Leaving her small town behind, Bethany Casse moves to Chicago in search of a new life. Working at a top financial bank brings her into contact with two men who are as different as night and day.
Kent Plack, heir to Plack Industries, has no interest in being with a woman for longer than one night. A spoiled and lazy man-whore, he is completely content with his playboy lifestyle, and Beth is surprised when they form an unlikely friendship.
Brian Burcham, a finance banker, is gorgeous and respectful. A man plucked from Beth’s dreams, he is definite husband material. Unfortunately, Beth has a hard rule against dating coworkers, but Brian is determined to change her mind.
When a deadbeat mother and money problems follow her to Chicago, Beth is offered a solution that could fix everything. Marrying for money seems simple enough, but when lines become blurred, Beth faces difficult choices, making her realize that the easy way out just made her life even harder than before.
I found this book to be a cute story, not over dramatic yet leaving you to wonder when the two main characters will wake up and smell the roses, in other words realize that “Just Friends” crap is just that, crap. They were made for each other and I couldn’t even imagine them apart by midway through the book.
Bethany begins a new job at a bank as an underwriter. Within the first few hours she has been assigned a meeting to attend and meets the handsome Brian during lunch. Her meeting is with the Plack Industries head person and one of the loan officers at the bank. As if that wasn’t stressful enough, she is introduced to the lazy yet very handsome son Kent Plack who wants nothing to do with the business but seems interested in Bethany. Kent spends his time golfing, partying and chasing women, well actually they chase him. He has no desire to do anything with his prestigious college education and he seems to enjoy ticking off his father by living off his trust fund and having fun, but once you get to know the real Kent, it is hard to not love him.
She finds that her next assignment is going to take her back to her home town where she has skeletons she wants to hide, with none other than Kent. Why he volunteered to go with her to one of the Plack factories in her home town, the same small home town she was trying to escape, when he has no interest in the business left Bethany with only one conclusion. He must want to spend time with her. Nervous because she finds him attractive he sets the record straight right away, she isn’t his type. Confused and hurt but not willing to risk her pride she goes on the defensive with him. After some back and forth insulting they finally decide that they could be friends. Being comfortable in this friendship with Kent, she tells him what she is hiding and about the stack of bills that are growing higher every week. I was outraged when I found out what she was dealing with regarding her mom. I adored Bethany from the beginning because she knew early she was not meant to live the small town life of being barefoot and pregnant while her husband worked at one of the factories. She wanted more and she did it with the support of her cousin and grandma.
There appeared to be only one solution, marry Kent for his money, they keep each other out of trouble and they would remain “just friends”. She was working herself to death trying to pay off the debt; there was no way she could keep doing this for years. Brian though might cause a problem because he wants to have something with Bethany. Finally giving her a choice, go with Brian or stay and marry Kent, she is left to decide what she wants to do, but would
marrying Kent be just for the money? On her wedding day she picks the dress and flowers she least likes because she believes this doesn’t count as her real wedding. She is a wreck and the day does not go by in a blur, it drags out killing her slowly.
The communication between Bethany and Kent was just down right hilarious at times. He always knew what she needed and how to bring that smile to her face. She kept him grounded and helped him realize why his lack of ambition was more fear of disappointing people than just being lazy. They brought the best out in each other and it was killing me that they couldn’t see they are better than just friends. So when that moment came, realization hit them and the union was made, the angels were singing and I was screaming FINALLY.
Mia Kayla is a New Adult/Contemporary Romance writer who lives in Illinois.On the weekdays, she can be caught wearing a suit, commuting to her corporate job in downtown Chicago and raising three beautiful munchkins in the suburbs, four if you count the husband.
In her free time she loves reading romance novels, jamming to boy bands, catching up on celebrity gossip and designing flowers for weddings.
Most of the time, she can be caught on the train with her nose in a book sporting a cheeky grin because the main characters finally get their happily-ever-after at the end.
She loves reading about happy endings but has more fun writing them.
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