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Happy Book Birthday & ARC #Review of The Magnate’s Mail-Order Bride (McNeill Magnates #1) by Joanne Rock w/a rafflecopter giveaway! @TastyBookTours @JoanneRock6

A mix-and-match mock engagement? 
THE MAGNATE’S MAIL-ORDER BRIDE
The McNeill Magnates #1
Joanne Rock
Releasing April 4th, 2017
Harlequin Desire


A mix-and-match mock engagement? Ballerina Sofia Koslov’s career is on the line when she’s accosted at the airport by a rich, reckless playboy who thinks she’s his mail-order bride! But the playboy’s levelheaded brother, Quinn McNeill, solves the media snafu with a switcheroo. He’ll pretend to be her legitimate fiancé to protect her reputation—and to protect his family’s business deals from her father’s wrath.

Sofia’s one condition: they’ll share the spotlight as a loving couple but won’t share a bed. But soon Quinn’s gentlemanly ways strike a chord, and Sofia’s dying to renege on that condition and have a real fling…


“I never would have guessed your brother would spend a small fortune on a ring for a woman he never met.” She edged out of his grip. “I thought he was a romantic, not completely certifiable.”

Quinn’s smile faded. “I assure you, Cameron is neither.” He set the ring on the steamer trunk beside her. “I’ll let you decide whether or not to wear it in the morning. And in the meantime, I’d better let you get some rest.”

He rose to his feet, leaving a priceless piece of jewelry balanced on last month’s Vogue.

“Quinn.” She stood to follow him to the door then reached back to grab the ring so she could return it. “Please. I don’t feel right keeping this here.”

He turned to face her as he reached the door, but made no move to take the glittering ring.

“If you were my bride-to-be, I would spare no expense to show the world you were mine.” His blue eyes glowed with a warmth that had her remembering his kiss. Her breath caught in her chest and she wondered what it might be like for him to call her that for real.

Mine.

“I’m—” At a total loss for words. “That is—” She folded the diamond into her hand, squeezing it tightly so the stones pressed into her soft skin, distracting her from her hypnotic awareness of this man. “If you insist.”

“It’s a matter of believability, Sofia.”

“It’s only for one month.” She wasn’t sure if she said it to remind him or herself.

“We’ll work out the details tomorrow.” He reached to smooth a strand of hair from her forehead, barely touching her and still sending shimmers of pleasure along her temple and all the way down the back of her neck. “Sleep well.”

She didn’t even manage to get her voice working before he was out the door again, leaving her alone in a suddenly too empty apartment.

Squeezing the ring tighter in her fist, she waited for the pinch of pain from the sharp edges of the stones. She needed to remember that this wasn’t real. Quinn McNeill had only agreed to this mad scheme to clean up his brother’s mess. Any hint of attraction she felt needed to be squashed immediately, especially since Quinn was cut from the same mold as her father—focused on business and the accumulation of wealth. Her world was about art, emotions and human connections.

Her mother had taught her that people did not fall into both camps. In Sofia’s experience it was true. And since she wanted her own relationships to be meaningful bonds rooted in shared creativity and ideals, she was willing to wait until she had more time in her life to find the right partner. Romance could not be rushed.

“It’s only for a month,” she said aloud again, forcing herself to set the engagement ring on the hallway table.

Surely she could keep up her end of a fake engagement for the sake of appearances? She’d made countless sacrifices for her career, from dancing on broken toes to living away from her family on the other side of the globe to train with Russian ballet masters.

Ignoring the sensual draw of Quinn McNeill couldn’t possibly be more difficult than those challenges.

Yet, even as she marched herself off to bed, she feared she was lying to herself that she could keep her hands off the man anywhere near as easily as she’d set down the ring.

 Ms. Rock…welcome back to Desire.  I’ve missed reading your alpha’s and the women that tame them.  Yes, I know that you have written other books and yes, I’ve read them but there is something about a Desire from you.  You just “get” the line.  You put a loveable but somewhat dimwit (when it comes to women) alpha and a very strong female together and you make magic.  Plus, you don’t put filler in your stories.  You get right to the point and then let the characters take over.  
Quinn just cracked me up from the beginning.  Trying to save face for Cam and then realizing that Sofia was truly the one that needed his skills.  I also liked that the arc with her dad isn’t over.  It isn’t resolved and I found that intriguing because I’ll get more of Quinn and Sofia in future books.  Quinn isn’t your typical Desire hero either.  He’s not a total douche that needs to be redeemed but he does need to realize what is more important to him and for that he needs Sofia.
I loved Sofia.  I must see pictures of her capes.  With fur.  Yes, fur.  I love fur and come on, she’s Ukrainian (like me) so it’s totally appropriate for her to wear.  Plus, she is a ballerina and she can totally pull the look off.  I really liked the scenes dealing with the ballet.  I’ve always loved the ballet and the end with the idiot choreographer.  *Growl*  I’m glad that she did what she did.  Too bad she told Quinn to NOT hit him.  I would have loved to have seen that.  
But truly this book is about two people that meet under the strangest circumstances and it somehow works.  They try to resist but in the end, the pull is just too great.  I loved watching them fall in love and then fight and then love again.  Again, Ms. Rock knows the line and doesn’t fill it up with a bunch of filler that you skip through.  This story is about a lonely ballerina that misses her mom and therefore her passion is life is gone and the man that reignites that passion in her.  I can not wait to read Ian and Cam’s stories.  

 



Four-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn’t like. The author of over seventy books enjoys writing a wide range of stories, most recently focusing on sexy contemporaries and small town family sagas. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance fits her life outlook perfectly–love is worth fighting for. A frequent speaker at regional and national writing conferences she enjoys giving back to the writing community that nurtured and inspired her early career.
She has a Masters degree in Literature from the University of Louisville but credits her fiction writing skills to her intensive study with friend and fellow author Catherine Mann. When she’s not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to see her
favorite sports teams play with her former sports editor husband and three athletic-minded sons.
 

 

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