Welcome to my stop on Melissa McClone's tour! If you're looking for a lighthearted read with a sweet and slow romance then this is your book! There's a tour giveaway of a $25 giftcard to Amazon!
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Format: .mobi (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: June 29, 2014
He needs a wife...
Single bodyguard Nick Calhoun has been given an ultimatum by his boss--find a wife or lose his cushy, high-paying job. Clients' wives are hitting on him and putting Nick, and his boss, in hot water. But monogamy? He's never been a white picket fence kind of guy, and he's not about to embrace the happily married lifestyle now. He needs a wife who doesn't care about his steamy, extra-curricular love life...and he knows just the woman to fit the bill.
She needs a home...
Adalaide Sinclair spent years caring for her ill grandmother. Upon Grammy's death, she's stunned to find herself evicted from the only home she's ever known and labeled a thief by her inheritance-hungry family. Addie needs to find a place to live and a job--fast. So when her childhood friend, Nick, proposes a no-sex marriage of convenience, she puts her dreams of true love and happily-ever-after on hold. Finding Prince Charming can wait a little longer, right?
But will their friendship survive the honeymoon?
When Nick and Addie unexpectedly win a dream honeymoon, they decide to go their separate ways during the ten-day vacation. Too bad a camera crew is waiting for them at the tropical paradise. Acting like a head-over-heels bride and groom for reality TV wreaks havoc on their no-sex agreement...and blurs the line between fantasy and reality. Will Nick and Addie remain married in name only, or will a romantic honeymoon for show turn them into true newlyweds?
The Honeymoon Prize definitely belongs on the warm and fuzzy side of romance and that’s not a bad thing at all.
Childhood friends Nick Calhoun and Adalaide Sinclair need help. Nick is in danger of losing his job unless he finds himself a wife in order to keep his client’s wives from hitting on him and Addie needs a home now that she’s been forcibly evicted from her home after her grandmother’s death. When Nick proposes a marriage of convenience with no sex, Addie doesn’t have much of a choice but to agree, after all, marriage to her friend is better than being homeless right?
It doesn’t end there though. When Nick and Addie find themselves the winners of a ten day honeymoon vacation, they decide that once they arrive at their destination that they’ll go their separate ways. Unfortunately for them, there’s a catch. Their honeymoon trip comes complete with a camera crew ready to film the supposedly “in love” couple. Now Nick and Addie have to pretend to be giddy in love, which adds one huge complication they didn’t anticipate: Where does the fantasy end and reality begin?
Friends to lovers is one of my favorite troupes in the romance genre. Some people might think it’s overdone but I disagree. When it’s done right there’s no reason to complain. The Honeymoon Prize was one of those romances. Sweet and sultry, it delivers a solid romance with likable characters.
I enjoyed the history between Nick and Addie. Childhood friends who have seen the highs and lows in each other’s lives and in some ways, took each other for granted. It was interesting to see these two people who thought they knew everything about each other realize that they didn’t know anything truly personal about one another and then set about discovering those hidden parts of their friendship. Their existing friendship did make their charade more believable to the cameras that were filming them and of course, to me.
You know, The Honeymoon Prize has a setting that would be ripe for hot and heavy sexcapades between Nick and Addie but this isn’t that kind of romance. There are no sex scenes what so ever in the entire book. Normally this would bother me. I read romance for the sex scenes; I’m not going to lie. I love my characters to be passionate about each other and to show it. However, in this case, I was fine with it. Author Melissa McClone does such a good job at growing a romantic relationship between two people who have been only friends their entire lives that I didn’t really miss the physical aspect of Nick and Addie’s attraction to one another. Would I have liked some sex scenes? Yeah. Did the story suffer because there were none? Absolutely not. The emotional connection between these two characters and the shift from friends to more than friends was fulfilling enough to satisfy my need for a good romance.
Final Verdict: Sweet, tender and at times funny, The Honeymoon Prize will please fans of light romance with no sex scenes.
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