by Noelle Adams
Trophy Husbands Series book #1
On a Wednesday afternoon, I ask Trevor Bentley to marry me. He might be the most arrogant, obnoxious man I know, but I need him to be my husband for a year.
As the eldest of three adult siblings, Melissa is used to taking on the role of carer. She is also a formidable businesswoman in her own right, and when her grandfather threatens both her job and the financial support of her sisters, Melissa falls in with his plans to get her married off. Except she’ll do it her way and propose to a man her grandfather detests; Trevor Bentley. Marketing guru, business competitor and subservient to no one, especially Melissa’s grandfather. Trevor agrees to the proposal when Melissa offers him a prized business deal.
Written from Melissa’s point of view, the story is largely told in a somewhat perfunctory manner, I assume to align with her matter-of-fact state of mind. There’s a place for everything, and everything in its place, including a part-time husband.
To her frustration, Trevor proves difficult to compartmentalise. I loved Trevor. He’s a mystery to Melissa but readers get to see his vulnerability and his genuine feelings for Melissa. His straightforward and honest approach sets Melissa on edge. She has no clue what to make of him at times. And she certainly did not sign up for romance, never mind that she’s wildly attracted to him.
Like with all marriages of convenience in a romance novel, they are remarkably inconvenient to begin with yet over time, these two slowly open up to each other and provide readers with a lovely romance that’s peppered with plenty of banter and humour.