The Surrogate Husband by Wynter DanielsThe Surrogate Husband by Wynter Daniels
Published December 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
two-stars
Format: ARC

Note: I was granted an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my rating or the content of my review.
 

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A satisfying category romance from Entangled's Lovestruck imprint… To have and to hoax... Wild child lingerie store owner Lucy Hamilton is a happily confirmed bachelorette.

As far as she's concerned, men are something best enjoyed in small doses, never to be allowed too close. Then Lucy's mother tells her Aunt Bev that Lucy has eloped and is married—a tiny lie only meant to appease the dying woman... until Aunt Bev miraculously recovers. Now Lucy needs to find a "husband" for an upcoming family wedding, and fast.

Fortunately, Lucy's ridiculously hot, ridiculously straitlaced new accountant Dex Levian is willing to be her stand-in spouse for the weekend. And that's when the trouble really begins. For starters, Dex's "involvement" with a client―no matter how irresistible―might ruin a merger he hopes will make his career. Worse still, the chemistry between Dex and Lucy is more than convincing―it's sizzling. But for Lucy, falling for her fake new husband is the most dangerous thing she can do...

Crazy thrill-seeking Lucy Hamilton will have to lay in the bed that her mother made for her by telling Lucy’s Aunt Bev that she had finally married someone. Who would have thought that Bev would recover and require to see the couple at another family wedding.

Now the only way to preserve her Aunt’s health is for Lucy to play along, and user her boutique’s accountant as a surrogate husband. Dex Levian is hot as hell, but his controlling and way too orderly personality is nothing she’d ever want in a man. Will they both manage to keep up their fake couple act in front of Aunt Bev?

The Surrogate Husband is a relatively short rom-com book, which takes about 2 hours’ worth reading front to back. The writing – which was done in 3rd person with alternating POVs – was good, but nothing over the top (I say this compared to my favorite 3rd person writer R.L. Mathewson). And finally, I felt like I was missing a more enticing (and less predictable) storyline. The reader has everything served on a golden platter right from the start, and therefore the story loses its touch and suspense. Plus things fell into place way too easily, which makes the whole book unreal…

The format was completely screwed up (invalid linebreaks), and needed some serious editing: there were no actual grammatical or spelling mistakes, but punctuation mistakes. The dialogue punctuation also wasn’t quite right and made it difficult to guess who said what.

So in the end, even though I liked the characters and the fact that they were so different but still ended up together, this book didn’t really excite me any more than that…

Detailed Rating
Storyline
2 Stars
Characters
3.5 Stars
Writing
2 Stars
All the feels
3 Stars
Overall: two-stars