Published by Harlequin Desire on April 4th 2017
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A mix-and-match mock engagement?
Ballerina Sofia Koslov's career is on the line when she's accosted at the airport by a rich, reckless playboy who thinks she's his mail-order bride! But the playboy's levelheaded brother, Quinn McNeill, solves the media snafu with a switcheroo. He'll pretend to be her legitimate fiance to protect her reputationand to protect his family's business deals from her father's wrath. Sofia's one condition: they'll share the spotlight as a loving couple but won't share a bed. But soon Quinn's gentlemanly ways strike a chord, and Sofia's dying to renege on that condition and have a real fling
The Magnate's Mail-Order Bride is part of The McNeill Magnates series.
….Dropping the box onto the couch cushion, Quinn held the ring in one hand and took her palm in the other. The shock of his warm fingers on her skin caught her off guard.
“I can’t wear that.” She sat across from him, their knees bumping while his thumb rested in the center of her palm.
Awareness sparked deep inside her, a light, leaping feeling like a perfectly executed cabriolé jump. Her heart beat faster.
A slow smile stretched across Quinn’s face, transforming his features from ruggedly handsome to swoon-worthy.
“We agreed on an engagement. Don’t you think it makes more sense to use the ring we have than to go shopping for a new one?”
The insinuation that she was being impractical helped her to see past that dazzling smile.
“I never would have guessed your brother would spend a small fortune on a ring for a woman he never met.” She edged out of his grip. “I thought he was a romantic, not completely certifiable.”
Quinn’s smile faded. “I assure you, Cameron is neither.” He set the ring on the steamer trunk beside her. “I’ll let you decide whether or not to wear it in the morning. And in the meantime, I’d better let you get some rest.”
He rose to his feet, leaving a priceless piece of jewelry balanced on last month’s Vogue.
“Quinn.” She stood to follow him to the door then reached back to grab the ring so she could return it. “Please. I don’t feel right keeping this here.”
He turned to face her as he reached the door, but made no move to take the glittering ring.
“If you were my bride-to-be, I would spare no expense to show the world you were mine.” His blue eyes glowed with a warmth that had her remembering his kiss. Her breath caught in her chest and she wondered what it might be like for him to call her that for real.
“I’m—” At a total loss for words. “That is—” She folded the diamond into her hand, squeezing it tightly so the stones pressed into her soft skin, distracting her from her hypnotic awareness of this man. “If you insist.”
“It’s a matter of believability, Sofia.”
“It’s only for one month.” She wasn’t sure if she said it to remind him or herself.
“We’ll work out the details tomorrow.” He reached to smooth a strand of hair from her forehead, barely touching her and still sending shimmers of pleasure along her temple and all the way down the back of her neck. “Sleep well.”
She didn’t even manage to get her voice working before he was out the door again, leaving her alone in a suddenly too empty apartment.
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We are curious…..
What would make you decide to be a Mail Order Bride?
~~Reviewed by Monique~~
THE MAGNATE’S MAIL-ORDER BRIDE has to be the best contemporary fake engagement story I have ever read!
Sofia Kostov is a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, and dancing is her life. Sofia is an American citizen; however her father adheres to the old-fashioned Ukrainian way of doing things, and he wants Sofia to get married instead. The American McNeill brothers are in a similar predicament: in order to get their inheritance, their grandfather insists they must get married the sooner the better, and stay married at least 12 months. Older brother Quinn is definitely not keen on the idea, while Cameron – reckless fool that he is – goes ahead and tries a matchmaking agency. And to put it mildly, Cameron makes a big mess of things, and Quinn steps in to save the day. I will not say anymore of the plot, because it’s extremely intricate, and to my utter delight, utterly convincing, which was a huge relief for this cynical sceptic, so trust me on that. I couldn’t resist this story because Sofia is a ballerina, and I think I keep torturing myself in trying to find contemporary romances that deal successfully with fake engagements and marriages of convenience, and Joanne Rock has a real winner in THE MAGNATE’S MAIL-ORDER BRIDE! She might also have described my favourite book boyfriend ever!
THE MAGNATE’S MAIL-ORDER BRIDE is simply fabulous! Ms. Rock’s prose is simple, crisp, and impeccable to the last comma. There is no instalove, and just a touch of instalust. Quinn is a naturally nice man, charming, practical, and a natural fixer, and he is not a manwhore! Sofia is reserved, somewhat melancholy, and awkward in social situations, while Quinn thrives in them, and he takes care of a very complicated situation in a very logical and honest manner. While there was bound to be complications, the author resolved them very convincingly. I absolutely loved how Quinn and Sofia eventually accepted and realised that they had fallen in love; nothing was contrived, and it actually had me tearing up at how lovely it all was. I also appreciated Joanne Rock’s knowledge of the ballet world, as well as the inflections of Ukrainian speech in one particular character. Quinn and Sofia have compelling, and superb backstories, both are so fully fleshed-out, they might as well be real people. Needless to say, THE MAGNATE’S MAIL-ORDER BRIDE is superbly written and all the delicious little details made everything so wonderful. And the sex scenes are tasteful, passionate, and feel realistic. And, dear readers, all this fabulousness is achieved without a single cliché in sight. And that tango? Be still my heart! THE MAGNATE’S MAIL ORDER BRIDE is as perfect a book as you can wish, and I can hardly wait for the next two instalments in this trilogy!
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.