Marabelle Fairchild knows she's a gal who can get things done. Feeling unappreciated at the exclusive private school where she's a kindergarten aide and varsity tennis coach, Marabelle determines to score with the next big fundraiser. What she doesn't expect? A smokin' hot football coach to throw her off her game...
A reclusive NFL bachelor...
NFL coach Nick Frasier is Raleigh's most eligible bachelor, but he wants to focus on his career...not his playboy status. He doesn't need a smart-mouthed, pint-sized kindergarten teacher pestering him. So he cuts Marabelle a deal—in exchange for Nick sponsoring a bachelor auction starring him and his gorgeous celebrity pals, Marabelle will pose as his fiancée to ward off unwanted advances.
What could possibly go wrong?
This one took a while for me to get into, as I was not the biggest fan of Nick. His inner dialog makes him come across as a jerk, and the things he thinks about Marabelle, and the things he thinks she has done, make him seem like someone who is not really a hero of a romance novel.
Marabelle and Nick were interesting together, and I mostly believed their relationship and their attraction. Although, a lot of this was from the idea that the things Nick said to her and the things he was thinking are very different.
Once I got past this, I was mostly able to enjoy the story. The writing was strong overall and the characters, after about the 25% mark were relateable and likeable.
I do recommend this title, with the caveat that it is a book that improves as you get farther into the story. By the end, I did like Nick, even though I was not 100% sold on him, I do believe he honestly loves her, and that is really what matters.