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- Print Length: 210 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: The Wild Rose Press, Inc (September 20, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 20, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B074DPCV76
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #939,913 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A Model Engagement (City of Dreams Series Book 2) Kindle Edition
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Lacey Lee Reed was a minor character in O'Shay's debut novel, The Marriage Ultimatum. Here we get to look inside the facade she presents to the world, and discover that the former model is not as carefree as she would lead everyone to believe. In the very first chapter, we find out she's being blackmailed and practically broke because of it. And getting desperate.
When Connor Devlin sees Lacey at his friend's wedding, he's more than a little intrigued by the voluptuous maid of honor. He's not a "relationship" kind of guy, but there's something about Lacey that makes him want to know more. He's sitting next to her when she gets the news that she didn't get the job she was counting on, and ends up impulsively offering her a position as a caretaker for his aging mother. The catch being that his mother is proud and stubborn and won't allow a nurse in the house, so Lacey will have to pretend she's Connor's fiancé, a fact Connor neglects to share until it's too late for her to back out of the deal.
I'll stop there because I don't want to give away any of the twists this story takes. Suffice it to say the story keeps the pages turning, and the reader routing for both of the main characters to swallow their stubborn pride and figure out just how well they fit together in so many ways.
In terms of star ratings, this gets 4.5 stars for an engaging story and characters, and 4 out of 5 for readability. I think the editor should have wielded a firmer hand in several instances and taken out a few repetitive phrases, but otherwise this is a charming story and well worth the read.
Lacy Reed’s modeling career and income ended at the hands of a vicious blackmailer. Almost broke, she accepts a job from Collin Devlin as a caretaker for his mother. Unaware her position would require her to pose as Collin’s fiancée, she sucks it up and plays along.
The resulting situation brings together the unlikely couple, neither of whom are looking for love, but both find in each other what they truly need.
This is a delightful tale by this up and coming author. I look forward to reading more! I recommend this book to anyone who loves a fun easy read in a heartwarming contemporary romance. I give it a 4.5. Aside from a few editing errors, the book is well worth the read.
The premise of a young woman in NYC with a secret life is all too true for so many of the anonymous souls in our city. Trying anything to keep the people she loves from finding out her truth consumes Lacey's entire life...until the truth, as it usually does, sets her free.
Once I started reading, I couldn't put this book down. I found myself reading as I walked...to the subway, to work, and home at night. More than once, I had to use my phone flashlight to illuminate the pages because I just couldn't put it down as I made my way down city streets in the dark. The characters from her first novel, Sabrina and Vlad, are effortlessly woven into the fabric of Lacey's story, providing familiar comfort and support to this struggling protagonist. O'Shay's use of her character's personality flaws to make them more human intensified my identification with their stories and, just as with her first, had me on the edge of my seat, hoping for the happy ending that we all wish for ourselves.
While there are certainly some steamy moments, this book is a little more tame in the sexual arena than the first, which helped me to pay more attention to the story being told rather than reading for the next sex scene.