Title: Fake Fiance, Real Revenge
Author: Roxanne Snopek
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Synopsis: Real-estate tycoon Mitchell Granger has a problem. In order to secure a lucrative deal with an eccentric client, he told the teeny white lie that he was engaged…and now he needs to prove it. Even worse? The only name that came to mind was Sabrina Becker, the girl he was never good enough for growing up, and who still lives near his family ranch.
Sabrina doesn’t mind posing as Mitch’s fake fiancée—no, she doesn’t mind at all. One, she’ll make him pay with new construction for her business. And two, Sabrina’s got a plan to exact revenge on her first love, the boy who left her and Three River Ranch behind. She’ll pretend so well, he’ll fall in love with her…and then he’ll get a taste of what true heartbreak feels like.
But as Mitch sheds his corporate skin and picks up his dusty jeans and cowboy hat, will both his and Sabrina’s grand plans get derailed by love?
WARNING: This review is NOT spoiler free.
I received this book a few weeks ago for a complete and honest review. Originally, I was just excited for a free book, now I’m excited to find a new area of romance to fall into and love. Fake Fiance, Real Revenge is the third book in the Three River Ranch series by Roxanne Snopek. All technically stand alone novels, these three books (so far) take place in small town Lutherton, Montana where Three River Ranch and a few other ranches exist. What I find really neat about these novels, though FFRR is the first one I’ve read, is that all of the characters exist in each book. While Mitch and Sabrina are the main characters in this book; Rory, Carson, Zach and Des play substantial roles in the plot, though some are larger than others. I did not need to read the other two books to fully appreciate this one, but now I definitely want to go back and read them.
Fake Fiance, Real Revenge starts off in quite the predicament. Mitch, a wealthy man on the rise, has to go back to his home town, his old life, to pretend he’s getting married to his old girlfriend, all so he doesn’t have to date Paris, the step daughter of the overly wealthy Della, whose business he so desperately seeks. For Mitch, the opportunity to sell real estate to Della is the final step in proving to his family once and for all how much he is worth, how much his life has turned around. While he doesn’t like returning to Lutherton, he sees it as a means to an end.
Sabrina, his ex girlfriend, has other plans. She agrees to be Mitch’s fake fiance, gaining a promise of an expansion of her midwife practice in return. Except she also has plans for revenge, for breaking Mitch’s heart like he’d broken hers ten years ago. Still not over the loss of their baby and the subsequent loss of Mitch from her life, Sabrina thinks revenge will help her kick Mitch from her heart once and for all.
But of course, like in all romances, things don’t go exactly as planned. Neither Mitch nor Sabrina have any idea how easy it is to step back into a relationship, no matter how fake. Every touch, every kiss (for show, of course) is like getting back up on a bike for the first time, or driving a car after riding subways for years; easy, familiar. Both of them now have to deal with old feelings, the fact that neither really got over the other, neither stopped loving the other. To top it all off, Della, Paris, and everyone from Mitch’s old life are around constantly, watching the two of them, gaging their reactions, and trying to create a life for themselves in little, old Lutherton.
It isn’t until Della decides that she’s going to snatch a failing ranch from under an old family friend’s nose that Mitch wakes up and takes action, and everything starts to fall into place. In the midst of it all, Mitch deals with his family issues, his lack of faith in himself, and Sabrina deals with her love for Mitch, and how letting him go might not have been the best thing for the both of them.
All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was captivating, loving, and cosy in that small-town-romance kind of way. I rooted for Sabrina and Mitch from page one, and the end surely did not disappoint. I empathized with Sabrina in a way only a broken-hearted girl could, and I really appreciated the way the I knew what she was feeling, because I was feeling it, too. This book was entirely real, the characters even more so. In a way, I feel like I am Sabrina, and that gives me hope for the future. I am absolutely and completely in book mourning, wishing I could go back to page one and live this story all over again. I’ve been sucked in, and I know that other readers will be as well.
Also, as much as I love the ending, I need a sequel ASAP. My heart is just not done with Mitch and Sabrina’s story.