The Marriage Caper
By Sandra Edwards
Book #2 in the Billionaire Games
Andre de Laurent is the second son of an extremely wealthy family, which basically means he'll always be number two. That is, until his mother's uncle dies and leaves him a multi-billion-dollar fortune. So what's the trouble? Andre has sixty days to take a wife, and he'll have to remain married for one year or forfeit the inheritance to distant relatives--who are hell-bent on claiming the inheritance as their own.
Aspiring actress Tasha Gordon has never wanted anything quite so much as that big break--until she met Andre de Laurent. Could his offer turn out to be the role of lifetime?
Tasha Gordon met Andre De Laurent when her best friend married his brother. The two were instantly attracted to each other and embarked on a light hearted, flirty affair. When Andre's maternal uncle died and left him a fortune with strings attached, he found himself in need of a wife and sought out Tasha with a lucrative offer. Before he could make it, Andre discovered she was pregnant and never let on his original purpose of a marriage proposal.
I was surprised that this story ended up being more substantive than the first. My first impression of Tasha painted her as more of a good time party girl, a bit self centered and ambitious. Fortunately, those first impressions weren't lasting and this marriage had a real shot at lasting as both Tasha and Andre's feelings for each other ran deeper than either of them knew. The secret Andre kept from her was certain to derail them if she ever found out and distant relatives played a role in trying to make that happen.
Certainly, there were fun moments but for the most part, this was a story of two people coming together for reasons other than love and ultimately creating a new relationship based on trust, commitment and genuine love. It is a mature story that had me run through a gamut of emotions. It was a most pleasant surprise and I'm looking forward to the next in the series.