The other night as I browsed through the titles on my Kindle, I decided to curl up with Reluctantly Married by Victorine Lieske. I really liked it. So much so that I read the entire book in a single setting.
Synopsis (from Amazon)
Megan Holloway can’t stand her local morning show co-host, Adam Warner, even though he’s a total hunk. He goads her on-air until she says things she regrets. But since ratings increase each time they have an on-air fight, the producer encourages his behavior.
When a relationship specialist comes onto the show purporting that Adam has hidden feelings for her, she reluctantly agrees to go out with him–on camera. What starts out as one date turns into a viral dating show with Megan and Adam alternating between locking lips and knocking heads.
As Megan fights her growing attraction to Adam, their popularity increases and ABC takes notice, offering them their own program. Not a morning show like Megan is hoping, but a dating show in which she and Adam must marry at the end. With the promise of a hundred thousand dollars and the possibility of scoring what she really wants, her own national program, she signs on.
What she doesn’t know is that Adam has fallen in love with her, and his objective is to get her to do the same.
This is a sweet romance, appropriate for any age.
When I read romance novels, I almost always empathize with the woman in the story. In this case, Adam’s frustrations moved me more. He really is a good guy; he’s not the cocky and unpleasant person that the producer makes him portray on screen. Even when he tries to be honest, Megan doesn’t believe him. The author has created a complex character in Adam, complete with internal conflict, charm, and good looks.
Of course, it’s not a mystery – we know that Megan and Adam will end up together. The challenge in a good romance is the path their lives take to reach happiness. In this book, the path was paved with a few twists and a healthy dose of humor.
All in all, this was a great romantic comedy and a fun read. First book that I’d read by this author – it won’t be the last.