The Italian’s Deal For I Do by Jennifer Hayward #Review

The Italian’s Deal For I Do by Jennifer Hayward #ReviewThe Italian’s Deal For I Do by Jennifer Hayward

Series: #1 Society Weddings
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Published by Harlequin on March 17, 2015
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback
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three-half-stars  

It’s been a while since I read a book set against the fashion industry world so I was eager to try this new to me author and her sizzling hot fake mates scenario.

The story opens with rich, cold as ice CEO of a prestigious Italian Fashion Design House, Rocco Mondelli, mourning his grandfather’s death. Rocco’s grandfather reared him and his sister after his mother died and his father fell apart as a result. He took the family company and made something of it and now the grandfather he loved seems to have betrayed him with his shocking legal arrangements when it comes to the company and to a private matter, one ex- runway model, Olivia Fitzgerald who may or may not have been his grandfather’s mistress. Rocco’s emotions boil over until he devises a calculated plan to get what he wants- control of the company.

Olivia walked- no ran- from her previous life after the death of a friend, a shattered romance, and a messy breakdown. She disappeared entirely and has been working on her dreams of designing her own clothing line with the help of mentor Giovanni Mondelli, but now she looks to lose it all as Giovanni’s fierce grandson makes it clear what he believes about her. Then Rocco makes a shocking proposal. He will honor his grandfather’s promise to her and make her dreams possible if she will agree to be the face of her new fashion line and agree to be his fake fiancée’. They can’t stand each other so this is strictly business and she is terrified to re-enter the world she fled, but she can’t make it without agreeing to Rocco’s proposal. And that flame of attraction she feels and suspects he feels, too, will just have to stay under control.

I jumped in eagerly because of the setting and romance tropes. This was a quick read so it wasn’t deeply developed though I did enjoy it. The misunderstandings and heat coming off this pair lit up the pages and gave me a good passionate romance. There are no big surprises, but that too offered its own form of enjoyment. Like many stories this one’s barriers aren’t insurmountable: enemies to lovers, fight the attraction, bossy bachelor avoiding his feelings and relationships, and girl who has dreams, but who needs to beat her inner demons.

As I said, this was a light, engaging read with a sultry romance with an alpha Italian lover, vulnerable American gal, and an interesting backdrop. I would recommend it to Contemporary Romance fans who want something light and easy with some spice.

I received this book as a prize, but this does not affect my honest review.

 

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • I’ve noticed that Harlequin has put out several books this year dealing with the fashion industry. They’ve been interesting reads because I’ve not often seen this world used in romances too often. This one has been in my TBR pile for a few months now, I really do need to spend an afternoon reading it.

    • I’ve only read one other in the fashion industry setting, but I’ll have to check out the others. Thanks, Angela!

  • I mean… well…it sounds like it could have been a good read but the lack of plot twists and surprises makes me kind of nervous but then again you said you still enjoyed it despite of that BUT with that being said, that in no way means I’m not digging the whole “Italian” vibe. ;).

    • Haha! No, this is not exciting or intense. It’s more for if you’re in the mood for something predictable and cozy with a bit of Italian heat on the side.

  • I like reading 3-starer romances once in a while. It’s a great break from the heavy, thought provoking, intense stuff.

    • You got my point about this one precisely right, Braine.

  • Lindy Gomez

    I love a spicy fast-paced romance! This one sounds like it was a very light read. I enjoy reading stories set in the fashion industry. I’m not sure how I feel about the lack of surprises. I myself enjoy a good plot twist 🙂 Thanks for sharing your thoughts 🙂

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    • This is one that is definitely for that mood when you don’t want something too challenging. It was a refreshing setting for me since its not my usual thing.

  • sounds like a quick and enjoyable story. It can be refreshing to read these types of stories every once in a while.

  • This sounds like a fun quick read. Fast paced is always good.

    • Yes, it’s perfect when you just want a quick, light read.

  • I am not a fan of the fake fiancé or enemies to lovers trope, so I don’t think this is a book for me. But I am glad to hear you enjoyed this one and the fashion industry sounds like an original setting. I don’t think I’ve read any books with that setting so far. Great review!

    • Those are definitely tough tropes to pull off, for sure.

      Oh yes, the setting was very interesting to me as I know so little about it.

  • Oh I’m a sucker for those fake mates storylines. And Italian? Noms!

    {I totally thought this said Jennifer Haymore when I clicked. I think it *may* be time for bed lol}

  • This sounds fun, and I like these arrangement type tropes because nothing goes like they planned!