Saturday, May 11, 2013

ARC - Merger to Marriage

Merger to Marriage
by: Addison Fox

Preorder on Amazon (Available 5/13)

Rating: 4/5 Stars


One night of passion…

Mayson McBride has spent the last decade restoring her family’s magazine empire with her two sisters. She loves what she does, but she can’t shake the feeling something’s missing. Which is why she jumps at the chance–incognito–for a single night of no-strings-attached sex with Holt Turner.

A once in a lifetime connection…

Holt’s been unable to forget the woman he shared one night of explosive passion, and he’s thrilled to get reacquainted with her at a weekend house party. What he doesn’t expect are the immediate feelings of need and desire–emotions he keeps firmly in check–upon their reunion.

A forever commitment…

When Mayson and Holt’s single night together leads to unexpected consequences, both must decide what matters most. Especially when a threat from Holt’s past promises to ruin their relationship before it’s barely begun.
Books like this are totally my dirty little pleasure.  I love negotiated relationships that turn into more.  Yes, it's cliche, but there's a reason for cliches.  They work!  I love the comfortable story line, with the added twists and turns.
Mayson and Holt are a cute, and terrified couple.  One of my favourite aspects of this book is the family.  Mayson and her sisters have such a great connection, and I could really see the dedication and love in their work for the family business.  Although this story had twists and turns with the bad apple in Holt's family, it didn't focus on how family can work you over.  It focused on the importance of family, and the love they can share.  I found this both endearing and inspirational.  I loved the fact that the best advice that Mayson received was from the most unexpected place, restoring her faith in someone that she had long resented - such a breathtaking moment!
Why not a five star?  There were a couple things that I wish were further elaborated in the story, that if explored, would have easily made this book a five star.  I'm afraid of adding spoilers (which I hate to do) so please pardon my vagueness.  I feel that Holt's history with his mother as well as his path to redemption could have been further elaborated.  Mayson was so well developed, but Holt fell a little flat for me.  This further exploration into his past as well as the consequences of his mother's action would have fleshed him out much better, making him easier to relate to as a character. 
I also feel that the epilogue should have been perhaps placed a bit further in the future than it was, creating more closure to the story.  The incident with Holt's mother still feeled left open to me, so an epilogue made further into the future would have been able to resolve her actions more fully.
Still, this was a fun story, and worth picking up for the few dollars that it is on preorder.  Check it out folks!
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