Hallie Bennett, shoe shop girl, gets an offer on Valentine’s Day that is pretty much too good to pass up – for $10,000 she’ll pretend to be the wife of oh-so-sexy Nick Cooper on a business trip to China. She needs the money to finish her art degree … and he is quite yummy, so with a few ground rules limiting how “pretend” this marriage really is, what could go wrong?
The Trouble with Valentine’s is an absolute treat. Hallie is funny, charming and upbeat – a passionate, fiery redhead who fairly sparkles with life. Nick is handsome, witty, and engaging. He’s a good match for Hallie and their interactions made me alternately laugh and sigh. Hunter does a fantastic job of making their flirtations full of heat, heart and humor – keeping readers on their toes and coming back for more.
There’s also a secondary relationship with the daughter of Nick’s business partner, Jasmine, and her bodyguard, Kai. There are a lot of nuances to their history that makes a romance between them complicated, but they are so compelling that you quickly find yourself rooting for their happy ending.
The art and culture of China is so deftly brought into the story that it is a supporting character all on its own – full of vibrancy and life, adding depth to an already enchanting story. Readers are also given glimpses of Hallie’s four brothers, tantalizing tidbits that make me hope that we will see them in future stories.
Hunter weaves two emotion-packed stories into a delicious, not-to-be-missed treasure. The Trouble with Valentine’s is full of humorous dialogue, irresistible characters, and heartwarming romances, which all combine to make one engaging story. Once you pick it up, you’ll find it hard to put it down.