Rhonda Lee Carver
As a girl, Ash James wanted a knight in shining armor to carry her away and together they would live happily-ever-after.
And then she grew up and waiting tables at a greasy diner blemished her fairy tales.
Her idea of a perfect prince matured and she had an appetite for alpha: sexy, muscled and scintillating. Declan Knight was everything she wanted—everything she found mysterious. When he walked—no, strutted—into her life she was ready to throw uncertainty, and her apron, out the window.
Her knight put a ring on her finger and whisked her away to the ‘castle’ where she settled in nicely, until she soon realized every prince can turn into a toad. Before long she was back wearing a faded uniform, living on tips and scrimping to get by. And keeping her sister out of trouble. Sometimes deadly trouble.
Fate has a plan and her name is Angelina Knight. How will Declan’s late sister play the role of fairy godmother? How will Declan save Ash from someone who is out to harm her?
Will Ash see that sometimes a toad just needs a kiss…a touch…and endless nights of passion to turn him back into a prince?
Declan Knight has a problem, he needs a wife for his latest deal to go through. The problem is he already has one. He hadn’t seen her in five years but neither of them has sought a divorce.
Ash has worked hard these last five years, waitressing at the diner until she’s ready to drop and going to school to get her degree in social work. One more semester and she’d be done with her graduate work. Everything was finally falling into place, that is until her sister Ally came to her with yet another problem. This one financial and there was only one way to solve it, Declan. She never asked him for anything, but she hasn’t forgotten him either.
So to help her sister, she goes to ask Declan for the money. However, she didn’t expect to run from him without it. As she tries to figure out how to tell her sister she failed, there is a knock at her door. This is a favorite scene.
“What are you doing here?” she said through tight lips.
“Is that any way to treat your husband, bella?”
“How did you find me?”
“Google. Now can I come in?”
A long second floated by and he started to believe she’d turn him away, but then she pushed the door open farther with her bare foot and stepped aside so that he could pass. He stepped in and closed the door. The apartment was neat and tidy, and the rustic decorations were warm and welcoming. She stood in the middle of the living room, her arms crossed over her chest and her chin set in a curious tilt.
“You didn’t answer me. Why are you here?”
“Our conversation wasn’t through.”
“Oh, I think we both said enough.”
He sighed. “I had time to think after you left.” She tapped her toe in irritation. He smiled. “May I have a seat?” He pointed to the worn, flowered sofa.
She blinked. “Sure.”
He sat down and a spring popped up, poking him in the bottom. If he didn’t know better, he’d think she managed that on purpose.
“Will you sit also?”
Dropping her hands, she sat on the far corner of the couch. “Better?”
“Much.” He laid his palms on his thighs. “Answer one question. If I give you the money, you won’t be in harm’s way, right?”
She didn’t meet his stare. “I’m safe.”
“I think I’ve figured a way that we can both help each other.”
“By getting a divorce?”
One thin brow snapped up over her dark eyes.
“Hear me out. I’ve found myself in a bit of a situation. I need a wife.”
She jumped up. “I’m not sleeping with you for the money.”
“Sit down, bella. You have to hear me out.” He waved her down. Once she was seated again, he continued, “I have a business deal that requires companionship. I can explain the details later, if you agree, but my offer is that you spend the month with me, as my wife, and after thirty days I will grant you a divorce and we’ll call the thirty grand a settlement.”
She tucked her bottom lip between her teeth and nibbled, several expressions flitting across her face. “And what if I say no?”
“Then I’m filing for divorce and I’m keeping the thirty grand.”
“I thought you weren’t one to buy himself a wife?”
“Desperate measures call for desperate moves.”
“I need time to think this over.”
“You have five minutes to make a decision. Time is of utmost importance.” Hannigan was coming into town in a matter of days.
“Are you doing this to teach me a lesson?” Her soft voice made the hairs on his neck stand.
“I told you, I have a business deal that requires matrimony.”
“Should I believe you?”
“Ahh, and I should just hand over a wad of cash, no questions asked?” He snapped up a brow.
“I asked for a loan and I said I’ll pay interest.”
“And my offer makes much more sense.”
“Because it suits you.”
“It doesn’t suit you to act as my wife, as you already are, and walk away thirty grand richer?”
Her tongue came out and swept across her bottom lip. “Only thirty days?”
Carver, Rhonda Lee. His Weekend Wife (The KNIGHT Brothers Book 2) (Kindle Locations 1063-1096). Kindle Edition.
Oh what a tangled web, that unravels as this story progresses. From a complete makeover to the business deal, to letters from Declan’s sister.
An intricate love story that shouldn’t have ended to begin with. The attraction that still exists is more than sizzling. And the added intrigue of Ally and her boyfriend adds more than a little angst.
I really can’t wait for the next book in this series!
5 Contented Purrs for Rhonda!
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Rhonda Lee Carver is a published book writer with a collection of print and eBooks under her wing. She is also a freelance editor. Her first book was published with Wild Rose Press in 2010.
She writes everything from contemporary to steamy to paranormal to suspense…you name it, she’s written it. Her specialty is writing men who love to get their hands dirty—hardworking, blue collar, heroes in everyday life.
When Rhonda isn’t crafting edge-of-your-seat, sizzling novels, you’ll find her with her children and husband watching soccer, watching a breathtaking movie, traveling to exotic places (with Bora Bora on her bucket list), doing (or trying) yoga, saving cats and dogs, and finding new ways to keep life interesting.
Rhonda thrives on making her readers happy. She believes life can be a challenge, but reading is a place where fantasy comes to life. Her motto: “Everyone deserves romance—one page at a time.“