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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Review: Four Weeks Till Forever by Nadia Lee

Format: .mobi (provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review)
Release Date: July 19, 2014

He's never met a woman he wants to spend his life with...

The man: Billionaire playboy Mark Pryce.

The problem: A "real" date for his family's Fourth of July party...or he'll have to attend with the heiress his mother's picked out for him to marry.

The woman: His best friend's executive assistant Hilary Rosenberg--the only one who can save him from this fate worse than death.

...she is convinced good men are a thing of the past.

Disillusioned by a series of painful relationships, Hilary has no interest in dating Mark--even as a pretense--for the next four weeks. He's too sexy, too smart, altogether too attractive--and a sure bet to break her heart. But she owes him a favor, and she always pays her debts.

When their charade threatens to turn into a happily ever after, can a reformed playboy convince his wary Cinderella that fairy tale endings really can come true?

Yep, I'm definitely hooked on this series!

Mark Pryce is in a bit of a pickle. He has to find a pretend girlfriend to bring to his family's annual Fourth of July party or risk being set up with an heiress by his mother. He knows the perfect woman too. His best friend's assistant, Hilary Rosenburg. If she balks, which he knows she will, he'll just remind her that she owes him a favor.

Hilary just wants to pay her debt to Mark and call it even but this favor is going to end up causing more trouble than it's worth! She has to spend four weeks with Mark pretending to be his girlfriend and that means more opportunity to have her heart broken.

I love Nadia Lee’s billionaires! That’s not something I say, at all. Today’s billionaire trends: Over the top controlling, dark, brooding and as much depth as a petri dish. Not so with Lee’s billionaires. Sure, they’re stinkin’ rich, sinfully good looking and have deep rooted issues that make relationships almost impossible, but they’re also funny and more light hearted than others, which makes them way more fun!

In Four Weeks Till Forever it’s actually Hilary who has the deep rooted issues. Not Mark. It’s Hilary’s tumultuous childhood that pushes the story forward and I found her story interesting, and very relatable. I felt sorry for Hilary, she was torn between loyalty to a family who didn’t deserve her, and wanting to make a better life for herself, away from her family’s sordid past and present lunacy. In the beginning Hilary was so easy to manipulate that it irritated me but that is part of her appeal. Her sense of duty and loyalty overrides a natural impulse to just say “Screw it!” It took a while but eventually she did see that they only person who was hurting was her but it was worth it to see her grow as a character.

Though Mark’s childhood isn’t something to laugh at, I found that he probably didn’t deal with the brunt of his parents’ destructive marriage like perhaps his older siblings might have. All in all, the environment that the Pryce siblings grew up in will make for some interesting conflicts and hopefully revelations in future books. These siblings had everything money could buy yet the most basic things: A stable home with parents who loved each other was denied to them. I’m very curious about the other siblings, I want to see how their parents’ war like marriage affected them because I’m sure it was different for each one.

As for the antagonists in the story, well, they were pretty darn good and I like that. A hero or heroine is only as good as the villain after all. Ceinlys Pryce, the matriarch of the family was one of those antagonists that had me on the fence for a while. She was, let’s be blunt, a cold hearted bitch but surprisingly I didn’t hate her. I pitied her. Her dispassionate, often cruel way of interfering was born out of desperation to keep Mark and his siblings from being trapped in a loveless, faithless marriage like hers. She loves her children deeply but she definitely doesn’t know what’s best for them or how to truly help them. It will be interesting to see if she changes by the end of the series. Hopefully though, some brassy lady will tell her off at least once since it seems like Hilary was so cowed by her to tell her off like she should be. As for the other antagonists in the story? Don’t get me started on how dysfunctional they are, but they did serve the purpose of highlighting how different Hilary was to them and how a person can rise above their upbringing.

Four Weeks Til Forever was an interesting start to a new series. The lead characters have great chemistry and intriguing backgrounds, the additional characters brought more depth to the story and of course, the other Pryce siblings snagged my curiosity and I can’t wait to see what’s next.

Final Verdict: Sexy, sweet and fun, Four Weeks Till Forever is a good start to a new series with sexy billionaires.

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1 comment:

  1. I've not tried her but that's seriously my favorite romance troupe. So gonna check it out :)


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