It’s Only Fake ’Til Midnight & Trapped with Temptation

Harlequin Desire. Jun. 2023. 448p. ISBN 9781335457639. pap. $8.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
In Garbera’s It’s Only Fake ‘Til Midnight, businessman Dash Gilbert’s sister Rory wakes from a 10-year coma with the mistaken belief that Dash and his college girlfriend, Dr. Elle Monroe, are married. In order to protect Rory’s fragile mental state, Elle agrees to move in with the siblings and pretend to be Dash’s loving spouse. As they become closer than ever, Elle will have to decide if Dash is a man she can trust with her heart or if their relationship is doomed to end by midnight. In St. Aubin’s Trapped with Temptation, gallery curator Shelby Llewellyn and sculptor Bastien Renaud are snowbound in his remote cabin. Shelby had hoped that Bastien would exhibit his sculptures in her gallery and help her show the world that she is more than a rich man’s adopted and privileged daughter, but the reclusive artist resists. Shelby, however, may just be the one to thaw his frozen heart.
VERDICT Readers of Garbera’s first “Gilbert Curse” book, One Night Wager, likely won’t want to miss this one. The second of St. Aubin’s “The Renaud Brothers” books, after Blue Blood Meets Blue Collar, satisfyingly combines three favorite tropes: opposites-attract, snowed-in, and only-one-bed.
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