'That's the deal, Abbott. Take it...or leave it.'How far will an ambitious heir go to secure his future?
Parker Abbott will do whatever it takes to be the next CEO of King's Finest Distillery, even play fake fiancee to his childhood nemesis, Kayleigh Jemison. Yet as he and the fiery redhead get reacquainted, sparks fly and real passion emerges. But when her ex wants a second chance, who will Kayleigh choose?
I am a huge fan of the enemies-to-lovers trope. I enjoy the buildup to the romance and the banter between characters. Engaging the enemy is fairly light on both accounts—but gives just enough to satisfy. Kayleigh and Parker were once the best of friends. Until, Parker destroyed their friendship; trying to be Mister Popularity. Fast forward, now, they're adults. Two adults who can't stand each other; though, it appears Kayleigh harbors more of the animosity. Parker betrayed her--and she's not ready to forgive him. Parker's family wants to gift the matriarch of the family, the space that once belonged to them. Except, the space is not unoccupied. Kayleigh is running her jewelry business on the property—and Parker won't get his grubby little hands on it, for any amount of money. But, then she gets a phone call from someone in her past. Her ex's sister is getting married—and she wants her to be a part of the bridal party; whether Kayleigh likes it or not. Kayleigh needs a date, for the week. Though she can't stand Parker. She believes the enemy you can see is better than the one that you can't. Parker agrees to be her date/fake fiancee. But, what starts as a begrudged pairing quickly turns into something more. I liked Kayleigh and Parker. I like "opposites attract" relationships. Kayleigh is unencumbered and carefree. While Parker is buttoned-up and rigid. I have no complaints. It's well written. The characters are intriguing. The plot is easy to follow. The book is not insta-love but doesn't take forever getting to the romance. I am pretty pleased with this novel--and readers will enjoy the overall romance and the book's readability. Another solid read from Ryan. I'd recommend it.