Title: The Accidental Engagement
Author: Maggie Dallen
Series: Chance Romance #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Publishing date: 24th November, 2015
My Rating: 3/5 stars
*ARC received from the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
It started as a regular night for New York City restaurant hostess Ivy Sinclair, until a rowdy customer turned out to be world famous playboy Jack Everett. Thanks to the paparazzi, now the world thinks they’re a couple—which couldn’t be farther from the truth. But when a brooding, sexy businessman offers her a simply irresistible proposition…
Just when cutthroat venture capitalist Daniel Gladwell thought he’d never close the deal with an Italian conglomerate, a simple mistake becomes the perfect opportunity. All he has to do is convince Ivy to pretend to be Jack’s fiancée while on a business trip to Italy to offset Jack’s bad boy reputation. As long as Daniel doesn’t sabotage the plan by claiming the tempting waitress for himself…
It was supposed to be a business only arrangement. But in the magic of the Tuscan countryside, neither Ivy nor Daniel can fight the attraction building between them. In the world’s most romantic setting, the line between business and pleasure is one that begs to be crossed…
“Accidental Engagement” is an engaging read. 😀
It is not the typical girl-and-boy-who-are-fake-engaged-really-fall-in-love kind of a book. The author doesn’t follow the mainstream story line and make the fake couple fall in love instead the lead girl falls in love with someone else, the guy who makes her fake this engagement, second mainstream story line, that is. 😛
This book is a smooth read, it dips in places but is quick to recover so before you could get bored the story recaptures your attention. 😉
Ivy is sometimes too nice for her own good. Ivy is someone who can be molded easily and that’s what Daniel does from the start, he blackmails her to work for his profit which would eventually profit Ivy too.
Jack is likable throughout the book, I feel like Jack’s character should’ve been explored a bit more because he has a big role in setting this story off. He makes appearances here and there in some parts and then is missing for a huge chunk of the story. His appearance seems like convenient intervention wherever and whenever something needs to be get going.
In some places it feels like, in not wanting to follow the obvious plot and making the fake engaged couple fall in love, the author forced the love story to cook between Ivy and Daniel.
I liked the ending the best in this book. The characters are at their maximum potential towards the end, we can say that Daniel’s character development is quite good.
The story in all is enjoyable and all the supporting characters are lovable, just what the story needed, 😀
Why would I pick it up?
For a smooth, light read! 😀