A Cinderella story…
Claire Kendrick didn’t know what to think when she was summoned to the 50th floor to meet the president of Callahan, International. As handsome, blue-eyed Nick Callahan explained her special assignment — writing an article about him for CEO Magazine — Claire’s apprehensions grew. There was something he wasn’t telling her, something odd that she couldn’t put her finger on. What did he really want from her?
Her green eyes, golden hair, and striking beauty were the first things that had caught Nick’s attention. Then he had her background checked out, and he was doubly impressed. Claire Kendrick was a smart, hard-working, loyal employee. She was also supporting her mother, who needed expensive full-time medical care. All in all, Claire was the perfect candidate for the position Nick needed to fill.
While researching the article on Nick, Claire found herself awed by the success story of the man who’d made his first million before he was thirty. His brilliant blue eyes were mesmerizing, his sexy smile distracting, his hidden, kind nature surprising and admirable. And then, out of the blue, Nick offered her a startling proposition. He would support Claire and her mother in exchange for services rendered — as a wife and mother to his children!
It would have been a fantasy, a dream come true, a Cinderella story — except for one oversight. Could Claire exist in a marriage of convenience? What kind of marriage would it be… without love?
|Title:||For Services Rendered|
|Category / Genre(s):||Contemporary|
|Trope(s):||Marriage of Convenience|
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|Release Date:||28th October, 1991|
A likeable ‘Mills & Boon’ romance
Although not billed as such, this book reads very much like a Modern Mills and Boon romance. It follows many of the traditional formulae – down on her luck female, strong, successful man and a relationship that starts off as one thing and turns into something more.
I liked the premise of the story and both Claire and Nick were characters that I could root for. Claire was strong despite her situation and I did like that Nick didn’t walk all over her. Nick was strong, silent and arrogant but I still liked him as he wasn’t too alpha male. The pair didn’t have much depth but I could still enjoy them and their interactions.
Despite having a publication date of 2012, this book was clearly written many years ago (1991 as I’ve just found out). For the most part this doesn’t matter although I was quite taken aback and amused by the reference to listening to cassette tapes in the car!
As another reviewer mentioned, there are numerous mentions of fur coats in the book which I really didn’t like. Even though this book is a reprint, I would have thought the author would have removed these before publishing it in this day and age.
Despite that, the writing was good and, at one point in particular, quite emotional. I had no problems finishing it although I would have liked to see an epilogue to find out what happened to Nick and Claire after their happily ever after.
If you like the Mills & Boon Modern line or a quick romance then I think you would like this book. It’s quick, enjoyable and worth a look at such a low price. 3 stars.
Pat is the USA Today bestselling author of more than 50 novels of romance and women’s fiction. She sold her first novel to Silhouette/Harlequin in 1990. Since then, millions of copies of her novels, in both print and digital format, have been published in more than 20 different countries. An acclaimed teacher, over the past 15 years Pat has also shared her love of writing with more than a thousand writing students, many of whom have gone on to be successful writers themselves.
Born and raised along with three younger sisters in northeast Ohio, Pat has since lived in upstate New York, Northern Alabama, California, Sweden, and for most of the past 40 years, in Houston. She has three grown children and three brilliant and amazing grandchildren.
Pat has also written under the names Ann Patrick and Trisha Alexander.