Million Dollar Marriage by Katy Evans
Release Date: July 23, 2019
Million Dollar Marriage, an all-new standalone contemporary romance by Katy Evans.
If someone had bet Nell a million dollars that she would be saying “I do” to a complete stranger on national television, she’d have called them crazy, but with her crushing student loan payments sending her deep into the red, she’s out of options. This should be nothing more than a business transaction—until she sets eyes on her groom, and everything changes.
The game is on the instant Luke spots Penelope “Nell” Carpenter. He’s out for the money, yes, but getting a little dirty with Nell doesn’t sound too bad either. Everyone knows he’s not the marrying kind, so it’s a good thing it’s just for show. God knows he’s the worst guy his pretty wife should pick for real.
They have nothing in common, but if they want the grand prize, they’ll have to beat out eight other couples. Proving that total opposites attract should be easy enough…as long as they don’t fall in love in the process.
5 out of 5 ‘Fake it ’til you make it’ Stars
I always love reading Katy Evans because she is just so darn consistent. When I’m feeling out of sorts I pick up her books to get me back where I want to be….I like the consistency. I like that boy meets girl and falls for her and sees no one but her and pursues her until they both combust and there’s no cheating, no doubting, a little bit of drama (of course) and then happily ever after. I am a total sucker for her style.
Now with that being said the only thing I truly wasn’t a fan of in this story was the female main character, Penelope. Well, she preferred to be called “Nell.” First of all, if you have a kicka$$ name like Penelope why on earth would you want to be called Nell?!?!?!?! Nell!! I just don’t get it. Nell. Pffttt!! Ok ok, I’m over it now. A little. Ok, I’m not but I’m moving on. And I liked that Penelope was nerdy and stayed true to herself and stood up for what she believed in- no matter how ridiculous. But I wasn’t in love with her. I honestly didn’t see what was so awesome about her that made the leading man, Luke, go head over heels for her. But whatever I still enjoyed the story even though I wasn’t a huge fan of Penelope (I refuse to refer to her as “Nell”).
Luke, on the other hand, was totally amazing. He grew up with a difficult childhood followed by an even worse young adulthood. Made a lot of bad choices and managed to pull himself out the other end (with a little help from his grandfather). But even still, he was mostly super positive and upbeat even when the going got tough. He was social and friendly, even when Penelope was being a total jerk. And even though he was the one that was painted in the worse light (due to his past) he seemed a better person than Penelope. I almost felt like he was too good for her in some ways. But towards the end, Penelope started to get her shit together and rethink her ways and she changed some.
The ending was a touch predictable but as I said….I’m totally a sucker for the way Katy Evans delivers her stories. And this is the second in Million Dollar series but you do not have to read the first in order to enjoy this book. I didn’t and there was no difficulty following the story. A total standalone. Luke alone made this story so worthwhile.
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I’m going to lose my lunch.
It’s the live finale the entire country has been waiting for. The arena is packed to the gills with reporters, cameras pointed at us. Flashbulbs go off, and my future seems to flash through my eyes with them.
Everything depends on what will happen in the next hour. We could give our answer in a split second, but not now. I know the announcer will drag things out to the point of sheer madness. Recaps of poignant moments from the season, interviews with contestants, performances by “special celebrity guests” who are also fans of the show.
It’s all meant to build up to the moment of truth. Every one of the people in this arena, every one of the thirteen million people watching at home—they’re all waiting on the edge of their seats with the same question.
Will they . . . or won’t they?
I wish to god we could just give our answer and be done.
He’s so close, but he might as well be a million miles away. Our fingers entwined, he waves at the crowd cheering our names. His hand isn’t the least bit clammy. I manage a peek at him, his chiseled features, his relaxed smile, and my throat catches.
No wonder the world is in love with him. No wonder he’s been the fan favorite since week one.
This is it. The end. Or . . .
I look over at him and say, “Luke . . . I’m not . . .”
He shakes his head almost imperceptibly. “It’s okay,” he murmurs, his fingers stroking my palm. “Breathe, Penny. Just breathe.”
So I do. But air is not the only thing I need to make me okay right now.
We’ve been through so much, more than most couples will go through in entire lifetimes.
And now we’re about to make the decision that will shape our future.
To think, seven months ago, I didn’t even know Luke Cross. Three months ago, I despised him. But somewhere along the line, things changed.
Somewhere along this crazy little adventure we’ve been having, played out on television for the entire world to see, I did what I told myself I’d never do.
I don’t even know how it happened, but as I look back, it seems so inevitable. Like I couldn’t have stopped it, even if I’d tried.
But just because it was meant to happen doesn’t mean it will last forever . . .
Katy Evans is a New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Her debut REAL shot to the top of the bestselling lists in 2013 and since then 9 of her titles have been New York Times bestsellers. Her books have been translated into nearly a dozen languages across the world.
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