Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Book Review: Falling for Her Fiance by Cindi Madsen

Falling for Her Fiance
Author: Cindi Madsen
Publication: Entangled Publishing (Bliss) (January 12, 2013)

Description: Danielle and Wes have been best friends since college, 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. Adrenaline-junkie Wes can prove to both his ex and his family that he’s well and truly moved on, and serious-minded Dani can prove to her boss that she’s worthy of the promotion he seems to only want to give to a family-oriented employee.

But amid the fake swoons, fake kisses, and forced proximity, neither expects the very real feelings that develop. There’s nothing more dangerous than falling for your best friend…but what if the landing is worth the fall?

My Thoughts: I like the "best friends become lovers" trope and was expecting to enjoy this story. I did... but I did have some trouble with the pacing of the story. It seemed to take at least two-thirds of the book before the romance actually started. Dani and Wes had a great friendship. Each one was the other's best friend. They don't live in the same city but they keep in contact with phone calls and texts. When Dani and knee surgery, Wes dropped everything to be with her. 

Their friendship did take a toll on their relationships with others though. Wes's fiané broke up with him because he put Dani first over her. Dani's relationship with the man she left town with has also broken down. It turns out that both Wes and Dani are comparing anyone they date to their best friend and no one measures up. You would think that would be a clue for each of them to try a romantic relationship with the other. Both of them are afraid to change the parameters of their friendship. He hit on her once while they were in college when they both had had too much to drink. It was a major failure that almost ruined their friendship.

Now Dani needs a fake fiancé at a work retreat because she wants a promotion in this couples friendly company; Wes needs a fake fiancé for his sister's wedding because his ex-fiancé is part of the wedding party. Sounds like it should be easy but neither one thought of the possible consequences. Dani feels guilty about deceiving his family even while she is wishing she really could become a member of it. 

To make matters worse, both Wes and Dani are noticing their best friend in new sexual ways and neither is sure what to do with their new feelings which they are certain are not being returned by the other. It takes a lot of misunderstandings and some great acts of courage before these best friends become fiancés for real which seems to happen in the last couple of pages of the book and which leaves a number of issues unresolved, i.e. where they are going to live and what work each is going to do.

Fans of the "friends into lovers" trope will enjoy this story.

Favorite Quote:
"I'll be your fiancé for the retreat if you'll be mine for Audrey's wedding," Wes said. "I was going to try to find a date, but this would so much better. It'll stop the pity-filled looks, and you know me well enough to pull it off—plus everyone's always suspected we were more than friends anyway. It's the perfect way to show Sophie I've moved on since she dumped me."
I received this book from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review and as part of the author's blog tour. You can buy your copy here at Amazon or here at Barnes & Noble
About Cindi Madsen: 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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Book Info:
ASIN: B00B0P34Z2
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Bliss)
Publication date: 1/14/2013
Pages: 156

1 comment:

  1. Thanks - an author I have not read yet. jrs362 at hotmail dot com


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