The marriage is fake. But for a sassy chef and an arrogant billionaire, the sparks are real...
Jackson "The Beast" Boudreaux is rich, gorgeous, and unbelievably rude to the staff at Chef Bianca Hardwick's New Orleans restaurant. Bianca would sooner douse herself in hot sauce than cook for Jackson again, but when he asks her to cater his fundraiser, Bianca can't refuse, knowing the cash will help pay her mother's medical bills. Then Jackson makes another outrageous request: Marry me. The unconventional offer includes an enormous sum - money Bianca desperately needs, even if it does come with a contract - and a stunning ring.
The heir to a family bourbon dynasty, Jackson knows the rumors swirling around him. The truth is even darker. Still, he needs a wife to secure his inheritance, and free-spirited, sassy Bianca would play the part beautifully. Soon, though, their simple business deal evolves into an emotional intimacy he's built walls to avoid.
As the passion heats up between them, Bianca and Jackson struggle to define which feelings are real and which are for show. Is falling for your fake fiancé the best happy ending...or a recipe for disaster?
Feisty Cajun chef Bianca Hardwick and surly bad boy billionaire Jackson Boudreaux are two of the most fascinating characters I have ever had the pleasure to meet. In this enemies to lovers storyline reminiscent of Disney's popular Beauty and the Beast fairytale, it takes a very special woman like Bianca to look behind the mask of superiority that Jackson wears. I loved the New Orleans setting and the delightful supporting characters that make up Bianca's extended family as well as Jackson's delightful pseudo-father figure, Rayford. And that slow build up of simmering sexual attraction that culminates in oh-my-gawd, fan-my-face shower sex was absolutely hot-as-sin and well worth waiting for! But most of all I was absolutely spellbound by the growing emotional connection between these two lovers and the vulnerability they were finally able to share really touched my heart. These are characters that will stay with me for a very long time to come. I read a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley and all opinions expressed in my voluntary review are completely my own.