The cover of the book, Romance for Cynics by Nicola Marsh made me pick up the book and read the blurb and then I decided I could not help but buy the book. The story is set in Australia and revolves around Cash and Lucy, both of whom have been let down before, and are therefore, cynical so far as love is concerned.
Must. Not. Fall. For. Fake. Boyfriend.
Cashel Burgess’s PR team has come up with a plan to salvage his reputation and show his “softer” side by entering him in a Valentine’s Day competition to find Australia’s Most Romantic Couple. It’s so ridiculous it might actually work. The hitch? He doesn’t even have a girlfriend. But that’s not about to stop him….
Thanks to a good-for-nothing ex, gardener Lucy Grant hates Valentine’s Day. But when Cash makes her an offer too good to refuse, Lucy finds herself half of the most cynical couple in Australia! The only problem is, when a man fakes it this well, a girl might be tempted to turn fiction into fact….
Cashell Burgess, a self-made millionaire by the time he was 28, has high IQ, has had impressive jobs at elite actuary firms before opening his own financial advisory business. He likes the comfort derived from seeing cold, hard cash accumulate in the bank, providing security and reliability, two things he’d never had growing up.
Lucy Grant, orphaned at an early age is brought up by her grandparents, Gram and Pops. She loves them a lot and Pops is her idol- moral, upstanding and dependable. She married young, was cheated by her husband and is now divorced. She has her own gardening business, Lucy’s Landscaping and works for Cash as his gardener.
Cash is having problems in his business and Barton Clegg, an old college buddy, who works for a PR firm, GR8 4U Public Relations, and suggests that he finds himself a girlfriend for a week and participate in the massive fund raiser in the lead upto Valentine’s Day for a positive PR. He suggests that Cash ask Lucy to become his fake girlfriend for a week. Cash has always wanted to flirt with her but she gives off an air of untouchability and she would be the last woman he’d ask to be his fake girlfriend for a week.
It is mutually beneficial business arrangement with no romantic entanglement. She agrees only because her Gram is in financial distress and needs cash to prevent the sale of her house.
The story is very cute and nice. I loved the characters especially, Gram. She is so understanding, knows when to give Lucy space and when to hold her hand. The author has described the feelings of both the characters beautifully. I felt for the little Cash and it actually explains who is now- cynical.
Loved the book, highly recommended.
Book Source: Bought
Publisher: Harlequin India