For Nick by Taylor Dean
Zachary Drake had love in his life--and tragically lost it. He knows it won't come his way again. Andie Parker would do anything for the love of her life.
Even marry a total stranger.
In spite of the unorthodox manner in which Zach and Andie come together, there is no denying that things are unexpectedly good between them, taking them both by surprise. However, when secrets come between them--and trust does not--Andie soon finds herself vowing to never make the same mistake again. But, she'd do it again in a heartbeat and she knows it. She'd marry a hundred strangers if it helped Nick.
She'd do anything for Nick . . . anything.
Man I really wasn't expecting to be so drawn in by For Nick. I wasn't expecting to be so emotional over the story. I was looking for just a light, easy read in between library books, but this was...I finished it yesterday and I still can't get over the story. The synopsis made me think it was just going to be one of those cheesy romances where two people are thrown together and pretend to be a couple for their own reasons, then fall in love. This story was so much more than that though. It was a pleasant surprise, even if it was a real downer in parts.
The story starts off with Zach needing to find a wife or he will lose his grandfathers company. His grandfather wasn't happy that he hadn't moved on from his first wife, who died in a tragic accident, so he made it a condition in his will. In order for Zach to run the company he has to be married for a year.
Andie has to be one of the kindest, nicest, most selfless people ever. She desperately needs money to help Nick, though you do not find out who Nick is until later in the book. She applies for what she thinks is an assistant position at Zach's company and right from the start it is amazing. Zach and Andie obviously are perfect for each other. Their first interactions are so fun! It makes me smile just thinking about them together.
Obviously Andie is not there to be an assistant. Zach proposes they get fake married for a year, just pretending they are married in public. He doesn't want any attachments, and after a year they walk away. The only hitch is they need to consummate the marriage once to make it official. When that happens would be up to Andie. She must initiate it. This almost is a deal breaker for Andie, but she need the money so bad she is able to convince herself it will be worth it.
Right from the start Andie and Zach are so cute. They are adorable. Silly, goofy, just fun to read. They just made me so happy. I know they pretty instantly got together, and Andie even says how she was never a believer in insta-love, but this was believable for me. This story was an example of when insta-love is okay. When I feel like it is real, not just insta-physical attraction called love. They are so goofy and I loved it. I am sitting here typing this review and I have the biggest, stupidest grin on my face just thinking about their alliterations and their silly day to day interactions. I loved them.
I was so caught up in the story I couldn't put the book down. Everything else was not as important as reading this book, but I didn't even realize how sucked into the story I was. About halfway through my husband came home from work and I was just like shoot...I should have dinner ready by now. I didn't realize it was so late. I also was in a funk all through dinner as I was so distraught for Andie. I had to put the book aside right after Zach finds her completely shut down. Right after she decides she cannot try anymore. Zach had mistakenly thought she was actually a horrible person, and he shut her out completely on the day she was her happiest she has been in a long time. She kept trying to get through to him and tell him what is happening, how much she loves him, but he just avoids her and completely shuts her out. After the final straw she just shuts down. It was so sad and I was so upset by all of it. I couldn't shake my melancholy throughout dinner and couldn't wait to get back to the book.
Things to turn around some, but man that moment when she is just completely shut down was the hardest for me. There are some other sad moments, but they couldn't top how lost and devastated I was for Andie at that moment. Of course Zach learns the truth. He learns how horrible he has been to Andie for no reason. He learns everything, and then he is all in once again. He has to try and redeem himself, and for some reason the whole last part of the book was not as good as the first parts. It was still amazing, just not as emotional as the first parts for me. I don't really know why. Maybe the breakdown in the middle just did me in and I wasn't able to deal with any more pain and suffering.
The very end though, the last chapter...Zach trying to find things and use the phone and drive...man that was hilarious. I actually laughed out loud, something I don't normally do. It brought it right back around to the ridiculous, silly, goofy story that it started out as. So even though it was rough through the middle of the book, it ended on a happy high. I can't say enough good things about this book. It really took me on a roller coaster ride of emotions. I can't wait to read another of the authors works. Hopefully it will be just as good.