Super steamy fake fiancé romance!
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌎🌏🌍🌎
Character development: 👤👤👤👤👤
The setting: Chicago & England
The Hero(s): Ivan Volkov – he left Russia at the age of five, moved to England and by the age of 35 was a billionaire. Ivan is Owner and CEO of Volkov Holdings, a company that finds struggling companies and acquires them, builds them up and sells them at a significant profit, as a whole or in pieces.
The heroine: Christina Connelly – her roots are an Irish father and Black Cuban mother. Christina takes care of her Abuelo and is trying to pay off their house. Her Grandfather is a racist who needs a nurse but is constantly offending them so it is hard for Christina to keep them.
The Love Story: Christina had never before met Ivan though she had worked for the company over three years. When her boss Simon (who has been handing off Christina’s work as his own) is out, Christina meets with Ivan to give her latest proposal. Christina is immediately attracted and intimidated by Ivan but thinks she is being foolish since she is a curvy girl. Ivan is attracted to Christina as soon as he sees her but doesn’t understand since he is a bit of a womanizer.
I really liked this story. Though Ivan is a player and is used to rarely dating the same woman more than once, he is very drawn to Christina from the start. He sees that the way he wants her is different than anything he has felt before. However, he remains adamant that he will be bored with her in a few weeks. Though in the meantime he can’t keep his hands off her.
I love it when a man is a slave to his feelings. Ivan cherishes Christina and though he thinks everything will end soon, he is all in for the time he figures he has her. Christina is a brilliant and emotional woman. I didn’t like the fact that at times she was referred to as “Fat” by other people and that she thought that about herself as well. However, her weight wasn’t overly harped on like in some books. I still wish writers would just forget about weight completely. I wish it wasn’t mentioned at all. I don’t mind a woman who has self esteem issues, I just hate it when it is about looks or weight.
Overall though this book was sizzling hot! I loved the romance between Ivan and Christina and I also liked the fact that the fake fiancé scenario wasn’t the only storyline or even the main storyline. There was a lot of family drama, some pretty woman shopping moments, and a lot of boss/employee workplace romance as well!
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