book review, New Book

Temporary Wife Temptation

I’ve been so busy with work and my family, my poor TBR pile has been sadly neglected. But new author Jayci Lee drew me in with her first novel Temporary Wife Temptation, book one of Heirs of Hansol series. I settled onto my couch one quiet morning after school drop off with a cup of coffee and my dog. Before I knew it, I had finished the book and already craving book two.

  • Genre: Contemporary Romance
  • Tropes: Billionaire Romance/Fake Relationship
  • Heat Level: ❤️❤️❤️❤️
  • Overall Rating: 5/6 Glass Slippers

Garrett Song is rich, handsome, and poised to take over his family’s fashion empire, Hansol. He can walk on the wild side, but knows his duty as the heir to the proverbial throne. When his grandmother wants to play matchmaker to join the Song family forces with another influential family, comes up with a plan. He hates the idea of marriage and plans on being a lifelong bachelor. But then he decides to handpick his own wife, one he knows would benefit from their marriage just as much as he would. If only he can get her to accept.

Natalie Sobol is having a rough time. She’s been working for Hansol for a while, and has her eye on a position that could validate her career choices and set her up for life. But the death of her sister and brother-in-law leave her the guardian of a little girl, her life goes into a tailspin. She needs a promotion and money for her niece’s medical issues and schooling. She hadn’t planned on being a parent just yet, but when Garret offers her a way to get everything she wants, it’s hard to say no…only there’s a catch, one that makes her question everything.

In the beginning, the deal is clear. They marry so Garret gets the CEO position and Natalie is promoted to the VP of Human Resources and is able to fully adopt her niece. They’ll attend parties, go out to dinner, and appear on the outside as a perfectly devoted pair. After enough time passes, they’ll simply annul their marriage. After all, they don’t plan on actually ever consummating it…right?

Temporary Wife Temptation is basically what happens when The Proposal, The Wedding Date, and Crazy Rich Asians combine forces. Sexy, funny, and interesting, the story sets off at a run from page one, not leaving any room for unnecessary filler or fluff. You dive right in to Garret and Natalie’s story, getting both points of view from the beginning.

I really enjoy fake relationship romances and anything with fabulously wealthy people. The world Lee created is the perfect blend of luxury living and real life issues. There’s enough reality to keep you grounded as you follow the romance, but more than enough champagne living to sweeten the deal. It also wasn’t terribly predictable. There were enough twists and turns between the romance to make you wonder if Garret and Natalie would make a real go of their relationship or just start counting down the days until they could split for good.


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A Little V-Day Love

Valentine’s Day, a day of grand gestures, little notes, chocolates, cards, and flowers. But for romance readers, it’s also a time to appreciate the stories that make us melt. So I’ve compiled a short list of some Valentine’s Day books to add a little more love to your holiday.

The Giving Hearts – Sinclair Jayne

Marietta, Montana local Miranda owns and operates a small gift shop in the historic Graff Hotel. During the month of February, she asks the town to do small acts of kindness. Meanwhile, orthopedic surgeon Whitman never thought he’d step foot in Marietta again. But when he’s told to work at their hospital for a month before going on to his dream job in LA, he’ll remember all too well what he left behind in his home town.

The Tycoon’s Kiss – Jane Porter

Marietta, Montana librarian Taylor prefers to read about romance instead of trying her hand at love. And when she’s pushed into attending the Valentine Ball with tech bachelor Troy, she’s horrified. Troy wasn’t thrilled either, but he loves a challenge, and melting Taylor’s cold exterior seems like a fun time.

Texas Bachelor – Eve Gaddy and Katherine Garbera

Johnny and Fiona are only partners in a law firm until they’re matched at the annual Valentine’s Day dance. There’s always been a hint of something more between them, but one night of romance turns into more than either expected. But to follow their hearts, they may have to leave behind all they once knew.

Valentine Charms – Anne McAllister

Every year, a secret admirer leaves second grade teacher Jane a charm for Valentine’s Day. Those little gifts were the closest she’d come to love, but her students thought she needed a little push to find the man of her dreams. Football star Zach has had his eye on Jane for years, but hasn’t plucked up the courage to go the distance. Twenty-three second graders decided to make a play of their own and make sure their teacher has a date for Valentine’s Day at last.

The Trouble With Valentine’s Day – Rachel Gibson

Kate hates Valentine’s Day, and when she’s broken up with and forced to move back to her small hometown in Idaho, she figures the holiday will be even more lame than the year before. Rob’s the former hockey star who now owns the sports shop in town, and he has little interest in anything V-Day related. But a chance meeting in a grocery store makes both of them reconsider what they always thought.

Dear Cupid – Laurie LeClair

Librarian Gemma wasn’t too keen on reviving her town’s newspaper’s Dear Cupid love advice column, but she’s too nice to refuse, even when she learns she’ll be taking over it with local architect Sean. Sean has his eye on renovating the building Gemma’s family’s antique store is in, and originally decides to help with the Dear Cupid column to get close to Gemma to get her help. But as time goes on and more couples are brought together, there’s only two people left who could use a little of Cupid’s magic for Valentine’s Day.

Dog Park Sweethearts – Sasha Summers

Autumn has everything she’s ever wanted in life, but she can’t be truly happy until her dad finds love. Luckily, she has the perfect woman in mind—Noah’s mother. Noah is only in town for a little while, but he’s on board with Autumn’s matchmaking plan. As the scheming pair grows closer, Noah starts to wonder if Autumn is his ideal Valentine, even if his time in town is running out.

Cursed by Cupid – Wendy Sparrow

Tilly never used to be so terrible with love, and she refuses to think not passing on a silly chain email made her perpetually single. But as she comes upon another Valentine’s Day without a date, she’s wondering if she should have just sent on “Cupid’s Curse.” Bryant doesn’t think the curse is real, but he’ll take his chances if it means a night out with Tilly. Will they survive the first date, or will Cupid claim another victim?

Valentine Kisses – Ann B. Harrison

Reality TV show host Bella decides to take some time off to visit her sister in Cherry Lake for some R&R. She ends up as the temporary head chef at the local hotel and remembers what it’s like to love what you do. Single father and fire chief Jake puts his skills to the test when the newest chef in town sets her kitchen on fire. With Valentine’s Day approaching, will they whip up some romance in the kitchen?

A Dog Called Valentine – Roxanne Snopek

Animal shelter volunteer Lily has her hands full when someone dumps a dog in her lap right after Valentine’s Day. The dog’s a wild one that only former K9 cop Shane can handle. He agrees to teach Lily a few tricks of the trade, then wash his hands of all things furry forever. But as the pair work together, his heart begins to open up to both Lily and the dog called Valentine.

Not Okay Cupid – Heidi R. Kling

Hazel had it all; the grades, the man, and a perfect best friend…until her BFF and her BF decide to hook up right before Valentine’s Day. She’s crushed until her BFF’s older brother comes to her rescue with a plan. Felix hates how his little sister betrayed Hazel and vows to help her become the “perfect” girl to break her ex’s heart. But as they work together to exact her revenge, the plan goes off the rails in a major way.

The Valentine Quest – Melissa McClone

Nevada goes to Marietta, Montana to work on her PHD dissertation just as the town’s Valentine’s Day celebrations are beginning. She hates the holiday, but loves the prize for one of the events—a tropical vacation she knows her military brother deserves. Ex-bull rider Dustin is tired of catering to tourists and hopes winning a tropical vacation will help his mood. The unlikely pair joins forces for a better chance of winning, but it could cost them everything.


What’s on your TBR list this Valentine’s Day? Let me know! I’m always looking for my next favorite read.