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Review: Marrying the Billionaire by Allie Winters

Marrying the man of your dreams after crushing on him for the last decade should be cause for celebration. So why am I crying alone in the honeymoon suite on my wedding night? Because there’s just one problem – it’s a fake marriage. Purely for appearances as part of a business deal between our fathers’ companies.
But I can’t sit idly by pretending this is only a platonic relationship, especially as sparks begin to fly between us. So what will I have to do to convince my stoic Prince Charming I want him for real? And what will I risk along the way?

The plan is simple – act like a husband in love publicly after I foolishly got myself involved in this fake marriage, and behind closed doors keep things separate. But the longer we continue this charade attending events and staging selfies, the more I’m unsure what’s fake and what’s not, especially when things start to heat up in private.
As the successor to my father’s billion dollar company, work has been my life. Focusing on my job has never been harder, though, when there’s a temptress living in my guest bedroom. What are the chances this business deal of a marriage could turn into the real thing? The last person I ever expected to fall for is… my wife.

Title:Marrying the Billionaire
Author:Allie Winters
Series:Bishop Brothers (Book 2)
Category / Genre(s):Contemporary
Trope(s):Billionaire Romance
Fake Relationship
Marriage of Convenience
Unrequited Love
Point of View:First Person, Present Tense, Dual Viewpoint (H & h)
Location:New York, US
Release Date:29th January, 2021
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Delightfully enjoyable romance

I read and enjoyed the first book in the Bishop Brothers series, Resisting the Billionaire (Gabriel and Mackenzie’s story), and was very much looking forward to Archer and Serena’s story in this follow-up. Both Serena and Archer appear in that first tale but each book stands completely alone and contains its own happily ever after.

This book brings us a number of tropes to tempt us – fake relationship, unrequited love and a little bit of the grumpy one meets the sunshiney one. Or really in Serena’s case, the shy and giving one. I was here for ALL of that.

As I mentioned, Serena is something of a shy and quiet character. Her worry often has her appearing overly reserved and somewhat cold – but fear not, she’s not really like that at all. I fell in love with her when, after boohooing for a few minutes over the fact her marriage was fake, she picked herself up, dusted herself off and determined to go get her man to fall in love with her. Yaas! I also enjoyed her development as the story progressed. Yes, she was quite shy in the beginning but as she became more comfortable with Archer – and he with her – she came out of her shell and developed into a hugely likeable character that I was 100% behind.

“Allie Winters has delivered another book that has delighted me.”

Archer was my kind of hero. Kind of grumpy. Kind of standoffish. And ridiculously clueless. My delight when he kept getting distracted by Serena, kept yearning for her company and her caring, was ridiculously satisfying for me. She brought him to life and he didn’t see it coming, poor man. And his fright over the ‘I love yous’ felt so authentic, I might have swooned!

Together the pair have amazing chemistry. I got that delightful jump in my stomach with every interaction between the pair. It was hot! And that’s even with the fact that there’s no consumption until 89%. But the sexual tension is continually built, my friends, and You. Will. Love it!

Much like the first book, there’s a minor backdrop of the part that Archer’s father, Bishop Industries and to some extent, Serena’s father too, play in their lives and relationships. This worked itself neatly into the story and I enjoyed it. The way that everything was orchestrated and manipulated in order to get to the conclusion was very clever. I didn’t see it coming but I had a little “ooh that’s devious” moment as I realised what had occurred.

But it all works out in the end and I was left with a feeling of delight as I get a beloved epilogue to catch up with Serena and Archer a year after their wedding. I was also a little bereft, if I’m honest. I loved spending time with Serena and Archer and I always want to keep reading a great book like this. Allie Winters has delivered another book that has delighted me. I would happily recommend this story to you and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the final Bishop Brother, Connor, gets his own story in the future. 5 stars.

Allie lives in sunny Florida with her husband, daughter, and two cats. A librarian by day, she spends her nights writing happily ever afters. She enjoys reading, playing video games, and all things Disney.

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