I honestly think those Brazen books are catering specifically to my likes, I feel so special ;)
Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Release Date: April 4, 2016
She’s had the fantasy, now it’s time for the real thing…
Security Company CEO Josh Slater put his life on hold when he said “I do” to protect a stranger. While his marriage was never meant to be real—he hasn’t even seen his wife in five years—Josh can’t shake the idea that he’d be cheating if he moves on. Now he’s a man with a mission: chase down his “wife,” get an annulment, and finally indulge in a little no-strings sex.
Heiress Alexia Slater entered into a marriage of convenience straight out of high school to gain control of her inheritance before her not-so loving family squandered the whole thing. She doesn’t want the marriage to be real—she’s fought hard for her independence—but that hasn’t stopped her from spending the last five years fantasizing about her gorgeous husband.
Then he shows up.
Josh wants an annulment. Lexi needs to stay married. When the chemistry explodes between them, there’s no stopping the battle of wills only one of them can win…
Josh Slater married a stranger in order to protect her and her inheritance five years ago but now he wants his freedom to indulge in some “no strings” fun. He hasn’t seen his wife Alexia since the day he married her so he tracks her down to get an annulment and ends up staying to help her fight off her money hungry relatives, getting to know her in the process. Josh and Alexia each want different things, he wants his freedom, she needs to stay married just a little longer but they both know that the chemistry between them is something that doesn’t happen to everyone.
I expected a meek and malleable heroine because what other kind would allow herself to be forced into a marriage in a contemporary age right? Well no. While it is difficult for me to believe in an arranged/forced marriage in modern contemporary times, there are a few exceptions and Nina Croft managed to find one that worked perfectly here while still making sure that Alexia was her own person.
Even though she was a bit green and naïve when it came to dealing with unscrupulous relatives, Alexia had a stubborn streak when it came to helping people who needed help. She was determined to put her inheritance to good use instead of letting people squander it on themselves. Her selflessness didn’t come across as being a martyr though. Alexia had no trouble jumping on the opportunity to get up close and real personal with her absentee husband. I say, “You go girl! It’s about time you did something for you!” *wink wink*
Seriously though, Alexia would have had to have been deaf, blind and stupid not to fall for someone like Josh. Like Alexia, Josh put someone else’s needs in front of his own for a while and even when he decided that enough was enough he still didn’t rush into an annulment. Once he saw what Alexia’s situation was, he didn’t bat an eye at stepping it to help her. He didn’t always understand her but he knew helping others was important to her and he just did what was needed. Who doesn’t love that kind of hero? On the outside Josh and Alexia couldn’t be more different but on the inside they both had a strong drive to help the helpless.
Her Fantasy Husband was my first experience reading Nina Croft and I liked what she did with the arranged marriage troupe. I will say that while I did like Alexia, I didn’t love her. I thought she needed more of a backbone with her relatives. I say relatives because that is so not a family, that’s a group of leeches and Alexia knew it! Her answer of “It’s easier” when it explaining why she gave into their demands wore on my nerves.
Final Verdict: Her Fantasy Husband is a good time waiting to happen. Josh and Alexia were the types of characters who did best together and who learned a lot from each other in the best way. I wish Alexia had had a backbone when it came to her relatives but we can’t have everything right? Still, Nina Croft did such a good job with the marriage of convenience trope that I would love to read more from her.
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