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A new standalone romance from Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author Ilsa Madden-Mills…
They say nothing compares to your first kiss,
But our first kiss was orchestrated for an audience.
Our second kiss…that one was REAL.
He cradled my face like he was terrified he’d f*ck it up.
He stared into my eyes until the air buzzed.
Soft and slow, full of sighs and little laughs,
He inhaled me like I was the finest Belgian chocolate,
And he’d never get another piece.
A nip of his teeth, his hand at my waist…
And I was lost.
I forgot he was paying me to be his fake fiancée.
I forgot we weren’t REAL.
Our kiss was pure magic, and before you laugh and say those kinds of kisses don’t exist…
Then you’ve never touched lips with Max Kent, the hottest quarterback in college history.
Get ready for breathtaking kisses and dreamy football players…
Max stalked over to the barrier that divided the stands from the football field and jumped it. The fans went nuts as he brushed past them, some not even realizing it until he was down the aisle. The Jumbotron followed him.
“Good Lordy, what’s he doing?” Mimi asked, clutching at her chest.
“I don’t know,” I said rather weakly, taking the chance to study him the closer he came. He was beautiful, his shoulders impossibly broad. To add to the distraction, his helmet was in his hand and all that dark brown hair was flowing around his chiseled features as if he had a fan in his face. My Viking.
“He’s coming over here,” Mimi commented.
He was. But why?
I stopped breathing . . .right when he came to a halt in front of me and knelt down on one knee.
Eyes the color of a wild ocean gazed at me.
He took my left hand in his right one.
“Max,” I breathed, my heart fluttering.
He gazed up at me. “Sunny Blaine, will you marry me?”
The stadium went wild. In a daze, I looked up at the Jumbotron and felt like I was watching this happen to someone else. Camera phones flashed all around us.
My first clear thought was I’ll kill him.
Aloud, nothing came out but a faint wheeze. Clearly someone had stuffed a giant wad of cotton in my mouth. Clearly I needed something a lot stiffer to drink than this Diet Coke. Clearly my fake boyfriend was a freaking raving lunatic.
He sat his helmet on the ground next to my feet, reached inside it and pulled out a small black box.
No, no, no!
The box opened, and my stomach churned at the sight of the large round solitaire diamond ring that was nestled on the black silk. I blinked repeatedly to clear my vision.
With deft fingers, Max eased it out of the lining and slipped it on my left hand.
I stared down at it. Then back at him.
I was going to murder the hottest quarterback in the country.
Kiss her, Kiss her, the crowd chanted.
We were the focal point of the entire world.
Max stood and tugged me up with him until we were standing. He slid his hand around my neck and pulled his face to mine. The sky was blotted out as he kissed me.
But I hadn’t said yes!
I wouldn’t say yes.
Not to a fake engagement.
The applause of the stadium was deafening. And his kiss—it was deadly. Despite my rage, my body craved him. His lips were hot, so hot, and my tongue met his with a vengeance. We kissed hard, and I nipped at him, my teeth scraping across his lips. But the only one who’d end up bleeding in this scenario was me.
He eased back to take me in, and with a final look at my face he gave a thumbs-up sign to the entire stadium. They went nuts, chanting his name.
“I’m sorry,” he whispered in my ear, letting his hand trail down my arm as he stepped back from me. He walked away backward, eyes on me the entire time. The announcers for the game told everyone who might have missed it that Max Kent had just asked his girlfriend to marry him, and she’d said yes. More cheers came as they replayed him on his knee in front of me with a giant YES written across the top.
I plopped back down in my seat. Frozen.
“. . . did you see her face? Shocked . . .”
“. . . most romantic thing in football . . .”
“. . . luckiest girl in the world . . .”
My face went hot. Even my ears burned. I wanted to crawl under a seat.
What a lie.
The half ended and our offense came out to the field, snapped the ball, and Max threw it straight to Tate who ran it in for another touchdown. My chest constricted and anger churned in my gut.
I didn’t care who won.
I hated football right now.
Most of all, I hated Max Kent, and I was going to make him pay.
About the Author
Wall Street Journal best selling author Ilsa Madden-Mills writes about strong heroines and sexy alpha males that sometimes you just want to slap.
She’s addicted to all things fantasy, including unicorns and sword-wielding females. Other fascinations include frothy coffee beverages, dark chocolate, Ian Somerhalder, astronomy (she’s a Gemini), and tattoos. She has a degree in English and a Master’s in Education. When she’s not pecking away on her computer, she shops for cool magnets and fuzzy pajamas.
She loves to hear from readers and fellow authors. Email her at email@example.com.
Fake Fiancée was an amazing reading! This story about the famous jock and the sassy girl who didn’t want to be noticed was delightful entertainment.
Sunny and Max. Three months. Two hearts. One fake engagement. A fabulous story, so sweet, sexy and so romantic.
Max Kent, the popular jock living his dream. Almost. Under pressure for his future, he had to stay away from trouble, no distractions allowed.
This character was so far away of the cliché of the popular guy, a bit womanizer for sure but always honest. His philosophy about life was so refreshing, and when something good happened, he had to seize his chance, maybe to the extreme. His ultimate goal was football at any price. His chance to achieve his dream.
Sunny Blaine, the woman who wasn’t or trying not to fall for his charming ways, challenged him. She wanted as well to stay away from trouble. No taking crap from anyone. Fierce and sassy. Totally independent. She was a hard worker, hiding some deep scars. She went through a lot, being hurt by the ones she loved made her wary and closed off. She was protective of her family and honesty was important to her.
When Max came with this friends with benefits proposal (minus the sex), he was little by little breaking her walls, invading into her life. What was real? What was fake? This arrangement seemed to work, but all they had to do was to make people believe it. For two “strangers”, the connection was so natural and powerful, like they knew each other. Their first encounter? Just beautiful!
Obviously feelings messed up with “business” and lines were blurred. Are they going to open their hearts and possibly threaten their future? I liked how the author managed the turning events, in a smart way, heartfelt and so real. I witnessed the building of their fake relationship, turning into something real and more profound that it seemed to be. Sweet, kind, sinfully hot and once again with his strong hint of romance, I swooned, laughed and smile all along the story, sometimes it was so passionate, a bit sad. The banter was incredible, quirky and sassy, the story captivated me until the end.
I had this huge smile on my face … Max Kent … ** swoon** ** swoon**
The hopeless romantic in me was more than happy, Ilsa, you are just magical! Everything happens for a reason for sure. Just read Fake Fiancée and you’ll see.