About the Book:
Secretive matchmaker to the rich and famous, Lydia Whitney prefers to stay behind the scenes. But after one mistake, rich resort developer Ian McNeill is hot on her trail, and he’s more attractive—and persistent—than ever before.
Ian can’t believe it when he figures out who’s messing with his family: a woman who has deceived—and seduced—him before. What’s her agenda? And why can’t he resist her? He’ll get the answers to all his questions, if Lydia agrees to his convenient marriage proposal. But once she’s in his arms again, will he let her go?
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The Magnate I Hate to Like
This is the second book in the McNeill's series of sexy contemporary romances. I enjoyed the first book which included Quinn and Sofia, so I was excited about Ian's book. I wanted to LOVE it, but I only sort of liked it. I did a lot of skipping around because most of the bits between the dialogue wasn't interesting enough to keep me engaged. I just wanted to know if Lydia would actually fall for Ian's charm or if she'd tit-up and tell him to shove it where the sun don't shine. Ian and Lydia had a torrid affair and because of some misunderstanding, they parted ways. Now, Ian is back and is looking for "sensual revenge" against Lydia because Lydia went all high school bully on Ian by trying to get her payback in a juvenile way (won't go into it so you can read all the eye-rolling stupidity yourself).
I don't like Lydia's childishness in her attempt to hurt Ian. In the end, she reaped the consequences by getting herself in trouble and into the scandal sheets. Ian had every right to be angry at her, but instead of suing her he wants to use her to fulfill his grandfather's will and get his part of the family business. But (surprise, surprise) he also wants her because he's had a raging hard on for her since she left.
Lydia is a smart (or so we're told) woman who only wants to help single mom's so she's hesitant to turn down Ian's marriage proposal. Hell, he's offering protection, money, his rock hard body--what's not to like? Well, how about how the man threatened to turn you over to a ruthless Russian billionaire unless you complied? How about how he used your own philanthropy against you? The man was a walking a-hole, but she just couldn't say "no."
Despite all the issues I had with the main characters, the plot, and the trope, I hate to admit that I liked the book enough to lose several hours of sleep reading it. Will I ever read it again? No. But at least now I can read Cameron's book with a little fore-knowledge of what the hell is going on in this family of convenience marriages, side pieces, and hunky resort magnates.
No worries, Joanne. I still love your books, it's just that this one didn't strike my fancy like your other ones did.
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