After almost ten years dodging bullets as a foreign correspondent, Asher Brody is struggling to find his place back in the U.K. – and in his family-run newspaper, the London Phoenix. He’s intent on proving he’s as committed as his brothers, even if it means putting on a suit and posh accent to investigate a high-ranking executive at an upscale retreat.
Ada Hunter wasted years trailing her ex-boyfriend, only for him to turn his back when her documentary career finally took off. Now she’s beating her own path, and it’s taking her all over the world. To secure funding for her next project, she takes a risky job with the Phoenix posing as broody-sexy Asher’s fake girlfriend – too good to be true.
They plan to spend a few days pretending to be a couple at a country estate before going their separate ways. But when bad weather strands them in the countryside, temptation develops into something more and the line between fantasy and reality becomes dangerously blurred.
This book started out with a bang. Ada Hunter and Asher Brody get caught in a compromising situation and end up having to pretend they are dating or else everyone will know they just wanted a quickie behind the curtains at UK’s Journalists’ Association Awards. Their pretend dating comes in handy when Asher goes undercover during a hunting trip where he plans to get an exclusive scoop for the Phoenix, a newspaper him and his brothers own. During the weekend, things really heat up between Asher and Ada, but they both have different goals for the futures and they know what happens is only temporary. Or, is it?
The differences between Asher and Ada had me flustered a few times while reading this book. There was a lot of tension between them and I kept wanting to tell them to give in a little bit. They were both a bit stubborn, especially Ada, who kept thinking if she got in a relationship, she would end up unhappy like her parents. But those parts made for good reading and really built the story up to make their happily ever after even better. This is the second book in a series, but I feel it can totally be read as a stand-alone.