Review: The Billionaire’s Fake Fiancee by Annika Martin

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A new Annika Martin book is a cause for celebration in my life, especially this year when so many things are just going wrong. The Billionaire’s Fake Fiancee is another laugh-out-loud but super sexy book. But… just to get it all out there… it takes place on a massive yacht. A yacht filled with rich people. A yacht in a world where there is no coronavirus. So, I must admit it felt slightly odd to read a book set on a ship when in real world 2020, being on a big boat is not a cause for fun.

That being said, I had a blast reading this book! Total blast. I adore Tabitha. She is a business savvy hairstylist who takes her job seriously. Unfortunately, she is suffering from a repetitive stress injury and has to take a few weeks off. And that doesn’t bode well for her rent. Then, out of nowhere (kind of), a new opportunity lands in her lap.

Tabitha has been asked to be the fake fiancee of Rex O’Rourke, a very wealthy man involved in the stock market. It’s basically his life. But unfortunately he’s also a jerk to women and it has given him a bit of a bad reputation. When his assistant leaks the fact that Rex is engaged, he is annoyed but willing to go along with it to win a big account. And that’s when things get interesting but also made me mad on Tabitha’s behalf.

Readers, anytime you see a list of a woman’s attributes being written down in a book or movie, know that it is a bad sign! Unfortunately Rex makes that mistake and when Tabitha discovers the truth, well she is not going to hold out on her anger and hurt.

Now, Rex is a bit of a jerk. Basically he’s similar to a lot of Annika Martin’s heroes but gosh did I love him. I loved seeing him fall for Tabitha, trying to win her back with grand gestures that were very out of character for him. He is definitely work focused but on the mega yacht, he becomes more and more Tabitha focused.

And Tabitha… I think she may be my favorite character of Annika Martin’s yet! Tabitha is into soap operas, she has a pet hamster, she is cheerful and fun and beneath her sunshine facade, she has an equally amazing business acumen that goes toe to toe with Rex (just, different careers). I really liked these two being pitted together because Rex quickly saw just how wrong he was about Tabitha, while Tabitha was winning people over on the yacht left and right just by being herself.

There is some lying involved which really bothers Tabitha. She tries not to get close to the yacht’s owner, Gail, because she has so much respect for all that Gail has accomplished in the business world. And then there is the mystery of the guests and what may be going on with Gail’s newly discovered family member.

This book just made me smile and laugh and feel cheerful for the first time in awhile. I love Annika Martin’s writing style, her characters, and the fact that even though Rex is a grumpy jerk initially, he sets out to prove that he can be the right person for Tabitha. And Tabitha, she just shines all on her own.

The Billionaire’s Fake Fiancee is stellar contemporary romance from an author who has jumped to the top of my favorite author’s list.


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I’m no Prince Charming, and the last thing I want is a Cinderella.

My instructions were simple: scour the city for a fake fiancée who’s not my type at all. Have her on my jet Monday morning, dressed appropriately for a yacht vacation.

I need a woman believable enough to convince a certain client that I’ve changed my playboy ways…yet nothing like the supermodels and socialites I usually have on my arm.

Somebody too annoying to tempt me—no emotional entanglements, thank you very much. This is business only.

If she’s unfazed by my looks and wealth, all the better.

Should be easy. Right?

Apparently not, because my people go and hire Tabitha. My hairdresser.

What were they thinking? Yes, I said annoying, but I didn’t mean her, the most frustrating woman in the world.

Tabitha is sunshiny. She has a pet hamster. She loves Hello Kitty, and she gets under my skin like nobody else.

As if that’s not bad enough, the minute we step on deck, she thinks that certain people on the yacht are up to something shady—based completely on her soap opera knowledge.

She won’t listen when I tell her she’s being ridiculous.

But as the days go by, I find that we’re actually having fun. And our fake kisses are heating up. And suddenly her wild theories aren’t sounding so strange after all…

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Meet Annika:

Annika Martin loves fun, dirty stories, hot heroes, and wild, dramatic everything. She enjoys hanging out in Minneapolis coffee shops with her writer husband, and also likes birdwatching at her bird feeder alongside her two stunningly photogenic cats, especially when she should be writing. She’s heavy into running, music, saving the planet, taking long baths, and consuming chocolate suckers. She’s worked a surprisingly large number of waitressing jobs, and has also worked in a plastics factory and the advertising trenches; her garden is total bee-friendly madness and her most unfavorite word is nosh or possibly fob. A NYT bestselling author, she has also written as RITA award-winning author Carolyn Crane.

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