A Deal with the Devil

A Deal with the Devil (Sweet Home Chicago #1)by Abby Matisse
Kindle EditionRead March 13, 2015

Original Release Date: July 26, 2012

Length: 226 pages

Official Description: (Book #1 in the Sweet Home Chicago series)

In this lighthearted romantic comedy, a practical, responsible Chicago career woman agrees to pose as the fiance of her ex in exchange for money.

A woman in trouble.
Amanda Wilson is in trouble and as usual, it has everything to do with her irresponsible brother. So, she heads to her best friend’s cabin in Lake Geneva for a weekend of solitude and soul-searching. But she didn’t count on the blizzard or the unexpected arrival of the man who broke her heart. The man she’s come to think of as the devil.

A man from her past.
Fresh out of the Navy SEALs, Jake Lowell is ready to start his own business using his trust fund as seed money. But his grandfather has other ideas and changed the terms, requiring Jake to marry before he gets access. Now he needs a plan. But first, he must head to Lake Geneva where his ex is vacationing, ignoring all the weather bulletins and her best friend’s calls, pleading with her to come home.

A deal that changes everything.
Getting stranded in Lake Geneva wasn’t part of Jake’s plan. Neither was his proposal. And he definitely hadn’t expected her to agree, but she did. Now they are forced to deal with unresolved feelings and the issues that tore them apart a year ago. Jake’s proposal seemed like the perfect solution for both of them but it soon becomes clear that their harmless little engagement deal is far more complicated than either could have imagined.

My Take: 

Ok I think I am about done with these fluffy ‘romantic’ books. They are all the same, they have this crazy notion of love. Not even love, it’s all about manipulation that ‘turns into love’. My goodness, I just couldn’t get into this book. It seems that I am having poor luck lately picking out a good book. This actually put me to sleep. Honestly, it isn’t written terribly, the writing is good, it is just the story. I don’t like the characters, I don’t think they had chemistry. I don’t like manipulation in a relationship. Even if you know what is going on. Overall, it just didn’t cut it for me. The average rating for this book on Goodreads is 3.54, which means that there are plenty of people who love it. If you enjoy the formulaic romantic books that are out there, you might like this. If you like the alpha male and stubborn female joining together to trick family members but then fall in love ‘for reals.’ Then you may like this, it’s just not for me.

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