Author: Shirley Hailstock
Publisher/Publication Date: Harlequin Kimani Romance
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Format/Source: Paperback, Purchased
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Does the perfect plan have a surprise ending?
Wedding consultant Theresa "Teddy" Granville helps her clients plan lavish black-tie ceremonies, though her own love life is strictly casual. Her matchmaking mother's latest candidate, Adam Sullivan, may be sexy but besides being successful, they have little in common. Agreeing to a fake relationship to fool her mother could make both their lives easier. But their unexpected slow-burning kisses and scorching nights are anything but make-believe.
Adam's "marriage pact" with Teddy was supposed to be a temporary arrangement. Suddenly he's realizing just how deeply he desires this intelligent, passionate woman. In business, he's known for taking big risks and reaping bigger rewards. Now he's playing for the highest stakes of all, hoping he can convince Teddy to trust him—and her heart—before she walks away forever....
Someone Like You, the second book in the Weddings by Diana series, is the first book that I've read by Shirley Hailstock and from the Harlequin Kimani Romance line. Once again—as often found in contemporary romance novels—the heroine is a wedding consultant. In contrast to how the usual wedding consultant’s story plays out, Theresa’s (Teddy’s) position wasn't a factor in how she met Adam. No, instead they had meddling mothers that set them up on a blind date. The irony of the situation was that both Teddy and Adam expressed an aversion to blind dating, so from the start the story was entertaining. I was pleasantly surprised by how the story unfolded as Adam and Teddy developed a ruse that they were engaged. What started out as a ploy to sway their mothers from interfering in their lives led to a realistic, passionate story of two people who became deeply intertwined with their lies.So if you’re looking for a story with diverse characters, meddling family members, and an interesting take on the fake fiancé/fiancée trope, you’ll definitely want to read Someone Like You.