Series: Slow Burn #1
Published by Montlake Romance on 10/17/2017
The marriage is fake. But for a sassy chef and an arrogant billionaire, the sparks are real…
Jackson “The Beast” Boudreaux is rich, gorgeous, and unbelievably rude to the staff at Chef Bianca Hardwick’s New Orleans restaurant. Bianca would sooner douse herself in hot sauce than cook for Jackson again, but when he asks her to cater his fund-raiser, Bianca can’t refuse, knowing the cash will help pay her mother’s medical bills. Then Jackson makes another outrageous request: Marry me. The unconventional offer includes an enormous sum—money Bianca desperately needs, even if it does come with a contract—and a stunning ring.
The heir to a family bourbon dynasty, Jackson knows the rumors swirling around him. The truth is even darker. Still, he needs a wife to secure his inheritance, and free-spirited, sassy Bianca would play the part beautifully. Soon, though, their simple business deal evolves into an emotional intimacy he’s built walls to avoid.
As the passion heats up between them, Bianca and Jackson struggle to define which feelings are real and which are for show. Is falling for your fake fiancé the best happy ending…or a recipe for disaster?
2017 has not been my year when it comes to books. Life has really gotten in the way and I just haven’t been able to read with quite the same voracity with which I’ve read in the last several years. I normally read upwards of 100 books in a year’s time. I’m on track to read 52 this year. I’ve tried all kinds of things to jump start my mojo again, to no avail. Until now. My last read was greatly influenced by a book friend and I loved it! I completely ate it up. So without her consent, I took the liberty of assigning her as my official Book… Decision Maker… Person. She chose the title Book Beetch; we’ll stick with that. Anyway, I left it completely up to her to choose my next read. She chose Burn for You by J.T. Geissinger, and she knocked it out of the park.
I read this book in a matter of about 24 hours and I can’t remember the last time I read a book so quickly. I absolutely could not put it down and had I not had to go to sleep and work the next day, it’s entirely possible I’d have read it in one sitting. I didn’t stop reading until my Kindle was literally falling on my face and I couldn’t stay awake any longer.
I have never read a J.T. Geissinger book. To be perfectly honest, I don’t even remember hearing of her before. Apparently this book was on my TBR, but I can’t even remember ever putting it there. All of that to say that I had no idea what to expect from this new-to-me author. I gotta be honest, she surprised the hell out of me. I didn’t expect to love a book so much when I’d never even so much as seen the author’s name anywhere. And apparently this is her fourteenth book! I’ll be checking out her other books, that much is for sure.
The characters were so interesting. Jackson “The Beast” Boudreaux is a hideous man at the start, and I didn’t think there was much the author could do to convince me otherwise, but she did it. She won me over. Bianca is a bit of an anomaly. The majority of the book is written in her point-of-view and being inside her head is interesting to say the least. The way she talks and her inner dialogue made me feel like I was reading a book from the first half of the 1900s, and it was almost shocking when some kind of modern technology would be mentioned. It almost felt like it didn’t belong. I know that sounds odd, but it was so charming.
Every character in this book has this vibrant, larger-than-life personality and I loved them all. But what I loved most of all was Bianca and Jackson’s love story. It was sweet, it was decadent, and it was worth the wait. I highly recommend everyone read this heart-warming, funny, sexy, tear-jerker of a romance.