The marriage is fake. But for a sassy chef and an arrogant billionaire, the sparks are real…
Jackson “The Beast” Boudreaux is rich, gorgeous, and unbelievably rude to the staff at Chef Bianca Hardwick’s New Orleans restaurant. Bianca would sooner douse herself in hot sauce than cook for Jackson again, but when he asks her to cater his fund-raiser, Bianca can’t refuse, knowing the cash will help pay her mother’s medical bills. Then Jackson makes another outrageous request: Marry me. The unconventional offer includes an enormous sum—money Bianca desperately needs, even if it does come with a contract—and a stunning ring.
The heir to a family bourbon dynasty, Jackson knows the rumors swirling around him. The truth is even darker. Still, he needs a wife to secure his inheritance, and free-spirited, sassy Bianca would play the part beautifully. Soon, though, their simple business deal evolves into an emotional intimacy he’s built walls to avoid.
As the passion heats up between them, Bianca and Jackson struggle to define which feelings are real and which are for show. Is falling for your fake fiancé the best happy ending…or a recipe for disaster?
So I’ve had this one sitting on my Kindle for a while now and I was unsure about it because usually it takes a lot for fairy tale retellings to impress me, but this one definitely pulled through. It brought the tropes from Beauty and the Beast, but also spun a different tale that definitely resonated. The only thing I really had an issue with in this story was that a certain character was more of a plot device than anything and I wish he were more involved in the story. But yeah, this book started off with the two main characters going off on each other. They were at odds from the start and I loved seeing their relationship progress and it was great seeing her chip away at Jackson’s stubborn heart. You will enjoy this story if you love:
-enemies-to-lovers/fake relationship tropes
-fairytale retellings, but make them adult
-smolder galore (there are so many heated looks and moments I almost combusted)
-fake marriages (with sexy contract negotiations, obviously)
-misunderstood men who are rough around the edges but have a lot of heart
-struggling chefs who will do anything to save those they love
-characters who meddle