Mack Hansen isn't the marrying kind. Hell, he'll do whatever it takes to keep his heart safe from heartbreak. Instead, he channels all of his passion into his work. But when his business partner and his wife go missing and leave their baby girl orphaned, Mack will do anything to keep the child safe. Which includes marrying the one woman who was always off-limits...his partner's sister.
Lauren Peters never imagined she'd be able to have a family of her own. Instead, tragedy hands Lauren the two things she's always wanted: a baby and Mack Hansen. Yet as she gives herself wholly to the pleasure of her new husband's touch—and their undeniable sexual chemistry—Lauren knows the painful truth. Mack sees their relationship as a business transaction. That is, until their marriage of convenience is threatened by the one thing that could save it...love.
About the Author
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Shoshanna Evers has written dozens of sexy stories, including The Enslaved Trilogy and The Pulse Trilogy.
Shoshanna Evers has been listed as one of the "Most Popular Authors in Erotica" on Amazon in 2013, and one of the "Most Popular Authors in Contemporary Romance," and "Most Popular Authors in Romance" on Amazon in 2014.
When she's not writing sexy romance, Shoshanna is a home-schooling stay-at-home-mom and a former syndicated advice columnist and registered nurse. A New York native, she now lives in Northern Idaho with her family and two big dogs.
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The Tycoon's Convenient Bride ... and Baby
By Shoshanna Evers, Erin Molta
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2014 Shoshanna Evers
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Lauren Peters kept her eyes shut, luxuriating in the feel of Mack's large hands running over her skin. What's that noise? She moaned and opened her eyes, the dream dissolving as she awoke on the couch. Someone was pounding on her front door.
She padded barefoot to the entranceway and stood on her tip-toes to peer out the peephole.
"Mack?" she gasped.
Maybe I'm still dreaming — but no, this was real. Why on earth was her brother Joe's business partner here? Droplets of rain ran down his chiseled jaw, which was clenched tight, a little muscle twitching. He couldn't see her through the peephole and his fist came up, pounding the door again in the rain.
Her cheeks burned with embarrassment.
Calm down, it's not like he can read your mind.
Mack couldn't possibly know she'd just been having a very ... um, vivid dream about him. Despite the fact that he was completely off-limits and that she rarely saw him unless they were at an event, Mack Hansen had become her go-to fantasy man.
Maybe being "off-limits" made him so desirable to her ... so easy to dream about. He was exactly her type, physically at least. Tall, dark hair, muscles like an athlete, and the sort of jawline that usually only graced movie actors. He was also a grade-A playboy, with a different woman on his arm at every single family function he was invited to, which was all of them.
His large fist came up again to knock once more, and Lauren realized she'd been letting him stand in the rain while her sleep-fogged brain woke up. It had to be after midnight.
She flung the door open, a rush of cold, damp air flying into her face, the raindrops slanting sideways with the wind.
"What are you doing here?" she blurted.
"May I come in?" Mack asked.
"Oh my goodness, of course," she said, shaking her head at her lapse in manners.
She moved aside and he stepped into the grand foyer with its two story entranceway, dripping water onto the marble floor. His huge frame — all six-foot-something of it — seemed to fill the space.
"I'm glad you're here," he said.
"Of course," she said. "Are you okay? What's wrong?"
"It's pouring out," Mack said.
Water dripped off him in little rivulets. He raked one large hand through his dark, soaking wet hair. Funny, she'd just been thinking about those big hands of his ...
"I'm so sorry," Lauren said, "Let me get you a towel. You're soaked. Do you want me to grab you some clothes from Joe's room? I'm sure he won't mind. You guys are about the same size. You know, giant-sized." She laughed nervously.
He nodded silently, not returning her smile.
What the hell was Mack, of all people, doing here? Surely he knew Joe was out of town and Lauren was here babysitting.
Despite Lauren's busy schedule, her brother and his wife hadn't exactly had to twist her arm to get her to watch her infant niece Callie while they went on a "restorative cruise" on their yacht. Poor Joe and Marisol — they'd only been parents for a few months, and everyone could tell that their relationship was falling apart. Maybe it was a mix of post-partum depression or baby blues or something, plus the fact that Joe had only married her because she had gotten pregnant, but they had really needed a vacation. Hopefully, Marisol and Joe were reconnecting and relaxing on their yacht right now so they could come home revitalized and ready to deal with parenthood.
But it's not like Joe would take two weeks off and not inform his business partner. So Mack had to know Joe wouldn't be at his house in Chappaqua tonight. Which meant Mack had driven almost an hour upstate from Manhattan, in the storm, knowing Joe wouldn't be home.
Maybe he came to visit me.
Her heart pounded at the prospect, but she knew there was no way that was the case. From the look in his eyes, there'd probably been some sort of business deal that fell through.
Lauren sprinted up the stairs and grabbed a towel and the first pair of jeans and T-shirt she could find in the walnut armoire in the master bedroom.
"Here you go," she offered when she got back to the foyer.
He took the towel and clothes wordlessly and stripped off his shirt right there in front of her, not making any effort to hide his muscular physique. It was obvious he felt completely comfortable in his best friend's home, despite the late hour and the fact that only Lauren and the baby were there.
His broad shoulders, tanned and muscled, filled her field of vision. The T-shirt went over his head, too quickly covering his torso. He looked up and caught her staring.
"Sorry," Lauren said. Wow. "You know Joe and Marisol are on vacation, right? They're not home."
"I know they're not home."
Surely he wasn't really here just to see her? Though he had shown up well after midnight and immediately taken his shirt off ...
Don't be silly, he's not hot for me. He's just so used to me. He sees me as a sister the way he sees Joe as a brother. "Are the clothes okay? Do you want something to drink?"
"I'm going to change my pants," he said pointedly.
Her cheeks blazed as she turned around to afford him some privacy. "What are you doing here?" He stripped right in front of her and she was embarrassed that she'd fallen for it, staring at him like that. He'd probably done it on purpose.
Lauren mentally added "arrogance" to her list of reasons she didn't date rich playboys. "You could have changed in one of the bathrooms," she grumbled.
"Turn around Lauren, we have to talk."
Something about the way he said it made her pulse race. Please tell me you're here hoping to have sex. Ugh, she had to focus, not fantasize. Where did that thought even come from? In ten years, Mack had never once tried to sleep with her. There had to be a reason for that, right? And Lauren definitely wasn't in the habit of having one-night stands. Or multiple-night stands.
"Okay," she said, walking into the kitchen and sitting on one of the high stools at the center island with the granite countertop. "What's up?
Mack didn't sit. He leaned against the stainless steel refrigerator door like he needed something to hold up his massive frame.
"I don't know how to say this," he began.
"Mack," she interrupted. "You've never been one to mince words, right? And since when have you worried about what I think? Just spit it out."
Tightness washed over his face as if he were clenching his jaw, grinding his teeth. "Joe left me a very disconcerting message."
"About the new Cortlandt place?" Their latest shopping center acquisition had been a source of much frustration as they'd tried to get all the pieces in place so they could take over. Joe hadn't stopped talking about it for the past few weeks.
"This is hard enough without you guessing what's wrong," Mack said sharply.
She'd known Mack for ten years and she'd never seen him angry. Ever. Her brother told her the reason he partnered up with Mack was because Mack never lost his cool. He was all business — he'd negotiate deals by looking only at the numbers, and never let emotions affect him. But now ...
"I drove here from Manhattan to tell you in person," he said, "and then we need to figure out together whether or not to go to the authorities with the information, or whether the safest course of action is to sit on this."
"What are you talking about, Mack?"
"Joe made some investments with the wrong person. It snowballed. He got wind of some information he shouldn't have, and now I think this guy Scorino is after him."
Lauren hadn't heard any of this from Joe. He'd let her believe everything was fine. The name Scorino sounded familiar, though. "What are you saying?"
"Joe told me he was worried about his safety. The guy after him is dangerous, and knows dangerous people. He said something about lying low for a while — really low. There's a possibility ... that he's faked his own death."
"What? Back up. He's on vacation. Not dead, or fake dead, or anything like that."
Mack stepped in close, too close for comfort. Having his body so near triggered a flash of her steamy dream about him. Now he was here, in reality, his face inches from hers. His deep brown eyes never left hers, as if he was searching for the truth.
Lauren gasped. How? "They're not missing," she protested weakly. "They're on their yacht."
"Joe and Marisol had an itinerary. They were supposed to dock, refuel, and restock their yacht yesterday, at the halfway point of their trip."
"Was that yesterday?"
Time had flown — she'd totally forgotten Joe said he'd call when he was in port to check up on them. Yesterday she'd taken Callie to the park and had forgotten her cell at home, then came back and immediately became immersed into the little routine she'd set up with the baby. Bottles, naps, cleaning, playing. It hadn't even occurred to her to check her phone.
Today she'd also spent the whole day hanging out with Callie, sneaking in naps whenever the baby slept. As far as she knew, the house phone hadn't rung, and she was pretty sure the only calls she got on her cell were from her harried assistant, calling to ask her millions of daycare- oriented work questions. Standing firm on her need for a break from work, Lauren hadn't checked her email or picked up the phone once. And she hadn't thought twice about it.
"I was expecting to have a video meeting with Joe and a potential client," Mack continued, "and I knew Joe wouldn't skip it unless something had happened. We planned it around when he'd be at port and everything."
"What are you saying?"
"They never made it, Lauren. Joe and Marisol went out on their boat and they never made it back to port. When I didn't hear from Joe I called the local authorities in Cabo and they did an air and boat sweep of the area. They scanned a three thousand mile radius and they didn't find anything. They searched all yesterday, and again today."
"And you never called me?" she whispered, shock crashing over her like a cold ocean wave.
"I did call you, Lauren. I texted you. I emailed you. You've been incommunicado all frigging day. I even broke down and called your mom in Boca — I left a message on her voicemail asking her to call me back."
"She never checks her voicemail, only the caller ID," Lauren said. "How could he do this?"
"It was all a big mistake, getting in with those guys. Joe didn't realize that, though, not until he knew too much — and I have no idea what exactly they're after him for. I don't even know if he went to the police."
"He must have. He's not an idiot," she argued. "He must be in real danger if he was desperate enough to do this." Lauren's stomach dropped. Bile rose in her throat. "If he's faking his own death, then why is Marisol with him?"
"I'm thinking he told her his plan so she wouldn't worry, and she insisted on joining him. That's what I think. It's ... it's the only explanation I have for their disappearance. Joe's an expert yachtsman. There's no way they'd get lost at sea." Mack furrowed his brow in concentration.
She'd seen that look before, when he and Joe had discussed business. And she imagined he'd make a face similar to that when he was close to a climax ... at least, he had in her fantasy.
Focus, woman. Mack had come to her to talk to her about something so intense it was no wonder she was having trouble believing it all wasn't part of a dream.
Maybe she'd wake up.
Lauren's head spun as she tried to wrap her mind around what he was saying. "They wouldn't leave Callie," she said. "They love that baby too much to abandon her like that."
"He'd leave Callie if he thought her life was in danger if she was with him. If Joe really had people after him, going missing for a few months and giving everyone time to cool down would be the safest thing he could do for her — and for Marisol."
She couldn't think straight, couldn't take a proper breath. This was all happening too fast. Callie was asleep upstairs, who would care for her if her parents were in hiding for months, maybe longer?
Lauren looked up at Mack. "When did you get a message from Joe, then? What did he say, exactly?"
"It was right before he left on his trip. His exact words were 'I'm in too deep, and we need to lay low for a while. Really low.'"
"That's what he said. But then he said, 'It's okay — everything will work itself out with a little time.' And then he either hung up or got disconnected, I don't know. And then he left for the cruise and now he's missing."
"Maybe the reason they can't be found is the FBI put them into temporary hiding. Is that possible?"
"If Joe discovered evidence of Scorino's criminal activity, then I'd say yes, it's very possible. If a hit was put out on his life and he had to act fast — very fast — the witness protection program might have decided their vacation was the best time for them to disappear."
The thought was oddly comforting. If the FBI was protecting them, they'd be safe. "And then it makes sense why no one's found them yet," she added.
"Not even bodies."
"God, don't say that!" Lauren gasped.
There was no way Joe was dead. She'd know if something was wrong, she was his twin, she always knew when something was wrong.
"I'm sorry." Mack stepped away from the refrigerator and wrapped his arms around her in an unexpected hug, pulling her off the kitchen stool and into his embrace. He wore Joe's shirt, and the scent of it triggered a memory of the last time she had hugged her brother, even though being pressed against Mack's muscular torso was a completely different sensation. He'd never hugged her before.
"He said everything would be fine soon. I trust him."
"I need a drink," she said, disentangling herself from Mack's hug. It had caught her completely by surprise, and she was certain he hadn't meant it to have an ... arousing effect on her, not at a time like this. "You want something?"
He glanced at her, and for a moment she imagined he might answer You. But no, that was only in her fantasy. Not in real life.
"Scotch, straight up," he said.
Lauren took a half-filled bottle of expensive scotch out of the liquor cabinet in the butler's pantry and poured double shots into two tumblers.
"Last time I saw you do shots was at your college graduation party, remember?" He chuckled.
"I don't remember much about that night," she lied. They had shared a drunken kiss, many years ago on the night of her graduation. She'd promptly pretended to forget, preferring to be thought of as someone who drank until she blacked out over someone who had given in to her long- time lust for her brother's best friend.
Their fingers touched as she handed him his glass, and she couldn't help but notice the jolt of heat that passed between them. Guilt filled her. How could she be thinking about anyone in that way at a time like this? But it wasn't just anyone. It was Mack — and damn if he hadn't always had this kind of effect on her. An effect she'd never acted on ... as long as you didn't count the stolen kiss at her graduation party, which she didn't.
Despite the length of time they'd known each other, Mack had always been on the fringes of her life, always little more than an acquaintance, despite his closeness to Joe. He was her brother's friend, not hers. Truth be told, this was probably the longest conversation she'd ever had with him.
And she'd been off the market, so to speak, since high school, all the way through college. Until her ex had dumped her on graduation night, which made her getting wasted and kissing Mack the only thing that had made sense at the time.
"Thank you," he murmured, draining his glass.
"I don't know what I'm going to tell our mother," she said.
"I think you should tell her what we know. Otherwise she'll think Joe and Marisol are dead."
"Now? Do we have to do it now?"
Mack's eyes flickered to the baby monitor sitting on the granite counter top. "It's up to you. If it were my child who was missing, I'd want to know right away."
Child. "Mack, what about Callie? What's going to happen to Callie if her parents are presumed ..." she swallowed, forcing herself to say the word. "Dead?"
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Nods and unzips her dress
The story is a good love story but not much goes on other than going over and over the angst of what if.
The Tycoon's Convenient Bride... and Baby By Shoshanna Evers Reviewed by Isha Coleman for Night Owl Reviews What drew me to this particular book was the premise of the story. Sometimes it takes something shocking to cause a person to wake up and discover what they have been missing out on. TTCBAB was an overall good read. A baby bringing together two people and helping them heal. The one issue that I had with this story is that portions of it came across slow and overlong. But it did manage to make a valid point. Don't take anything or anyone for granted.
Good premise. Boring book.
Lauren and Mack have gotten word that her brother and his business partner went missing along with his wife. Now they're getting married to take care of Callie. They never expected to fall in love but against all odds and a whole heck of a lot of miscommunications they did. This book was a cute quick read. The characters while annoying at times for switching what they meant was a great book. I enjoyed reading about the adventure between Lauren and Mack and I'm happy they got a happy ending.
Two people, unlikely to ever settle down and have a family, are suddenly put into a situation that demands them to be in one. Lauren Peters had crossed off having children long ago and had also crossed off the possibility of a serious intimate relationship when the last ex she had ended up ditching her because of an irrevocable problem. Mack Hansen, an eligible bachelor with countless arm candy at various social functions, swore he would never settle down, especially seeing how his father was after his mother left. Yet, he still remembers the one stolen kiss he got from his business partner's sister, the one person who he needed to remain totally hands off about. That person is none other than Lauren. So when Callie (Lauren's niece, Mack's god daughter) is supposed to enter the foster system if neither of them could provide a two-parent household in the absence of Lauren's twin brother, who is Mack's business partner; Mack proposes a preposterous idea ... by proposing to Lauren to prevent the child Callie from entering an unknown home. After her most serious ex dumped her, Lauren thought she'd never get close to anyone again. One stolen kiss with Mack and she has fantasized about the playboy for years. Entering a marriage for convenience with Mack was the last thing she ever thought she'd be doing. The fake marriage begins to feel too real, too fast. For both of them. Plus there's baby Callie... Mack, with all his real estate acumen, fumbles through the fatherhood stuff. Imagine that! Playboy turned overnight father! :-) I love Shoshanna's characters! She sends them on a trip, and they somehow deliver a happily ever after. Hilarious at times and book-throwing crazy at others, this sweet story is definitely a must-read!
A easy read. Enjoyable,
Over half this book was the same dialogue over and over again. Poorly written. Do not waste your time reading this book.
I enjoyed the book. It wasn't a knock-out, screaming, slam-dunk (enough metaphors there?) book for me, but thoroughly enjoyable. I enjoyed not knowing whether or not Baby Callie's parents were actually alive. It made me keep reading to answer that question. Ms. Evers took the lovely marriage of convenience trope and put a slightly different spin on it. I really enjoyed that the two cared so much for their business partner/brother than they were willing to come together for the baby involved in all of it. Definitely putting Ms. Evers on my (ever-growing) list of authors to watch. So glad I read this. Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Lauren Peters never thought she would have a family and in an instant she is giving an instant one. Mack Hansen never thought he would give up his playboy ways after seeing what had happen to his father when his mother left, but all that changes when Lauren agrees to be his bride in order to raise her niece and his god daughter, Callie when Callie's parent disappear. Lauren had fantasized about Mack for years, but never once did she dream she would be married to and raising her niece with him. Although a marriage of convenience she can't stop herself from falling in love with Mack. The Tycoon’s Convenient Bride… and Baby will have you falling in love. Shoshanna Evers' pairs two amazing characters together and throw a baby in the mix and you can't help but to fall in love with this book! Lauren and Mack are both passionate about their businesses. Lauren loves her daycare children and dreams of expanding to have more children. Mack, although a ruthless businessman with a knack of finding perfect properties, shows that money doesn't mean as much to him when it comes to the people he cares about. I thought Mack was incredibly sweet when it came to Callie and I absolutely adored the fact that he googled how to take care of a baby and managed to put her diaper on wrong. Callie and Mack together were just adorable, just like a real dad and daughter. I did feel bad for Lauren after finding out the reason her ex broke up with her and about her personal problems. I rooted for her to have her family and her happily ever after and she definitely found that. This was my first Shoshanna Evers' book, but will not be my last! I wish I could give this book more than 5 stars, but alas I cannot, so even though I am shouting a big 10 in my head, I give The Tycoon’s Convenient Bride… and Baby 5 stars!
Another interesting take on a marriage of convenience. Lauren and Mack have known each other for a few years, but never romantically. When they need to find a husband/wife to keep Lauren's niece, Callie, out of foster care, Mack has the brilliant idea of marrying each other. They will divorce once custody is secured and they can both go about their lives. But nothing is ever as cut and dry and it seems at first. They both secretly hold a flame for each other, but neither wants to say it out loud to the other one. Their refusal to talk about the subject of staying together and how they felt and assuming they knew what the other was thinking was a little tiresome at times, but it also led to some really great scenes near the end when it all came out in the open. Mack was a great man. Even though he seems to be all about business, he has such a softer side to him, and when Lauren discovers it she falls even harder. There's a lot of drama that centers around Lauren's brother and sister-in-law as they have been lost at sea. The book's ending is full of HEA's and you almost tear up a little bit a few times. *The book was received in exchange for an honest review*
Very enjoyabld and glad i bought it
When her brother and his wife are declared dead, Lauren Peters is determined to take care of their baby, Callie. To do this she needs a husband. Mack Hansen, her brother's partner, has the perfect answer. They will get married and share custody of Callie. After a year, they will dissolve their union. Can a marriage of convenience lead to a HEA? Lauren is very attracted to Mack but he's a serial dater. Lauren won't admit that she desires him. When these two live together, the battle of wills begins. Mack hides his true feelings. No woman will leave him as his mother left his father. I loved both characters, but they have cornered the market on stubborn. Neither will acknowledge what they truly feel. They form a strong bond as they care for Callie. As they grow to love each other, I cheered. The touch of suspense added to the story. The storyline was so well plotted that I wasn't sure what the outcome would be. Shoshanna Evers wrote interesting characters that I cared about. The setting was glamorous and the dialogue was entertaining. The Tycoon's Convenient Bride...and Baby... satisfied my desire for romance.
This book has me torn. On the one hand, I like the premise--it makes somewhat more sense than many of the other "fake marriage" stories out there. (Key word there being somewhat. In this day and age it's hard to come up with a 100% plausible reason.) I also enjoyed the characters--both Lauren and Mack are likable, down-to-earth kinds of people (for all that Mack is insanely rich) and don't even get me started on baby Callie. Absolutely adorable, though she does tend to let them both off a little easily in the brand-new-to-parenting department. Still, so far, so good. Then we get to the but... If my brother and wife were missing at sea and presumed dead--or my business partner/best friend, for that matter--I would absolutely want more proof sooner, not later, that they actually were in some sort of witness protection program. I wouldn't be okay with going on the assumption that that's what was going on after being told of (or having) one conversation with the brother saying it was a possibility. I'd expect some kind of confirmation somehow and not be satisfied until I got it. (Especially since they're twins, and presumably even closer than your average siblings. Lauren mentions more than once about the whole "twin connection" thing, so you'd think...) Almost all of the relationship conflict could have been solved in a single, honest, actual conversation. Instead, every time the two characters talked each only heard what they expected to hear and completely twisted around what was actually said to fit their preconceived ideas. Drove. Me. Crazy. Just talk, already! In all, it was a decent book--it made for a pleasant morning's read--but it didn't quite live up to its potential. I would definitely give another book by this author a chance, however, in the hopes that this one was just a one-off. Rating: 3 stars / C I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Overall I enjoyed reading this story. It's quick paced and fun. The characters are independent and strong in their own ways so that when combined together they make a good couple. I found myself easily delving into the story. It starts off with a bang with a big shock thrown at the main characters. It's one that the reader can sympathize with if you have a close family member with children. I don't yet but I have close friends who have kids so it's something I can still relate to in Mack's shoes. My only real qualm is the fact that the main characters kept fighting their natural urges and attraction. It really is like watching a ping pong match going back and forth. They keep sending mixed messages, for instance, they say or do something trying to distance themselves when they really mean the opposite. This sort of irked me but I can see why they did and reacted the way they did. Still I believe truth would have been an easy solution if they were more honest to each other and themselves. It was interesting to watch the two characters handle their new changes into temporary parental-ship. It was adorable to see Mack handle the transition since he was more of a bachelor so his lack of training was more entertaining. Whereas Lauren runs a daycare so it's more natural for her, plus the baby is her niece so there's more of a connection. The love scenes were nice and sexy. I liked them a lot. They were spaced out decently but for some reason I couldn't believe they would be able to do any that with a baby around... I would imagine they would be too tired from work or taking care of the baby and would want to pass out. lol But I guess I shouldn't underestimate the need of the libido. The ending was good. All the points leading up to the end was decent and am satisfied with how it concluded. I like at the end there was no change in Lauren that could have easily solved one of her internal problems. Instead she dealt with it in a different way and I applaud the author for handling it that way. I recommend this book if you like the movie "Life as We Know It" because it's similar to the book.
After her brother and his wife go missing and are presumed dead, Lauren Peters plans to raise their infant daughter. Her brother's will, however, stipulates that baby Callie can only be raised by a married couple. Lauren’s as single as they come. Mack Hansen can’t stand idly by while his business partner’s baby is thrown into a foster home. As he sees it, there’s only one solution—he and Lauren will marry for the sake of the baby—and he’ll keep his attraction to her at bay. Lauren knows that Mack is all about business, including their marriage of convenience. But her unexpected feelings for him have her turned upside down. With passion sizzling between them, can Mack keep Lauren from stealing his heart…and becoming his wife for real? Review: This story is full of lack of communication and characters being afraid to take a leap at love. The story is about Mack and Lauren, who have pretty much lusted over each other since they were in college. Now, they are thrown together because of Lauren's missing brother and sister-in-law and they must take care of their baby left behind, Callie. Okay, who leaves a stipulation in a will that to take care of a baby, that person must be married?? The only option Mack and Lauren see is to get a quickie marriage of convenience to keep Callie. Now, you have three people having major life changes in a short amount of time and no one talking about their feelings. Mack and Lauren act on their lust and as they live together, raise a child, they become emotionally invested and eventually fall in love, though neither of them tell the other this. I am going to leave out spoiler points for other's reading enjoyment, but their lack of communication leads to a LOT of misunderstanding. I liked the story, thought Mack and Lauren needed to go to therapy, but it was an enjoyable read that had me tearing up in parts. 3.5Stars
I love romances and this is one of the finest caliber! Forced into a fake marriage to parent Lauren's brother and Mack's business partner's daughter these two who believe marriage is incompatible to their lifestyle find that isn't necessarily correct. Lauren and Mack discover that their love for little Callie smooths edges they thought were granite and their misunderstanding and distrust of love doesn't stop them from finding "sex" or "making love" so hot as to burn the pages not just the sheets! An Alpha playboy and stubborn daycare owner find the mesh that make every page a pleasure to read! I loved "The Tycoon's Bride...and Baby".