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    This is how it's done!

    THE MAGNATE’S MAIL-ORDER BRIDE has to be the best contemporary fake engagement story I have ever read! Sofia Kostov is a principal dancer with the New York City Ballet, and dancing is her life. Sofia is an American citizen; however her father adheres to the old-fashioned Ukrainian way of doing things, and he wants Sofia to get married instead. The American McNeill brothers are in a similar predicament: in order to get their inheritance, their grandfather insists they must get married the sooner the better, and stay married at least 12 months. Older brother Quinn is definitely not keen on the idea, while Cameron – reckless fool that he is – goes ahead and tries a matchmaking agency. And to put it mildly, Cameron makes a big mess of things, and Quinn steps in to save the day. I will not say anymore of the plot, because it’s extremely intricate, and to my utter delight, utterly convincing, which was a huge relief for this cynical sceptic, so trust me on that. I couldn’t resist this story because Sofia is a ballerina, and I think I keep torturing myself in trying to find contemporary romances that deal successfully with fake engagements and marriages of convenience, and Joanne Rock has a real winner in THE MAGNATE’S MAIL-ORDER BRIDE! She might also have described my favourite book boyfriend ever! THE MAGNATE’S MAIL-ORDER BRIDE is simply fabulous! Ms. Rock’s prose is simple, crisp, and impeccable to the last comma. There is no instalove, and just a touch of instalust. Quinn is a naturally nice man, charming, practical, and a natural fixer, and he is not a manwhore! Sofia is reserved, somewhat melancholy, and awkward in social situations, while Quinn thrives in them, and he takes care of a very complicated situation in a very logical and honest manner. While there was bound to be complications, the author resolved them very convincingly. I absolutely loved how Quinn and Sofia eventually accepted and realised that they had fallen in love; nothing was contrived, and it actually had me tearing up at how lovely it all was. I also appreciated Joanne Rock’s knowledge of the ballet world, as well as the inflections of Ukrainian speech in one particular character. Quinn and Sofia have compelling, and superb backstories, both are so fully fleshed-out, they might as well be real people. Needless to say, THE MAGNATE’S MAIL-ORDER BRIDE is superbly written and all the delicious little details made everything so wonderful. And the sex scenes are tasteful, passionate, and feel realistic. And, dear readers, all this fabulousness is achieved without a single cliché in sight. And that tango? Be still my heart! THE MAGNATE’S MAIL ORDER BRIDE is as perfect a book as you can wish, and I can hardly wait for the next two instalments in this trilogy! I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
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    Pretty good short romance

    This was a pretty good fake engagement romance, I wish it could have been a little longer, but then again because it was short I wasn’t stuck reading until 1 AM just to get to the end. Which believe me, my family appreciates! I love Quinn and Sofia, I think that they were great characters that have amazing chemistry. The circumstances of how they met is just hilarious, even a bit dramatic which fit very well with the story. And Quinn…who doesn’t love a gentleman?! I love that he was an honest guy and didn’t become an ass just to get her to hate him or whatever. That’s how A LOT of romances seem to be doing, or at least a lot of the ones I have read! There were some confusing parts in this book, things I feel were kind of missing. I won’t go into details, don’t want to spoil anything for others, but that’s why I’m rating at four stars. *I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.*
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    Sexy and savvy bundle of laughs...

    When Sofia set out on her own, she was not prepared for all the drama that ensued. From overbearing fathers, to spiteful colleagues, grueling schedules and matters of the heart, the hits keep coming. The key is not to lose herself while dealing with everything else. Joanne Rock balances humorous drama while conveying words of wisdom and speaking to the heart with The Magnate's Mail-Order Bride. Ms. Rock set the stage for what looks to be a savvy and sexy bundle of laughs with Sofia and Quinn's romance.
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