Title: Double Dealing: A Marriage of Inconvenience
Author: Nicole Colville
Publisher: Hidden Pleasures Publishing
Release Date: November 2, 2016
Genre(s): Gay contemporary romance, arranged marriage, anguish
Page Count: 240 pages
Reviewed by: Natosha
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
An arranged marriage in New York in 2016… That could never work out.
Caught in a messy merger with the mounting pressure to close a multi-billion-dollar deal, business mogul Ryder Granger finds things are more hostile than the average takeover, but he’s not just interested in acquiring the lucrative Lyon coffee chain. He has an entirely more personal motive hidden beneath his cool exterior and designer suit.
Trace Lyon believes the merger with B&G could be the way out of the closet his strict Southern father keeps him locked in, but there’s one big problem. Ryder Granger is everything Trace wants, and everything his father despises. Two years ago, they shared one incredible night together, but despite the connection and the intense heat, both walked away.
With the deal falling through, Ryder brings an unexpected offer to the table — a more personal type of merger between the two rival families, one Trace is dead against.
Taking control in the only way he can, Trace agrees to marry Ryder, but secretly plots to double deal both his father and Ryder. He just has to get this whole absurd wedding out of the way first and ignore how happy Ryder makes him feel.
What happens when the man you really want is too scared to come out and live the life he wants to live because he could lose everything, the company he stands to inherit and his family? You come up with a plan to take over that said company and then you throw in the deal the fact you want that said man included.
Trace and Ryder both have it bad for the other the moment they lay eyes on each other. The next morning Trace figured out who Ryder was and ran. Two years later they are about to come face to face again and Ryder is determined to have Trace forever despite Trace’s father.
The problem I see with these two men is they could had such an easier journey if one or both of them would admit to the other how they truly feel. Neither man is good at being open and honest with the other and gay puts a major strain on their marriage of inconvenience. Or at least it is a marriage of inconvenience in Trace’s eyes because although he knows Ryder cares about him, he does not know that Ryder is truly in love with him. Ryder is too scared to admit to Trace he true feelings.
With all that is left unsaid between them, it puts a huge strain on their marriage and Trace is biding his time for the twelve months to be over so he can walk away with no consequences. Ryder has a totally different plan all together and does not plan to let Trace walk away without a fight.
This book was a great read with a lot of misunderstandings, resentment, guilt, lust, and in the end lots of love. There was a lot of ups and downs. There was happy times and a lot of times hat neither man was happy at all. And last but not least, this book had a lot of misunderstandings and a lot of learning and growing on both men’s parts. It was definitely a book that I feel would portray what an arranged marriage would be like in this day and time. Nicole did a great job with this book.
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