A Millionaire at Midnight

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Netgalley/ Reviews 24th January 2017
A Millionaire at MidnightA Millionaire at Midnight by Naima Simone
Published by Entangled Publishing on February 13th 2017
Pages: 244
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four-stars

Boston socialite Morgan Lett is having a run of bad luck. Her fiancé just dumped her for her stepsister, the charity foundation she’s given her life to is in danger of folding, and now, the gorgeous man she bid on and won at a masquerade bachelor auction turns out to be a cold-hearted jerk…and her new employer.
Millionaire Alexander Bishop needs the best wife money can buy. In order to inherit his family business, he must get engaged—fast. And Morgan, with her beauty and pedigree, is the perfect candidate. Her sharp tongue may drive him crazy, but she needs money to save the foundation she loves, and he needs a fiancée. It’s a flawless arrangement—no strings, no love. But soon she has him craving more, and cursing the platonic terms of their agreement.
Still, he won’t allow need—no matter how hot it burns—to threaten everything he’s built.

Fresh off a heartbreak and on an anti-men tirade after her fiancé leaves her for her step-sister, the bachelor auction that has snared women their millionaires in Naima Simone’s world is about to work its own magic on Morgan Lett.

And as it typically goes, it always gets worse before it gets better, just like the screwed-up version of the fairy tale that’s given at the very start of the book. Morgan wins a man at an auction, but first impressions have dictated that he merely sees her as gold digger while he’s the most aloof, distant person she’d ever met…and to make matters worse, he’s her temporary boss too. A brashly-made decision forces them into a pretend-engagement which then, predictably, goes awry when attraction enters the picture.

I’m not always a fan of millionaire-type books—they do seem mostly removed from the reality of day to day life—but it’s near impossible to give up the chance to read whatever Simone writes. I cringed at the title, the crazy family drama and sometimes contrived, over-the-top sort of descriptions aside (especially when it comes to how hot or beautiful a character can be), yet the sharp emotions do jump off the page and Simone’s lead characters are multifaceted enough to get lost in for a few hours.

Generally though, “A Millionaire at Midnight” is quite a satisfying read, even with the usual, rocky road that the couple in question needs to walk before the climax, the customary grovel and the resulting HEA.

four-stars

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