Spinning a story of a joyous marriage to make
a dying woman happy is forgivable, isn’t it?
a dying woman happy is forgivable, isn’t it?
A CHARMED LITTLE LIE
Charmed in Texas #1
Releasing April 18th, 2017
Lanie Barrett didn’t mean to lie. Spinning a story of a joyous marriage to make a dying woman happy is forgivable, isn’t it? Lanie thinks so, especially since her beloved Aunt Ruby would have been heartbroken to know the truth of her niece’s sadly loveless, short-of-sparkling existence. Trouble is, according to the will, Ruby didn’t quite buy Lanie’s tale. And to inherit the only house Lanie ever really considered a home, she’ll have to bring her “husband” back to Charmed, Texas for three whole months—or watch Aunt Ruby’s cozy nest go to her weasel cousin, who will sell it to a condo developer.
Nick McKane is out of work, out of luck, and the spitting image of the man Lanie described. He needs money for his daughter’s art school tuition, and Lanie needs a convenient spouse. It’s a match made . . . well, not quite in heaven, but for a temporary arrangement, it couldn’t be better. Except the longer Lanie and Nick spend as husband and wife, the more the connection between them begins to seem real. Maybe this modern fairy tale really could come true . . .
There are things a girl hopes to hear in her lifetime, and a marriage proposal definitely tops that list. A proposal offered as a business deal, probably thrown out in desperation to stop my meltdown and pending dehydration, however, was not what most women have in mind.
“Don’t, Nick,” I said, hiccupping through my sobs, trying to make it stop. “Don’t play with that. Don’t make fun.”
“I’m not,” he said, still facing Ralph, the dog’s face in his hands as if it were all addressed to him. “I’m dead serious.”
I waited for more and it didn’t come. Um, I needed more explanation than that.
Wiping at my face in vain, I leaned against the post and looked down at possibly the hottest man I’d ever met. Sitting on my porch in a black-on-black suit, asking me to marry him by proxy of Ralph.
Finally, he let go of Ralph’s large head and stood, turning to face me as though it was with his last dying breath.
“You need this house,” he said, his words slow and precise. His dark eyes didn’t blink, didn’t look away uncomfortably, didn’t falter. “You may or may not need the money, I don’t know. I don’t see you getting all emotional about that, but you’re hugging the house, so I’m guessing the money’s not an important factor.”
“I didn’t even know about that money.”
“Which brings it to me,” he said, closing his eyes briefly. “I need a job.”
“Are you saying—”
“I’m saying I just got in a car with a stranger for five hundred dollars,” he said. “That’s how far I’ve fallen. Three months of my life—what would that be worth?”
My tongue felt as swollen and stuck as my eyelids.
That sentence, along with the glazed over look his eyes got and the hard set of his jaw, was possibly the saddest thing I’d ever witnessed. To be followed closely by the strong possibility of my saying yes.
5 gloriously charming stars!!
I'm not gonna lie, I was skeptical going into this one, because the cover didn't really pull me in. But I am so glad that I HAD to read this book. Although the cover didn't pull me in, the story did. It pulled me in so ungodly fast, that I was shocked. So what I'm saying is...don't let this cover fool you.
Lanie has watched her mother lose herself because of love. So love was never something she even wanted to attempt. But her Aunt had different plans for her. She was never gonna let Lanie go through life without finding love and happiness. So when Aunt Ruby, who was her mother for all intents and purposes, got sick, she had to fib a little. Telling her she was happily married, might have never been a good idea. Because when her aunt dies, she throws Lanie for a loop. Her will is a whole bunch of craziness. So she needs to find a husband, and ASAP. Picking up a guy in a parking lot and paying him, doesn't seem like a good idea, but it's all she got. Little did she know, that guy, would change everything she ever thought.
Being fired from his job is not a good thing for Nick. Especially with a daughter to support. When this crazy woman walks into the diner he was just fired from, and asks him to play her husband, he knows she's lost her mind. She must definitely be crazy. But she offers to pay him, and money is what he needs. It's only for a day, in and out. So what could it hurt? Except it turns into so much more. Nick doesn't trust easy, if not at all. So when the plan he agreed to, turns into something entirely different, he starts to worry.
They both have walls built for different reasons. They both have their own baggage. So coming together as one, is rather hard. Especially when it's not done under love. But finding their way over those was and making things real is such a beautiful thing.
This story soothed my soul like no other. It has touched my heart in a way I can't even describe. So much, that it has taken me forever to write this review. I would type something up, then erase it, type something else up again, then erase it again. For the life if me I just couldn't find the words. So if this doesn't make sense, that's why. Lol
I absolutely loved this couple. I loved how they came together. I loved the things they went through as a 'fake' couple. I loved how they managed as a real couple. It was just perfect.
Now that town, and them people, oh my lord. I wouldn't be able to do it. Those people are horrible. But I think Lanie and Nick handled them rather well. ;)
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