Title: Fiancé by Friday
Author: Catherine Bybee
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Length: 340 Pages
Publisher: Montelake Romance
Release Date: August 13, 2013
Book Summary: Gwen Harrison:
The beautiful, high-born daughter of an English duke came to America to take over her sister-in-law’s matchmaking business. But just because she’s the boss doesn’t mean she can’t fantasize about making her own perfect match with bodyguard Neil MacBain. Will the enigmatic man who haunts her dreams cost her more than she bargained for?
The retired Marine can’t deny the effect blue-blooded Gwen has on his troubled soul or his battle-hardened body. But as a client, Gwen is off-limits—until a threat from Neil’s past returns… and Gwen is caught in the crossfire. Now to keep her safe he will risk it all: his career, his life… and his heart.
Review: This is the first book I’ve read by Catherine Bybee and it is a delight. It’s easy to see why her series is a best-seller. The characters come alive with personalities I can’t help but fall in love with.
Gwen is a treat. She was born with a silver spoon in her mouth, but she’s very grounded and not the spoiled debutante you’d expect from someone as privileged as she is. I enjoy how she acknowledges her shortcomings and doesn’t let pride or her title go to her head.
Neil is hard on the outside and hard on the inside… and underneath all that, he’s gooey! But he’s no softy. And he remains true to his personality throughout the series while still acknowledging his feelings for a woman he believes in beyond his reach.
This story ramps up the suspense and tension as it progresses. And while the story does lag in a few places, it makes up for it with plenty of action and steam in others. The threat to Neil, Gwen, and those they love is realistic and scary. It’s hard to face an unknown enemy, especially if you’re not sure if it’s one of your own or who you can trust.
The full cast of supporting characters in the form of family and friends rounds out this story and gives Gwen a wonderful network of caring people who are there for her when she needs them—sometimes a little too much for her liking.
And by contrast, it serves to bring into focus just how much of a loner Neil really is. His isolation is self-imposed. I don’t necessarily agree with his logic, but in light of his experiences, it is easy to see why he is the way he is. I enjoyed seeing him overcome his demons and reach out to Gwen.
Fiancé by Friday is the third book in Bybee’s Weekday Brides series, but I had no problem reading this book mid-series. The supporting characters in this book have been in the previous two. I can’t wait to catch-up with the rest of this series and read about Blake and Sam in Wife by Wednesday and Carter and Eliza in Married by Monday.
(I received a free uncorrected proof of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.)
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