Publisher: Entangled Bliss
Publication Date: 1/13/13
Source: Received from publisher for review.
Danielle and Wes have been best friends since college, and so when Wes needs a date for his sister’s wedding and Dani needs a partner for her company’s retreat, they devise the perfect plan: a fake engagement to get through both events unscathed. But neither expects the feelings that develop. Putting their friendship on the line is dangerous, but so is passing up a chance at true love…
As someone who believes that falling in love with your best friend is the best thing ever, I almost feel as if Falling for Her Fiance' was made for me. I'm always quick to jump into books with this particular plot angle, and I can happily say that Cindi Madsen nailed it.
To make this scenario really work, the story needs a believable reason for the characters to fake an engagement, and it works perfectly here because Wes and Dani have been best friends for years. Wes, who's been recently dumped, wants Dani to attend his sister's wedding with him to keep his family's pity at bay. Dani, who desperately needs a promotion in order to support her mom and abuela, needs Wes to help her through a couples-oriented work retreat. He needs her; she needs him. It's a win-win, right? Dani and Wes truly love one another, as friends. When romantic feelings start to surface, though, the situation becomes complicated. And cute. And awesome.
Not only does Falling for Her Fiance' have a fun, romantic plot, it also has two great characters that I quickly fell in love with. Dani is a "guy's girl". She is funny, sarcastic, cute, and can play a mean game of basketball. She's been hurt in love, and a bit hesitant to jump back into the scene. She's the best friend Wes has ever had. Wes is...well, he's pretty freaking dreamy. He had a great personality: funny, smart, and charming; is adventurous, and he cares for and treats Dani so well. It probably doesn't hurt that his physical description fits Bradley Cooper and I read his lines with that lovely voice in my head. Hubba, hubba.
Everything about Falling for Her Fiance' worked for me. I laughed. I got all teary-eyed. I begged my family to leave me alone so I could read non-stop. I wanted that happy ending, and boy, Cindi Madsen makes her readers earn that ending. This is the third book of Madsen's I've read and I can say she is an expert at witty banter, charming characters, and stories that grab my heart and leave me with a smile.
Falling for Her Fiance' is another great book from Entangled Bliss.
She gave one sharp nod. "Got it. Pick little fights to show everyone we're legit." She cracked her knuckles and neck. That noise always made his own joints hurt. They just weren't supposed to pop like that. "Now hold my freakin' hand and let's do this." ~ eARC, 14%
He turned and walked away. With every step, a string in her heart tugged.
She told herself it was for the best.
But it didn't feel like the best.
It felt like falling apart, one piece at a time. ~ eARC, 60%
He slid his arm over the back of her chair. "She's been my best friend for years. It's kind of stupid I didn't figure it out earlier."
Dani glanced at him again. Her cheeks were pink and she fidgeted with her fork.
"And when exactly did you figure it out?" the woman asked. "How did you know she was the one?"
Dani's eyes met his, and he stared back at her, wondering which story to tell. Fact or fiction? "It kind of snuck up on me, honestly. She was my best friend, and then one day...Well, I missed her when she was gone. I couldn't stop thinking about her. Finally I realized the girl of my dreams had been right in front of me for years." ~ eARC, 84%
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About the author:Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.
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