Over the weekend I read Escorted by Claire Kent. I absolutely loved it. When I went to look for more books by the same author I found that she writes under the name of Noelle Adams. A Negotiated Marriage sounded pretty interesting to me so I grabbed it up.
After unwisely declaring love to her boyfriend and realizing it was not returned Molly jumps at the offer of a marriage of convenience with Luke. Luke is a CEO with women falling at his feet and he is tired of it all. He offers Molly the marriage thinking it will benefit them both. She can avoid being hurt again and he will have someone fend off the other offers and someone to take to parties and events with him. Everything is kept nice and neat in a contractual form that they renegotiate once a year.
But now Luke has asked for an extra provision. He wants to have sex with his wife. They had previously agreed to use the services of very discreet escorts but that has not worked out for either of them. Molly is a little surprised by the offer but once they give it a try she realizes they have explosive chemistry. They renegotiate adding in sex, once a week. But soon once a week isn’t enough. And soon Molly realizes that more than just sexual feelings are going on with the couple.
A Negotiated Marriage was a good read. I didn’t like it as much as Escorted but that is not surprising since I adored Ander in Escorted. Ms Adams writes only the point of view of the heroine. It isn’t in first person but we don’t ever get to see what the heroes are thinking or feeling. If I had one complaint it would be that Luke was very confusing and hard to read because I never got to hear from him. I wasn’t sure where he was coming from so to find out that he had been in love with his wife for a long time was a bit of a surprise.
There is a blip with Molly’s ex that is brought into play. It served as the push that everyone needed to move the relationship forward. I found the ex to be quite interesting and wonder if he might get a book of his own. Overall, this was a likable book. I really like this authors voice and tone. I hope we get to hear a lot from her soon! Final grade- B
”Real or not, he was her husband. He was her lover. He was her best friend.”