Sunday, 17 April 2016

The Wedding Agreement (Strictly Business #3) by Elizabeth Hayley

Released: May 3rd 2016.


The author of Just Say Yes is back with another sweet and sultry Strictly Business novel about working hard and falling harder into an unexpected romance...

Love doesn’t always follow the same schedule...

Alex Walker doesn’t need a woman in his life. In fact, he doesn’t have time for one. Between his career in the FBI and the demands of being good father, romance is an unwanted distraction.

Likewise, Cassidy Mullen is fine on her own. The independent career woman has never had a husband in her plans—forget about kids. But when her friend Alex gets into a bind with his ex over their daughter, Cass finds herself suddenly playing the part of Alex’s stable, child-loving fiancée—and liking it a lot more than she’d care to admit.

Soon Alex and Cass can’t deny the real passion growing between them. But as fake affection turns into real love, Cass and Alex will have to make a choice: say “I Do” to their feelings or give up on happily-ever-after for good...

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Kristine's Review:
Reviewed: April 2016.

Cassidy Mullen has a great life, she has a job she loves most days and is exceptional at, wonderful friends, a loving family and a casual but mutually beneficial relationship with sexy FBI agent and friend Alex Walker, life for Cass is exactly how she wants it, uncomplicated. On the surface Alex's life is pretty spectacular, he's got good friends, a job he loves as an FBI agent, a daughter her adores, an ex wife who stays largely out of his way, and a casual hook up partner in Cass, she's feisty, confident, and sexy as hell and only wants friendship and the occasional hook up when it suits them both, it's the perfect relationship for relationship shy Alex, one failed marriage is enough under his belt, his career is unpredictable, settling down again isn't in the cards.

When Alex's ex wife Tessa announces that she'll be travelling over the holidays with her husband for work without their daughter, Alex thinks he has the chance to spend weeks with his daughter Nina, instead Tessa has plans to send her to her grandparents as Alex's schedule is too unpredictable to factor in the care of their young daughter, despite Alex's claims that he can take care of his daughter, Tessa is proven correct once again when his work interferes and Cass is caught child minding. Cass, in her haste to protect Alex, introduces herself as his fiancée, without thinking of the possible consequences, in a split second Cass is no longer a card carrying member of the single and happy about it league, instead for all intents and purposes Cass is now madly in love, planning a wedding and getting to know her future step daughter Nina, while Alex is just trying to catch up, while ensuring to the outside world, especially to Tessa that he can't wait to tie the knot.

The Wedding Agreement is equal parts laugh out loud funny, deliciously sexy and heart warmingly tender, the struggles that both Cass and Alex face are both raw and touching, their epiphany's throughout made me grasp my chest as I feel their uncertainty, their fear, their triumph wash over me. From the self destructive belief that one failed marriage was a sign that he would never be able to make marriage work again, to the belief that it's all or nothing when it comes to having a career or a family, that in order to have one, you would have to sacrifice the other, that one would choose motherhood and a family of their own volition, that you were saddled with it and would ultimately resent it in the years that followed. There's a childlike wonder to their budding connection, the deeper they fall, and the more they become intrinsically entwined in each others lives the more real the game they're playing becomes, pretending the chemistry that draws them to one another is no match for what is building between them.

The look that passed between them was the realest and rawest moment they had in almost two months.

The Wedding Agreement ticked all the boxes for my perfect light hearted read, friends with benefits...check, snarky humour and witty dialogue .... check, characters that you can feel through the page.... check, a story that pulls you in from the very first page...check....Elizabeth Hayley have hit their stride, giving the reader a story that they truly want to read, want to devour, want to lose themselves in, every moment here had me glued to the page, their characters make you feel something, make you cheer for them, make you swoon and smile and pump your first in the air, make you want to draw them into your arms and console them, it's a testament to their talent, that almost a week after finishing Cass and Alex's story I'm still smiling, still reminiscing, still desperate for more of the Strictly Business band of friends.


About Elizabeth Hayley:

Elizabeth Hayley is actually "Elizabeth" and "Hayley," two friends who love reading romance novels to obsessive levels. This mutual love prompted them to put their English degrees to good use by penning their own. The product is Pieces of Perfect, their debut novel. They learned a ton about one another through the process, like how they clearly share a brain and have a persistent need to text each other constantly (much to their husbands' chagrin).

They live with their husbands and kids in a suburb of Philadelphia. Thankfully, their children are still too young to read.

Elizabeth Hayley's writing motto is best captured by the words of Patrick Dennis: "I always start with a clean piece of paper and a dirty mind."

Visit Elizabeth Hayley's Website

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