Speed Date with Mac: Fiancée For Hire by Tawna Fenske

Posted 7 August, 2014 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Review, Speed Date | 40 Comments


Speed Date with Mac: Fiancée For Hire by Tawna FenskeFiancée for Hire by Tawna Fenske
Published by Macmillan on July 21, 2014
Genres: Military, Romance
Pages: 225

Former Marine MacArthur Patton has made a small fortune on top-secret government contracts and black-ops missions, but his new assignment involves something more dangerous—marriage. Well, fake marriage anyway.

To keep weapons out of the hands of terrorists, Mac has to secure a fiancée. A sweet, demure, compliant fiancée to serve as his arm candy for a few weeks while he completes the covert arms deal in Mexico. His sister claims to know just the woman, and sends her best friend to play the role.

FIRST DATE: There’s something to be said about stoic, overprotective, gorgeous men. Especially ones who can kill the bad guys with a teaspoon. Mac is one of those alphas. Adored and worried over by his baby sister, Sheridan from Marine for Hire (review HERE), Mac needs a fake wife to keep his cover intact and Sheridan’s got just the gal for him — her BFF, Kelli. A vet by trade, Kelli has the looks of a petite Barbie but she’s got a wicked tongue and has no qualms about slicing and dicing someone’s balls when necessary. Mac, on the other hand, is looking for a quiet girl who will do what he needs and, really, just not give him much of a hassle.

SECOND DATE: Kelli and Mac are like fire and ice — perfection! Sure, they both have their quirks. Kelli’s always lusted after her friend’s brother; Mac’s completely oblivious. Kelli’s a bit wild and has zero filter; Mac plays the tall, dark and silent card. But neither one of them wants a relationship and so neither is prepared for the massive sparks that fly between them when they’re supposed to be on the job. Poor Mac’s completely blindsided by Kelli and her crazy self. You know, there’s little I like more in a romance than seeing a strong, self-contained man lose his cool over a sassy woman. And Mac completely loses his cool.

THIRD DATE: I swear, this has got to be one of the most laugh-out-loud books I’ve read in a while. Besides an absolute plethora of euphemisms for the word “cock” (did you know there’s a “dicktionary” out there? Because of course there is. Some of those euphemisms are gross, some ridiculous.), there are so many over-the-top and snort-worthy quotes, I just have to share a couple:

“You just need to be compliant, soft-spoken, beautiful, sweet, sure and drama-free.”
“You’re aware you just gave a complete list of antonyms for my personality.”

Oh, Mac. You’re so out of your league.

“I may look like a Cabbage Patch doll, but you should know I have a pump-action shotgun, a black belt in Karate, and a vibrator that doubles as a jackhammer,” she replied, her voice still soft and bright. “If you’re not out of my office in ten seconds, I will demonstrate all three on you, starting from the bottom of the list and working my way up.”

Um, Kelli, that sounds a little painful but I know I wouldn’t mess with you.

“Will Mac throw in a ride on a white stallion before we trot into the sunset to make beautiful babies and live happily ever after?’
“You’re allergic to horses, afraid of babies, and horrified by commitment.”
“Do I at least get to bang your brother?”

Mac never stood a chance, poor man. Tawna Fenske certainly knows how to turn a phrase and write a super-hot scene. I’ll definitely be picking up the next book in this series!

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40 Responses to “Speed Date with Mac: Fiancée For Hire by Tawna Fenske”

  1. I LOVE when a stoic guy gets blindsided by a sassy woman who gets under his skin. It definitely leaves a lot of room for laugh-out-loud moments! This sounds like a fantastic read. Lovely review, Mary. I very much enjoyed reading your thoughts on this!! 🙂
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  2. A dicktionary, you say? Haha this is news to me, Mary, but I’m intrigued based solely upon that. Plus, let’s be honest, Mac and and Kelli sound like a riot…always a plus! Love the sound of this! 😀

  3. You sold me with those quotes and the mention of: “-there’s little I like more in a romance than seeing a strong, self-contained man lose his cool over a sassy woman. And Mac completely loses his cool.” The banter, humor and chemistry sounds wonderful in this one. This is a standalone, right? Thanks for the fun review, and I’m off to check this series out somemore 😉
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  4. I can’t remember if I’ve asked you about Kristen Ashley, so if I have–SORRY, but have you read Kristen Ashley yet? B/c I think you would LOVE her. These kinds of books are my FAVORITE contemporary/romantic suspense, and really, the only kind that I read regularly. They’re all laugh-out-loud funny and have the most amazing ex-military alphas EVER. Anyway, I just wishlisted BOTH of this book and one that came before it, and I put them on my for serious wishlist. Great review, Mary!
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