Author: Nina Croft
Series: Things to Do Before You Die #2
Release Date: April 4, 2016
Source: ARC was provided by publisher through NetGalley
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Security Company CEO Josh Slater put his life on hold when he said “I do” to protect a stranger. While his marriage was never meant to be real—he hasn’t even seen his wife in five years—Josh can’t shake the idea that he’d be cheating if he moves on. Now he’s a man with a mission: chase down his “wife,” get an annulment, and finally indulge in a little no-strings sex.
Heiress Alexia Slater entered into a marriage of convenience straight out of high school to gain control of her inheritance before her not-so loving family squandered the whole thing. She doesn’t want the marriage to be real—she’s fought hard for her independence—but that hasn’t stopped her from spending the last five years fantasizing about her gorgeous husband.
Then he shows up.
Josh wants an annulment. Lexi needs to stay married. When the chemistry explodes between them, there’s no stopping the battle of wills only one of them can win…
She’s had the fantasy, now it’s time for the real thing…
Alexia Slater is the perfect blend of good-doer and bitchiness. She loves doing good things for people and she’s really kind. So when her father died and left her with so much inheritance that she knew her grandmother would just spend away, she’s down with two choices: to get married so she can have access to it right away or wait until she’s 24. Only she didn’t want the waiting so here came Josh Slater, her fantasy husband. Josh Slater almost lost his life when their cruise ship sank making all of his two friends thinking of things to do before they die. I don’t have any idea what’s the first book all about because I haven’t read it yet. But Josh wanted to do a no-strings-attached sex. But he couldn’t do that easily because of his “marriage” to Alexia. He just needed to convince her to get an annulment.
Seriously, I’m having a hard time doing a review of this book because it seemed like the blurb already gave it away. But let me try adding a bit of what I enjoyed and didn’t while reading it.
- Fake relationship trope is one of my faves but only if you get it right. The book fell under the good category because Josh was a natural, it didn’t even feel like he’s acting, while Lexie was slowly developing feelings for her fantasy husband.
- I enjoyed Josh’s consistency of wanting an annulment because he didn’t feel like having sex if he’s still married. And he’s celibate for five years! Huh, that’s some loyalty for Lexie huh?
- I loved Lexie’s character. Even when she’s worth millions, she didn’t act like some spoiled rich woman who partied all her life. No. Instead, she’s running a charity—mostly for animals. And she really has a big heart. A big heart with Josh in it.
- The book has interesting secondary characters—I loved Harry.
- The sudden realization of Josh wasn’t justifiable.
- The ending was rushed which I didn’t like.
I think the book’s fine because of the moments of Josh and Lexie acting like husband and wife together but I wish I got to see the progress of Josh’s feelings to Lexie. It was like one day he hated her for not agreeing to sign the annulment papers then the next day he loved her so much? Uhm. I think I’m a confused? There’s so much sex but little romance, too. I just wish Nina balanced out those two elements.