Cashmere

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Book Description

A heartfelt and hilarious tale about two lost souls finding their way to each other.

Allison Murphy spends a week in March with the same group of girlfriends each year. What started as a college spring break tradition morphed into an annual reunion, ultimately encompassing boyfriends and husbands. Only Allison hasn't brought along a love interest in years, inspiring the others toward goodwill efforts at fixing her up. Faced with the prospect of yet another beach week mismatched with a virtual stranger, Allison's room mate Kate suggests a shocking alternative. Allison can "borrow" Kate's handsome and successful boyfriend for the trip. The trouble is Grady O'Brien stands for everything romantic idealist Allison is against. He's a ruthless businessman who will stop at nothing to get ahead. What Allison doesn't understand is just how far Grady is willing to go...

Wine industry entrepreneur Grady O'Brien knows an opportunity when he sees one. Allison Murphy runs a boutique wine label design company, while Grady heads up a firm that buys those sorts of businesses out. When Grady's girlfriend unexpectedly must attend a conference and their vacation plans are cancelled, she encourages Grady to accompany Allison to the beach instead. Grady agrees to participate in the ruse of playing Allison's boyfriend with a secret agenda in mind. He hopes to pave the way for acquiring Allison's Bella Fortuna Wine Designs by winning favor with its pretty owner and her friends. The one thing Grady doesn't count on losing in the bargain is his heart.

Book Review

Allison has a tradition of spending a week with her college friends each year. And over the years love interests for the other girls have become part of the holiday. Only trouble is that now they have all settled down with their love lives and Allison is the only one who has never brought a boy along. So they match make for her with disastrous results. When she shares her troubles with her current room mate Kate, she is shocked when Kate offers her own boyfriend Grady O'Brien as a substitute fake boyfriend to see her through the week.

Grady knows things have reached the near end with Kate and the final straw is when she volunteers his company out to Allison. That girl may be an artist but she's a mess. Nothing close to as organized or coordinated as he is. But its the artist that he needs to win over for a business project and so he figures its not a bad idea to do her this favour. They both start the week with trepidation and plenty of misgivings, but as the story plays out it becomes obvious that they both care for each other a lot more than they should.

Being the honest and straight people they are, they stay away from the attraction that they feel towards each other. At least as much as they can. Then Allison discovers Grady's ulterior motive and throw him out. Will the two of them manage to get past all the misunderstandings and obstacles that seem to stand in their way? Find out when you read the book. I received an ARC for an honest opinion.

I truly did enjoy reading the story. Although you feel you know what will happen given the popular theme, the author manages to put in a couple of good twists in the tale. Its a fun, light read perfect for a lazy weekend.


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