Reviewed by Amber
TITLE: Double Dealing: A Marriage of Inconvenience
AUTHOR: Nicole Colville
PUBLISHER: Hidden Pleasure Publishing
LENGTH: 236 Pages
RELEASE DATE: November 1st, 2016
An arranged marriage in New York in 2016… That could never work out.
Caught in a messy merger with the mounting pressure to close a multi-billion-dollar deal, business mogul Ryder Granger finds things are more hostile than the average takeover, but he’s not just interested in acquiring the lucrative Lyon coffee chain. He has an entirely more personal motive hidden beneath his cool exterior and designer suit.
Trace Lyon believes the merger with B&G could be the way out of the closet his strict Southern father keeps him locked in, but there’s one big problem. Ryder Granger is everything Trace wants, and everything his father despises. Two years ago, they shared one incredible night together, but despite the connection and the intense heat, both walked away.
With the deal falling through, Ryder brings an unexpected offer to the table — a more personal type of merger between the two rival families, one Trace is dead against.
Taking control in the only way he can, Trace agrees to marry Ryder, but secretly plots to double deal both his father and Ryder. He just has to get this whole absurd wedding out of the way first and ignore how happy Ryder makes him feel.
This was my first book by this author and I liked this story. With all things there were elements I really liked and there were things I really didn’t like. I was disappointed in the beginning when we didn’t get to experience the first time these two characters were together. I think if the initial connection, where both men “fell in love” was on page I may have been more invested in the story and the characters. This is one of those stories that contain elements that should have made this book a homerun for me, but just fell flat. At times the interactions between Ryder and Trace were repetitive and I’ll admit to skimming some content here and there. I will confess that this author can write a hell of a sex scene. They were so hot that’s why it totally guts me that the first one wasn’t on page…I’m thinking it would have been out of this world. I love the idea of arranged marriages where the people involved fall in love…great concept, well told story.
Ryder and Trace meet and connect in a way neither man ever expected. Conflicting interests and deep closets tear the men apart but they never forget.
A few years later both men meet up again and Ryder comes up with a plan to tie Trace to him. Trace is angry, resentful, and hurt by having to give up his freedom for anything less than love. Ryder vows to show Trace how amazing a marriage between them could be.
All the emotional connections between these men are just simmering below the surface and it doesn’t take much for it to bring it all to the surface.
Overall this was a good story, written well, a little repetitive and super lovey-dovey…