The Marriage Bargain (Billionaire Games #1) by Sandra Edwards
The Marriage Bargain (Billionaire Games Book 1)
Camille Chandler is a tabloid journalist whose career is right on track--until her boss sees a curious ad in the L.A. Trades.
Wanted: Single actress for an extended gig abroad.
France's mega-rich playboy Julian de Laurent is up to something and Camille's boss expects her to find out what. Who knew the eccentric gazillionaire was looking to hire a temporary wife?
When Camille refuses to accept Julian's proposal--and secretly write a juicy tell-all about the de Laurent family--she's fired and left financially destitute, forcing her to entertain Julian's proposal for real.
But what'll happen at the end of the contract period, after Camille has spent six months as the wife of a man she learns is capable of stealing her heart?
I picked up The Marriage Bargain to read because I wanted something light and fun and maybe a little cheesy to read. This was light for sure, but it was a bit too annoying at times, everything was way too quick, it just didn't work overall for me. Not even for a cheesy read.
Julian is a super rich French man in the states looking for an actress to play his wife for six months. His father wants him to marry this girl, Madeline, but he doesn't want to. Apparently the only way to not marry her is to marry someone else. The thing is they would really get married and the girl would act like his wife for six months and then they would divorce. He won't have to marry Madeline, and the girl will go away with $5 Million. Win win win.
Camille works for a tabloid in LA. She gets sent on assignment to see what Julian wants. As soon as Julian sees her he knows she is the one. He is attracted to her and wants her to play his wife. Camille originally refuses as she doesn't like to be deceitful, she won't marry him to gather dirt on him to write a story about him. When she tells her boss this she gets fired. So lo and behold she rethinks Julians proposition and agrees to marry him. As long as they marry right away in Vegas before they head over to France to meet the family.
Of course they both are super attracted to each other with means they are falling in love. Julian warns Camille that Madeline will not be happy that Camille is marrying him, that she might make stuff up and try and run her off, but she shouldn't listen to her. He is trying to protect Camille and he knows Madeline and his father will try to get rid of her. *slight spoiler ahead* So what does Madeline do as soon as they meet? Tell Camille how she might marry Julian, but she will be his mistress. And Camille believes her! She believes that Julian will be sleeping with Madeline while he is married to her. Why? I am not sure. It is obvious this is one of those things Julian warned her about, and why would he marry her if he is just going to be with Madeline? Why wouldn't he just marry Madeline and then divorce her when he gets tired of her or something if that is what he wanted? It made no sense. Things like that throughout the story just bugged me. So then Camille was a bit standoffish with Julian and when she catches Madeline in Julian's bed on their wedding day (while Julian was in the shower) she just believes everything Madeline says. It was just like come on. At least trust Julian to be more discreet if he were going to do something like that. It was just ridiculous and not in a way I like. Then when Julian finds out what Madeline has been saying and tells Camille oh don't be ridiculous, Madeline is just making that up to try and run you off Camille is just like oh! Of course. How silly of me. You are right. Okay so you have this whole drama llama deal with Madeline that just goes on and on and then is resolved in two sentences? Okay. Great.
Really the story overall didn't work for me. Everything happened so quickly. Julian and Camille apparently fall in love, and by fall in love I mean they are super attracted to each other and like having the sexy time. They really make this fake marriage work! Yey them. Only not really. All of the stupid drama was just annoying. There is drama thrown in at the end when Julian finds out what Camille does for a living, or did, but Camille refuses to explain anything, refuses to actually speak at all, so he has to assume that what he finds out is true. It was just stupid! It was like Camille why don't you just tell him what happened? Why do you refuse to say anything when he asks you? Why? You make no sense! There wouldn't be this drama if you just opened your mouth and spoke to Julian, but you don't cause you are an idiot. Frustrating and definitely not the book for me.
Rating: ★ ★