Published: April 16, 2012
5 out of 5 smirks
Synopsis: "Who's the sexy blonde stranger sleeping in Simon Holcroft's bed? The workaholic returns from a business trip to find someone stretched out on his sheets. Between the laundry basket at her side and the smell of orange cleaner, he deduces that the young woman is his maid-and resists the urge to kiss her awake.
But when his brother's fiancé-his own ex-bursts in and strips down to her panties, Simon has to get her dressed and back where she belongs. So he introduces the maid as his fiancée. But his little white lie gets bigger, because now he has to bring his supposed bride-to-be to meet the whole family. One offer-she-can't-refuse later, Simon has bought himself a temporary fiancée.In debt up to her eyeballs and all alone for the holidays, how could struggling grad student Caroline Sampson not accept her gorgeous client's fantasy proposal? But acting like she's in love comes more easily than she ever expected."
His Secret Temptation by Cat Schield is a charming story about knowing someone without really knowing them and being blind-sided by love. Caroline and Simon really bring out the best and worse in one another. It is easy to see how they are opposites with a fair amount of similar characteristics; their outlooks are different even though they are the same. I found myself drawn to their wit and charm with one another; it is like watching a ping pong match where the volley never ends. I love how Simon's family is so accepting of Caroline and seem to be a genuine family unit (with flaws and all). I also really enjoyed the way Simon and Caroline found each other, first by writing notes back and forth and then through an unusual arrangement that showed both of them what they were missing out of life. I give His Secret Temptation by Cat Schield 5 smirks because the story kept me intrigued, the characters are charming, and I couldn't put it down.