Title: The Boss’s Fake Fiancée
Author: Inara Scott
May Contain Spoilers
I remember not having a favorable impression of Melissa when she appeared as a secondary character in Rules of Negotiation. She seemed so fragile and needy as she struggled to get over her cheating ex, and I had a hard time relating to her. I wondered if I could like her as the protagonist in her own story because I lacked patience with her and her self-pity party. Thankfully she has found a new lease on life, as well as some self-respect as she tangles with Garth in The Boss’s Fake Fiancée.
After making some very unwise comments to her ex at a business gathering, for the sole purpose of making him jealous, Melissa has to deal with the unexpected fallout. Her douche bag ex makes a dash to a tabloid reporter with the news that she’s dating her reclusive, brilliant boss. When Garth’s ailing grandmother reads the article, she is delighted that he’s finally found someone to love and share his life with. Infuriated, Garth forces Melissa to pretend to be his fiancée, at least until his grandmother recovers from her illness.
I found the setup a little flimsy, but I enjoyed this story because Garth is such an odd character. He was beyond socially awkward, and I kept wondering if there was something more to his inability to function in social situations (there is). I also wondered how Melissa would cope with a guy who was so out of touch with other people’s feelings. The communication between them was so painful to read at times, because Garth, despite his best efforts, had such a hard time deciphering social cues.
Though the plotting was predictable and there were no real surprises to be found here, I enjoyed The Boss’s Fake Fiancée. Garth carried the story for me. I found satisfaction as he learned to trust enough to step outside of the comfort zone that he has so firmly established around himself. While Melissa and Garth have a lot of work ahead of them, I finished the book convinced that they were perfect for each other, and would overcome the challenges that they faced.
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