Neither wanted love in their marriage. But you don’t always get what you want.
Sophia Stevens is tired of struggling to pay the rent and help her brother through college. After seven years on her own, she is no farther ahead than the day she walked out on her old life and started again. So when super-sexy Italian property developer Luca Castellioni proposes a marriage of convenience, she’s intrigued. Financial security and life in a beautiful Italian villa in exchange for attending a few business functions and typing some letters seems very convenient. Until she breaks the most definite term of their arrangement: she falls in love with her husband.
Luca Castellioni lives for his job restoring beautiful buildings to their former glory. When his business expansion plans are hampered by the need for an English-speaking secretary and a wife, he does what any efficient businessman would do and combines his requirements. But when his fascination with his wife distracts him from business, he wishes there was more marriage and not so much convenience in their agreement. Too bad his wife has reconstructed her own life, without him.
When their respective lives pull them in opposite directions, they must decide: will they continue to put their businesses first, or allow love to overcome the obstacles between them?
Reviewed By: Laura
Why I Read this Book: A hot Italian man proposes marriage for hire to a broken-spirited young woman. What’s not to be intrigued by? Honestly I just wanted to see how it would be pulled off and why/how they would actually fall in love.
What I Liked: I liked the setting and the household help. Italy is gorgeous & the homes described are what I always picture when I think of that country. The household help were pretty quiet, but they were entertaining nonetheless. Sophia’s insistence on completing her education and starting her own business won her some points in my character column.
What I Didn’t Like: There was too much going on! And it wasn’t all present-time action. There was A LOT of backstory to Sophia that just gets dumped out at seemingly “appropriate” times throughout the book. It felt like the author was trying to make Sophia very damaged without any real preemptive work to show her dealing with her issues until she’s suddenly spilling her guts. There were also extraneous storylines that got picked up and dropped as the mood struck, so in the end they felt useless.
Overall Impression: This just wasn’t a very well planned book. I felt like a few of the extraneous plotlines could have been dropped in order for a better build-up/explanation of Sophia’s experiences/history to be presented. That would have gone a long way to making her more relatable and less “poor pitiful me”.