Author: Magan Vernon
Genre: Contemporary romance
Released: 19 February 2018
Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC (Embrace)
Series: Murphy Brothers #1
I need a wife if I want to help save my family’s billion-dollar pub empire. There’s just one problem: I never plan on marrying. So, I need someone who understands that this is just another business deal. I don’t do commitments. And my brother’s executive assistant, Fallon Smith, fits that bill.
Fallon needs help with her grandmother’s expenses, and her pretending to be my fake wife is a way we can make that happen. She’s not my biggest fan, but we can help each other and then go our separate ways. That she’s beautiful and I enjoy spending time with her–doesn’t matter. When all of this is done, she’s heading home to America, and I’ve got a company to run.
A fake wedding and a whole lot of whiskey. What could go wrong?
An Irish playboy and a quiet American girl decide upon a marriage of convenience - the terms are simple, so what could possibly go wrong?
Connor Murphy, the middle of the three Murphy brothers each set to inherit a third of their father's distillery and pub franchise business, is shocked and annoyed to learn that he and his brothers can only inherit if they marry within the next year. Trouble is, marriage has never really been on the cards for any of them, and none even so much as have a girlfriend. During this return stay in Dublin, Connor also finally meet's his older brother Jack's assistant, Fallon, whom he's had countless email and phone conversations with since she was hired six months ago. And just like that, an idea begins to form - Fallon and Connor get married in order for him to secure his piece of the company, and she walks away after the divorce with a settlement large enough to support her and her grandma back in America. They both like each other and it's easy to convince everyone that they are in a relationship, but soon legitimate feelings are forming, and neither want to face this relationship's use-by date.
Honestly, this book had me at swoon-worthy Irish guys. Throw in a marriage of convenience relationship and I didn't put this book down until 7am (granted, I stupidly started reading at 2am, but it's a good book so no regrets!).
Marriage of convenience stories are usually pretty obviously going to end up with the couple staying together, but following the journey of Connor and Fallon's relationship was the best part, seeing their feelings grow and them being okay with parting ways at the end despite how they inevitably feel. There was of course of few twists and turns along that way that you didn't really see coming until they were there, so it was definitely a fun read.
I really liked the character of Connor - he's swoon-worthy and funny and I really liked the dynamic between him and his brothers, and well as between him and Fallon. He's a character whom I loved to read from his perspective - having read a lot of books with male perspectives, he's definitely one of my favourites.
From the glimpse we got to see of Connor's brothers, I'm excited to see where Magan has taken their stories, and what we'll get to see of Connor and Fallon throughout the next two books. Magan has a really great writing style that's just really fun and easy to read, so bring on more Irish-ness in the next two Murphy Brothers books!
Contemporary fans, if you're looking to get lost in Dublin, this is the book for you! You'll be wishing you had an Irish guy to get fake married to and fall in love with. (BRB, I'm off to Ireland!)