He's stubborn, but he loves his rewards...especially the sensual kind.
Rafe McCall has a reputation as the Closer. He rakes in serious cash to make deals happen. Convincing small restaurant owner Frankie Ritacco to sell his business for property development should have been a piece of cake. So Rafe blows into Wilcox, Iowa on his Harley, convinced the deal is all but done. But he is so, so wrong...
For starters, "Frankie" is a woman. A stunning, stubborn woman who wants to preserve her idyllic small town. The Crossroads Café is a family legacy Frankie plans to leave to her future children, and there is no way she's selling-even to a sexy millionaire who makes her heart race. But her café is in serious trouble, and Rafe must decide if he can close the deal...or if he's found the deal breaker of a lifetime.
3.5 easy to read stars!
The Millionaire's Deception was my first experience with Wendy Byrne, and if all of her books have such feisty, loyal and witty female leads, then I am sold! This books tells a great story about what happens when life throws you for a loop and hands you everything you never dared to dream you wanted.
Wendy Byrne took what could be a really dramatic plot and made the reader fall in love with the small town of Wilcox, Iowa and its inhabitants first, then showed us just how good Rafe and Frankie could be for each other. The Millionaire's Deception was a fun read. I loved Frankie! She is a small-town girl, that just wants to feed her town (who are like one large family) and is trying to stay in the black with her restaurant that she grew up in. Frankie was fun, loving, loyal and witty. She didn't cower when a big corporation came to town and wanted to buy her out, instead she fights back. I enjoyed her spunk! Frankie is the local sweetheart (the whole town loves her) and the really shines through in this story. Rafe is the newcomer, he strolls into town expecting to seal this deal to get Frankie to take the money and sell in no time flat. What he didn't expect was Frankie to be so "real", giving him a glimpse of what he never thought he wanted. Closed off, distant and willing to do anything for a large payout, Rafe gets his world tilted when he meets up with Frankie and the town of Wilcox, Iowa (especially the senior citizens in the book club).
I enjoyed this story, it took me a bit to get into the story and really start to feel the connection between Frankie and Rafe, but once I got the feeling that Rafe might be the best person for Frankie the pages kept turning. The big twist, while predictable (I mean we can all guess what is eventually going to be revealed) really helped Rafe look like a guy that finally wanted more than money and the whole conclusion left a smile on my face.
If you are looking for a sweet, slightly spicy romance that will leave you wanting more from these characters (and wanting Italian food) then The Millionaire's Deception is a great book to 1-click. I am excited to find a new Author to add to my growing list of favorites!