Fake Fiance, Real Revenge (Three Rivers Ranch)
Author: Roxanne Snopek
Publisher: Entangled Publishing/Bliss
Date of Publication: August 12, 2013
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?
Y’all are going to get tired of me saying this, but I swear, Entangled puts out some of the most awesome books around. They might be a baby-aged company, but man-oh-man, they did things RIGHT! (And I’m not saying that just ’cause I want them as a publisher myself). This is another fabulous book. I have yet to come up with a book from Entangled that was less than 3.5 stars, I believe (don’t quote me on that).
Mitch needs a fiance quick when a billionaire turns her sights on Mitch as the perfect match for her step-daughter. He doesn’t want the girl, nor does he want to mix love with the business he hopes to get from said billionaire. So, when the billionaire sets her sights on buying land in Mitch’s home town (that he hasn’t seen in many years), who does he hit upon to be his fake fiance? His old girlfriend, of course. She’s none too fond of him, but she agrees. Little does he know that she wants to make him pay for hurting her all those years ago by running out on her after she said she had a miscarriage.
There are some misunderstandings, of course, and a lot of talking that they really should have done many years ago, but they were both too young when they first got together and they probably did the right thing by calling things off (though I nearly bawled at the miscarriage story). The billionaire proved to be suitably bitchy, and I liked how they added characters from the town. Mitch certainly did the right thing with how he ended up resolving the billionaire’s “evil” (not really, but suitably town-wreckish enough to earn her the title of villain) plans for the ranch she wanted Mitch to develop for her.
The heat in this book was so low as to be non-existent. It’s lovely to read a book that doesn’t hype sex and have it all over the place. When Mitch and Sabrina finally do let the tension simmering between them boil over, it’s done behind closed doors and I appreciated that. We don’t need blatant, explicit sex in every book. Clearly Entangled understands that by publishing books like this.
So, this book got a 4-star rating from me and I will no doubt look up Ms. Snopek again in the future. There were certainly enough secondary characters she can write about that I’ll find my way back to the Three Rivers Ranch again.
Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.