Review: Fiancée for Hire by Tawna Fenske

Fiancée for Hire by Tawna Fenske
Series: Front and Center (# 2)
Release Date: July 21, 2014
Publisher: Entangled: Lovestruck
Pages: 238
Source: Book provided by publisher for review



Former Marine MacArthur Patton has made a small fortune on top-secret government contracts and black-ops missions, but his new assignment involves something more dangerous—marriage.

Well, fake marriage anyway.

To keep weapons out of the hands of terrorists, Mac has to secure a fiancée. A sweet, demure, compliant fiancée to serve as his arm candy for a few weeks while he completes the covert arms deal in Mexico. His sister claims to know just the woman, and sends her best friend to play the role.

“Sweet” and “demure” aren’t in Kelli Landers’s repertoire. A badass veterinarian who neuters big dogs and bigger men on a regular basis, she can’t wait to bring Mr. Tall-Dark-and-Detached to his knees. Her longtime crush on the commitment-phobe makes her plan to seduce him even sweeter.

Love wasn’t part of the plan, but the deeper Mac and Kelli fall into their ruse, the more danger they attract, until more than just their hearts are on the line…


Review:  Of the four books featuring the Patton family, Fiancée for Hire wins top honors not only for snappy dialog, but for matching up two phenomenal characters who are packing some serious heat.

Author Tawna Fenske delivers a pulse-pounding thriller with a side order of snark in the duo of Mac Patton and Kelli Landers, Kelli has lusted after him forever, but with no success. When he needs a fiancée as part of a business deal, Kelli is ready to help.

What gives the story such a boost is that what was intended to be a temporary arrangement starts giving off some powerful vibes. There’s no denying that something unexpected happens when they get together. Another unique aspect about the story is the focus on Kelli’s occupation and the details surrounding it. I loved the fact that there is a mention of Kelli wanting to use her vet skills to benefit a feral cat colony.

I took note of cool-as-a-cucumber Mac in his trademark sunglasses while reading the first installment of the series. I knew that the woman who conquered him would have to be the very opposite of what he said he was looking for in his fake fiancée. One of the best lines in the story features a conversation between Kelli and Mac’s sister when they discuss that men assume that Kelli is “tiny, sweet, docile, perky, quiet, and no trouble at all.” It didn’t take me long to figure out that those are the last words that would describe her!

This was a fantastic story filled with an alpha man who realizes that sometimes love pops up in the most unlikely of places, even when it is supposed to only be a temporary arrangement.