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“Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.”  ― Winston Churchill

Marriage with Benefits (Harlequin Desire Series #2212)

Marriage with Benefits - Kat Cantrell Snappy and fast-paced. Great dialogue. The spin on marriage of convenience (she needs a divorce, not a husband, but to get a divorce one must get married first) is fresh (to me, at least. Although the dreaded trust fund does make an appearance. Srsly, where are all those lawyers who will draw up such a cockamamie trust?) Cia is Hispanic (although she appears to be of Spanish descent, not Mexican or otherwise Latin American) which adds a nice note of diversity. Lucas has an annoying habit of calling women "darlin'" (note: it's not) which I guess marks him as a Texan and only makes me happy to be a Californian. But other than that, Lucas is a very appealing hero and I love his wedding present to Cia.

The emotional beats feel authentic, and the chemistry between the characters burns up the pages.

Well done!