Romance for Cynics by Nicola Marsh
Romance for Cynics is a fresh and fun story about two people with guarded hearts who find themselves falling in love when they least expect it.
Must. Not. Fall. For. Fake. Boyfriend.
Cashel Burgess’ PR team has come up with a plan to salvage his reputation and show his “softer” side by entering him in a Valentine’s Day competition to find Australia’s most romantic couple. It’s so ridiculous it might actually work. The hitch? He doesn’t even have a girlfriend. But that’s not about to stop him….
Thanks to a good-for-nothing ex, gardener Lucy Grant hates Valentine’s Day. But when Cash makes her an offer too good to refuse, Lucy finds herself half of the most cynical couple in Australia! The only problem is, when a man fakes it this well, a girl might be tempted to turn fiction into fact….
Review by Jessica:
Cash isn’t much for relationships and now he stuck in a situation were he need to prove that he isn’t what his latest hook up said or else he could loose clients. Now he’s stuck in a situation were he convinces his beautiful gardener, Lucy, to pretend for a week to be his girlfriend on a Most Romantic show.
Lucy has had her heart broken from her rich ex-husband and now she has hardened her heart. Now she lives a normal lifestyle as a gardener, a job she loves. When she finds out that her grandpa had left her grandma in a sort of situation they must come up with the money. So Cashes offer wasn’t something she could refused. Now all they need to do is convince everyone that he isn’t that heartless. But lines start to blur when they start to connect on a deeper level.
I really loved this book it was sweet and fun. I loved the relationship and connection between the two. I also enjoyed and the steamy and fun banter between them. I loved how caring and helpful Lucy was, she would do anything to help her grand mother even at the risk of her heart. I feel like there was enough of drama, romance and steaminess to keep this book interesting. The story was a bit short but its perfect for those times when you only got a little time to spare.
Review by Kimberly:
Romance for Cynics is a fresh and fun story about two people with guarded hearts who find themselves falling in love when they least expect it. Cash is a sinfully sexy hero who is knocked off his feet and out of his comfort zone by the one woman who doesn’t want him – Lucy. She’s been through a bad marriage and has no desire to fall a suave, rich businessman like Cash.
I loved watching these two cynics slide into love, even as they swear they’re turning their noses up at the hearts and flowers-filled competition they’re engaging in. Cash and Lucy can be delightfully funny and make a charming couple. I did grow a bit weary of Lucy constantly pushing away Cash because her previous marriage was a disaster, but the scenes when she’s not resisting her attraction to him make up for this.
I thoroughly enjoyed Romance for Cynics. There are a few scenes that strained credulity (example: Lucy and Cash talking about how fake their relationship is when the competition’s camera crews are around and not getting caught), but overall the book is a fast-paced, feel-good read that will satisfy the cynical romantics among us. Romance for Cynics is the first book of Nicola Marsh’s that I’ve read and I’m looking forward to reading many more.