A Limited Engagement by Bethany Michaels

Derek Sawyer, sexiest bad boy on the racing circuit, is about to land a huge sponsor. The only problem is the oil baron’s daughter wants to make Derek part of the deal. Worried he’ll offend the old billionaire if he rejects his daughter, Derek comes up with the perfect plan—pretend he’s already engaged to his friend Lilly.
Lilly Harmon used to daydream about her childhood crush Derek proposing to her…but not like this. Of course, she just lost her boyfriend and her job, so her five-year plan is already smashed to hell. Pretending to be with Derek might help her get her PR career back on track.
But the oil baron’s daughter won’t give up that easily, and Derek’s parents believe the engagement proves he’s become the son they always wanted.
Money. Family. Love. The truth could destroy everything. And to think this engagement was supposed to be the easy way out.

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What happens when your childhood crush asks you to pretend to be his fiancée for the weekend? Well for Lily Harmon she didn’t know if she would be able to handle it. Her fantasy coming to life, even for a weekend, just might push her over the edge. But she knows she can never say no to Derek Sawyer, Racing’s Most Eligible Bachelor and the star of her fantasies since she was a teen.

Derek and Lily grew up together since he is her best friend’s older brother but with him being 6 years older than her, she knew she never had a chance. So when Derek calls her out of the blue and asks her to lunch, then offers her a ride home – she was more than a little curious. Now she finds herself on a plane toward Dallas to play the soon to be Mrs. Sawyer, so Derek can try to win over a sponsorship without the Sponsor daughter throwing herself at him. Lily is a little confused as to why he would want to stay away from the gorgeous daughter of a billionaire but after he explains he’s just not made for relationships… especially ones with daughter of the man who could help him buy into full ownership of his race team, she decides to play along. As long as it’s only for the weekend.

Being famous has it’s perks but also its own set of fall backs – one being that everyone now knows that Derek and Lily are engaged – including their families back in Georgia! What would it hurt to play along for a few more days… or weeks. The only problem is that sparks are flying between the two of them and it’s hard to tell what’s pretend and real anymore.

I loved Derek and Lily from the start. Their ease with each other is fun, flirty and sexy. Lily has her own set of problems she’s trying to work through and having Derek there, someone she trusts immensely, she starts to let her guard down. Derek knows he’s not made for a long term relationship. He saw how his father’s leaving affected his family and no way does he want to put anyone else through that kind of heartache. But Lily… there’s just something about her, that he doesn’t want to let go.

This is a quick fun read and I’m a sucker for childhood friends to lovers troupes especially when it’s the older brother 🙂

I can’t wait for more from this series and hopefully book two will be about Derek’s sister!

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“Is that the guy?” Derek asked in a low whisper, leaning across the table. “He works fast. Y’all broke up, what, last week?”

Her eyes darted to Derek’s face, so close to hers. Crap. He knew. “What did Shana tell you?”

“Only that you had been messing around with your boss and that’s why you had to leave.” He sat back. “Oh, and something about a beat-down with a telephone.”

She groaned. “It wasn’t that sordid. We were a couple. It was a relationship with long-term potential.” Or so she’d thought. “And it was only the handset, not the whole phone. My hands were a little sweaty and it slipped out of—never mind. Shana wasn’t supposed to tell you.”

“She swore me to secrecy.”

“Well, it’s a good thing you’re not in the CIA.”

His eyes narrowed. Something sparked in them. He swallowed—again with that uncharacteristic nervous tic—and then smiled. “How about I make it up to you?”

“How? Got a three-hole-punch in your wallet you don’t mind me throwing at his face?”

“I left my office supplies in my other pants, but I’ve got a better idea.” That million-dollar grin spread from ear to ear. “We’ll make him jealous.”

Her gaze slid to Richard and the way he was looking at his date. “I’m not sure that’s going to work. He seems pretty wrapped up in his lunch date’s breasts.”

“Trust me. It’ll work. You’re a beautiful, intelligent, accomplished woman, and he’ll spend the rest of his life kicking himself for letting you get away.”

“Yeah, right.” There was a twinkle in his eye, but Lilly didn’t get the sense he was out-and-out mocking her. And the thought of revenge was tempting. Revenge that didn’t end in security escorting her out of the building was even better.

“What did you have in mind?”

He took her hand across the table and looked deep into her eyes as if she were the most beautiful thing he’d seen in forever, instead of his little sister’s best friend and the perpetual pain in his side growing up. “Just follow my lead. Act like we’re gearing up for a nooner and are totally into each other.”

His hands were large and warm, and the way he was looking at her, even if it was an act, made her squirm in her chair. As a lovesick teen, she’d spent hours imagining what it would be like having him look at her like this. It was everything she thought it would be, and maybe a little more. Only she wasn’t a teen any more. So pathetic. Now she knew a fantasy was just a fantasy.

“A nooner? Seriously?” She sneaked a peek at Richard and caught him staring at her, unblinking, like the giant snake he was. The woman turned to follow his gaze—and Lilly recognized her as the busty receptionist at RSG she’d always had a feeling hated her. Now she knew why.

Derek dropped her hand and scooted his chair out, about to get up. “Or I could just walk over there and punch him in his ugly cheating face.”

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Bethany Michaels is the author of over a dozen contemporary novels and novellas as well as a handful of Regency-set historicals and light paranormal romances. The first book in her Nashville country music series, Nashville Heat, was an RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee.When not working on her next book, Bethany enjoys movies, traveling, camping, hiking, and volunteering with her kids’ scout troops. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and four teens.

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