There’s romantic comedy and then there is madcap, billionaires with family drama rom-com. He picked up the shards of the pencil his father caused him to destroy, and an absurd idea took hold. An evil-genius idea.
As much as that set up signals what is coming, it also doesn’t. Rom-com is not my usual cuppa, but Jenny Holiday’s The Engagement Game has a charming ability to nod at the clichés while violating them. The billionaire hero can be an alpha-hole, but it’s not his ‘go to’ state and he owns it when called on it. The free spirit heroine has a sharp mind, and unlike many ‘feisty’ heroines, is never nasty.
Throw in a well drawn mix of secondary characters and some super steamy moments that take their time arriving, and it is a thoroughly enjoyable escapist read.
The black sheep of the old-money Rosemanns, advertising executive Marcus has made his own way in the world—and done extremely well for himself—but his family is still pressuring him to join their investment firm and settle down with a quiet, unobjectionable girl.
Which is why the sexy Rose Verma is the perfect date for his family’s charity ball. A bleeding-heart lefty from the wrong side of the tracks, Rose has never met a stray dog she didn’t love or a polka-dotted mini-dress she couldn’t rock. Marcus has enough dirt on Rose to “convince” her to play along. And if he lets it slip that they’re engaged, all the better.
But all’s fair in love and blackmail, and Rose is ready to play a few cards of her own…
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