Review: The Millionaire Tempted Fate: A Novella by Shirley Jump

 

Title:  The Millionaire Tempted Fate: A Novella

Author:  Shirley Jump

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

 

When Angie Wilson realizes her best friend Max is planning on proposing to Miss Wrong on Valentine’s Day, Angie sets out to win his heart in ten days. From showing him her sexy side to a disastrous attempt at cooking dinner, her plan goes awry at every turn. One night, too much rum, and a hot time in Angie’s bed has Max rethinking his logical proposal to a woman who may look good on paper, but isn’t the one who captures his heart like Angie does. But is he willing to risk losing his best friend in order to have the happy ending he secretly craves?
The Sweet and Savory Romances will make you laugh, cry, and rev up your appetite with their hunky heroes. As a special addition, satiate your hunger—for food that is— with tried-and-true recipes written by the characters inside.
Prequel: The Groom Wanted Seconds
Book 1: The Bride Wore Chocolate (USA Today and Amazon Top 20 bestselling title!)
Book 2: The Devil Served Desire
Book 3: The Angel Tasted Temptation
Novella: The Beauty Charmed Santa
Novella: The Millionaire Tempted Fate


Review:

I will admit that the only reason that I took a chance on this novella is because it was an Amazon freebie last week.  I even read it right away, because it has one of my favorite romance tropes – friends to lovers.  I just can’t get enough of these stories!  There is something about realizing that the love of your life was right there all along that captures my imagination. 

Angie has been in love with her best friend Max forever.  Ever since they were young children, he has held a special place in her heart.  He just seemed to know how to make her feel special, and he never judged her.  Max didn’t have a happy home life, and when his father kicked him out of the house, Angie’s mom took him in again and again.  All the time they were together, though, except for two disastrous kisses, Max has kept things between them platonic.  He values Angie’s friendship too much to muck it up by sleeping with her, and he’s clueless about her feelings for him.  When he finally meets the woman of his dreams, well, the woman that fits the requirements of his matrimonial checklist, Angie is in a panic.  Will she lose the love of her life because she was too much of a chicken to tell him how she felt?

Let me just say that Max has the perception of a mushroom.  It’s more than obvious that Angie loves him with all her heart, but he just can’t see it.  It’s also just as obvious that he loves her, and that if he goes through with his plans to propose to his girlfriend, he will be in for a lifetime of unhappiness.  It’s Angie he calls when he’s having bad day or just because he has some trivial bit of information to share.  It’s to Angie’s he retreats to when he’s down.  And while he has thought about getting naked with her, he just isn’t willing to jeopardize the only steady relationship he’s ever had.  He doesn’t want to repeat the mistake his parents made.  They were best friends who married, and ended up bitterly unhappy with each other.  Instead, he’s concocted a list of qualities the perfect wife should possess, and since his girlfriend meets every bulleted item, and he’s given himself a deadline to marry by the time he’s 30, he’s going to go for it.  With a woman who is totally wrong for him.

Angie is the complete opposite of Max.  She is a free-spirit, who goes in whatever direction her heart tells her.  She doesn’t keep lists, and she doesn’t even have a steady job – she freelances because she has a hard time with schedules and being to the office on time.  She sees that Max is making a huge mistake, and now that she’s about to lose him, she takes a gamble and tries to let him know how she feels, without coming right out and telling him.  The harder Angie pushes him, the harder he pushes back, determined to save their friendship.

This is a sweet, fast read, well worth the .99 price tag.  It’s a free rental if you have Amazon Prime.

Grade:  B+

Review copy purchased from AMAZON