Book Title: The Rented Bride (Highland Billionaires #1)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Author: KyAnn Waters & Tarah Scott
Date Published: 6 September 2016
Billionaire Trent Weston dominates in the boardroom, but when it comes to the bedroom he’s discovered it’s dangerous to trust a woman. Now, with his grandfather’s health failing, Trent is determined to make the older man’s last days special…even if that means marriage.
Event planner Cassie Adams is determined to make her mark. However, the Weston party isn’t going as she’d hoped. One disaster after another is going to get her fired. So imagine her surprise when Trent Weston proposes marriage. Only he doesn’t want forever. He just wants to rent her.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I am a huge fan of Tarah Scott's books, so when I found out she was co-writing this series with KyAnn Waters, I became curious and decided to give this book a go. I am glad I did because I loved it!
Trent Weston is a fantastic character. He is very much an alpha male, being that he is extremely protective of his family and a savvy businessman. However, his grandfather's health is failing and in an attempt to make his final days happy, he hires Cassie Adam's company to host a party where he hopes to announce his upcoming marriage to a well known actress.
Cassie Adams is also a fantastic character. She is independent, determined and feisty. She is an event planner and her company has been hired to host a birthday party for Trent Weston's grandfather. As a series of disasters threaten to ruin not only the party but Cassie's reputation, she finds herself embroiled in a deceit that, if found out, could break an old man's heart.
This is the first book in a fantastic contemporary romance series. I started to read this book and didn't put it down until I had finished it. I fell in love with the characters, who all come alive on the page.
The story took me on a huge emotional rollercoaster from start to finish. Trent's grandfather is a wonderful character and the warmth, pride and love he has for his grandson shone through. Having watched my mother grow weaker before she passed was painful, so I felt deeply for Trent as he watched his grandfather weaken too. I loved the dialogue between the characters too, it felt realistic. I am glad that there wasn't any insta-love between Cassie and Trent as it would have felt fake. However, I love the way their relationship grew into love. They have a chemistry that set fire to the page.
There is only one thing that bothered me about this story. There is (in my opinion) an unresolved issue with regards to the rivalry between Cassie's company and their competition. But, in the grand scheme of things, it is only a minor niggle on my part. I did, however, enjoy the first scene where Cassie meets Trent (even though it's mistaken identity) and later when an iguana is running around causing havoc. These scenes had me chuckling, though others had me crying. I reached the end of the book feeling happy. I am now looking forward to reading the rest of the series as soon as possible.
KyAnn Waters and Tarah Scott has written a fantastic contemporary romance. I love their writing style which is fast paced and entertaining, and the flow is wonderful too. Since Tarah Scott is already one of my favourite authors, I will have to add KyAnn Waters onto my list too. I am looking forward to reading more of both authors' books in the future.
Due to scenes of a sexual nature that are rather on the explicit side and some bad language, I do not recommend this book to readers under the age of 16. I do, however, highly recommend this book if you love contemporary romances. - Lynn Worton
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Award winning author Tarah Scott cut her teeth on authors such as Georgette Heyer, Zane Grey, and Amanda Quick. Her favorite book is a Tale of Two Cities, with Gone With the Wind as a close second. She writes modern classical romance, and paranormal and romantic suspense. Tarah grew up in Texas and currently resides in Westchester County, New York with her daughter.