Title: The Easy Part
Series: perfect for you #3
Author: Amanda Siegrist
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: September 21, 2021
The Agreement: Pretend to be her fake fiancé to placate her overbearing, selfish mother.
Timeframe: Five days.
Brick likes things carefree and simple, especially after the falling out with his brother. The moment Jezebelle walks into his bar looking sad and troubled, he’s determined to do anything to turn her frown upside down. Even if that requires posing as her fake fiancé to get her bossy mother off her back. Pretending to love her will be the easy part—because he does. Walking away will be futile. But he doesn’t see a way he can keep Jezebelle for real, not when her mother’s diabolical ways prove she can make his life more than just complicated, but downright impossible.
Jezebelle can’t believe her luck when Brick hatches this crazy plan. One, because she’s always had a secret crush on him, and any reason to get closer to him makes her heart stutter with anticipation. Two, because it might actually work to keep her mother at bay. Of course, her mother isn’t a woman who takes no for an answer. She’ll do everything in her power to get her way. The last thing she wants is for Brick to get hurt. The best thing she can do is walk away and forget he ever held her heart. If only it were that easy.
Warning: This is not a full romcom. While it has moments of humor, it also has a twist of angst. Okay, now you can dive in, you’re prepared!
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“Tomorrow we plan on visiting a few art galleries. I’ll pick you up at nine for breakfast.”
Her mother did not say it as a request, which didn’t surprise her. She knew her mother was visiting for the next five days and she’d be required to spend time with her. Two days down, only three to go.
“Brick and I will be ready.”
Her mother pursed her lips, tight and hard. “I’m sure Brick has other things he needs to attend to.”
“Actually, I do,” Brick said, cutting off her rebuttal. She whipped her head sharply in his direction, confusion filtering in. He must’ve sensed her unease because he kissed her on the lips. “But I’ll meet up with you for lunch.”
“That’s not necessary,” her mother replied.
He turned his head with slow precision toward her mother. “But I insist. I look forward to getting to know you better. We will be family soon, after all.”
Jezebelle had to press her lips together to keep from laughing. Not by the thought of Brick joining her family, but how so pleasantly he said the words as if he adored her mother.
“How soon?” her mother asked with a heavy glint in her eye as if daring Brick to keep the lie going. Her mother didn’t know their engagement was fake, but she also knew her mother would do everything in her power to stop it.
How did one stop a fake engagement? Jezebelle almost chuckled out loud again. The idea was so laughable.
“If I could marry your daughter right here, right now, I would.” His eyes sought hers. “Every moment with her is more than I could ask for. She’s beautiful and smart, and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life with her.”
The way he spoke, his eyes sparkling with love—could it be true?—his lips curved in delight, she believed him. That what was between them was real and everything would work out in the end.
If only it were that easy.
If only it were that real.
(Copyright © 2021 Amanda Siegrist)
Releasing March 15
I’m a USA Today Bestselling Author that loves to write sweet contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels, although I am partial to romantic suspense. Honestly, I love anything that has to do with romance. As long as there’s a happy ending, I’m a happy camper. And insta-love…yes, please! I love baseball (Go Twins!) and creating awesome crafts. I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, working in that field for several years before I became a stay-at-home mom. I have a few more amazing stories in the works.