on February 13, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Series: Bachelor Auction #4
Published by Entangled Publishing
Copy for review provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Boston socialite Morgan Lett is having a run of bad luck. Her fiancé just dumped her for her stepsister, the charity foundation she’s given her life to is in danger of folding, and now, the gorgeous man she bid on and won at a masquerade bachelor auction turns out to be a cold-hearted jerk…and her new employer.
Millionaire Alexander Bishop needs the best wife money can buy. In order to inherit his family business, he must get engaged—fast. And Morgan, with her beauty and pedigree, is the perfect candidate. Her sharp tongue may drive him crazy, but she needs money to save the foundation she loves, and he needs a fiancée. It’s a flawless arrangement—no strings, no love. But soon she has him craving more, and cursing the platonic terms of their agreement.
Still, he won’t allow need—no matter how hot it burns—to threaten everything he’s built.
A Millionaire at Midnight is the fourth book in the Bachelor Auctions series by Naima Simone. Combining some familiar tropes (such as enemies to lovers, best friend’s sibling, etc.) with super sexy and engaging romances, they’ve all been great reads. But I have to admit that this one is my favourite.
Morgan Lett and Alexander Bishop’s first encounter sets up a clash of strong personalities when Alex overhears Morgan saying that she’s on the hunt for a rich man who can put out in the sack. Thinking she’s just another gold digger when Morgan bids and wins a date with him that night at a bachelor auction he’s.. well.. not pleased. Then to top off his bad karma, she turns out to be the executive assistant at a company he’s just acquired – meaning she’s now his new employee.
Morgan can’t believe that the man who overheard her blowing off a couple of gossips and refused to accept an explanation is the same man who is now her bachelor auction date – and her new boss! She’s determined to keep her job, though, despite their mutual antagonism. When she overhears that Alex needs a fiancee to cement a position with his family company, she suggests a deal – she needs money to help save a charity close to her heart and for that, she’ll happily pretend to be his loving fiancee. With no other options in sight, Alex reluctantly agrees. But the sparks that fly between them on the surface are just a prelude to the fiery passion that gets unleashed as their pretense heats up. Both Alex and Morgan have been hurt in relationships in the past – can they trust that what they are discovering between them is the real thing?
I loved this story, from its firecracker start to the sweet epilogue. Morgan’s protective shell over her heart still has some cracks in it after her fiance left her for her stepsister (ouch!) but she covers with a sassy personality and a strong and confident demeanor. She and Alex have some terrific banter as they jockey for the upper hand in their relationship. Morgan’s got some soft spots, though, and while Alex could use those to his advantage, he quickly realizes that he is more interested in protecting Morgan than hurting her.
Alex comes across as a man with a lot of responsibility on his plate, a hard working executive who tries to turn companies around with the least amount of employee loss as possible. He’s a wealthy man but he’s got a conscience and a heart. He has a half-sister, Kim, whom his father doesn’t acknowledge but whom he takes his brotherly duties towards seriously. Divorced from an unfaithful wife, he’s not interested in commitment so a pretend relationship with Morgan might come with some perks, but he’s not going to let it go too far.
Morgan and Alex together sizzle. There are lots of laugh out loud moments and their love scenes are super steamy. As they open up to each other, their heart to heart conversations reveal two people who have more in common than they expected. Both Morgan and Alex’s families play key roles in the story, and as in life, not everything is as black and white as it seems at the start. There are some bumps in the road along the way, but the happy ending they get will leave you with a smile on your face. With an interesting and engaging plot and a fiery well-matched couple, this one is definitely going on the keeper shelf!