A lie turns to love in the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Taming of the Billionaire.
Billionaire Sebastian Cabral loves his family, he just doesn’t love their reality TV show, The Cabral Empire. So when his ex-girlfriend tries to rekindle their relationship on camera, Sebastian decides that drastic measures are in order.
By day, Chelsea Hall is a happy-go-lucky, rough and tumble roller derby skater. By night, she’s still living in fear of her past. Most of all, she just doesn’t want to be alone. And she really, really doesn’t want to date.
So when their mutual friends’ upcoming wedding turns Chelsea and Sebastian into fast friends, they realize they can solve both of their problems with one life-changing lie: a quick trip down the aisle.
But with one kiss, Chelsea and Sebastian suddenly realize that their pretend relationship is more real than either of them expected…
Apparently, I have a sweet tooth I didn’t know about because Sebastian totally won me over with his sweet beta ways.
Chelsea Hall is a part-time artisan soap maker by day and a roller derby superstar by night. She meets billionaire Sebastian Cabral when she was paired with him for her best friend’s upcoming wedding. For the first time in a long time Chelsea felt safe with Sebastian.
For his part, Sebastian just wants peace and quiet. He’s a very private person and reluctant to take part in his family’s reality show shenanigans. So he strikes up a marriage of convenience deal with Chelsea. What follows is a beautiful steamy-sweet romance that I really, really enjoyed.
I adored this story. Loved Chelsea, the heroine. She’s tough but vulnerable. She went through a very horrific ordeal that changed her life but she never let it define her. Her strength and agency were evident throughout this book. I liked how she slowly opened herself up to Sebastian on her own terms.
Sebastian was the perfect hero for Chelsea. He was so patient with Chelsea and her issues that I gave him a nickname: Sebastian “Blue Balls” Cabral. He’s protective, yes but never to a point of smothering her or making light of the trauma she experienced.
There’s plenty of humor to be found here. From Chelsea horrible nicknames to Sebastian’s awful similes, even Sebastian’s crazy family had me laughing and grinning. But what truly made this book for me was the roller derby. Oh my gosh, I loved how Jessica Clare wrote this part. From the players to their player names (Tail Her Swift, anyone?), the roller derby sub-culture came alive in this book. And absolutely loved it!
Overall, this book definitely hit the right spot for me. I would recommend this to readers who love sweet beta heroes, humor and of course, roller derby.