Author: Virginia Nelson
Blurb: Single mom Jeanie Long was trying to save her butt at work by reporting her manager to the company owner. Instead, she finds herself greeted warmly by gorgeous company CEO Camden James…and introduced to his father as his fiancée. Now she’s been hired—complete with a hefty pay raise—to be the fake fiancée of the infamous “Penthouse Prince.”
Camden doesn’t believe in love. He believes in mutually beneficial business arrangements. With his real fiancée off cheating on him, Camden needs someone to help him prove to his father that he’s definitely ready to marry. Yet Jeanie’s combination of beauty and bluntness act like an aphrodisiac, and their “for the press” kisses look incredibly real. So real that Jeanie and Camden are either really convincing actors…or they’ve fallen for their own charade.
Thoughts: I was kind of expecting Camden to more or less take one look at Jeanie, decide he wanted her, and use their mutual situations (her boss having an inappropriate relationship in the office & his dad blackmailing him into marriage) to convince her to go along with the fake engagement. Instead, the deal was more struck out of a ‘whoever happened to be standing there at the time when the idea struck’ kind of deal. Emotions slowly change and grow between them over time, and by the end it is almost like a completely different book. Jeanie is quick to worm her way into Camden’s heart….and it’s easy to see why. Jeanie was an amazingly likeable character, and no matter how much Camden was able to intimidate everyone else, Jeanie never hesitates to stand up to him. She’s constantly calling him ‘rich boy’ or the media’s pet name for him the ‘Penthouse Prince’ – which he hates – and she uses kind of sarcastically in the beginning, but becomes more and more of almost an endearment toward the end. Basically, if your looking for a sweet, romantic read – this is a well done one.