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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Review: The Billionaire's Counterfeit Girlfriend by Nadia Lee / @W_I_Promos @nadialee

Title: The Billionaire's Counterfeit Girlfriend
Series: The Pryce Family, Book 1
Author: Nadia Lee
Publisher: Four Isles Press
Release Date: July 16, 2014
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
ARC Received From: Wickedly Innocent Promotions

Curvaceous beauty Hilary Rosenberg doesn't believe in love. She only goes out with nice guys who won't expect passionate romance--until a notorious womanizer demands she repay a favor with four weeks of counterfeit dates.

Billionaire playboy Mark Pryce doesn't do relationships. In fact, he's never been with the same woman for more than three months. But when his matchmaking mother tries to sabotage his bachelorhood, he needs a stand-in girlfriend. Luckily, Hilary owes him big time. But as they start to spend more time together, he finds himself wanting to break his first rule: never get too close...

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"Nobody can choose how they were born and raised, but everyone can choose how they're going to live." - Josephine (ARC, Loc 1410)

Hilary's best friend Josephine hit the nail on the head when she said that to Mark. Neither Hilary nor Mark had pleasant family history, but only one of them strove to not let that history define them and it wasn't Mark.

Hilary's hangups were understandable given her own...colorful family. She didn't want what her family defined as normal. She wanted a monotonous relationship, one where the man she chose to spend the rest of her life wanted only her, not her and her half-sister/cousin Bebe. They might look alike, they might share a father, their mothers might be sisters, but that was all they shared. Bebe used their strange family history to her advantage, wrecking havoc in Hilary's life because she felt she could. Hilary, on the other hand, was moving on and past that. She had a great job, great friends, and a man who was sure and steady. Given the craziness of her life, sure and steady was the way to go.

Except she was missing something: passion.

Mark wasn't known as a sure and steady guy when it came to relationships. His parents' marriage was a sham and unhappiness trumped happiness any given day of the week there. It was little wonder his girlfriends were known as "Quarterly Girls". He went through them faster than most people go through a pair of shoes. Three months in and then he's done. Gives them a parting gift and moves on. Really? What the hell kind of life is that?

Oh, right. The kind where he'd never experience the hurt his mother experienced because of his father's infidelity.

It's okay to want to shield your heart from hurt. But at some point your shield needs to come down. If you're too stubborn to do that, you might miss out on the best thing to ever happen to you. It was a lesson both Mark and Hilary learned. They struggled to get there, mostly because Hilary was still too afraid and Mark wasn't sure what he could do to prove he was for real, that she wasn't another one of his Quarterly Girls.

This story is a great opener to The Pryce Family series. Not only did Ms. Lee have one of the Pryce children find love, but she also introduced the rest of the family, prepping her readers for the stories to come. It's an easy read, a little predictable at times, wholly engaging, and a terrific story for anyone who loves billionaire romances but needs something a little different than what they're used to reading in that sub-genre.

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nadia Lee writes sexy, emotional contemporary romance. Born with a love for excellent food, travel and adventure, she has lived in four different countries, kissed stingrays, been bitten by a shark, ridden an elephant and petted tigers. Currently, she shares a condo overlooking a small river and sakura trees in Japan with her husband and son. When she's not writing, she can be found reading books by her favorite authors or planning another trip.

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