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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.
There are reasons.
He’s not going to be a real husband. Just part-time. Yes, I have to live with him. And, okay, I also have to share his bed. And, sure, he’s the hottest and most exciting thing to ever happen to my controlled, organized life.
But still… It’s only a part-time marriage. I’m not going to give him my heart. I know what I’m doing, and I’m too smart to fall for my husband.
When I clicked on Part-Time Husband on my Kindle, I groaned and rolled my eyes at the first person narrative. I know, I know…get over it already!!!
But this is Noelle Adams we’re talking about, the same author who gave me those delicious Damon brothers, which means she ALWAYS gets the benefit of the doubt and I am happy that I stuck it out. Well that’s not right, I didn’t stick it out, I started reading and I just couldn’t stop until I found out what happened with Trevor and Melissa.
This is a classic enemies to lovers story blended with one of my favorite tropes: marriage of convenience and Noelle did a great job. Watching the push and pull as Trevor and Melissa tried to cope with their changing feelings was a treat to read, especially when it became clear that Trevor was more in tune with his emotions than Melissa.
Maybe Melissa resonated with me as the oldest child but I think it was that she’s the perfect heroine. She’s tough, resilient and strong as hell but she is also completely unaware of her own appeal where the opposite sex is concerned. Another thing about Part-Time Husband that really appealed to me was Trevor because he was such an anomaly. He was strong and alpha but in this understated way that doesn’t feel like the borderline abusive alpha commonly found in the genre today. He was a good guy, a really good guy who took care of his family. Sure he was a jerk on the surface but underneath he was one of the good ones.
If there was a thing in this book I didn’t like, it was Pops. He was sexist, inflexible and he treated Melissa like garbage. I wish there had been some resolution where Melissa told him what a condescending jerk he was being, denying her what she’d worked hard for because of his own views on life. He needed a verbal takedown and I wanted her to deliver it. But I’m okay with how things worked out…besides my desire for vengeance!!!
Despite that, this was a great read that I totally devoured in one day.
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About Noelle Adams:
Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn’t stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she reads any book she can get her hands on and offers tribute to a very spoiled cockerspaniel.
She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.