Three Day Fiancee (A Romantic Comedy)

Three Day Fiancee (A Romantic Comedy)

by Marissa Clarke

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"Another wonderful Marissa Clarke book full of humor and swoon-worthy romance. Loved every minute!" - Kira Archer, USA Today bestselling author

Helicopter pilot Taylor Blankenship’s time schedule is maxed out. Between his job, his one-hundred and fifty pound slobbering mess of a dog, and his matchmaking grandmother, he has no time for anyone or anything—especially a woman. If only there were a way to get Grams to back down.

The job of New York City dog walker suits Caitlin Ramos perfectly while she preps for her CPA exam—steady, scheduled, and requiring very little human interaction; a huge seller since she’s still on the mend from a toxic relationship. Men suck. Especially her bossy, hot client with the Saint Bernard that thinks it’s a lap dog. No way will she go for his plan to pretend they’re engaged to get his grandmother off his case. Down, boy.

Offered a bargain she can’t refuse, Caitlin finds herself playing the part of fiancée to Taylor. Fortunately, it’s only for three days. All she has to do is fake a relationship with Mr. Bossy Pants in front of his entire family, survive a fierce game of truth or dare with an unscrupulous pair of octogenarians, endure a one-on-one round of Twister with Taylor, and not lose her heart to a guy who turns out to be a lot more than she’d bargained for.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640635074
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 05/14/2018
Series: Animal Attraction , #2
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 228
Sales rank: 22,732
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Marissa Clarke lives in Texas, where the everything is bigger, especially the mosquitoes. When not writing or reading, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, husband, and a Cairn Terrier named Annabel who rules the house (and Marissa’s heart) with an iron paw. If you love young adult fiction, be sure to check out Marissa’s alter ego, Mary Lindsey!

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CHAPTER 1

The perfect day for Caitlin Ramos started with a steaming shower at exactly five fifty-five, a double-shot espresso from Zeke's Deli at six forty-five, and a twelve-minute walk up Sixth Avenue where she'd begin her first appointment clean, caffeinated, and on time.

Today was not a perfect day.

She'd known it was off to a crappy start when she discovered there was no hot water in her building, so she broke the land speed record with the quickest (and coldest) shower in the history of mankind. Then, her ancient hair dryer tripped the breaker, forcing her to not only lose time, but wake her roommate when she stubbed her toe on the desk chair on her way to get to the breaker box in Fiona's bedroom closet.

What got her through the icy storm of both her roomie and the shower was the idea of a delicious, hot espresso, but that was a point in the loss column too. Zeke's Deli had a hot water issue because it was in the same building, and due to some health code BS, they couldn't serve anything but prepackaged food and cold bottled drinks.

Mourning her missed espresso, she shoved the chilled can of Mountain Dew into her coat pocket and bolted out the door that slammed behind her with a clatter of nerve-jangling bells. Taking a deep breath, she assured herself this was the last break in the day's routine. All was well. Caffeine was caffeine, right?

A garbage truck ran the red light as she crossed Sixth Avenue, thankfully missing her by inches. However, the mixture of mud and whatever nastiness had oozed into the street from the trash can outside a newsstand didn't miss her.

"Watch it!" she shouted, returning the driver's hand gesture. She was grateful to be out of Georgia, but New York City would take some getting used to after five years away.

She pulled out her phone and checked the time. Still on schedule.

Tucking her coat tighter, she picked up her pace. And then, in keeping with the rest of her morning, the sky opened, drenching her from head to toe with icy drops. Good thing she'd fought so hard to get her hair dry this morning. She gritted her teeth, cursing her bad luck and her prodigal umbrella sitting warm and toasty next to her apartment door. At least the rain would wash off the nasty brew splashed on her boots by the garbage truck.

Shivering, she ducked under a small awning, crammed her phone in her pocket and zipped her coat, for whatever good that did at this point. Water slithered down her spine and between her breasts. Raking aside the wet, blond hair plastered to her forehead, she took a deep breath. So far, today had sucked big time. Nothing had gone right, and Caitlin was pretty sure the suckitude was only beginning. With a growl, she pulled her coat hood over her head and dashed the remaining half block to her first client's building. The rain stopped right as she hit the door, of course.

At three minutes to seven, she entered the lobby and nodded at Fred, the doorman. He'd seen her come and go twice a day for the last three months, so she didn't even need to check in or out anymore. Animal Attraction, SoHo's premier boutique pet care service, had a contract with several clients in this building, which made her job much easier than that of a typical New York City dog walker.

Dog walker. She shook her head as she mashed the elevator button. Who'd ever have thought it? She should be a licensed accountant by now with a nice salary and benefits. But no. She had to get all stupid and quit college to run off with the "love of her life."

She'd trusted her heart and Gary Southwick, and both of them had let her down big time, leaving her with a broken heart, a broken career plan, and a broken bank account.

"Stupid, stupid, stupid," she chanted, stepping off the elevator. But she'd never be stupid again. Never, ever, ever would she let a man control her again, and she knew it would be a long time before she'd ever trust a man — or her heart. Which was why dating was out. Not that she'd had time for it since she'd returned. After finishing her degree online while working full-time, she dove right into her CPA exam prep. Maybe she'd have time for dating after she sat for the exam in April. Until then, she was following her mom's orders from when she used to take Caitlin to the store as a little girl. "Look, don't touch."

Her boots made squick-squick noises as she strode down the long hallway to the unit at the end.

She liked to snap the leash on Beauregard, a huge Saint Bernard, at exactly seven. Labeled a problem client, Beau was on his third agency and had blazed through his fair share of walkers, the latest of which was Rick, a co-worker from Animal Attraction. Caitlin and Beau had hit it off immediately, and he'd never given her any trouble, so she'd found Rick's stories of the dog's misbehavior hard to believe. She checked her phone when she pulled out her keychain. She still had one minute. At least one thing was going right — she was on time. She slid her key in the lock and froze.

Bark-bark! Crash.

She'd never known Beau to break anything before. Heck, he usually just laid around and slobbered. Sometimes even getting him to go out for a walk took a treat or two.

Crash. Thump-thump-thump. Ahoooooooo! Woooo! WOOF!

Great. A cold shower, stubbed toe, blown breaker, no caffeine, close encounter with a garbage truck, soggy feet, wet hair, and now this. Whatever this was.

A chill shot down her spine as she lifted her hand to knock, then stopped. Beauregard's owner was never home at this time of day. He left for work before she arrived. What if someone had broken in?

Her fingers tightened on the key as she debated whether to call 911 or go tell Fred in the lobby.

"Beauregard, stop! Sit! Stay!" a male voice shouted from inside. Well, at least it wasn't a burglar unless he was doubling as a dog trainer. Score one in the win column this time. She relaxed fractionally, silently unlocking the door and opening it just a crack to peek in.

Oh, man. Score ten in the win column.

The hottest guy she'd ever seen was chasing Beauregard around the living room wearing nothing but a bath towel — and the towel was hanging on for dear life ... not that she blamed it; she'd hang on to that fine backside for dear life, too, given the chance. He was tall, with dark hair and a build that was lean and toned and screamed long-term gym membership. She bit back a laugh as Hot Guy and his six-pack abs hurdled the coffee table in an attempt to catch Beau, who lumbered to the far end of the room, drooling. She might have been drooling, too, as he lunged for Beau and missed.

"Look don't touch." Yep. And she was getting a good look. She grinned, realizing her crap day had finally turned around.

And then a couple of things happened at once. Beau noticed her in the doorway and launched toward her at full steam, no doubt to give her his customary slobbery greeting with uncustomary zeal. As the dog passed the center of the room, Hot Guy reached out and grabbed his collar, causing the muscles across his broad chest to bunch up as he attempted to slow the dog — the attempt didn't slow anything, especially Caitlin's heartbeat. The day had done a total one-eighty. Win all around. No need for caffeine now.

"Woof!" Beauregard barked.

Yeah, woof! Caitlin was too stunned to do anything but stare, heart pounding, as the dog and towel-clad Hot Guy, still clinging to Beau's collar, hurtled in her direction like a runaway locomotive. Bring on that train wreck, universe.

It was obvious Hot Guy hadn't noticed her until that second, because his brown eyes grew huge as Beau reared up, his paws landing on her shoulders, tongue nailing her cheek as she slammed back against the doorjamb.

"Oh, shit," he said, only inches from her. So close she could smell his aftershave or soap or whatever mouth-watering scent clung to his body. Releasing the dog, he tightened the towel and took a couple of steps back. "I'm sorry, I ..."

Caitlin strained to peek around Beau's huge head as the guy backed up another step, gave a smile, and said, "I didn't see you there."

Well, no way could she say the same, and she certainly wasn't sorry. Heck, the last few minutes warranted completely forgiving the universe for conspiring against her all morning.

Beau gave her face another slurp as she snapped the leash on his collar. "I'm your dog walker."

"Yeah, I figured that out. It's a good thing you're here. I've got a real problem."

Yeah, so did she, like a runaway libido. Whoa, the guy was fine.

No handshake, no intro. He simply blurted out, "You have to stay with Beauregard today. He can't be left alone."

You have to ... Icy prickles danced up her spine as the order dredged up all manner of "no freaking way." She didn't even know this guy, but after Gary, it was hard to not paint everyone with the same brush. Even half-dressed hot guys. "I'm sorry. I have six other clients today." Resisting the urge to look back at him, she slid her fingers into the loop at the end of the leash.

"No. You have to do this."

Never, she'd sworn to herself when she left Gary, would she ever again let a man tell her what she could and could not do. The only thing she had to do was whatever she damn well wanted. And right then, she wanted to get out of that apartment. She also desperately wanted a cappuccino. "Come, Beau."

"No."

No? She narrowed her eyes. "So, you don't want me to take him out?"

"No." Simple and to the point. This was a guy used to giving orders and she was a woman who would no longer take them.

She unsnapped Beau's leash. "Suit yourself," she said, hanging the leash on a hook by the door. As she closed the door behind her, a pang of guilt flared. She knew she was being unreasonable, but she refused to give on this. What had being reasonable gotten her in life other than a world of hurt?

Boots squicking, she tromped to the elevator and mashed the button, replaying the conversation in her head. Unlike Gary, this guy hadn't acted all domineering and angry. He'd seemed ... desperate and a little panicky. The pang of guilt turned into regret. He'd set her off unintentionally. Most people didn't carry this much baggage. Most people toted duffel bags of issues. She was wheeling a steamer trunk and this guy had unwittingly popped the lock to Pandora's box of bad vibes.

The elevator dinged and slid wide right as the door of his apartment opened and then slammed shut. Half-dressed now in dark blue pants, he was struggling into a long-sleeved white dress shirt with funky striped do-dads on the shoulders like she'd seen on pilots walking through the airport when she flew back from Georgia. On one sleeve was a patch with a round logo with AE in the center. A navy blue tie dangled from his fingers. "Please, don't go."

Yeah, she'd heard that before. She crossed her arms over her ribs.

He draped the tie around his neck and deftly buttoned his shirt. "Hear me out."

And that, too.

Brow arched, she waited. From inside the apartment, Beau scratched the door. He was several minutes late for his walk now.

With precision, he began to knot his tie. "You and I got off to a bad start. I'm sorry."

Actually, the start had been pretty spectacular — especially the gold medal round of sofa hurdles in the Bath Towel Olympics. It's what had followed that threw her morning back into the toilet. She scraped her wet bangs from her face and shrugged, frustrated by her fascination with his ability to perfectly knot his tie without a mirror.

He smoothed the ends of the tie flat and she kicked herself internally for letting her libido remind her of how his tall, muscular body looked sporting only a bath towel. Wide shoulders tapering to narrow hips. Damn. She drew her gaze from his long fingers to his dark eyes that looked completely sincere.

"I need your help. It's really important. Beauregard swallowed something super valuable."

Aaaaaand, now it's about money. It's like the guy was going through her Piss-Me-Off-Playbook. She put her hands on her hips, resisting the urge to roll her eyes, remembering her last huge fight with Gary.

"It has sharp edges and I'm worried it'll hurt him."

That got her attention. Despite her love of number crunching, animals had always been her true obsession — ever since she cooked up plans for a pet care shop with her best friends, Jane and Fiona, back in grade school. Jane had made that childhood dream happen a year ago when she opened Animal Attraction and brought the three of them together again. Jane ran the place. Fiona provided vet services, and there were two groomers, one receptionist, and three dog walkers — well, she was only doing this until she passed her CPA exam. Then she'd do the books for the shop. She'd be doing them now, if it weren't for some silly clause in Jane's investor agreement that required a licensed CPA.

Her gaze flitted to where Beau scratched the door again. "What did he swallow?"

"An engagement ring. I left my dresser drawer open and he got hold of the box, and all I can find are the shreds of the box. No ring. I'm sure he ate it."

"That's why the couch high jump was in process when I opened the door."

"Yeah." He glanced at his giant watch — the kind with all the little dials that had always struck Caitlin as overkill. "I thought he had it in his mouth, but it was only a shred of velvet from the top."

She drew her eyes from his shiny watch to his glossy brown hair. Thick, rich hair like dark chocolate, which she could use two pounds of right about now. Instead, she settled for pulling the Mountain Dew out of her pocket. Caffeine would help her looming headache. "So, you want me to what?" She knew the answer, but wanted him to have to say it.

He suddenly found his bare feet fascinating. At least he had the good grace to look embarrassed. "Wait for it to pass." He glanced at his watch again.

"That could take a long time. Maybe even days." She popped the top of the Mountain Dew, and of course, in accordance with the rest of her morning, it fizzed out the top and some drops splattered onto the shiny marble floor in front of the elevator. The loss column was almost totally full. "Maybe I should call our vet. Beauregard probably needs an X-ray."

The guy seemed fixated on her lips as she slurped from the top to keep more from spilling out. He shook his head as if to clear it. "He's terrified of vets. Loses it completely. I really don't want to put him through that unless it looks like he's having trouble. I'll be back sometime before dark."

She fought the urge to wipe her sticky hand on her coat. Before dark? She thought he'd ask her to stay a couple of hours, not the whole freaking day. She shot a glance down the hallway both directions before blurting out, "You expect me to drop all my other clients and hang out until he poops an engagement ring?"

He guided her back to his apartment door and ushered her inside, no doubt to get her out of the way before a neighbor came out to see what was going on. Beau helped out by licking the sticky soda off her hand while she held the can out of reach with the other.

The guy gave an exasperated huff. "I'm asking you to stay until the ring ... appears or I get back. I'll be home as soon as I can, and you can leave." And then he said the only thing that could have turned off her anger like a wall switch. "I love this dog." He ran his hand over Beau's huge head. "He's my best friend."

Well, crap. She dug in her pocket and pulled out her phone, trying to dial with her free hand. "Lemme see if someone is available to cover this." Before he responded, she rang her boss and longtime friend, Jane Dixon.

Jane picked up on the first ring. "What's up, Caity?"

"Um, we kind of have a situation." She shot a look at the guy who was sitting on the sofa putting on socks. "Is there a way we can get someone here to stay with Beauregard for the day? I have two other appointments in this building and one a block over before lunch, then four more in the afternoon, two of them with multiple dogs. It would be easier for me to pick up someone else's appointments than for them to take over all of mine since I have so many today."

"Tell me what happened." Jane's voice was more intense than Caitlin had expected for something like this.

"Beauregard swallowed a piece of jewelry, and the owner wants me to retrieve it when it passes."

"Yuck," Jane replied.

"Yeah." She glanced over her shoulder to see the guy tying on a shoe. "We just need coverage for the dog while the owner's at work. Someone to handle it so I can make my other appointments. I'll take Beauregard to the park, and then someone just needs to sit with him until this resolves." Which, since it just happened, could be a long time.

(Continues…)


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Three Day Fiancee (A Romantic Comedy) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year ago
Dog Walker Caitlin Ramos’s morning is off to a horrible start. Her building doesn’t have hot water, the deli where she gets her morning coffee isn’t able to make coffee, and she gets rained on while walking to see her 7am client, Beauregard. But, in an “oh my” jaw dropping moment, her day picks up in a memorable meet/cute when she lays eyes on Beau’s owner for the first time. Taylor Blankenship is at his wits end. His two-year-old Saint Bernard has decided to swallow a family heirloom and Taylor doesn’t have time to wait Beau out. Luckily he runs into his dog walker and is able to convince her to help him out. In a comedy of errors, Caitlin and Taylor find themselves pretending to be engaged during his family’s fun filled weekend getaway. For these two, the line between make believe and reality gets blurred and hearts get put to the test. Three Day Fiancée is the standalone second book in Marissa Clarke’s Animal Attraction series. The book and series are loosely related to Marissa’s Anderson Brothers series. From start to finish, I loved this book. I honestly thought the laughs would just be in the beginning of this meet/cute, but they actually continued throughout the book. Taylor is a to die for hero who’s funny, charming, and sweet. Caitlin is a likeable and relatable heroine. She wants to make up for her past mistakes and make something of her life. She doesn’t necessarily believe it or know it, but she’s braver and stronger than she gives herself credit for. If you’re looking for a read that you can simply lose yourself in, that will have you laughing and sighing, Three Day Fiancée is definitely the book for you. **Received a copy from the author and voluntarily reviewed the book.**
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funny and super cute.. Highly recommended....!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It had it all! Humor,family time, love with a dash of reality. ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A really nice, romantic, read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good, fun reading
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Caitlin dropped out of college to get married. It didn't work out and now, older and wiser, she's not ready to trust another man again. Working with her two best friends at Animal Attraction, she is working as a dog walker while finishing her degree. When this story begins, Caitlyn is having the worst day of her life, until she enters her client's apartment to pick up his dog. Beauregard (Beau) is a huge Saint Bernard with an attitude problem. He was being chased around the apartment by his handsome owner, Taylor Blankenship, wearing only a towel. One thing led to another and he and Caitlyn end up faking an engagement for a three day weekend in the Catskills. Taylor is a helicopter pilot working for the Anderson Brothers. He will shortly be moving to Boston for a promotion. He also works crazy hours and does not want a serious relationship. His grandmother has been pestering him to find a woman to have a relationship with. When she mistakenly believes that Taylor and Caitlyn are engaged, they pretend for a weekend at her Birthday Celebration. I love the humorous and playful way that Caitlyn and Taylor interact. His family has such a great relationship with one another that Caitlyn falls in love with them as well. I do not want to spoil the story for anyone, but the hilarious antics at the Animal Attraction Ball made me laugh out loud. I am so glad that Grams was such a smart lady and was able to see beyond what Taylor and Caitlyn could see for themselves. Taylor's sister Bethany was a hoot. It was a great brother-sister relationship with family bickering and teasing that showed how much they cared about one another. This was a great second chance romance story as well as a story that made you feel good reading it. Besides the short sexual scene, this was good, clean fun and would make a wonderful Hallmark Movie. I requested and received a copy of this book from the publisher, the comments in this review are my own.
JujubeeD More than 1 year ago
Delightful! What can I say, I am a sucker for the faux fiancée trope. You know going into it that there will be a "deal," then shenanigans, secrets, and juicy repercussions. And Caitlin and Taylor's three-day journey did not disappoint! My first time reading Marissa Clarke and I found her writing style easy-breezy, well paced, with just enough angst to keep my interest, and enough clever dialog to make me fall in love with everyone LOL. And Beauregard. And Taylor's grandma. Lurved me some Grams! I will read Marissa Clark again, for sure. Fiona's character?....hmmmm.... One last note: That Cover! I can't say why this one caught my eye, but those laughing faces and giant puppy body called to me. #unapologeticromantic *ARC received through Netgally for an honest review* My first Negally review! Winner-winner!!
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars I loved this book so much. I couldn't put it down. The characters gripped me into the story. It had great humor that had me laughing through the whole book. Taylor's family was a hoot. One of my favorite parts of the book. How can you not fall for a guy who treats his dog like the family he is. It's definitely swoon worthy material. I can't recommend this book enough because right from the beginning it had me hooked and it's a book you'll be sad to see end.
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars I loved this book so much. I couldn't put it down. The characters gripped me into the story. It had great humor that had me laughing through the whole book. Taylor's family was a hoot. One of my favorite parts of the book. How can you not fall for a guy who treats his dog like the family he is. It's definitely swoon worthy material. I can't recommend this book enough because right from the beginning it had me hooked and it's a book you'll be sad to see end.
belllla More than 1 year ago
4.5stars This was great amazing funny read. I loved every page of it. Both Caitlin and Tylor are great developed and easy to love. Their chemistry is strong and in a way, they fall very fast in love. At first, it is just a charade for Tylor family but the feeling become fast very deep. But Caitlin had already unsuccessful marriage behind her and Tylor starts a new job in a new city. A magic word from grandmother changes everything. Great enjoyable read. I volunteered to review an ARC of this book for Xpresso Book Tours
Alwaysahappyeverafter More than 1 year ago
When Caitlin walks in a nearly naked Taylor chasing his huge dog Beau around the lounge little does she expect for things to turn out the way they do. A gloriously romantic story with a little bit of hot throw in too.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
A cute read! Taylor and Caitlin are brought together by a Saint Bernard and a misunderstanding with a family heirloom (and OMG, that floss trick is real! But if you have a giant, flat oval stone, it's not nearly as effective, sadly) and soon they're on their way to a three-day family weekend, fake engagement in tow. Hi-jinks ensue (egged on by aforementioned Saint Bernard and nosy relatives) and of course they're soon becoming more attracted to each other than they'd anticipated going in (which of course was not at all. They each thought the other was attractive, but they "don't have time for a relationship," naturally...) Cute though fairly predictable ending--if you haven't read the first book in the series yet ( Dear Jane ) no worries; this one works well as a standalone. Now, by my calculations, we have at least one more Animal Attractions employee who needs to find an HEA... ;) Rating: 3.5 stars / B- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Maria-Rose More than 1 year ago
Marissa Clarke never fails to delight me with her romantic comedies, including this insta-love romance with an emphasis on family relationships. Caitlin goes from daily dog-walker to fake relationship when an engagement rings ends up on her finger just in time for Taylor's grandma to show up, resulting in her joining him on a three day family excursion to celebrate Grams birthday. There are lots of fun family togetherness and wacky party games, as well as the opportunity to get a crash course in fake engagements with real sexy times. For Caitlin who missed out on having a caring family it's almost too good to be true, and difficult for her to consider translating the real feelings she's starting to have for Taylor into the possibility of more when their weekend is up. It's up to Taylor to convince her otherwise. Beauregard the Swiss Bernard gets a starring secondary character role. I recommend Ms. Clarke's romances if you're looking for lighthearted, sexy and fun reads with likable characters and guaranteed happy ever afters.
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
Such a cute story! Of course, one of my favorite kind of stories are those with animals in them, so when I started reading and it has a dog in it, I totally got into. Loved this story!
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Caitlin was asked by her friend to walk a very difficult Saint Bernard for an extreme particular and difficult client. Caitlin hit it off right away with the dog…until she accidently runs into the Saint Bernard’s owner in the buff. Chemistry flies and it gives Taylor, the difficult client, an idea. He wants Caitlin to act as his pretend fiancé on his family weekend getaway. The family, his grandmother, has been on his case for him to find a wife. Caitlin is just what he needs to get his grandmother off his back. Little did he know she was exactly what he needs for the rest of his life. I loved the family dynamics. This was one of those novels that you are spontaneously smiling away and everyone around you thinks you’ve lost your mind…yes, it’s that good. Three Day Fiancee is the perfectly crafted contemporary love story. I received this ARC copy of THREE DAY FIANCEE from Entangled Publishing, LLC - Lovestruck. This is my honest and voluntary review.
Splashesintobooks1 More than 1 year ago
Rating: 4.5/5 From the very start this fun romance had me laughing out loud. Caitlin Ramos is the only dog walker who seems able to cope with Taylor Blankenship’s boisterous St Bernard, Beau. One day as she enters his flat to collect the dog she meets Taylor for the first time – clad in a towel and chasing Beau round the room, what a sight. When Taylor’s grandmother later believes Caitlin is secretly engaged to him, Taylor convinces her to be his fake fiancée for just three days . . . . and the fun begins! This is a hilarious story, packed with fun, games, family and laughs galore. The family dynamics and friend relationships are so important in this story. Caitlin hates being told what to do and Taylor has a habit from his military days of ordering her around – something she definitely resists! As the attraction between the two grows, the fact that he’s soon to move to work in Boston whilst she plans to work with her two friends in New York makes it unlikely this romance can succeed. Can love find a way for them or is their love doomed from the start? If you enjoy the fake romance trope, you’ll love this superb romantic comedy. It is a cute, contemporary read with great characters, a manipulative gran and, of course, Beau! It is a delightful story to escape into and one that will definitely put a smile on your face I requested and was given a copy of this novel, via NetGalley, with no obligation. This is my honest review of the book after choosing to read it.
ljtljtljt More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! Three Day Fiancee by Marissa Clarke is a fun book! This engagement of convenience romance is replete with intelligent characters, sexy encounters, and a humongous canine that believes he is a lap dog at times. If you are looking for a quick-paced read with some very humorous situations, than pick up a copy of this book. Dog-walker Caitlin Ramos is still recovering from her bad marriage when she meets Taylor Blakenship, a helicopter pilot and owner of one of her clients, a slobbering Saint Bernard. Once Caitlin passes her CPA exam, her dog walking days will be over, and she will become a full partner in the pet care shop she and her two friends founded. Caitlin is just what Taylor needs to convince his family, most especially his grandmother, that he is happily engaged to be married. Taylor is tired of being harassed about his single status, and spending the weekend with his beloved family would be even lovelier if he had a fiancee. Once the three day weekend is over, he and Caitlin can go their separate ways, no strings attached. Naturally, this arrangement turns into much more, since they both find each other extremely attractive and likable. I really enjoyed this story. Caitlin and Taylor had wonderful chemistry, and they lit up the pages when they were together. In addition, the secondary characters and subplots were just as entertaining as the main story-line. Taylor's grandmother and his sister were quite comical at times, and there were many moments that I was smiling from ear to ear. Overall, this is a terrific romance and I can't wait to read more from this author. Complimentary copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I love the fake fiancée trope and Marissa’s words, so I jumped on this one as soon as I saw it. I really liked Caitlin and Taylor. They’re both driven and lovely people. Together they have excellent chemistry and love for animals. Seriously, I think Beau absolutely stole every scene he was in. Or perhaps it was Grams... Plot wise, it was adorable. I loved the weekend festivities and a meddling family was an added bonus. There was a bit of push and pull, but Caitlin and Taylor talked so much, there wasn’t room for any miscommunications and it was so refreshing to read. Overall, it was a super cute quick read with an epilogue that was perfection. My main complaint is that I wanted more. I could have easily read more with these two. **Huge thanks to Entangled Lovestruck for providing the arc free of charge**
HeatherLyba More than 1 year ago
What a great read! I really enjoyed this book, and loved the main characters, Taylor and Caitlin. And of course Beau, the lap dog St. Bernard! The story flowed and the secondary characters were great. I really liked the world the author created and wished I could have spent more time in it. It was one of those stories that just flew by, and I laughed and sighed and wished I could have been a partner at Animal Attraction. I’m just hoping that we’ll get Fiona’s story soon. She deserves a happy ending, too. Disclaimer: I received a ARC from the author in return for an honest review.
PennySparkles More than 1 year ago
4 “Nonstop dreaming of shenanigans” Stars As the first book in the Animal Attraction series, Three Days Fiancée was a fun, light and sexy read I enjoyed from start to finish. Here we follow the story of Caitlyn, dog-walker extraordinaire soon to be a CPA and Taylor, sexy hot guy/helicopter pilot. A series of unfortunate events finds Cait stranded in Taylor’s apartment waiting for Beau, a giant fluffy pup, to pass an expensive ring he’s swallowed. Fortunately, for Cait mostly, she finds the ring stuck in the dog’s mouth and just so happens to try it on as Taylor’s busybody and matchmaking grandmother comes in. Cue in massive misunderstanding that Taylor walks in on and then decides to exploit to get his Grandmother off his case. Now all they have to do is pretend to be happily engaged for a three-day anniversary party, and then go back to their own lives where Cait does nothing but work and study for her test and Taylor is out flying his bosses at any given time. With a powerful and instant attraction, both Taylor and Caitlyn have to fight the pull if they dare walk away with their hearts intact… as we all know, though, things never go according to plan. Taylor was the total package, he came off as a bit of an anti-commitment jerk at first, but he was funny and charming, a total hunk beef and sexy as all get out. He was really awesome to his dog and his family and I really liked to see him fall for Cait. Caitlyn had a very bad experience with men in her past, which left her more than gun shy. She had a lot of walls up, but Taylor and his crazy family tore right through them. She was very standoffish, which isn’t my favorite trait in a leading lady, but she ended up being cute and fun and was capable of deep feelings. I know the “fake relationship” trope is not for everyone but I personally enjoy it very much, and Three Days Fiancée was a perfect example of why. With feelings, humor, and some seriously hot scenes, this checked all my boxes. Taylor’s family was just the frosting that made this sexy and fun cake even better. *I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book*
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
If you're looking for a fun, lighthearted book with some amazing characters look no further. This book is all that and a great relaxing read. It's cute, sexy, and as a bonus it has a big overgrown pooch that steals the story! It's a fake relationship story that is filled with humor including some laugh out loud moments as Taylor tries to pull a fast one over on his Grams. He introduces her to his fake fiance Caitlin. Actually Caitlin is his dog walker and not at all interested in a relationship. Plus Mr. BossyPants Taylor is so not her type! Caitlin is certain she'll be fine spending the weekend with Taylor and his family. So where did it all go so wrong....or right?? For a light relaxing read grab a copy of this one. I highly recommend it.
OpheliaOA More than 1 year ago
A fun easy ready. Filled with comedy, romance and some steamy scenes. Taylor and Caitlin might have started their fake relationship/ engagement to get Taylor’s grandmother out of his hair and leave him alone but as Taylor and Caitlin spend the weekend together they both realize that what they shared that weekend was nothing they had expected. Caitlin might have a lot of baggage that might prevent her to fully committ to Taylor but at the end true love prevailed. Loved this book and I can’t wait to read more of Marissa Clarke. ****Received this ARC by NetGalley as an exchange for an honest review.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
This is a delightful book that made me smile and laugh out loud, while also swooning over Taylor. I even swooned over the dog....what could be better than a Saint Bernard that thinks he's a lapdog? Taylor is a pilot getting ready to move to Boston and Caitlin is a dog walker preparing for her CPA exam. When she meets Taylor and ends up pretending to be his fiancee, they both get more than they bargained for, but exactly what they need. Taylor's grandma found ways to pull their strings and is just wonderful....everyone should have a grandmother like her. This is a perfect read for when you just want to smile. I love this authors' books and she is on my must read authors' list. This is a must read for fans of the genre.