author: Christina Tetreault
series: Sherbrookes #1
published: 2 February 2023
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Tory Sherbrooke has a small dilemma. She'll be the maid of honor in a few weeks at her friend's wedding. Unfortunately, her ex-boyfriend, a man her parents want her to marry and who can't accept it'll never happen, is the groom's best man. Tory has a simple solution, though: show up with a boyfriend. And the Helping Hands Bachelor Auction seems like the perfect place to find someone to fill the role temporarily.
After losing a bet, Duncan Ferguson finds himself part of a charity bachelor auction. And when he walks on stage that night, he has a plan—take the winner out on the required four dates and then say goodbye. All that changes when Tory Sherbrooke presents a proposition he can't pass up. If Duncan spends a week in Puerto Rico pretending to be her boyfriend, she'll make a substantial donation to his favorite charity. Then once the week is over, they'll go their separate ways.
Falling in love was never on either's radar. However, the more time Tory and Duncan spend together, the more real their relationship feels. But will they both be willing to risk their hearts again?
a few notes
keywords/phrases: billionaire, exes, family, fake boyfriend
mood reading: in the mood for romance and the lifestyles of the rich
This is the first book in a new series, set in the same world as the Sherbrookes of Newport series. It is a world of tight family bonds, friends in high places, politics, entertainment, and privlege. Many of the characters have appeared in other books with in the established Sherbrooke world, but while reading them might give the reader more insight into them, I feel like this can easily be read and enjoyed without having dived into the others.
I enjoyed the dual POVs of Tory and Duncan, letting the reader get to know each of them as the story develops. Tory is intelligent and driven, but she has trust issues after having been burned more than once by bad relationships. Duncan is a kind soul, always ready to help others. And the plot trope of “fake boyfriend” really worked with them. It’s got all the romance and just enough angstiness to keep it interesting! Unexpectedly in Love is closed-door and ends with an HEA.
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