The Attraction of Adeline by Lisa Wells
Series: Off-the-Wall Proposal #2
Published by Entangled, Lovestruck
Publication Date: April 10th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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The Proposal: Adeline Rigby will live with Accountant Jack Foster and pretend to be his fake fiancée for one month in order for him to seal a promotion to partner. In return, Accountant Jack Foster will intimately tutor Adeline Rigby in French before she leaves for Paris where she will fulfill her dream of attending Le Cordon Bleu.
1. Maintain distance. Three get-to-know-you dates before announcing their engagement will be tempting enough.
2. No kissing. Okay, fine. Three kisses. Maybe four. And neck kisses don’t count.
3. No touchy feely stuff. Or at least not too many public displays of touchy-feely stuff.
4. No sex.
5. All right, all right. One night of sex in order to be a believable engaged couple.
6. Two nights of mind-blowing sex to make sure first night wasn’t a fluke.
7. Absolutely, positively, no falling in love.
Adeline’s best friend introduces her to her brother, Jack. Adeline falls and hits her head and has a mild concussion so Jack stays with her to make sure things are all good. While they’re together they talk and Adeline finds out that Jack is up for a promotion. Jack says he probably won’t get it as his boss is really old-fashioned and believes that any partner needs to be married. Jack is single so that counts him out. Jack really wants that promotion as he’s a hard worker so he ends up asking Adeline to be his fake fiancé. When her landlord decides to sell her condo she moves in with Jack and it’s the perfect time to try and sell their fake engagement to his boss and co-workers.
Adeline has agreed to be the fake fiancé but has no desire to go any further with it…at first. She immediately takes sex off of the table but is soon changing her tune. Jack was left at the altar at one point in his life and has no desire to ever get married. That’s until he gets to know Adeline better and ends up falling in love with her. Soon Jack is saying things that are supposed to be fake but are he really means them. Adeline thinks that Jack is incredibly hot but she has plans for her future and none of those include a man.
This book was part fun and funny and part heart-breaking. The fun and funny part were when Jack and Adeline were together. I loved that they could laugh at each other and have a good time. Adeline was a bit of a stick in the mud but she was so fearful of getting off of her life track that she couldn’t bend. The heart-breaking part was Adeline’s life. She had been put into foster care at the age of 5 and had had 6 foster families until finally the 7th family stuck. She loved her foster mother, Dottie, but Dottie not only had Alzheimers but breast cancer and was dying. The cancer treatments were making her Alzheimers worse and she seemed to be stuck in one memory and unfortunately that memory of Adelilne was not a good one. Adeline would go to Dottie’s house every Saturday night but Dottie wouldn’t let her in or even be nice to her. In the end things were worked out between them but it was very sad and I definitely cried when Dottie was dying.
Overall I thought the book was a good one and will most likely pick up another Lisa Wells book in the future.
Rating: 3.75 out of 5