MILLION DOLLAR MARRIAGE (Million Dollar #2)

MILLION DOLLAR MARRIAGE                    KATY EVANS

If someone had bet Nell a million dollars that she would be saying “I do” to a complete stranger on national television, she’d have called them crazy, but with her crushing student loan payments sending her deep into the red, she’s out of options. This should be nothing more than a business transaction—until she sets eyes on her groom, and everything changes.
The game is on the instant Luke spots Penelope “Nell” Carpenter. He’s out for the money, yes, but getting a little dirty with Nell doesn’t sound too bad either. Everyone knows he’s not the marrying kind, so it’s a good thing it’s just for show. God knows he’s the worst guy his pretty wife should pick for real.
They have nothing in common, but if they want the grand prize, they’ll have to beat out eight other couples. Proving that total opposites attract should be easy enough…as long as they don’t fall in love in the process.
MY REVIEW:
This was one of the best romantic comedies I have read in a while.  The characters had great flaws that added so many layers to them.  That it made them relatable.
     You have Nell (Penny) Carpenter a professional college student with more degrees and Ph.D.’s than most could think of wanting.  She comes from a wealthy family that had their own ideas of what Nell should do with her life. Also, what and who she should surround herself, within her life.  That was to be Yale, a law degree like her father, and an ex-that is working for her father (whores around like him too.)  This did not interest her at all.
     Books are her thing.  She is self-absorbed in what interest her that the world doesn’t exist.  To the point where she never made friends until arriving at Emory and was forced to room with Courtney.  Now still her only friend.  Oh, yes and now, Joe, Courtney’s boyfriend.
     Here’s the thing since she wouldn’t go to Yale.  Her daddy said pay your own way to Emory.  Professional won out over daddy and the system.  Well, until she over-stayed her welcome at the college and they make you graduate with you three Ph.D.’s and you get a letter saying Uncle Sam wants a boatload of money.
     While sulking on the couch she hears a commercial about the race while it scares her, she talks to Courtney into letting her go with her and Joe to try out.  Man, she is so overwhelmed with the number of people also there to try out.  While filling out a bubble questionnaire a thug or better yet a Yeti speaks to her.  She tries to ignore this Yeti with the sexy green-eyes, but he keeps on staring.
     Little does she know that Luke Cross a kid from the streets that his grandfather rescues when he finds out that his own parents kick him out.  Luke inherits the aged bar that was his granddad’s and pays for the guest home for his gran.  But it needs many repairs and he had no idea his granddad took out some serious loans and now they are coming due very soon.
     He needs to win too.  In order to keep the bar to have a steady income to keep his gran where she’s at.  So, when they both make it and are paired together it’s a bumpy ride.  A little secret Luke thinks Penny, as he calls her for her proper name is Penelope, is the most beautiful woman he has ever met.  Something she’s never seen or heard from anyone else in her life.
     The bantering between the two characters as well as them with their friends makes this book a joy to read.  Luke is such a kind-hearted man who knows what it’s like to hit bottom and be invisible.  He makes a point to make everyone fill like they have been seen most of all Penny.
     I give this: 5++++ starts.  Provided by netgalley.com. 
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