12 August 2013

Fake Fiance, Real Revenge by Roxanne Snopek

Fake Fiance, Real Revenge (Three River Ranch #3)
by Roxanne Snopek .
Audience/Genre: Contemporary Romance.
Publication: August 12th 2013 by Entangled: Bliss.
This cowboy doesn't know what he's in for...

Real-estate tycoon Mitchell Granger has a problem. In order to secure a lucrative deal with an eccentric client, he told the teeny white lie that he was engaged…and now he needs to prove it. Even worse? The only name that came to mind was Sabrina Becker, the girl he was never good enough for growing up, and who still lives near his family ranch.

Sabrina doesn’t mind posing as Mitch’s fake fiancĂ©e—no, she doesn’t mind at all. One, she’ll make him pay with new construction for her business. And two, Sabrina’s got a plan to exact revenge on her first love, the boy who left her and Three River Ranch behind. She’ll pretend so well, he’ll fall in love with her…and then he’ll get a taste of what true heartbreak feels like.

But as Mitch sheds his corporate skin and picks up his dusty jeans and cowboy hat, will both his and Sabrina’s grand plans get derailed by love?

Reviewed by Kelly.

This is from the Bliss line of Entangled. It is my favorite. It may be more predictable but it is so sweet.

I jumped into this book without having read the first two. It was a little slow going at first. Where it works well as a standalone, I wish I had read the other two books first. I am definitely going back and reading the others.

Once I got about 1/3rd into the book, I couldn’t put it down. I knew where it was going but I was still drawn to the characters and their reactions.

I loved Mitch in this book. You know he is a good guy but there are times you aren’t so sure. I wanted to smack him upside the head sometimes. He finally gets it later on but it’s all in the delivery that I admired in him. He is really sweet, selfless and has done well for himself, but he never saw that himself. He has been looking for approval from everyone and he doesn’t see that he has always had it.

Sabrina is awesome. I am a labor and delivery nurse, so I really connected with her. She is a midwife. She is extremely kind, sweet and has a loving heart. She wears that heart on her sleeve.

Mitch starts out the book at a party with the rich. Whereas he is rich too, he doesn’t think that way and he feels uncomfortable there. He is trying to land a deal with Della so that his company will soar to greater heights. Della wants Mitch to date her stepdaughter. Mitch says the first thing on his mind to avoid that. He says he is engaged and Della is nosey and wants to know who. He says Sabrina without thinking. Della then wants to go to his hometown where there are acres and acres of land and a cowboy experience.

Mitch realizes he is in trouble. He calls Sabrina and begs a favor to pretend they are in love and are engaged. Sabrina agrees, but she has an agenda. Mitch just keeps getting further into lies because they have to convince the whole town and his family that all of a sudden after years and not seeing him, that Sabrina and Mitch are getting married. Mitch hadn’t thought it through enough to realize he could be hurting Sabrina and his family with his lies. He didn’t think of the ring she should have on.

He didn’t think of how Sabrina would feel when he left again. They shared a past. That past was with a pregnancy that ended up as a loss. They never told anyone about it, not even their families. They were high school sweethearts but kept it undercover. Sabrina was hurt by him leaving her alone. She plans revenge to make him fall in love with her so she could dump him. But they both have hearts that still beat for each other and that is something neither one really thought about.

As the lies get deeper and the feelings of faking it become crossed with real ones, they have to decide what will the sacrifice. Then, Della makes a surprise move that will destroy everyone’s faith in Mitch and destroy a struggling family.

Can Mitch fix all this and will Sabrina finish her revenge before it is too late? And what will happen to the family that is affected by Della’s decision?

This is a sweet read with lots of loving family members and friends. I love small town stories and cowboys.

I loved the description when they were riding horses. I felt like I was riding too.

Families are there for you even when you aren’t around for years. They still love you. That’s what is most important.

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