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The beautiful, high-born daughter of an English duke came to America to take over her sister-in-law’s matchmaking business. But just because she’s the boss doesn’t mean she can’t fantasize about making her own perfect match with bodyguard Neil MacBain. Will the enigmatic man who haunts her dreams cost her more than she bargained for?
The retired Marine can’t deny the effect blue-blooded Gwen has on his troubled soul or his battle-hardened body. But as a client, Gwen is off-limits—until a threat from Neil’s past returns…and Gwen is caught in the crossfire. Now to keep her safe he will risk it all: his career, his life…and his heart.
I’ve not read any of Bybee’s “Weekday Brides” books but I definitely think I’m missing out. Fiance by Friday is more suspense than romance, but it worked for me. I was caught up right away and felt like it didn’t slow down until it was over. I will warn other newbies that there are a lot of references to previous characters – it doesn’t directly impact this book, but it made me itch to pick up the other stories to find out more about them.
Gwen is deliciously normal in her proper British way. She lives in a completely different world than the one that Neil has come from, but it doesn’t stop their attraction. I’m sure that there has been build up in earlier stories, but Bybee does a great job of setting the stage for them getting together for those new to her books. Gwen has had a thing for Neil for months but he’s ignored it the best he can. It doesn’t mean he hasn’t felt it to but he’s better at pushing it away. Until a secret from his past comes knocking. Neil is delicious in all of his marine glory so he makes a great ready-for-anything hero.
A good portion of the book is spent trying to figure out what is going on, find who is behind everything, and to catch him. It’s great for those that like suspense but there isn’t a lot of romantic build-up, so those looking for more of a love story might be disappointed. If you don’t mind a good mix, though, Fiance by Friday is definitely a winner – full of humor, love and mystery, I couldn’t put it down.