The Passionate One by Jeanette Lewis
As the creator of the Billionaire Bride Pact, Erin Parker is determined to see it through. And now that wealthy, gorgeous Brennan Avery has been cast as her costar in a play destined for Broadway, things couldn’t be better. But Erin’s best friend, Matt Walters, isn’t ready to give up on her. He has a plan to escape the friend zone and prove to Erin that there are more important things than money and fame.
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The Resilient One by Cami Checketts
Alyssa Armsworth, a world-renowned photographer, has no intentions of honoring the Billionaire Bride Pact she made as a teenager to avoid getting her bra hung from the camp flagpole. Marriage is the last thing on her to-do list and when her father forces his wealthy friends on her, she runs to Maui.
She plans to lay low, take some great pictures, and eat fresh fish--until Beckham Taylor arrives. Stuck in the same hotel and spending days on the white sand with the handsome ex-NHL star wouldn't be all that bad except Alyssa's done something in the past that Beckham could never forgive. Before she can confess, her misdeeds are thrust onto the front cover of a well-known magazine. Alyssa must overcome her fears or live without Beckham.
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I've read books by both authors of The Billionaire Bride Pact before, and this sounded like an interesting new series (with great covers-well done). The pact came about while playing M.A.S.H. at a summer camp, and that actually brought back some fun memories. I can't tell you the number of times I played M.A.S.H. growing up.
That said, I was a little put off by the whole idea of the pact. Sure, it sounds innocent for girls at a summer camp, but the idea that adults would still be focused on that seemed very shallow. This was very much the focus in The Passionate One. I can understand Erin feeling that she had a responsibility to the pact since it was her creation, but it made her very difficult to like. She was so awful to Matt, and I just wanted him to move on and find someone else who would appreciate him. He was a wonderful character! Thankfully, Erin grows up through the story and sees the light. I was happy for the change of heart.
The Resilient One didn't focus on the pact. Alyssa had no desire to see it through, so she was a much more likable character. She was also strong, and worked hard to overcome obstacles in her life. At times the story really pulled me in and held my attention. At other times it sort of dragged on, and was a little unrealistic, but overall I liked the characters, and granny was a hoot.
Both stories are clean and worth the read if you have the time.
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