Type: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Montlake Romance
My Copy: Sent
Gabriella Masini: She’s a woman haunted by her past, with the scars to prove it. She believes that fairy tales are for other people. An elite matchmaker at Alliance, she’s great at crunching numbers, but something doesn’t add up with her latest prospective client: a billionaire bad boy with his own secrets. When Gabi refuses to be his temporary wife, Hunter forces her hand with an offer she can’t refuse. But marriage to a man like that could never last…or could it?
Hunter Blackwell: Only his bank account is bigger than his ruthless ability to obtain anything he wants. These days, he has a secret reason to settle down, at least for a while—and he thinks the sensual and sassy Gabi will fit the bill perfectly. But when their marriage of convenience becomes downright dangerous, Hunter must decide how far to take his vow to honor and protect Gabi forever.
This is the final book in a wonderful series that I have truly enjoyed. The Weekday Bride books feature engaging characters who find love when they lease expect it. Who knew that Alliance, the matchmaking business that uses illusion, would bring romance for the owners, employees and their friends?
Gabriella Masini has moved to California from her brother’s island to escape her painful past, she needs to move forward in her life. She was traumatized when she married a man who took advantage of her and almost killed her. Now she is working for Alliance and putting the pieces of her life back together.
Hunter is a wealthy businessman who is in need of a wife quickly for a short period of time. He sounds like the perfect client for Alliance, yet when Gabi investigates his past she feels he has too many secrets and turns him down. Unfortunately Hunter does not take no for an answer and uses blackmail to secure the wife he needs, Gabi. The two enter this shaky agreement and find the attraction is hard to resist but when trouble finds them they must work together or lose everything.
I was so excited to see Gabi’s story after the ordeal she went through in the last book. This is the last of the series and although I am sad to see it end, the author wraps up the series perfectly with a bit of drama and danger.
When we met Gabi in a previous story, she was the young beloved sister of Val’s who thought she was in love; unfortunately she almost lost her life in the process. She is now working on getting her life back, and although she is taking baby steps, I like that she has made some progress. When Hunter leaves her without options, she is pissed but goes along with the marriage, but not without setting her own terms, she refuses to let him dictate everything in this arrangement, good for her!
I liked Hunter from the beginning, even with all his secrets. He seems so vulnerable, especially when he tells Gabi during the interview that he has no real friends in the world. He is this ruthless businessman who will do anything to get what he wants, but there is a softer side and I was happy to get to know him.
The pace of the story works well, it starts out slow but works up to a frantic pace when there are lives on the line and Gabi is in trouble. I could not put the book down when things started heating up, both with their scenes together and the danger that surrounded them. Hunter and Gabi could no longer deny the chemistry between them, and their time together is electric and very hot. There is a lot going on and things are wrapped up quickly, especially when it came to his brother, the conclusion to his part of the story is hard to believe, not sure what I think.
I truly enjoyed seeing past characters in this story, watching how their lives have progressed and their families have grown. However it can easily be read as a standalone, as with all the books in the series. I am looking forward to more from this author; her books are on my list to automatically buy.
I give Treasured by Thursday by Catherine Bybee 4 stars!
New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her two teenage sons in Southern California.