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TREASURED BY THURSDAY
The Weekday Brides Series, Book Seven
Montlake Romance, Contemporary
August 18, 2015, First Edition
Paperback & Kindle
Determined not to let her past mistakes influence her future, Gabriella ‘Gabi’ Masini is working for Alliance, an elite matchmaking firm that arranges marriages for wealthy clients. When asked to investigate a new client, Gabi accepts the job, unaware that her new client will stop at nothing to get what he wants.
Hunter Blackwell isn’t used to anyone telling him no, so it’s a blow to his ego when Gabi denies his request to become a client of Alliance. Forced to retreat so he can find her one weakness, he soon learns the truth about her past and uses it against her.
As with all the books of this author’s weekday bride series, the plot was extremely entertaining, and drew me in immediately. As Hunter is a new character to the series, and a complete mystery I wanted to learn more about as quickly as possible. I loved the confident and commanding presence Hunter had, especially in the opening lines of this book. I could easily imagine that scene unfolding before my very eyes, just as I could with the rest of this book.
With the dialogue, I loved Gabi’s humor. Her one liners were totally amusing, and I couldn’t wait for the moments where she was bantering with Hunter. In fact, I wanted to skip ahead of the story, just to read what she had to say next to him. It was impossible not to. However, I didn’t because I was intrigued by Hunter’s back story. There were so many questions I wanted answered. The most important being -- what made him the ruthless businessman he is?
I absolutely loved both characters. They’re very charismatic, and make a wonderful couple. The chemistry between them was intense from the moment they met, and spills onto the pages perfectly with some great sex scenes. Their intimacy was hot, full of passion and could very easily have a reader fanning themselves from the heat level. What I liked so much about Gabi was her strength and how she managed to bounce back from the mistakes of her past to move forward with her life. She actually seemed happy most of the time and that I didn’t expect. Instead, I thought she’d be a lot more guarded. Yet, being with Hunter was good for her. While with Hunter, I loved that he could admit when he was wrong. Because I imagine him admitting such a thing, doesn’t happen all that often.
Overall, this was an incredible read and an excellent way to end the series. I’d definitely recommend to all romance readers looking for a good contemporary romance that has a little bit of suspense added to it. Moreover, I wouldn’t recommend just this one of the series, I’d recommend them all. Starting with Wife by Wednesday, followed by Married by Monday, Fiance by Friday, Single by Saturday, Taken by Tuesday, Seduced by Sunday, and then this book.
The seventh and final tale in the dazzling, heartwarming, and pulse-racing Weekday Brides series.
Gabriella Masini: She’s a woman haunted by her past, with the scars to prove it. She believes that fairy tales are for other people. An elite matchmaker at Alliance, she’s great at crunching numbers, but something doesn’t add up with her latest prospective client: a billionaire bad boy with his own secrets. When Gabi refuses to be his temporary wife, Hunter forces her hand with an offer she can’t refuse. But marriage to a man like that could never last…or could it?
Hunter Blackwell: Only his bank account is bigger than his ruthless ability to obtain anything he wants. These days, he has a secret reason to settle down, at least for a while—and he thinks the sensual and sassy Gabi will fit the bill perfectly. But when their marriage of convenience becomes downright dangerous, Hunter must decide how far to take his vow to honor and protect Gabi forever.
She swallowed. "We're cooking."
“Gabi, look at me.”
She shook her head, taking the coward’s way out. If she noticed the lock of hair falling into his eyes a second time, she might have to push it back in place.
“Gabriella?” The smooth texture of his voice was like chocolate on her tongue.
His sticky hand tucked under her chin and forced her to meet his gaze.
He stepped closer, his frame molding to hers and pressing her back against the counter.
She couldn’t breathe.
His thumb traced her bottom lip. “This is a bad idea,” he mumbled her thoughts.
She nodded. “Very poor choice.” Her hands gripped the side of the counter to keep from touching him.
Hunter sucked in a deep breath. “You smell like flowers.”
“I’ll change my shampoo.”
He started to dip his head and she kept talking. “Something musky, so you won’t notice me.”
“I don’t think that’s going to work.”
He was close enough to catch the scent of mint on his breath. “I don’t even like you.” One of her legs lifted and rubbed against one of his.
“I don’t trust you.” His hand moved from her lip the side of her neck.
You blackmailed me.”
“You tricked me into cooking with your mother.”
She smiled. “The two hardly compare.”
Instead of dropping his lips to hers, he detoured to the side of her neck and kept talking, his breath brushing her skin. “Have you met your mother?”
His lips found her neck.
She moaned and closed her eyes. Such a deliciously bad idea.
New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the Weekday Brides Series and the Not Quite Series. Bybee lives with her two teenage sons in Southern California.
Praise for Treasured by Thursday
“..an exquisitely written and complex story brimming with pride, passion, and pulse-pounding danger... Readers will gladly make time to savor this winning finale to a wonderful series.” –Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Bybee concludes her popular Weekday Brides series in a gratifying way with a passionate, troubled couple who may find a happy future if they can just survive and then learn to trust each other. A compelling and entertaining mix of sexy, complicated romance and menacing suspense.” –Kirkus Reviews
“The Weekday Brides never disappoint and this final installment is by far Bybee’s best work to date..” –RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Stars, Top Pick!