitch? He's not real. She told the lie to save Forever, her wedding design shop. It worked—almost too well. Now she's designing a dress for an A-lister and appearing on talk shows...and everyone is waiting to meet Olivia's perfect man. And Olivia will do just about anything to save her newly successful career.
It's the perfect time for millionaire Mason Parker to save the day. Olivia and her father put Mason through hell as a teen, and his reasons for saving Olivia's gorgeous behind have everything to do with revenge. Olivia has something that he wants—beyond the clamoring need to claim her body for his own. He wants justice.
Even if the perfect revenge costs him the only woman he could love...
Each book in the Men of the Zodiac series is STANDALONE:
The Millionaire's Deception
The Millionaire's Forever
Ten Days in Tuscany
The Millionaire Daddy Project
Revenge Best Served Hot
The Prince's Runaway Lover
Seducing the Colonel's Daughter
One Night with the Billionaire
The Greek Tycoon's Tarnished Bride
Blurring the Lines
Her Sworn Enemy
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The Millionaire's Forever
A Men of the Zodiac Novel
By Sonya Weiss, Alycia Tornetta
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2015 Sonya Weiss
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A life built on a lie is sure to collapse.
Olivia Carter stopped in the middle of pinning delicate fabric to a mannequin and cringed. Her late mother's advice played over in her mind at the most inopportune times, almost as if she could see when her only daughter was up to no good.
"It was one lie, and a little lie at that," Olivia muttered, lifting her eyes to look at the gold lettering etched onto the glass door of the wedding shop.
Forever, the lettering boldly proclaimed. Opening a wedding shop had been her and her mother's dream, but the cancer had fought harder than her mother had been able to and the day before Olivia's fifteenth birthday, she'd lost her.
As a young teen, for months after the diagnosis, she'd tried to be as good as possible, hoping that her good deeds would strike a bargain with the universe to spare her mother.
Sixteen years had passed since her mother's death and Olivia had finally been able to fulfill their shared dream. After she'd opened the shop, she'd worked hard to build up a clientele, but she'd struggled. Though her clients loved her creations and Olivia had used social media relentlessly, she hadn't managed to catch much attention.
Failure loomed dark and inevitable until the day she'd helped create a buzz for the business with that one tiny white lie. During an interview with a local newspaper, she'd mentioned her own fairy-tale love story with a rich, handsome, thoughtful boyfriend. One who didn't exist.
When the reporter had asked for her boyfriend's name, she'd smiled and coyly refused to give it. Only now, the lie had taken on a life of its own. That interview and the accompanying photo of one of her wedding dress designs had been picked up by a major entertainment news outlet and reached the eyes of a well-known A-list celebrity. Olivia was hired to create the dress the actress had worn for her wedding to another A- lister and had hoped her luck was about to change.
The next thing Olivia knew, she'd been featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show followed by a two-page article written about her in Wedding World Magazine, where she'd told the world how perfect her nonexistent guy was. How they'd met as teenagers and then found their way back to each other years later because they were fated to be together. She'd referred to them as Romeo and Juliet, but with a happy ending. The world had fallen in love with their love story. Their fake love story.
Now, she was heading toward trouble because people were beginning to have doubts whether her guy actually existed. She hadn't wanted to admit to herself whom she'd thought of as she'd created her fictional, smoldering-hot Romeo. She'd patterned him after Cash Mason Parker, the teenage boy who'd played the hero in all her high school daydreams.
If I could go back and do it all over again ...
Olivia sighed and rubbed her forehead, biting the inside of her cheek as she did so. She'd have kept her story on the straight and narrow. She'd stick to the facts if she could have a do-over. But on the other hand, if she hadn't lied, Forever would have gone belly-up. It would have been like losing a part of her mother. A lump stuck in Olivia's throat over the mother-daughter experiences they'd never have together.
The bell hanging on a string over the door handle jingled. Her friend and full-time employee, Beth, rushed in, eyes round with apprehension. "We shouldn't have gone no-technology yesterday and headed to the lake."
Olivia frowned. "We always go tech-free on our annual lake day-trip." Beth knew that. Olivia's mother had loved the lake, and after her death, she'd determined to keep the ritual going. Starting when they were seventeen, Olivia and Beth would head to the lake and sit on the dock to just let the world go by. They'd spend the time reading books, catching fish, and watching cute boys in boats zip around the lake showing off.
"I know we do, but the timing was really bad this year," Beth said.
"Why? I had to unplug to gain some sanity. Since that wedding dress design hit the news, the phone has rung off the hook. My email is flooded with messages from fans wanting me to create a dress for them like the one Heather Ramsey wore. What's the oh-no look on your face for? Beth, this is good."
"Good? Then you haven't seen the news at all?"
"No, I didn't even check my messages. I got up this morning, made my usual caffeine fix, and came straight to the shop. Why?" Olivia started searching in her purse for her cell phone. She'd forgotten to turn it back on this morning.
"Because the news is about you."
Olivia blanched and stopped her search, staring at her friend in horror. Had her secret been exposed after all?
"Take a look at this." Beth cleared a box of wedding tiaras from the top of the display case and put her tablet down. With a few swipes of her finger, she pulled up a news website.
In the middle of the screen was a video of a man proclaiming he was her boyfriend. Mr. Rich-Handsome-Thoughtful in the flesh. Olivia gaped. What nut would claim to be the boyfriend of a woman he didn't know?
Except ... She touched the screen. "That looks like ..." She paused as her mind searched for the connection.
The door opened and as the bell sounded, Olivia turned, smoothing down the sides of the simple blue dress she wore as she also smoothed away her frown. She fixed a smile on her face, expecting to greet a customer.
Her smile quickly disappeared. The Boyfriend Proclaimer! He looked much hotter in person than he had on Beth's small screen. He was tall, Olivia guessed about six foot two, and broad-shouldered with dark hair and thick lashes framing dark eyes. Eyes that stared into hers with a challenge she didn't understand. He was so jump-his-bones, incredibly handsome. There was something familiar about him, but she couldn't grasp it.
Beth scooped up her tablet, her eyes darting between them. "If you're okay, I'll be um ... getting a coffee." With a nod from Olivia, she quickly disappeared, leaving Olivia alone with the man. Her boyfriend, apparently.
Whoever he was, no matter how good he looked, she wasn't about to let him screw up her life. She could do that on her own, thank you. "What in the hell do you think you're doing pretending to be my boyfriend?" Olivia demanded.
His smile sizzled with a touch of mockery and a hint of sensuality that tugged at her only because her sex life had been in dry dock lately. No hands on deck, that was for sure.
"I'm helping you, Olivia," he said in a voice rich with promise.
She stiffened at the familiarity. "I'm afraid I don't understand, Mr. ...?"
She gasped. This drop-dead gorgeous, make-her-think-wanton-thoughts man before her was the boy she'd never been able to forget? Why was he was telling people he was her boyfriend?
"Why are you using your middle name?" Her voice lost the ability to do anything other than to force the words out on a stunned breath. The last time she'd seen him, his eyes had seethed with anger and bitterness as the court deputies led him away.
He shrugged as if it didn't matter, but she knew it did. His father had given him the name Cash after singing legend Johnny Cash. Olivia could still hear Mason's father shouting that day in the courtroom that his son was dead to him now.
"I've gone by Mason since the day I was sentenced to the Butler Field Juvenile Correctional Facility."
Though his hands clenched into fists, his cool tone didn't give away any emotion. He'd always been like that. Never giving away his innermost thoughts, even at the sentencing when those who knew Mason, including her own father, angrily demanded justice for what he'd done.
She'd known Mason since freshman year of high school. They'd been distant friends, sharing a few classes together. They'd never had a lengthy conversation though she'd always wanted to. Wanted to get to know the boy who'd fascinated her. But the chance was lost because of that fateful night the fire had destroyed the police department. The fire everyone said Mason set. The fire had raged on to burn down two homes behind the police station, narrowly missing injuring one family before it was controlled. It had been the talk of the town.
Thanks to the one-too-many she'd had at a party hosted by some of the footfall players, she couldn't recall much of anything about the night of the fire—just bits and pieces. Every time she tried to remember details of that night, something ominous hovered in the recesses of her mind that made her heart beat faster and caused her to feel uneasy.
"Why did you claim to be my boyfriend?" Olivia asked, more sharply than she intended. She found his presence unsettling and she didn't like it. It reminded her too much of the days she'd spent caught between the hope her mother might get better and the fear she wouldn't.
He leaned in closer, so close she caught a whiff of the mint on his breath, and this time, he didn't bother with a smile. "You know exactly why."
His nearness unleashed a barrage of desire in Olivia and she did her best to ignore it, but apparently not well enough, because her voice came out husky. "I don't know what you're talking about." She crossed her arms to hide her traitorous body's response to him.
Mason pulled a rolled-up magazine from his jacket pocket and dropped it onto the counter. He tapped the cover with the back of his knuckle. "Nice article about the beautiful, untouchable Olivia." His lips curved slightly and Olivia shivered. When he was a teenager he'd had a reputation as the guy nobody wanted to cross. One hard look from him was enough to make any other boy back down.
His dark eyes traveled the length of her body in an intimate perusal before returning to her face. "What I wouldn't have given back then to make you mine," he said softly.
The admission surprised her. "Then why didn't you ever ask me out?"
"And risk incurring your father's wrath?" He shook his head. "No way would I have touched you. But now that I'm your boyfriend ..."
Olivia took a step back, fighting to keep her words as civil as possible. "Has the sun in Texas baked your brain, darling? You are not my boyfriend."
He moved past her with the walk of a man who owned the world and settled himself on the arm of the plush sofa pushed back against one wall. "That's where you're wrong, sweet Olivia. I've been your boyfriend since the moment you told that lie."
She licked her bottom lip, her body heating to the temperature of lava when his eyes slowly followed the movement. Her wicked imagination could picture other things he could do to heat up her body temperature. Pull yourself together. How can I still have those old feelings for the guy-not-taken? Besides, they were worlds away from who they'd once been.
"How'd you know it was a lie?"
"I did my homework."
Putting her hands on her hips, hoping she sounded firm rather than breathless, she demanded, "What do you want? Money? You want to blackmail me?"
He laughed derisively. "Sweetheart, I have more money than you could make in a hundred lifetimes."
"What did you do? Branch out from arson to robbing banks?"
His laughter dissipated and his face darkened. He rose so swiftly that Olivia took a hasty step back. "I didn't start that damn fire and neither did my friends."
Olivia didn't know what to think, what to believe about that. She'd wanted so badly to believe in his innocence back then, but when she'd gone to his house to ask him about the fire, he'd refused to talk to her. Later that week she'd seen the arson investigator's report her father had left lying on his desk. Mason had bought gas in a container from a nearby gas station minutes before the fire. He'd hated her father and the deputies for always harassing him and his friends. The report stated that all four of the boys had opportunity and motive.
Mason and his three friends had been sentenced, but he'd received the harsher punishment. He'd run with a wild crowd of bad boys, but everyone knew he was the leader. His exploits made the rumor mill rounds and had mothers giving warnings to daughters that definitely went unheeded based on Mason's reputation in high school.
"I think you should leave."
He studied her, those dark eyes taking in the flush she felt creeping up her face. "You're not worried that I'll blow your cover? What would everyone say if the truth about your 'boyfriend' came out?" he mocked.
Damn it, he was right. She couldn't let that happen, not now with her big break at hand. Her business would fold as fast as a wedding tent caught in the middle of a hurricane. She'd have to say good-bye to her dream of making Forever not only a tribute to her mother, but also the go-to place for one-of-a-kind wedding dresses. She'd lose credibility and become fodder for late-night talk show hosts. She cringed at the thought.
"If it's not money you're after, what is it?"
Mason moved closer and Olivia felt the heat radiating from his body. "You."
As if. Her breath caught. "Don't think for one second I'm available to become another tally mark on your sexual score sheet. I will not be pushed into sleeping with you regardless of your phony boyfriend announcement."
"I've never pushed a woman into my bed." His smile was pure confidence.
"That's right, you've always had plenty of women, haven't you?"
"There's no reason to be jealous. From now until our relationship is finished, I only have eyes for you."
"I'm not jealous and— What relationship?" Olivia asked as she realized what he'd said.
"Our relationship. I'm going to play the part of the very loving boyfriend you invented."
Olivia hoped her thoughts in regard to his statement weren't showing on her face. "Uh-huh, and in the rest of your fantasy, do hordes of women in skimpy French maid costumes grant your every desire?"
"It's not a fantasy. I'm going to continue to play the part of your loving boyfriend and by the time our relationship ends, you'll have agreed to sell me the land Butler Field Juvenile Correctional Facility sits on."
"I'm not entering into a relationship with you and I'm definitely not giving you the land. Why would I do that?" Olivia laughed. "That land has been in my family for generations and it meant a lot to my mom." Her great-grandmother's home used to be on that land. Not only that, in an effort to help the incarcerated teens turn their lives around, her mother had volunteered time with a nonprofit organization that made weekly visits to the facility. How could she let go of something that had been a part of her mother? "Why do you even want it?" She paused. "Is this about my father? As the police chief, he was only doing his job when he arrested you and your friends."
He closed his eyes for a brief second as if fighting for control. "Your father ruined my life. And you will sell me the land because there's a lot at risk for you if you don't." Mason shrugged. "I'll call a press conference, tell the media I was just trying to cover for you for old times' sake."
Olivia narrowed her eyes. He thought he had her between a rock and a hard place, damn him. Would he really do such a thing? She searched his expression for any sign of softening, but his jaw was firm, his gaze steady on hers. No weakness, no kindness showed on his gorgeous face. Olivia bit her lip as she thought over her dilemma. She had to do something to stop the reporters from finding out there was no boyfriend.
"And if I agree to this plan of yours, how long do we have to pretend that we're a couple?"
"I think six weeks should do it. By then, I'll have convinced you to sell me the land."
"And if I'm still not convinced?"
"You will be," he said in a tone that oozed self-confidence.
"But if I'm not? Aside from not being outed for my lie right now, what do I gain out of this arrangement?" Olivia pressed.
"I'll keep your secret—even if it means I have to go all the way to the altar to do so."
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really love to read stories Like The Millionaire's Forever. What would you do to save something you worked so hard for? Olivia told a little white lie to save her wedding business. Little did she know that it would snowball. Now she has to produce a boyfriend to save her reputation. If not she could lose everything. Mason steps in at the right moment. He wants revenge. Could what starts off as payback turn into forever? Sonya Weiss had me laughing throughout this read. I received an ARC for an honest review-The Millionaire's Forever is an entertaining story of two people that need each other and don't even know it.
Enjoyed this book was a good read. Little bit of everything. And I happily ever after ending
LOVED this book! This is fun and entertaining, as Olivia is caught in a huge lie, that of having a boyfriend that doesn't really exist. So she is shocked when she learns that her boyfriend has outed himself on national television. Since her business (of designing wedding gowns) would be harmed if she admitted to lying, she is forced to consider Mason's proposal...or is it coercion, seriously. He is a bad boy from her past that did time for arson, before recreating himself and becoming a millionaire. Fans of the genre will love this book and want to put it at the top of their TBR list. I loved this story and found myself turning pages just as quickly as possible. This author has a wonderful way of telling a tale the just drew me right in. She is on my must read authors' list.
There were a few things I really loved about this one, and a few things I'd have rather done without. I'm never a big fan of lies, but since this one was just about the relationship to stranger instead of to the people in the relationship, it didn't bother me. It was actually a clever way to drum up business for Olivia, she just didn't think far enough ahead for a way out. This is something that Mason was quick to take advantage of. Mason's reasons for a pretend relationship are much different that Olivia's. Mason is out for revenge - and after hearing his story I totally get why. But Olivia gets caught in the crossfire and he doesn't seem to want to see that. He hurts her a lot by the way he acts, and that made it difficult to like him a whole lot. On the other hand, he really was a good guy that had his outlook on things warped by some bad people. The way some of the issues were resolved (I can't say too much or I risk ruining some things) just didn't seem to feel right. Too much was still left undone or unsaid. While the relationship definitely wrapped up nicely in a bow, the side events that caused all the conflict just didn't give me any real sense of resolution with them *This book was received in exchange for an honest review*
Will the truth set you free? Mason and his friends were wrongly convicted. The testimony of Police Chief Carter was all lies. The man wanted him to pay for hurting his daughter, but he never had. In truth he had saved Olivia from being attacked. Years have passed and Mason is now wealthy and successful, but not happy. Olivia has lied about having a rich boyfriend. She wanted to promote her shop. Now he has her. He will step in and play the part. This story was very emotional. It left me feeling wrung out. The characters were larger than life. I felt their pain and I could understand their motivation. I hated that the boys were punished by a vengeful man. He felt no remorse. The chemistry between Olivia and Mason was powerful and magical. I enjoyed their love-hate relationship. The plot hit me hard. Abuse of power is a difficult topic for me to read about in a romance. Sonya Weiss is a very talented author. She wrote a great romance.
4-4.5 stars - I loved this book. What a great addition to the Men of the Zodiac series. I am enjoying meeting these complicated men and Mason certainly fit that bill. From the outset you knew there was going to be some fun in this story mixed with hard truths and baggage to test the emotions and Olivia and Mason's story kept me engaged from beginning to end. I loved Olivia's feisty nature. She was intelligent, quick witted and had a mind of her own. I admired her determination and strength of character, taking things in her stride, she was fiercely independent and stood up to Mason and his doggedness. Her loyalty to her family and her mothers memory was endearing, she was compassionate and caring, never more evident than when she puts on a brave face as she accepts Mason's deal to save the business, not because of her own self, but because of her mother's legacy and her best friends job. She was soft and vulnerable but tough and determined when she needed to be, and I also admired her ability and desire to see both sides of the story when the truth comes out about their past. Mason is charismatic, strong, determined, loyal, caring, champion for the downtrodden and those in need, looking after people in his employ far beyond the workplace. Mason was also a man hell bent on justice, and rightly so, after we learn what he had been through. The pain that Mason had suffered was heartbreaking, and I immediately felt all the emotion and turmoil within him. He was single minded in his plan for revenge and Olivia was a means to an end. He was totally upfront and honest with her when he set down the terms of his bargain, believing it to be a straight forward business proposition. From the beginning Mason didn't deny his attraction, even though his plan to get her into his bed started out being for all the wrong reasons. But, he didn't count on the strong, undeniable attraction he still had for Olivia that went deeper than the physical. Together this couple was dynamite, a fire burning between them fueled by strong chemistry, a deep and lustful attraction and unfinished business. They were sexy and playful, sensuous and loving and you could feel the connection between them. Their dialogue was intimate, flirty, sexy and playful, serious and meaningful, both complimenting each other beautifully. I really enjoyed them as a couple. The billionaire revenge theme of this story is a somewhat familiar one but I enjoyed how this one played out, the little side stories, the characters personalities, the backstory, and the strength and determination of both characters. Of course, these billionaires usually display some atrocious behaviour and Mason was no different. The things he said and did really tested my hero-apologist tendencies but apologise for him I did. There was just so much pain driving him that I could understand where he was coming from.
Mason spent time in Juvenile for a few years and he has always blamed Olivia and her father. Many years later, Mason is a millionaire and has found a way to get even: Olivia has created a fake boyfriend for her business but she has no one to play the part so Mason threatens to tell her secret if she doesn't let him be that man. Olivia has had a crush on Mason since she was in high school but her dad kept her protected from "boys like him". As they spend time together and start to fall in love, they each fight it. Can't wait for the next book...which of Mason's friends is next?
3 stars The Millionaire's Forever was a good read. While I enjoyed the storyline and characters, I didn't feel the connection between Olivia and Mason and this played a part in my overall enjoyment.
Another book in the Indulgence "Men of the Zodiac" series, I really really enjoyed The Millionaire's Forever. Telling a lie is NEVER a good thing, whether you're trying to save a business or not. Olivia learns that when her fiance shows up - only problem was when she claimed to have one, she'd been lying through her teeth though basing the man on one she'd known many years ago. Mason spent time in juvenile detention for a crime he didn't commit and suffered incredibly. So, rightfully, he wants nothing more than to burn the place to the ground, and Olivia is the only thing standing between him and his goal. Add in the fact that she's also partially responsible for the time he spent inside, and it's the perfect revenge when he blackmails her into letting him pretend to be the fiance she made up. These two definitely had a history and I enjoyed the slow revelation as to exactly what happened on the critical night in their past. There was definitely a villain to the story and it wasn't who I expected. The romance grew organically out of the story and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing these two find their way to one another.. Can't wait for the next Men of the Zodiac book! Book provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Does revenge trump love? Is the question that is asked in the Millionaire's Forever. Olivia has been trapped in a white lie, because she claimed she had a millionaire fiancée losely based on her high school crush, Mason. She is trying to promote her bridal business and care for her aging father. Mason returns and announces to the press they are together, then blackmails Olivia into accepting his conditions as a part of a revenge plot. He and three friends were wrongfully convicted of arson in high school and were sent to juvinile detention, unfortunately one of Mason' s friend was killed by a guard. He is seeking the truth about that night and is determined to punish both Olivia and her father, the former chief of police.m This novel was as much a mystery as it was a romance. It was fast paced, with intriguing dialogue and well written characters. I would recommend to fans of romantic suspense. I was given an ARC copy for my honest review.
4.5 Stars! 4.5 Stars! Olivia is in a bind. The world thinks she reunited with her childhood friend and he's now her fabulous fiancé. Trouble is, he doesn't exist. Mason Parker always had a thing for Olivia. When the local police station where Olivia's father was chief burned to the ground, Mason and three of his friends were accused. The four boys went through hell while detained and one of them didn't make it out alive. Mason vowed revenge on Olivia's father for putting them there in the first place. So what can Mason do to enact the ultimate revenge? Announce to the world that he is Olivia's mysterious fiancé. Weiss pulled me in with the intricate back story of Olivia and Mason. I was intrigued to know what caused the infamous fire and why Olivia couldn't remember anything about that night. Mason was hard on the outside and soft on the inside through a big part of the story. He was extremely tough on Olivia for the part he believed she played in his incarceration. Even when he finds out about the blank spots in her memory, he doesn't really let up on her. But, Olivia was her own woman and was able to stand up for herself. I liked the idea of two dominant personalities crashing together in brilliant flashes of passion and lust. Once Mason showed his true colors during a "white knight" moment, I knew the two would be able to find a way to make a relationship work. Through several rough patches, the two spark and ignite their way to a happily ever after. The Millionaire's Forever is a quick, romantic romp full of revenge, passion, and the ultimate gratification. Love. Thank you to Sonya Weiss and Entangled Publishing for providing me with a copy of The Millionaire's Forever in exchange for an honest review.
Calling out across the line-this book will make you want to re-read it again! Fantastic second chance love story. ***A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review*** Olivia Carter has a business that she is trying to save. She told a lie and now that lie could sink her business. With both her reputation and career in jeopardy, Olivia is desperate enough to do almost anything... Millionaire Mason Parker is ready to take advantage of her desperate situation and force her into a sham “fictional” relationship to get his hands on land that Olivia owns This is payback for what Olivia’s father did to Mason. We are given a lot of info on what Olivia's father did to Mason and his need for revenge but in the end Mason does nothing and it is NOT because he chose love; it was because that part of the book was somewhat rushed. Olivia has this reason to be in this position due to lie she told to get her business set up and get it booming-Your asking how is this –well , the media have sat up and paid attention, orders are coming in from Hollywood Big namers, and she’s even appeared on Ellen --And the reason for her success is…true love, but of course! Olivia has set herself up of an ideal couple—the other is her childhood friend and now self-made millionaire who swept her off her feet and just overwhelmingly adores her and gives her whatever she wants and loves her to bits. They are head over heals in love with each other- get the picture- It’s FAKE- and she is about to be found out but Mason knows the truth and is blackmailing her in a roundabout way and is saying to her,” I will be the fake boyfriend/fiancée or else I will go to the media and tell the truth-pick your poison” . Mason wants a piece of land that Olivia owns….the piece of land that the correctional facility he spent time in is situated on. The deal is straightforward enough—he’ll pose as her boyfriend for six weeks, thereby saving her business and by the end of their time together, he’ll convince Olivia to part with her treasured land-Just as Olivia has big plans for the land as well. Her mother, who is no longer on earth, wanted to use that land to help her community so Olivia had a piece of the land she was going to take and use for the community. Olivia is not about to part with the land and things are going to get nasty between Mason and Olivia. There is such chemistry between these two now as there was years ago. Olivia had feelings for him then and still does today. Mason let his feelings for Olivia’s father color his feelings for her and now is conflicted on how he treats her. Understand the energy and emotions will have you reading as fast as you can to get to the final resolution. You want Mason and Olivia to both win and as I was reading, I kept urging Mason to kiss her and then I was yelling in my head to quit his vendetta. This book will definitely keep you invested and is quite the page turner. As they grow closer and the chemistry between them sparks off , resolving their main issues looks almost impossible. Someone has to lose. My rating 4.0 stars
Revenge can eat away at you until you miss the chance of a lifetime. Mason is hell bent on revenge and justice, nothing will get in his way or so he thinks. Olivia knew her pretend boyfriend scheme was going bite her in the butt. Mason puts her between a rock and a hard place. I didn't care for Mason at the beginning, but we soon learn he has a heart of gold he likes to hide. Being forced to keep company with Olivia makes Mason start to rethink his way of thinking. Will Mason be blinded by his revenge or will he grab the chance of love with Olivia?
I was pleasantly surprised that I thoroughly enjoyed this book by the end. I have to say that Mason was really frustrating me in the beginning of this story. He was very high handed, arrogant and almost a little condescending. I truly wanted Olivia to smack those smirks off his face. But as I kept reading, which I had to do because I had a feeling my thoughts on Mason would change. And they did. He was such a layered character that there were many emotions going on in my head as the story went on. I was very happy with his character in the end when he finally found a clue to what is really important. Olivia, I loved her from the beginning to the end. She always wanted to see the good in everyone. She was a hard worker, wanted to make it on her own. And she protected and defended those who were important to her. Loved loved loved Olivia. The storyline read easily and quickly. There were some teary eyed moments, some heart racing ones and some very nice hot moments. Truly an enjoyable read. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
Great read - thoroughly enjoyed it! Wrongly accused and convicted of arson as a teenager, Mason and his three friends were sent to a juvenile detention centre. Only three of them survived as one was killed by the guards who were supposed to be looking after them. Now the three are free, they’ve worked hard and Mason is now a millionaire but they still want vengeance for their dead friend. Olivia is the police chief’s daughter and Mason was with her when the arsonists struck. Why did she never speak up in his defence? He always liked her and can’t understand why she never told her Dad the truth. She runs Forever and, in a recent media interview, described her handsome millionaire boyfriend. The problem is he doesn’t really exist but the publicity has been superb for business and now she needs to produce him. This gives Mason the opportunity to make her pay for not speaking up for him but the chemistry between them has always been volatile. Can he get revenge without falling in love with her? This is another totally engaging story from a great author. The characters are well rounded and it easy to empathise with them as they embark on their journey towards their HEA on a route fraught with obstacles and emotional turmoil. It is a great read! Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley, too, for letting me read this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book was awesome! It is a like a fairy tale love story. Olivia, to save her shop, makes up a boyfriend who happens to sound exactly like the guy(Mason) she had a crush on in school. I have read previous stories by this author and I truly enjoy the funny, sexy and original writing she does. Looking forward to more stories.
I loved this book! I've only read another book by Sonya Weiss and it didn't disappoint, so when I had the chance to read this book I knew that it was going to be one of my favorites for this year. Right from the very beginning the synopsis and the cover completely grabbed my attention. I like the concept of this series “Men of the Zodiac,” it's very unique. In this book in particular we deal with the sign Gemini, and it totally plays off with the personality of one of the protagonist in the book. Olivia Carter lives in a small town where she runs a wedding shop along with her friend. They have been trying to get press to notice the small business for a while now, but that's not enough to get the attention that she needs for her shop to do well in order for her to for her father's hospital bills. So, she comes up with a plan to tell everyone that she has a millionaire boyfriend, who adores her yet no one seems to know who the boyfriend is, and although she is getting the attention that she needs, she desperately wants to find the said “boyfriend” before anyone notices that it was all a lie. When an unexpected guest shows up at her shop claiming that he will pretend to be her boyfriend, she is shocked to see non other than, Mason Parker, the guy that her father helped to put in jail along with his friends when they were younger. Now he is back, and she is desperate to accept his help, but not before finding out what Mason really wants in return. Millionaire Mason Parker has had a rough live, it's no surprised that he was able to gain millions for his quick thinking, and for being ruthless in his business. After all, having been through hell during his teen years has shaped who he is now. When he learns of Olivia's problem, Mason offers to help her, but not before he gets what he wants first. He wants Olivia's lands, and in return he'll pretend to be her boyfriend. But that soon backfires on him when he starts to feel the pull that he has towards Olivia. When his plan to get revenge doesn't turn out the way he wants it to be, he'll have to decide whether Olivia is worth fighting for or not. I thought that book was very well executed, the chemistry between the characters is unavoidable, and it made me want to keep reading the story. Both of the characters have a past that they are trying to move on from. Mason is the one that has suffered the most, all he wants is justice for his friend, and he is not going to give up until he get what he wants. When he suggests Olivia to move to his house, that's when things really start to heat up for the two of them. They both are attracted towards one another, and it was interesting to read how they dealt with their problems. The ending was cutest, I absolutely loved it. This is definitely a book worth reading, I highly recommend it. :) *ARC provided by the author through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.*
Let's start by saying I loved this book !!! Olivia has made herself a fictional boyfriend .. but he is real Mason Parker a vision from her past .. very sexy gorgeous man. The chemistry and passion between the two is so strong ... Mason has always kept his eye on Olivia and kept her out of harms way, even though she hadn't realize it !! But now he is back for vengeance, and truth of what actually happened the night his life was turned upside down and what he want in return ... Can he make Olivia see the truth ??? ... and what will she do if he is right ?? life brings us different paths to follow which do you choose ??
I really enjoyed this book. It's an interesting twist to the pretend boyfriend trope with a bit of revenge added in. Olivia knows she's in trouble when she blatantly lies about having a millionaire boyfriend. Oh the lie worked. It saved her wedding shop and got her national attention but now the media is hounding her to meet the boyfriend. In steps Mason Parker claiming the spot. The problem is what Mason really wants is revenge! This is an excellent read and I definitely recommend it.
In this contemporary romance Olivia has invented a boyfriend to help the success of her wedding design company. When Mason steps into the role unasked, it's because he's interested in one thing and one thing only from Olivia - revenge. Blackmailed into accepting his new position in her life, can the two of them overcome the past and find a future together? This was a solid entry in the "Men of the Zodiac" series. I liked both main characters. Mason is definitely a complicated man - on the one hand arrogant and assuming, on the other hand a philanthropist and all around revered man at his company. He has been attracted to Olivia since high school - an attraction that ended up in disaster for him and that has resulted in this path he's on for revenge. Olivia is a smart, talented businesswoman. She's not willing to let her company go belly-up by refusing Mason's demands. What she doesn't count on is the sexual attraction between them, one that leads to several steamy love scenes. I thought the plot was interesting and unique in scope even if the trope of 'pretend boyfriend' was familiar. It was a quick and entertaining read. 3 stars.
I really liked The Millionaire's Forever by Sonya Weiss. To begin with, the cover is hot, which instantly drew me into this compelling read. Secondly, I am a huge fan of the "relationship of convenience" genre, and Ms. Weiss nicely spins it into so much more. Lastly, the characters are extremely well-defined, so much so that I felt like an integral part of their world. Olivia Carter is a bridal dress designer and she is very good at her craft. Due to a white lie, her almost failing business gets noticed and now she is able to support her ailing father, pay her bills and enjoy some financial independence. However, inventing a boyfriend who just happens to be a millionaire, is about to blow up in her face. That is until Mason Parker, a crush and bad-boy from Olivia's past, saunters back into her life. Mason is a millionaire and volunteers to be Olivia's fake boyfriend, however, there are some strings attached. Mason is a smart and gorgeous man who became a success despite spending some time as a teenager in a horrific juvenile correctional facility for a crime he did not commit. All thanks to Olivia's father, who was the police chief at the time. Mason wants revenge and he believes blackmailing Olivia is the key to obtaining it. Olivia and Mason have a scorching chemistry and Ms. Weiss does an excellent job of creating their sexual tension. I liked how the author evolved Olivia's business, with world of mouth, celebrity endorsements and a segment on Good Morning America. I would love for the story to continue on, delving into the lives of Mason's best friend's Jake and Cole. Overall, this is a solid read with an interesting plot and an ending that will leave you smiling from ear to ear. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher.