Author: Kate McMurray
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 3 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Marriage gets less convenient when love is involved.
It started simple: Ondrej Kovac marries Archie Katsaros so Ondrej can stay in the US, away from his judgmental family in eastern Europe. Archie marries Ondrej in exchange for the money to bail out his failing company. It’s a fraud neither man is convinced he can pull off.
But as Archie introduces Ondrej to New York society and Ondrej proves his skill in the office, they start to discover a connection between them. Can they overcome the rocky foundation their relationship was built on, meddling immigration agents, gossip columnists determined to out their deception, and an aggressive executive set on selling Archie’s company out from under him? Only if they can prove to each other their love is worth fighting for.
Review: I usually really like this author’s stories. The blurb sounded interesting also. It’s actually two guys born into rich families who find themselves needing something from the other. Ondrej is in New York on a work Visa working for Archie’s company. Ondrej has plenty of money but his work visa is running out and his summer internship is over. Since Archie’s father died and left him the company he’s realized that it’s struggling much more than he’d been able to see. His father was one for keeping up appearances and apparently that meant lying about the business financial status. Archie is driven to keep the business afloat. So a deal is struck. A marriage producing a green card for Ondrej if he invests in Archie’s company. Both men benefit. It sounded like a good idea at the time. Then reality sets in. Marriage doesn’t automatically mean a green card is approved. Money doesn’t mean the business will be saved. There’s still a lot to do before either man gets what they want out of the deal.
There’s a lot of the business and green card worries but the majority of the book focuses on the MCs. Archie is part of New York society elite despite never really liking the attention. He knows it’s important for business deals but it’s not him. Archie has some major hang ups with disappointing his father who was a much harder more shrewd business man who could charm anyone. Archie feels he has to save the business but also struggles with not being the man he thinks he needs to be to do it. Ondrej comes from a wealthy family who isn’t at all accepting of him being gay. So both men are kind of on their own in this crazy situation they’ve created for themselves. Archie is attracted to Ondrej from the start. Ondrej doesn’t even like Archie. They’re in very different places when the book begins. From the beginning Archie however makes attempts at telling Ondrej he’d like them to actually give being together a chance. Ondrej repeatedly squashes that with jokes and doubts. He has to be totally oblivious to see how it effects Archie. The miscommunication in this book is off the charts. There’s an explanation of it’s lost in translation somehow but Archie makes his intentions pretty clear IMO. Ondrej just keeps kicking the guy when he’s down. Or that’s how it felt to me. Archie is obviously in stressful situation at work and now at home. Ondrej says he’s going to give him the benefit of the doubt over and over but then doesn’t. It was all too angsty and frustrating to enjoy for me honestly. The characters were kind of all over the place with their emotions. Lots of ups and downs. We’re told one thing and get another reaction. Like I said. I almost always enjoy this author’s works. She’s an automatic read for me but this one was a miss.