Book Review: Better Together

Better Together
Crista McHugh
(One Fond Embrace, #1)
Publication date: August 20th 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Hawaiian rancher Alex Kahale needs a temporary wife to close a deal that’s vital to the welfare of his herd. Thankfully, he’s already married to a woman stole his heart in less than a week, even if that same wife filed for divorce a few days after they said their “I dos”.

Rising country music star Britney Moore had a wild fling with a cowboy in Las Vegas a year ago which ended in a drunken drive-through marriage. Once she returned to Nashville, she filed for divorce to save her squeaky clean image. Besides, spontaneous marriages never last, and she knows better than to risk her heart on Alex. But no matter how many requests she sends him, he refuses to sign the papers. Then he sends her an intriguing offer. Come to his ranch on Kauai and pretend to be his wife for two weeks for business purposes, and he’ll sign the papers.

As much as Britney tries to resist his charm, Alex manages to tear down her defenses one by one until she falls for him all over again. But when the press finds out about her secret husband, will their revived romance be killed by the tabloids?

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Author Bio:

Crista McHugh is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY BESTSELLING author of fantasy and romance with heroines who are smart, sexy, and anything but ordinary. She also writes fantasy with a little less kissing and bit more action (outside the bedroom) as C. A. McHugh.

Growing up in small town Alabama, Crista relied on story-telling as a natural way for her to pass the time and keep her two younger sisters entertained.

She currently lives in the Audi-filled suburbs of Seattle with her husband and two children, maintaining her alter ego of mild-mannered physician by day while she continues to pursue writing on nights and weekends.

Just for laughs, here are some of the jobs she’s had in the past to pay the bills: barista, bartender, sommelier, stagehand, actress, morgue attendant, and autopsy assistant.

And she’s also a recovering LARPer. (She blames it on her crazy college days)

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My Review

If by any unearthly reason you are not moved by love, you will definitely be moved by the amazing scenery and the Hawaiian experience this story offers! This was exactly like a holyday to a magnificent place, with a little (a lot, actually) extra.

We have our main characters who happen to become married and in her many intents to obtain a divorce, secret star Britney Moore ends up making a deal with the person she wants to be away from – her husband. In her attempt to be rid of him, she ends up closer than she ever imagined. I liked the plot and how it evolved around the characters and I liked all the “I want you, No I don’t”s coming from Britney. I must admit I am not very fond of her, as her intentions were strictly to save her image and it looked a little shallow initially. Until the end, she grew on me a little.

Alex is a different story. He’s all about his life’s work, his ranch, his family’s legacy. He has good friends that make the delight of the story sometimes and he has a major problem: how to convince his wife to stay?  They seem different, but something ties them together. Somehow, they will find that common ground.

Crista Mchugh is a great writer. She creates these moments between the characters that are very well complemented with what’s happening around them. I like her style very much and I am happy to have discovered her. There are moments that made me smile and there are moments that made me scream in frustration – this would count as good but also a tiny bit not good.

All in all, I liked “Better Together” and I am looking forward for more books by this author. The series shows potential for more and I am excited to be in for the ride. Until next one, 4 out of 5 stars and I wish you all a happy reading J



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