I really enjoyed this romance. The comedy appealed to me and I laughed along the way. Caitlin had escaped a difficult marriage and she was blaming herself and reluctant to enter a new relationship. Enter Taylor who is too damn busy to have a relationship but had a grandma that was determined to see him marry. Beauregard an enormous dog is what teams them together as an engaged couple on a family weekend. What a crazy fun weekend with a wonderful family and Taylor who for the first time is off work and rediscovering his playful self. All the while Caitlin is loving the family fun and is dithering over her attraction to Taylor. Everyone in this story was likable. No great angst, just a gorgeous couple working through the process of looking forward. It’s a great little read.
Three Day Fiancee is a wonderfully light romantic comedy. I read this book as a bit of a refresher after finishing a few quite intense stories. It was ideally suited to this role. It is an engaging story with many funny and romantic moments, perfect for relaxation.
Marissa Clarke is a new to me author, but I enjoyed her writing so much I have already purchased Dear Jane (Animal Attraction #1) and Sleeping with the Boss (Andersons #1). I’m always looking for authors whose writing style I find both engrossing and relaxing. Through my work and study, I read a lot heavy, technical literature, and this combined with my love of intensely emotional fiction means that I’m always on the lookout for authors I can use to refresh and rest while still thoroughly enjoying what I’m reading. Marissa Clarke is shaping up to be a regular feature on my bookshelf.
Marissa’s writing flowed well, and the transitions between the points of view of Caitlyn and Taylor were smooth and at logical junctures. I can already tell this author has a sense of humour I appreciate. I’ve really come to enjoy the fake fiancee trope, when handled with humour, it presents so many opportunities for fun and often cringe-worthy situations. This book is a perfect representation of this with the shenanigans involving Taylor’s family being a highlight of the story. I loved how all characters were really well developed, and it was easy to form connections with them. Obviously, Jane’s story has already been told, and I need to play catch up with that one, but I’m really looking forward to Fiona’s book, which I’m assuming will be the next in the series. She is such a shy wallflower, it will be lovely to watch her bloom.
I’d recommend Marissa Clarke’s Three Day Fiancee to anyone who enjoys a good romantic comedy heavy on both the romance and the comedy.
* A free copy was provided by the publisher. This review is unbiased and all thoughts and opinions are my own
Taylor Blankenship is a desperate man and needs Caitlin Ramos's help. Luckily, she gives him the perfect opportunity to convince her to be his fake fiancée when his grandmother discovers a certain ring in her possession. Will Taylor be able to convince Caitlin to give him a real chance, or is their fake relationship all they'll have?
Having absolutely loved the first book of this series, I couldn't wait to read more about the women of Animal Attraction and I've got to say that Ms. Clarke does not disappoint. Right from the beginning, this story was very entertaining due to what the hero wants the heroine to do and how he convinces the heroine to be his fake fiancée. How could he disappoint his grandmother when she wants him to find love and happiness?
As for the dialogue, it was a wonderful combination of intense moments due to the main characters back stories and playful banter that had me loving the tight bond the hero shares with his family and the powerful chemistry between the hero and heroine. Really, they're so good together. Moreover, the heroine was strong and brave for giving the hero a chance, even though she's not interested in a relationship after what happened with her ex. I also liked how she fit in with the hero's family and that they were so warm and welcoming because they realize Caitlin is the real deal for Taylor, even if he doesn't realize it until it's almost too late. While the hero, I loved him so much, especially when he's around his family who are a lot of fun and aren't afraid to get a little competitive with each other. I also liked how confident the hero was and how determined he is to win the heroine over, especially in the beginning because he needs her.
Overall, Ms. Clarke has delivered a charming and absolutely riveting read in this second book of her Animal Attraction series where the chemistry between Taylor and Caitlin was intense; the romance delightful because these two don't want a relationship, and yet, they find themselves falling for each other; and the ending had me loving how determined the secondary characters were to see Taylor and Caitlin get their happy ever after. However, it was the words Taylor says to Caitlin to prove he wants a forever relationship with her that I loved the most. Then there's the epilogue that wrapped this story up perfectly because Taylor's family are wonderful and I loved that he would ask such an important question in front of them all. I would recommend Three Day Fiancee by Marissa Clarke, if you enjoy the fake relationship trope or books by authors Melanie Shawn, Melia Alexander, Tawna Fenske and Erin Nicholas.