Motorcycle racer Teo Alexiou is challenged by his grandmother to come to her birthday party with a real girlfriend. He has plenty of party girls, and he fears getting roped into marriage so he hires an actress to play the part.
The last thing Amy Suzuki wants is to be a kept woman, but her student loans are piling up and acting gigs are nonexistent. She agrees to Teo’s proposal for one summer, limited to public displays of affection.
When Teo and Amy find themselves caught in love’s grip, their new desires war with their fears. Teo wants to renegotiate, but Amy insists she’s only with him because she is paid. She would never lose her heart to a man who uses money to buy affection.
Their game playing explodes when Teo is injured on the track. Teo needs Amy, but how can she be sure of her true feelings when she’s an actress who can portray any emotion on command? Was her role in the reality show skillful acting or true love?
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"Love love love love Teo!!! The chemistry between Amy and Teo was off the charts! Although I kinda dislike Amy at first she redeemed herself towards the end when she (spoiler deleted) that for me is one of the sweetest thing a girl can do for someone she says she doesn't care about. =) But Teo I LOVE HIM!!! Yeah he was a douche at times, but it goes with the territory being a billionaire's son, a hot racer but he treated Amy with respect so for me all is good. =) Highly recommended.”
- Say Medina
"This book is my favorite romance story of the year."
I enjoyed this romance very much. I loved the development of the characters and that Rachelle used some conflict that I had never seen used before in romance novels. Overall their love story is great and enjoyable to read. However, if you haven't noticed yet I seem to pick out the issues revolving around sex in these types of books. It can be done well, or it can be done poorly. I imagine it's a thin line to walk. Now, here is my issue with the sex in this one, there's a particular scene in which Amy is done, quitting, wants nothing more to do with Teo. It's a little sad because we, the reader, know what Teo's thinking as well. Anyway, the next thing you know, he's essentially kidnapped her and they're ripping each other's clothes off.
This is problematic for two reasons, the first being that he ignored her wishes and did what he wanted regardless of her feelings. The second being that she had JUST resolved to have nothing more to do with him. They hadn't even talked since she was ready to storm away. This makes her look wishy washy and like she doesn't even know what she wants. Sure, she's conflicted, but she just went from roaring mad to getting naked in the matter of a few pages. It reinforces the stereotype that women don't know what they want. The worst part is, in every other part of the book consent is a huge thing. Like, I seriously contemplated standing up on my sofa and applauding how well she included the importance of consent, and not just the first "yes" but all the way through. That was really well done, and in comparison with this scene it really stuck out and made that particular scene look worse.
Overall, I enjoyed the story line and the development of the characters and their relationship. We get to see both characters doing a lot of growing up and changing throughout the course of the book and that's refreshing to see.
About the author
Rachelle Ayala is a bestselling Asian American author of dramatic romantic suspense and humorous, sexy contemporary romances. Her heroines are feisty and her heroes hot. She writes emotionally challenging stories but believes in the power of love and hope.
Rachelle is the founder of an online writing group, Romance in a Month, an active member of the California Writer’s Club, Fremont Chapter, and a volunteer for the World Literary Cafe. She is a very happy woman and lives in California with her husband. She has won awards in multicultural and historical romance.
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