The Penthouse Prince by Virginia Nelson

The Penthouse Prince by Virginia Nelson
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (189 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Sorrel

Single mom Jeanie Long was trying to save her butt at work by reporting her manager to the company owner. Instead, she finds herself greeted warmly by gorgeous company CEO Camden James…and introduced to his father as his fiancée. Now she’s been hired—complete with a hefty pay raise—to be the fake fiancée of the infamous “Penthouse Prince.”

Camden doesn’t believe in love. He believes in mutually beneficial business arrangements. With his real fiancée off cheating on him, Camden needs someone to help him prove to his father that he’s definitely ready to marry. Yet Jeanie’s combination of beauty and bluntness act like an aphrodisiac, and their “for the press” kisses look incredibly real. So real that Jeanie and Camden are either really convincing actors…or they’ve fallen for their own charade.

Pretend girlfriend to pretend wife.

When Camden James’ fiancee started an affair while abroad, he knew he had to find another fiancee and fast so he could introduce her to his father. Camden wants to own the company he rebuilt but the only way to get that is by getting married. When he sees Jeanie he makes a deal with her to be his fiancee and convince his father that they are in love with each other.  This fake relationship somehow turns into a real one that has the potential to hurt not only each other but also hurt Jeanie’s baby girl.

Though this has a sizzling erotic scenes, it could also be categorized as a family themed novel as well.

Camden doesn’t really believe in happily ever afters and love. While Jeanie knows that the chance of her finding her prince is nil. For Camden their fake relationship is the perfect setup until it isn’t enough for both of them.

Virginia Nelson has wrote a novel that not only has characters with flaws that is easy to believe in but she also has written a story with a main plot that kept me reading and a sub plot that kept me guessing. Even though the pretend fiancee part maybe a little difficult to believe in, the characters–both the main and the secondary characters–show a realistic side that I loved. There’s also a dash of suspense to this story that kept me on my toes.

This short novel has a lot going for it with deception, fake relationships, love, friendship, and a not so perfect family. Readers who want more than a simple trope that’s been done should give The Penthouse Prince a try.

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