Saturday 16 June 2018


One Night Wife
The Confidence Game #1
By Ainslie Paton
Releasing May 28th, 2018
Entangled Publishing

Finley Cartwright is the queen of lost causes. That’s why she’s standing on a barstool trying to convince Friday night drinkers to donate money to her failing charity. Hitting on the guy on the next stool wasn’t part of her plan. Still, hot but grumpy venture capitalist Caleb Sherwood might just be her ticket to success.

Professional grifter and modern-day Robin Hood, Cal Sherwood is looking for a partner for a long con. Sexy Fin, doing her best Marilyn Monroe act for her cause, has the necessary qualifications. By the time he cuts her free, her charity would be thriving, and she’d have helped him charm billions out of arrogant, gullible marks to fund his social justice causes.

But just when he thinks he’s about to pull off the best con ever, his feisty new partner gets the upper hand.

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In One Night Wife (The Confidence Game #1) by Ainslie Paton, Finley Cartwright will do anything to raise money for her charity. So, getting the attention of a room full of people to donate money to her cause isn't above her, especially when she's standing on a barstool and probably making a fool of herself. But just when she thinks her idea is a lost cause, she meets venture capitalist Cal Sherwood. Cal is willing to help her, yet he wants something in return. He needs her to be his partner for a long con without letting on his real reasons for what he needs her for. However, the more time they spend together, the more Cal finds he doesn't want them to go their separate ways when he no longer needs Finley. Will he be able to convince Finley to take a chance on him or will she break Cal's heart with a con of her own?

It took me quite a bit of time to warm up to this story because I thought the heroine comes off as a flake and a little desperate, especially once she meets the hero because he wants to keep things strictly professional while she wants to change their relationship from acquaintances to lovers. Yet, in saying that, I loved the plot twists, and the fact that this was a modern day Robin Hood-esque type story with a wonderful hero and a heroine that did win me over in the end. 

As for the dialogue, it was intense due to the main characters back stories and I could understand why the hero and his family do what they do because rich people can be so greedy sometimes and think they can get away with whatever they want, which is proven by something that happens that infuriates the hero and gets the heroine to prove she's not weak when it comes to protecting herself. Really, in the end, once Finley won me over, I found her to be resilient and courageous. While the hero, he's confident, hard-working and I liked the close relationship he shares with his family and how he was willing to fight for his relationship with the heroine since she's an outsider and deemed unacceptable to join their group in the long run. Will Cal win his family over?

Overall, Ms. Paton has penned a read that I liked in this book where this couple had plenty of chemistry; the romance was nicely-detailed and had me glad that the hero gave into their intense chemistry; and the ending had me loving how the heroine makes things right with Cal after what she does to make their relationship go awry. I would recommend One Night Wife by Ainslie Paton, if you enjoy the fake relationship trope or books by authors Talia Hibbert, Lucy Parker, Sarina Bowen and Mia Hopkins. 

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