After loving Secretly Yours, I was really excited that we only had to wait a couple of months for the release of the second book in this duology. Unfortunately Yours released last month and I finally had time to sit down and read my eARC for this marriage of convenience romance! Keep on reading to find out more about this book and what I thought!
A big thank you to Avon and Netgalley for providing me with an eARC to read and review.
A down-on-her-luck Napa heiress suggests a mutually beneficial marriage of convenience to a man she can’t stand… only to discover there’s a fine line between love and hate.
After losing her job and her fiancé in one fell swoop, Natalie Vos returned home to lick her wounds. A few months later, she’s sufficiently drowned her sorrows in cabernet and she’s ready to get back on her feet. She just needs her trust fund to finance her new business venture. Unfortunately, the terms require she marry before she can have the money. And well, dumped, remember? But Natalie is desperate enough to propose to a man who makes her want to kill him–and kiss him, in equal measure.
August Cates may own a vineyard, but he doesn’t know jack about making wine. He’s determined to do his late best friend proud, no matter what it takes. Except his tasting room is empty, his wine is disgusting (seriously, he once saw someone gag), and his buddy’s legacy is circling the drain. No bank will give him the loan he needs to turn the business around… and then the gorgeous, feisty heiress knocks on his door. Natalie has haunted his dreams since the moment they met, but their sizzling chemistry immediately morphed into simmering insults.
Now, a quickie marriage could help them both. A sham wedding, a few weeks living under the same roof, and then they can go their separate ways–assuming they make it out alive. How hard could it be? There’s just one thing they didn’t account for: their unfortunate, unbearable, undeniable attraction.
“And when I look at you, I swear I have. Existed just for you all this time. It feels like I have.”
Secretly Yours was such a fun book, so I was so excited that the wait for Unfortunately Yours wasn’t that long. Especially after I found out this would be a marriage of convenience romance, which is a favorite trope of mine. This book ended up being everything I wanted and more!
Natalie is still recovering from the fallout in New York, but just wants to get back on her feet. When she realizes that she can’t get the money she needs without a marriage, she’s just angry. And she should be! It’s a ridiculous clause to have in the first place. My heart broken for Natalie at times. She really felt like she couldn’t do anything right or wasn’t worthy when it came to her family. I loved seeing her stand up for herself and realizing what she was worth.
August didn’t need long for me to add him to the top of my book boyfriend list! August was just a big teddy bear. He was so caring and wasn’t afraid of telling everyone what he felt. He was grieving for his best friend and just wanted to realize his dream of having his own wine. August needed to stop blaming himself and realize he didn’t have to do everything all by himself. Natalie really brought that out in him and it was amazing. August is also very protective and will do anything to keep people safe. Even if it takes him a little to realize what’s stopping him from having everything he really wants.
Natalie and August start out as enemies, but their chemistry was there from the start. I loved their banter and when they started pranking each other I couldn’t stop smiling while I was reading. This book gets steamy, but it builds gradually and the tension jumped off of the pages. The grand gesture and epilogue made my heart happy.
Unfortunately Yours was such a great marriage of convenience that still puts a smile on my face when I think about it. Reading this has made me even more excited for Tessa Bailey’s holiday book, Wreck the Halls, that releases in October. Have you ever read anything by Tessa Bailey? Do you have a favorite? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear from you.