(The Weekday Brides #7)
by Catherine Bybee
Available August 18th 2015
from Montlake Romance
The seventh and final tale in the dazzling, heartwarming, pulse-racing Weekday Brides series.
Gabriella Masini: She’s a woman haunted by her past, with the scars to prove it. She believes that fairy tales are for other people. An elite matchmaker at Alliance, she’s great at crunching numbers, but something doesn’t add up with her latest prospective client: a billionaire bad boy with his own secrets. When Gabi refuses to be his temporary wife, Hunter forces her hand with an offer she can’t refuse. But marriage to a man like that could never last…or could it?
Hunter Blackwell: Only his bank account is bigger than his ruthless ability to obtain anything he wants. These days, he has a secret reason to settle down, at least for a while—and he thinks the sensual and sassy Gabi will fit the bill perfectly. But when their marriage of convenience becomes downright dangerous, Hunter must decide how far to take his vow to honor and protect Gabi forever.
“I think we should talk about what’s going on here.”
She swallowed. “We’re cooking.”
“Gabi, look at me.”
She shook her head, taking the coward’s way out. If she noticed the lock of hair falling into his eyes a second time, she might have to push it back in place.
“Gabriella?” The smooth texture of his voice was like chocolate on her tongue.
His sticky hand tucked under her chin and forced her to meet his gaze.
He stepped closer, his frame molding to hers and pressing her back against the counter.
She couldn’t breathe.
His thumb traced her bottom lip. “This is a bad idea,” he mumbled her thoughts.
She nodded. “Very poor choice.” Her hands gripped the side of the counter to keep from touching him.
Hunter sucked in a deep breath. “You smell like flowers.”
“I’ll change my shampoo.”
He started to dip his head and she kept talking. “Something musky, so you won’t notice me.”
“I don’t think that’s going to work.”
He was close enough to catch the scent of mint on his breath. “I don’t even like you.” One of her legs lifted and rubbed against one of his.
“I don’t trust you.” His hand moved from her lip the side of her neck.
“You blackmailed me.”
“You tricked me into cooking with your mother.”
She smiled. “The two hardly compare.”
Instead of dropping his lips to hers, he detoured to the side of her neck and kept talking, his breath brushing her skin. “Have you met your mother?”
His lips found her neck.
She moaned and closed her eyes. Such a deliciously bad idea.
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“..an exquisitely written and complex story brimming with pride, passion, and pulse-pounding danger… Readers will gladly make time to savor this winning finale to a wonderful series.” –Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
“Bybee concludes her popular Weekday Brides series in a gratifying way with a passionate, troubled couple who may find a happy future if they can just survive and then learn to trust each other. A compelling and entertaining mix of sexy, complicated romance and menacing suspense.” –Kirkus Reviews
“The Weekday Brides never disappoint and this final installment is by far Bybee’s best work to date..” –RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ Stars, Top Pick!
Catherine Bybee really knows how to finish strong. I have loved her Weekday Brides series, each and every book has been an incredible stand-alone read, but the core characters continue to be such a support to one another you really get the sense of their strong friendship which has built with each new book in the series and enhanced my reading experience. Especially in this seventh and last book, TREASURED BY THURSDAY, where all the women connected with the Alliance matchmaking service, and their men, rally behind Gabrielle Masini due to the torture she survived at the hands of her ex in book number six. Ms. Bybee provides more than enough backstory to read and enjoy Treasured by Thursday on its own merits, but I highly recommend this whole series and in the very least, book six, Seduced by Sunday.
Gabi is the younger sister of the sexy Italian, Valentino Masini, and led a very sheltered and protected life… until due to her innocence and longing for a life and family of her own, she was fooled and kidnapped by a man who sought to use her family’s remote island location for his own gain. Now some time has passed and this story begins with her working for Samantha at Alliance. Very much her own woman and building a new life for herself as an integral part of the agency. She has regained her confidence and she finally feels in charge of her own life, although she is still not ready to trust men enough to date. It’s impossible not to admire and root for Gabi, despite her history she carries herself with grace and elegance, while showing herself a formidable opponent in the business of love. Hunter never stood a chance.
Hunter Blackwell is an old business associate and casual friend of Samantha’s husband, Blake. He uses that old connection to get an interview for help quickly finding a suitable wife to resolve some family issues. Hunter is a ruthless “zillionaire” (the only part of the book I felt was over the top) use to getting his way and so when Gabi turns him down for not meeting Alliance’s client standards he plays dirty. When she won’t match him, he uses blackmail to force the beautiful Gabi to marry him herself.
Despite the need to despise Hunter in the beginning for preying on Gabi’s vulnerability, it was impossible from the start not to feel their strong chemistry. Gabi and Hunter were each a challenge to the other and clearly a perfect match. The dialogue between these two was sublime. Gabi was sassy, witty and made Hunter work for every request he made of her, but that same wit and style melted his hard heart and won his respect. Who knew “throw yourself in front of a bus” would be more effective than sweet words of love to make a man fall all over himself to please his woman?
Treasured by Thursday is a great romance with a happy ending, but in keeping true with the Weekday Brides series there is plenty of danger, suspense and bad guys to make the story even better. Bybee’s books are never just romantic fluff and like the others, Treasured by Thursday will keep you on the edge turning the pages until you know all is well. I loved this book, but am sorry for such a great series to end. 4.5 stars
~Complimentary copy downloaded from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review~
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New York Times bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating from high school, she moved to Southern California with hopes of becoming a movie star. After growing bored with waiting tables, she returned to school and became a registered nurse, spending most of her career in urban emergency rooms. She now writes full-time and has penned the International Bestselling Not Quite series, the MacCoinnich Time Travel series as well as the Internationally Bestselling Weekday Brides series. Bybee lives with her two teenage sons in Southern California.
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