Reviewed by Cinnamon
TITLE: Tall, Dark and Deported
SERIES: Dreamspun Desires book #31
AUTHOR: Bru Baker
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 236 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 1, 2017
Snap decisions and misguided ideas bring Portuguese national Mateus Fontes and businessman Crawford Hargrave together at the Canadian border crossing.
Mateus is caught in a catch-22. With his almost-expired tourist visa, entrance to Canada is denied, but the US won’t let him back in either. Crawford thinks he’s solved things when he tells the border agent they’re engaged, and it works—except now they have to actually get married before either of them can get back into the United States. But Crawford has been burned by marriage once, and he’s determined not to make that mistake again.
Neither of them expects real feelings to bloom out of their fake marriage, but they do. And the two of them have to learn how to be honest with each other to make things work, which is especially hard when their entire marriage is based on lies.
I have read and enjoyed a few stories in the Dreamspun Desires series but this is my absolute favorite so far. I love Bru Baker’s writing style and I read this book in more or less one sitting.
Tall, Dark and Deported is a fun, entertaining love story with two absolutely lovable MCs, some great chemistry and an old but nowadays more and more burning conflict of immigration and deportation. Getting the green card and becoming a US citizen has never been easy. I’ve been fascinated by the fake marriage for green card idea since I saw Green Card with Gerard Depardieu and Andy McDowell when I was a kid. Of course they ended up falling in love but some facial cream (Monticello) revealed their lies… luckily we don’t get that kind of extra heartache here. We get the same scenario where two people meet and one of them offers to marry the other to avoid his deportation to his home country, Portugal.
Mateus and Crawford are perfect together. They both know the scores and try to act accordingly but of course they can’t help their blossoming feelings for each other. I love the build-up, the slow burn, the great secondary characters and of course our adorable MCs. I appreciate the portrayal of a slightly older character as well with his true silver fox qualities and his big heart. Mateus and Crawford’s wonderful chemistry is very well written and their adventures together are entertaining and heartwarming.
An epilogue would have been a nice touch and it would have made this a perfect story in my book.
I still know though that these two will live happily ever after and enjoy their well-deserved life together with their wonderful families. Hope you enjoy this story as much as I did. Highly recommended.