Category Romance, Contemporary Romance
Ebook $2.99 (191 pages, BLISS)
This cowboy doesn't know what he's in for...
Real-estate tycoon Mitchell Granger has a problem. In order to secure a lucrative deal with an eccentric client, he told the teeny white lie that he was engaged…and now he needs to prove it. Even worse? The only name that came to mind was Sabrina Becker, the girl he was never good enough for growing up, and who still lives near his family ranch.
Sabrina doesn’t mind posing as Mitch’s fake fiancée—no, she doesn’t mind at all. One, she’ll make him pay with new construction for her business. And two, Sabrina’s got a plan to exact revenge on her first love, the boy who left her and Three River Ranch behind. She’ll pretend so well, he’ll fall in love with her…and then he’ll get a taste of what true heartbreak feels like.
But as Mitch sheds his corporate skin and picks up his dusty jeans and cowboy hat, will both his and Sabrina’s grand plans get derailed by love?
Author Site: www.roxannesnopek.ca
If you love a revenge plot... (4 stars)
I'd be lying if I said I'd been looking forward to FAKE FIANCE, REAL REVENGE. Mitch Granger hadn't exactly been set up as a guy you want as a hero. He'd been a pain in the butt to his brother Carson and run out on Sabrina when things were tough. But I hadn't exactly thought I'd like Zach Gamble and I loved the heck out of HER RELUCTANT RANCHER so I figured I'd give it a shot. If you read the blurb, you'll know what you're getting yourself into.
I really liked Sabrina from the get go. She's a good woman and she cares about her community, something that rings very true if you're going to set your romance here in Montana, where I live. But she lost points with me as soon as she decided that getting revenge against Mitch was worth pretending to be his fiance. It might be a trope other readers love—and if you do I think you'll love this one—but I just couldn't get it to set right with me. Mitch, meanwhile, isn't very likable. I honestly never warmed up to him, not even at the end.
So how could I wind up liking it without liking the hero and not loving the trope? Snopek is just a great writer. She brings her worlds to life and peppers them with memorable characters and a realism that's tangible. If you've read the previous entries in the series there's just enough of our old friends to keep it warm and inviting in spite of you possibly wanting to give Mitch a what-for every few pages. I might not have loved Mitch and Sabrina's story but it was a good one and introduced some new characters. I'm excited to see who the hero and heroine of the next Three River ranch series entry, THE FORBIDDEN RANCHER, will be.
If revenge is a trope you enjoy in romance I highly recommend FFRR and if you're a fan of the series it's one you probably shouldn't miss even though I don't think it's the best of the bunch.
Notes: ARC received via publisher.
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