Monday, May 21, 2018

Marrying an Athlete by Anne-Marie Meyer {Review}

Marrying an Athlete by Anne-Marie Meyer
Published: May 15, 2018
Source: I received a copy, which had no influence on my opinions

Anna Short’s life has been in a slump ever since her boss and boyfriend—who happened to be the same person—dumped her. Now forced to work at a coffee shop, she's pretty sure her life can't go any lower. Enter Michael: her best friend McKenna’s older brother and life-long crush.

Michael Jones is the life of the party. As a Defenseman for the New York Rangers, he's always had his pick of women and friends. When he mistakenly proposes to the Mayor's daughter at a party one night, he hightails it out of New York before the media storm hits. He drives to McKenna’s house where he finds her in emotional shambles. Grateful for the distraction her problems give him, he jumps head first into finding a solution.

When McKenna begs them to fake a marriage so they can go with her to a counseling resort designed to help fix her failing one, Anna and Michael agree. After all, the drunken kiss they shared two years ago was definitely in the past. But when they decide to make it their mission to bring McKenna and her husband together, they begin to realize just how good of a team they really are.

My Review: 5 Stars

What a darling story! One of my favorite tropes is a fake marriage and this one is extra special because of the past that Michael and Anna share. Michael is Anna's best friend's older brother, which is another favorite theme of mine. Could it get any better than this?!

What really sets this book apart is the fact that it's set on Bora Bora at a marriage counseling resort. In an effort to help their friend/sister, they agree to a fake marriage and the sparks instantly fly! I almost melted into a puddle a few different times. Being with a guy like Michael, past or no past, would intimate the socks off of me. He's very charismatic, sweet, and good-looking, but a total playboy, while Anna is so darling, innocent, and trusting.

I've been on a tropical kick lately and can't get enough of the warm, sunny beaches, but when a sweet romance is in the mix, you'd better believe that I couldn't put it down. Between the swoon that fairly leaps off the pages and the unreal blue water and white, powdery sand, the alternating insecurities and confidence of Michael and Anna, life is brought to these characters. They are delightfully flawed and I did not want it to end.

Content: mild+ swoony romance, some innuendo

Also part of the Destined for Love: Resorts collection:
— Matched by Design by Lindzee Armstrong
— Keep Me At Christmas by Lucinda Whitney
— Second Chance in Paradise by Jennifer Peel
— The Trust of a Billionaire by Michelle Pennington
— Marrying an Athlete by Anne-Marie Meyer
— Her Big Fat Dreamy Billionaire Ex by Victorine E. Lieske
— If the Suit Fits by Sally Johnson
— Kings Crossed Lovers by Donna K. Weaver

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