A pretend relationship…within a pretend relationship.
Attorney Evan Stone knows every crazy stipulation in billionaire Rudy Carmichael’s will. After all, he wrote it. And he’s determined to make sure each one is fully met by Rudy’s triplet daughters. Even if that means dating the workaholic CEO, Ava. Or pretending to at least. And even if it means resisting the so-right-for-him-she’s-totally-wrong party girl, Cori.
Cori’s only got three things on her to do list from her dad:
• Move to Bliss, Kansas.
• Run his pie shop with her sisters for a year.
• No dating. For six months.
But stepping in for her sister when it’s clear that Ava and Evan aren’t fooling anyone with their “romance” isn’t really dating. And falling for her sister’s pretend boyfriend while pretending to be her sister…well, that’s ridiculous. No matter how real things feel whenever she and Evan are together.
Review: I’ve been seeing Erin Nicholas’s books all over the place. In fact, we’ve featured several on Romancing the Book. But I just haven’t had a chance to read one. So, when I saw the request for this first book in a new series, I jumped at the chance to try her books. And I wasn’t disappointed.
The series revolves around triplets who have moved to small-town Bliss in order to earn their inheritance from their estranged, now deceased father. The girls are opposites and their father’s will has them working together on a project, but they’re placed in roles that aren’t familiar to them.
This is Cori’s story. She’s the wild child. She doesn’t really commit to anything, flitting from job to job , relationship to relationship. Her role in the to-do list from her father is to be the accountant for the pie shop she’s running with her sisters, as well as to not date for 6 months. But she’s totally attracted to their father’s lawyer, Evan. And to make things worse, Evan is pretending to date Cori’s sister.
Then we have Evan. He’s not your traditional lawyer. He’s a small town guy, life of the party and now in charge of making sure the girls stick to the terms of the will. He’s attracted to Cori, but makes a deal with Ava (Cori’s sister) to be her pretend boyfriend to get his family off his back as well as help out the sisters.
So I really liked the premise of the series. Big city girls move to small town to run a pie shop, don’t have a clue what they’re doing… all to get their inheritance. I even liked all the characters introduced, the small town, so on. I think the hardest part of me to grasp was the whole pretend relationship, Cori pretending to be Ava and how it wasn’t breaking any of the will terms. I’ll admit that a few times I was a little confused, and a couple times I got tired of the internal dialog as Cori was beating herself up over the attraction and the “it can’t be”. And then it just seemed to be all cleared up in a nice bow.
All that said, I really did enjoy the story and I’m curious as to what’s going to happen next. It was an enjoyable read and once I got going, my interest was caught and I kept on turning the pages.