Their marriage was supposed to be all business….
When struggling novelist Chris Valentine meets Jesse Donovan, he’s interested in a book contract, or possibly a date. The last thing Chris expects is a marriage proposal from New York City’s most eligible bachelor!
Jesse’s in a pinch: to keep control of his company, he has to marry. So he has valid reasons for offering Chris this business deal. In exchange for living in a gorgeous mansion for a year, playing the doting husband, Chris gets all the writing time he wants and walks away with a million dollar payoff. Surely Chris can handle that. He can handle living with the most handsome and endearing man he’s ever met, a man he immediately knows he wants in the worst way and can’t have. Or can he?
First Comes Marriage by Shira Anthony is a sweet, if predictable book. Business mogul Jesse and author Chris marry as a condition of Jesse inheriting the family business, in exchange Jesse offers Chris one million dollars. It was supposed to be a business relationship. One year of Chris’s life for one million dollars. Simple, right? Not when emotions get mixed in.
Anthony’s plot played out almost exactly as I would have predicted it would. What kept me turning the pages, however, was the author’s characters. Their personalities shined through the words. The relationship they formed felt natural, despite the speed in which their attraction developed. If anything, the conflicts seemed unnecessary and contrived. I’ve always struggled with books that could have been resolved with better, more honest communication between the characters.
Overall, First Comes Marriage was a sweet, lighthearted book about two men from different social classes bringing out the best in each other. I would definitely read another by Shira Anthony.