Publisher: Harlequin KISS
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 1, 2014
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Must. Not. Fall. For. Fake. Boyfriend.
Cashel Burgess's PR team has come up with a plan to salvage his reputation and show his "softer" side by entering him in a Valentine's Day competition to find Australia's Most Romantic Couple. It's so ridiculous it might actually work. The hitch? He doesn't even have a girlfriend. But that's not about to stop him….
Thanks to a good-for-nothing ex, gardener Lucy Grant hates Valentine's Day. But when Cash makes her an offer too good to refuse, Lucy finds herself half of the most cynical couple in Australia! The only problem is, when a man fakes it this well, a girl might be tempted to turn fiction into fact...
Romance for Cynics is a fresh and fun story about two people with guarded hearts who find themselves falling in love when they least expect it. Cash is a sinfully sexy hero who is knocked off his feet and out of his comfort zone by the one woman who doesn’t want him – Lucy. She’s been through a bad marriage and has no desire to fall a suave, rich businessman like Cash. I loved watching these two cynics slide into love, even as they swear they’re turning their noses up at the hearts and flowers-filled competition they’re engaging in. Cash and Lucy can be delightfully funny and make a charming couple. I did grow a bit weary of Lucy constantly pushing away Cash because her previous marriage was a disaster, but the scenes when she’s not resisting her attraction to him make up for this.
I thoroughly enjoyed Romance for Cynics. There are a few scenes that strained credulity (example: Lucy and Cash talking about how fake their relationship is when the competition’s camera crews are around and not getting caught), but overall the book is a fast-paced, feel-good read that will satisfy the cynical romantics among us. Romance for Cynics is the first book of Nicola Marsh’s that I’ve read and I’m looking forward to reading many more.
FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.