Wedding dress designer Daisy Willows always imagined marrying the man of her dreams. The fantasy did not include a fake engagement or a fake wedding. Or that her ex, Cole Benton, would be the groom. But as her mom's medical bills pile up, Daisy can't refuse the help of a well-known bridal show expo owner...or his plan for the fake wedding of the century.
Cole Benton's bridal magazine is on the verge of capsizing, taking Cole's dream of an outdoor lifestyle magazine with it. So Cole agrees to the publicity stunt and becomes "engaged" to Daisy. But despite their searing-hot chemistry—both in public and in private—not everyone is buying the charade. And now the only way to save their skins and prove that their big white wedding isn't a big white lie is to say "I do..."
Each book in the Hoax Series is a standalone, full-length story that can be enjoyed out of order.
Book #1 The Wedding Hoax
Book #2 The Hookup Hoax
Book #3 The Hometown Hoax
About the Author
Heather Thurmeier is a lover of strawberry margaritas, a hater of spiders, and a reality TV junkie. Born and raised in the Canadian prairies, she now lives in New York with her husband and kids where she's become some kind of odd Canuck-Yankee hybrid. Constantly wondering if she's about to use the Canadian or American word, Heather often chooses wrong, confusing her editor and friends alike. Occasionally, she still adds an extra "u" to random words for no reason other than, "It looks right that way!" She firmly believes that world peace could be achieved if people used their mouths for things like kissing and eating delicious chocolate instead of talking so much. Living life like a romance heroine, Heather knew in their first kiss that she would marry her high school sweetheart. Two countries, two kids, and half a dozen pets later they are still happily in love. Heather's currently writing her next romance, which will probably be filled with sassy heroines, sexy heroes, laugh out loud moments, and always a happily ever after. She loves to hear from readers on social media and her website!
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The Wedding Hoax
By Heather Thurmeier, Alethea Spiridon Hopson, Tracy Montoya, Hot Damn Stock
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2014 Heather Thurmeier
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Daisy Willows fought the urge to tap her fingers on the counter as she waited. All she wanted was a nonfat, extra-foam mocha latte to start her busy day. Was that so much to ask? A bridal-gown designer needed proper caffeination if she was expected to come up with brilliant new dress ideas for potential clients.
Especially if those new ideas had to happen in ten minutes.
She scooped up her latte the second the barista set it down, taking a sip. She sighed and her eyes fluttered closed as the rich aroma drifted around her and the steamy mocha warmed her throat. It might be steamed milk and steeped ground beans to some people, but to her, this was the nectar of the Gods.
Satisfied, she spun on her heel toward the door, her caffeine fix gripped tightly in front of her. She opened her eyes and stepped forward, but it was too late to stop her already moving body. Instead, it was like the world turned to slow motion as she collided with a broad chest, her hand instinctively squeezing her cup tighter until it crumpled. Mocha latte splashed onto the front of her crisp, white button-up shirt in a spectacular splatter that would make Jackson Pollack proud.
"Hot!" She pulled the wet material away from her skin and blew down the front of her shirt to cool her skin. The liquid wouldn't burn her, but it still stung.
"Are you okay?" The voice sent a tingle down her back and goose bumps up her arms. That was a voice she knew but hadn't heard for a while.
No, no, no ... Anyone but him ...
Of all the days for her to wander into his neighborhood ...
Of course, this was his favorite coffee spot, so it stood to reason he might stop in here from time to time, but this second? What were the odds? She should have picked a different place. But this one did make the best mochas she'd ever tasted.
Closing her eyes, she took a deep breath in through her nose, trying to find her happy place. It didn't include him. Not anymore.
She plastered on her best I'm-so-over-you smile. "Oh, this? It's nothing a laundry pen and the bathroom hand drier won't fix." Relax. You got this. He's no big deal. "Nice to bump into you. Literally." She tried to giggle casually, but it came out sounding distinctly snort-like.
He met her grin with his own and sent her a flash of perfectly white teeth. Damn, he had a sexy smile. The rest of him was pretty damn sexy, too. Green eyes with little flecks of gold in them, a chiseled jaw that would make a Greek God jealous, and chestnut-colored hair just long enough to drag her fingers through but not so long it was feminine.
Oh no, he was all man.
"Daisy?" If she wasn't mistaken, he almost sounded shocked. He reached around to the counter behind her and grabbed a handful of napkins, then proceeded to dab her shirt. "That's not helping at all."
"Then stop doing it," she said between clenched teeth while his fistful of napkins pressed into her breast. Another dab, this one against her nipple. She batted his hand away. "I've got it."
His hand stilled, and he peered down at her with a grin bordering on mischievous. "Some of it soaked up."
"I'm not sure napkins will do much more good. But thanks for trying." And for feeling me up 'cause that's what my morning was missing.
He tossed the soggy napkins into the trash. "What brings you to my neck of the woods?"
Was that his polite way of asking what the hell she was doing in his regular coffee shop? Well, it wasn't her fault he'd shown her his favorite place when they dated. And it certainly wasn't her fault that they made the best latte this side of 42nd Street.
"I'm meeting with a bride-to-be soon. You?"
"On my way to work, like always." Just like him to imply she should know better than to come here at his usual time. It had been a year already. How was she supposed to remember his exact commute to work each morning?
She peered over his shoulder at the guy with the camera hanging around on the street out front. She groaned. "He's here for you and not us, right? Not that there's an us anymore." She cleared her throat, then nudged her chin toward the windows. "Or a real celebrity sighting nearby?"
Cole glanced back, then shrugged. "I can't see why they would be here for us. We're old news."
When they'd dated, they had been splashed across Page Six a few times. And occasionally a tabloid put in a snippet about somewhere they'd been or something they'd done. She'd never really figured out the public's fascination with them. She designed dresses; he ran a magazine — big deal. But for whatever reason, they'd often been news. It was the one thing in their relationship she didn't miss.
"Totally old. Moldy old." Shut up! "I don't know why we were ever newsworthy to begin with. It's not like you're George Clooney and I'm Vera Wang or anything."
"Speak for yourself. I'm still one of the magazine industry's most eligible bachelors, according to Forbes at least." He chuckled with a smug expression. Cole Benton belonged to the Benton family, an American dynasty of billionaire entrepreneurs whose ties to the country dated back more than a century. Cole's father owned a magazine empire that rivaled Condé Nast, and Cole, his eldest heir, had the right combination of money, smarts, and stunning good looks to capture People magazine's attention on at least a monthly basis.
His comment pierced her chest like a hot dagger. Of course he was still an eligible bachelor, since he didn't want to marry her or anyone else.
"Still playing the field, huh?" She forced a casual laugh and patted him playfully on the shoulder. "No settling down for this guy."
"Nope. What about you? I don't see a ring on that finger. Haven't snagged a husband yet?"
She hoped to relieve the sudden tension building in her shoulders with a shrug. "Oh you know, I dabble here and there."
"I do enjoy a good dabble." He winked. Trust him to turn an innocent conversation into dirty talk.
She swatted him again across the hard muscles of his upper chest and rolled her eyes, exaggerating her annoyance. She enjoyed a good dabble now and then, too, but had been dabble-free since their relationship ended.
"You always did," she mumbled.
"What was that?"
"Nothing." Glancing around, she spied the ladies' room in the back corner. "I'd love to stay and chat, but I really should get cleaned up if I'm going to make it to my meeting without being too late."
They eyed each other awkwardly for a second. What was the right etiquette for parting from an ex?
"See you around," he said.
"Yeah. See you soon." She added a wave as he walked away.
What? See you soon? Not if I can help it.
* * *
Cole strode through the office, smiling and offering quick greetings as he went. He enjoyed the hum of the editing floor. Something about the creativity of the space and the collaboration of his employees working together really energized him, making him excited for the next issue of Exclusively Yours to hit the shelves.
As he glanced around the office at his hardworking, loyal staff, he prayed there would be many more issues to come. He knew subscription numbers were down, but when his financial heads called an emergency meeting, he feared it was worse than he originally thought.
Cole pushed open the door to a room of stoic colleagues staring back at him. Great. "Gentleman," he said in greeting, taking his seat at the head of the table. He sat forward and leaned his elbows on the edge of the polished mahogany wood. "Give it to me straight. How bad is it?"
"Bad," Bruce said. "We're looking at major downsizing in the next quarter if we don't find a way to turn the numbers around."
"How much downsizing are we talking exactly?" he asked. This wasn't good. The economy still wasn't back on its feet and Cole had no desire to add to the unemployment rate by laying off a bunch of staff.
"At least half unless we find an influx of cash or a ton of new subscribers right away."
"We've increased our advertising, added a digital subscription services, and created a new Exclusively Yours shopping app. What more can we do?"
"Just hear us out," Kevin said.
The tension in Cole's shoulders grew and a headache sprang to life behind his eyes. "Spit it out," Cole said, his voice even, trying his best not to pass judgment before he heard their ingenious plan.
"We go to William and enlighten him to this situation and get a temporary cash infusion to stimulate sales further."
Cole shook his head and sat back in his chair, folding his arms across his chest. "No way. We can't go to my father. Find another way."
"We're running out of solutions," Robert said softly as if trying to comfort a child. Exactly how Cole would feel going to his father for money.
Making the bridal magazine successful was his only shot at proving to his father that he could handle a bigger, more challenging one. If he couldn't run this one well, he'd never earn the outdoor magazine he really wanted. Prime Outdoors was his ultimate goal, and he'd do whatever it took to reach it.
"There has to be another way." The silence in the room thickened as the men shifted glances at each other. "What?"
Bruce cleared his throat. "There's one other possible solution."
"Well, you may not like this solution any better."
"I won't know until you tell me." Cole's patience was waning quickly.
"We've heard rumors about Mason Bridgewater looking for a new investment."
"The guy who organizes the bridal show where we had a booth last year? Excellent. Maybe we can do some cross-promotion together. That could be huge." Exactly the kind of opportunity the magazine needed right now.
"Don't get too excited yet. We have to see if the rumors are true and if they are, you may not like whatever he's offering."
Cole leveled his gaze on his colleagues. "Listen, if Mason saves me from having to admit I'm coming up short to my father, then I'm all for it. How soon can I meet with him?"
"We'll try to get a meeting scheduled within a couple of days."
"The sooner the better. And if he's not interested anymore, then find me another investor who is. The magazine will be back in the black in no time." Cole smiled feeling triumphant and confident in the future. Any investment deal was better than telling his father he'd failed the magazine. If it also meant his business would succeed, his employees would all keep their jobs, and he would finally be put in charge of Prime Outdoors, then he was ready to sign on the dotted line.
Whatever the deal was, he'd never say no.CHAPTER 2
"Sorry I'm late tonight." Daisy climbed onto the bed to sit cross-legged beside her mother. She rubbed her fingers along her mom's limp hand, gently massaging the fragile skin to stimulate her circulation. Her mom rested, propped up on pillows against the headboard, smiling at their familiar routine. "Traffic was bumper-tobumper getting out of New York."
Daisy's bridal-design house and boutique was in the heart of Greenwich Village, which made the commute to her mom's house in lower Westchester County just under an hour. But tonight it had taken almost an hour and a half.
"You should've stayed in the city. You didn't have to drive all this way to hang out with me for an hour. I'm fine here with Samantha."
Samantha, the at-home nurse, did an amazing job tending to her mother whenever Daisy couldn't be there to help. Which was most of the time. But homecare came with a hefty bill each month, and it was getting tougher and tougher to pay while also covering rent, salaries, and buying supplies for Designs by Daisy.
"I know, but I won't be able to come tomorrow. I'm busy at the shop and then I have a meeting with an investor. I spent the better part of my day pulling together stuff to show him."
Mason Bridgewater wasn't just any investor. He was the most successful bridal-show organizer in the country. He managed to bring in the biggest sponsors, the highest attendance of new brides-to-be, and the best vendors to each of his shows. He was also a crotchety, old grouch who expected small businesses like hers to fork over huge amounts of cash to score a booth at those shows, which is why she'd never been a part of one.
Why he'd contacted her assistant about forming a business partnership with Daisy was a mystery, but she wasn't about to turn away what could be the shop's only hope for survival.
"Why the need for an investor all of a sudden?" her mom asked, concern wrinkling her forehead.
Because the bills keep coming, and the brides aren't buying.
Seemed she couldn't sell anything but her cheapest dresses because of the ongoing recession. If it was over five grand, most brides weren't interested. She wanted to focus more energy on making affordable dresses to bring in more brides, but she still needed to produce high-end gowns to appear in magazines and runway shows. Not to mention, those were the gowns with the biggest profit margins. Sadly, she just didn't have time for both without another dressmaker or two on staff, but she didn't have the funds to hire anyone right now.
"Everything's fine with the store," she said, forcing a smile to her lips. She hoped it was convincing. "I'd like to expand in the future, and I need some extra money to do that."
Samantha straightened the jars of ointments and medications on the dresser. Daisy's gaze fell to the pictures leaning against the wall behind the pill bottles, stopping on one particular photo.
She climbed from the bed and grabbed the photo of her and Cole together, dressed formally at her cousin's wedding from well over a year ago. In it, they both looked happy and in love and ... Well, she'd been in love at least.
"Mom, I've only asked you to get rid of this photo about a million times already."
"Good luck," Samantha whispered beside her. "I tried to take it down after your last visit, and she noticed within the hour. I think he's sticking around forever."
Forever was not a word that went with Cole Benton.
Driven. Workaholic. Cocky. Bachelor until the bitter end. Those were words that described Cole.
She brushed her fingers across the glass without thinking. He'd looked even better in person last week.
Clean cut. Distinguished. Built. Sexy. Those words described him pretty accurately, too.
"You know I love that picture of you," her mother said. "You look so beautiful in it. I can't help it if Cole happens to be in it as well. It's staying, so get used to it."
Daisy groaned and put the photo back.
"I told you," Samantha said with a smirk. "She'll never get rid of it."
"Don't worry. The second I'm ready to part with it, Samantha will be there with a pair of scissors to cut you out of it so she can take Cole home with her." Her mother laughed.
Samantha blushed. "Well, I can't say I mind the eye candy spicing up the room."
Daisy rolled her eyes. "You're both terrible. If either of you loved me, you would cut Cole out of that picture and let me be happy alone in my frame."
"You know that sounds tragically pathetic, right?" her mother teased. "Besides, if we cut Cole out, then we'd have nothing to look at all day but each other."
"Hey, you said I was the object of your attention in that picture. Now the truth comes out."
This time, Daisy joined in with her mother and Samantha's laughter. If seeing that darn picture kept her mom's spirits up and provided her with something nice to look at, then maybe Daisy could put up with it for a little longer.
Or maybe she'd buy her mom a new bigger and better picture to put up instead, so that Cole could finally be put away and forgotten for good.
As she climbed back onto the bed to rejoin her mother, something on the floor caught her attention — another picture of her and Cole at the coffee shop with the headline, "Together Again?"
"You know you're encouraging them by buying these magazines, right? You're not making my life any easier."
"If you're in the news, I'm buying a copy."
"But this isn't news. It wasn't even news last week when it happened!" Daisy said, frustrated. She tossed the magazine back on the floor, instead of into the garbage where it belonged, and flopped onto the bed.
"What did happen with Cole?" Samantha asked quietly from near the doorway, almost as if she were planning a fast getaway. Maybe she should with questions like that.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This lovely second/third chance romance really showed how family ideals can influence other relationships for the better or worse and how difficult it can be to break out of a mold your family has poured you into. Cole has always believed marriage and long term commitment was never for him because it would interfere with business and his father had always drilled into him that business always comes first. Daisy always believed that family and commitment to one another was most important and a success in business supports and nurtures the family. A clash of opinion on commitment is what tore their relationship apart in the past, but a need for cash investment to support their top interests, his business and her mother's health care bills. brings them back together when a colleague offers them investment money if they will engage in a fake relationship leading to marriage as a marketing scheme for their three businesses. Their finances need the investment, so feelings need to be put aside to sell their relationship, but... sometimes the soul calls out and the heart will not listen to will and what starts as business becomes oh so much more. I loved these characters and cheered the whole way for them to break free of the restrictions placed and let their hearts and souls be happy. If you love to read a good second/third chance romance, then this is an excellent way to spend the day.
We get a couple who fake being together to save their businesses however not only do things change but it is a little difficult for Cole and Daisy to fake this weddings when there feelings are involved since they were in a real relationship before. They broke up because they both wanted different things, so how will they deal with the same issues again? It was a funny cute book and not too much drama..Enjoy!
Daisy is a wedding dress designer who runs a successful business but could use some help boosting her name and income. Cole has been running the bridal magazine for his father's company and he needs it to be as successful as possible so he can move to the outdoor lifestyle magazine. To achieve their goals, they agree to a publicity stunt and get engaged and have the public help them plan their wedding. The problem: Daisy and Cole broke up because they don't want the same things. So now they have to navigate this fake relationship and not fall into old patterns. This book was funny and wasn't really heavy on the angst. It was a cute, quick read. I really liked Daisy and Cole and all of the secondary characters introduced. I'm definitely adding the next book in this series to my TBR. *This is my voluntary review of a second look copy*
Daisy & Cole have a history. They did not part well. So when the chance comes to both of them to save their respective business, they want to jump on it. Until they find out it means being together. Cole has pressure coming at him from all sides. The personal and professional are all blending for the first time. Daisy makes it all seem so much better. Can they learn to keep the future bright while the darkness closes in? Such a great start to the fun and sexy Hoax Series! I really love these characters and how real they come across. Their situation is not uncommon. I felt they were very easy to understand and relate to. While the story moves along, there is much heat and laughter also.
I loved The Wedding Hoax. Heather Thurmeier writes fun, quick, romantic stories that keep you wanting more. Her character development is so great that you love the heroes and hate the villians.
3 - The Bachelor takes a Bride! Stars. The Wedding Hoax is the first book I have read by Heather Thurmeier, it was an enjoyable if somewhat merry-go-round of a story at second chance love. I liked the Wedding Magazine and Wedding Dress designer aspect of the story, and the predicaments that our H/h found themselves in, with regards to the whole ‘Fake’ aspect of their engagement and subsequent nuptials. ”The playboy might have put a ring on my finger, but he’ll never stop playing the game.” Keep your head in the game and your heart out of the boardroom. But, it was a real struggle after a while to feel anything other than frustration for Daisy and Cole. Both of them blew hot and cold with each other continually and too such to such an extent that I was concerned I may catch the flu! The constant, ‘I want you’, ‘I don’t do commitment’, ‘I don’t want you’, ‘we can’t do that again’, got a repetitive as the book went on. She’d wanted forever. He’d wanted right now. This book skips over months as well, which too be honest with you I would have liked a little more development on especially towards the end, as one minute they are ignoring each other and the next they are walking up the aisle, and it had a bit of a ‘rushed’ feel because of it. ”Bite you lip like that again and I’ll bite it for you.” If I take out the things that I didn’t like from The Wedding Hoax the basis of the story is very good. The writing and overall development (apart from skipping months) for the characters and storyline is also pretty good, the sexy times (when they actually get off the ground) are hot and steamy. I just wanted a little more ‘action’ and a lot less denial with this one. ARC generously provided by Entangled, in exchange for the above honest review.
I really enjoyed the book. The chemistry really hot and the passion pulled you right in. On a side note.... There really need to be some limitations on the ARC reviews. I understand they are given a free copy of the book for an honest review. However they should not expose the whole plot and spoil the suspense and discovery for everyone else. They need to be more considerate of others and allow us to expierence the book. You can give a review without writing out the whole plot.
Daisy Willows dated Cole Benton and was madly in love with him, but he broke up with her when she wanted commitment. Now they are back together. It's not for love though. It's a business deal. Both she and Cole needed a cash infusion to save the respective businesses. They'll get the money if they go ahead with a fake engagement and marriage. They need to do this to secure Mason Bridgewater's investment . Will this forced closeness bring them back together? Daisy and Cole are compelling characters. I love this passionate couple with their snappy dialogue and passionate romance. The secondary characters add to the drama. Some with their meddling and some with their caring. The story is well plotted and fast paced. I enjoyed The Wedding Hoax. Heather Thurmeier has an engaging writing style that kept me entertained.
ARC Courtesy of Entangled Publishing While I certainly did enjoy many aspects of this book, there is still something that is holding me back from giving it a higher rating. And I'm afraid that is the leading hero in the story Cole Benton. For me it was really hard to get past the fact that him and the heroine were together for over a year in a committed relationship, then when she wants more he dumps her, beds anything in a skirt for a year after that and then agrees to "marry" her in order to save his and her business. I just could not get over that and it left a bitter taste in my mouth for the poor heroine of the story...... Anyway that feeling aside it is still a enjoyable read from a very talented author that will no doubt keep you entertained from start to finish.... Daisy is a wedding dress maker who is having a hard time keeping her business afloat especially since she is caring for her ailing mother as well. Money is tight for her and when a opportunity arises to enter into a "fake" marriage in order to saves her business she grabs onto it. Cole runs a bridal magazine for his fathers company. But what he really wants is to be put in charge of the travel magazine and in order to do that, he needs his father to see how successful he can make this magazine become. His numbers are down at the moment and when he is presented with the opportunity to wed Daisy in order to generate buzz for a wedding expo he cant say I do quick enough....even though he is a commitment phobe of the highest order. A year ago he and Daisy were in a relationship, but when she started talking marriage he ended things with her and moved on. Now the 2 of them must come together to pull off the hoax of the year. Daisy will need to guard her heart this time around and not give it away to Cole as he broke it the last time she gave it to him. And Cole will have to learn how to be married and give up his single life. What ensues is a delightful story between the 2, that you will no doubt enjoy.......
If you are looking for a fun, upbeat contemporary romance, then The Wedding Hoax by Heather Thurmeier is for you. This is the story about wedding gown designer Daisy Willows, and bridal magazine publisher Cole Benton. Daisy and Cole have a history. After dating happily, lustfully and exclusively for about a year, Daisy started talking about marriage, a white picket fence and babies. Cole, a playboy and complete commitment phobe, liked things the way were and never had any desire to settle down. In fact, Daisy was the first woman that Cole had a relationship with which lasted longer than a few weeks. Daisy was heartbroken when Cole broke up with her a month later. A year has gone by and due to the poor economy, both Daisy's bridal boutique and Cole's magazine are not making any money. The bridal industry in general is not seeing much growth or profitability. Luckily, the richest man in the bridal expo business has a plan, a publicity stunt that would result in tons of new expo traffic, new magazine subscribers and wedding gown orders. He would infuse cash into both their respective businesses and provide free premier expo space, if Daisy and Cole agree to a publicized six-month fake engagement, followed by a fake wedding and honeymoon. The public would be involved, voting on their wedding venue, flowers, etc. A hoax that would top all former hoaxes. Naturally, spending time together, holding hands, kissing, selecting rings and sleeping in the same bed evolves their fake relationship into something real and tangible. I really liked Daisy and found her to be replete with kindness and graciousness. Her love for her mother is truly heartfelt. She handles her customers with great care and goes out of her way to treat everyone fairly. Engagement of Convenience stories are my absolute favorite type of romance trope, and this one does not disappoint. This is a well written book that will keep you entertained from beginning to end. The story is nicely paced, the characters are well developed and replete with realism. In addition, Ms. Thurmeier has a real knack for creating unscrupulous characters, which include Cole's despicable father and his slimy brother. The author evolves Cole's character thoughtfully, and in the end, he turns out to be a loving man who was just a little slow on the uptake. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Second chance love and engagements of convenience both form part of my staple diet of romantic tropes. The Wedding Hoax contained both and I pretty much read it in one sitting. Wedding dress designer Daisy Willows' business is suffering from the recession and, with her Mum's medical bills mounting, she needs investment. Cole Benton is in the same boat with his bridal publication plus he's desperate to prove his worth to his complete arse of a father. When an investor comes forth, he offers to help both Daisy and Cole. The catch is they need to fake engagement and marriage. Not so simple when he was the man who broke her heart when things started becoming serious between them. "She'd wanted forever. He'd wanted right now." Daisy and Cole brought plenty of what I love to find in a couple. She's a firecracker and doesn't hesitate in going toe-to-toe with him, yet has a wonderful compassionate nature, whilst he's arrogant but charming and occasionally thoughtful with it. The sniping, bickering and innuendo between them was fun and flirty and whilst Daisy blows hot and cold more frequently than the average weather system, she wasn't unlikeable with it in any way. Frustrating at times yes, but based on their history, who can blame her. Yet, despite their very differing views on commitment, they get one another and the attraction and chemistry between them still burns. "Bite your lip like that again, and I'll bite it for you." As it's based over a 6 month period, there were skips in time and whilst there were a couple of occasions when I wanted that bit more, on the whole it flowed well. There isn't a huge amount of sexy-time in it, but what we do get is filled with heat and passion and with some great secondary characters (I loved how much I despised Cole's Dad and his brother), it was a thoroughly enjoyable read. Heather Thurmeier is a new author to me and if this is any indication of the type of novel she writes, I will without a doubt read more from her in the future. Reviewed for Read Your Writes Book Reviews. Copy received courtesy of Entangled Publishing for an honest and unbiased opinion.
Daisy Willows is a wedding dress designer, who owns a business in the heart of Greenwich Village. She is busy, has great success, but things could always be better. She is the eternal dreamer, who has her ideal wedding dress designed, made and waiting in the wings for that right moment. Cole Benton runs his father’s bridal magazine, although he covets the outdoor lifestyle magazine he hopes to move to one day. Their next business venture will see them come together, to work towards benefitting both their businesses. After all, how difficult could a fake marriage be, and with the public making their every decisions, what on earth could go wrong?? The fact that these two have met before, have had a hot and heavy relationship before, only breaking up when Daisy tried to take things to the next commitment level, shouldn’t be a problem at all surely? They are great business people and adults. This proved to be an entertaining, read. I enjoyed the easy storyline, and became equally invested in the characters. ARC generously provided by entangled publishing in exchange for an honest review..