Title: The Husband Gambit
Author: L.A. Witt
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: November 15th 2018
Page Count: 251
Reviewed by: Jia
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.25 stars out of 5
Marry me for 1 year. Payment: $1.2 million.
Hayden Somerset is convinced the ad is a joke, but he responds anyway because, hello, $1.2 million. He’s broke, living in a tiny apartment with two roommates, and exhausted from praying his ancient car survives just one more week. His skyrocketing rent and crushing student loans aren’t helping either. At this point, there isn’t much Hayden wouldn’t do for that kind of cash.
The ad isn’t a joke. Jesse Ambrose is absolutely serious. His father, the charismatic patriarch of a powerful Hollywood dynasty, has his eye on politics, and he’s counting on California’s liberals and progressives to elect him. But Jesse knows what his father believes when cameras and voters aren’t around. As the election looms, he’ll do anything to force the man’s hand and show the public who Isaac Ambrose really is.
Anything, including marrying a stranger so his father will make good on his promise to disown Jesse if he ever takes a husband.
Now he just has to wait for his father to take the bait… and try not to accidentally fall in love with his fake husband.
Only reading the blurb one can tell this story won’t be completely realistic, I mean what’s the odds of Mr. Right answering or someone actually putting out such an add? That said I say the book isn’t claiming to be real life realistic (although some pretty amazing and unbelievable things can happen).
I liked the build up of their relationship and their daily life and it was a nice read altogether but I didn’t buy the reasoning Jesse had going when Hayden started to back off, on the other hand I thought Hayden overreacted as well.
The plot was interesting though and it was an easy enough read that I had no problem finishing even if I felt it a bit farfetched to go to all that trouble the way he did, and the way Jesse’s father wouldn’t even trust the family without suspecting them to record him saying ‘bad’ things?
Still, things like that can be overlooked if one likes this kind of storyline. So I’m still gonna give it three stars.