The Magnate’s Marriage Merger
The McNeill Magnates #2
By: Joanne Rock
Releasing May 9, 2017
The matchmaker meets her match…in one very persistent tycoon!
Secretive matchmaker to the rich and famous, Lydia Whitney prefers to stay behind the scenes. But after one mistake, rich resort developer Ian McNeill is hot on her trail, and he’s more attractive—and persistent—than ever before.
Ian can’t believe it when he figures out who’s messing with his family: a woman who has deceived—and seduced—him before. What’s her agenda? And why can’t he resist her? He’ll get the answers to all his questions, if Lydia agrees to his convenient marriage proposal. But once she’s in his arms again, will he let her go?
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Rock has returned for another story involving the McNeil brothers who might be one my favourite set of siblings around at the moment . Three bachelor brothers who have to find their brides asap, thanks to their crafty grandfather who give them a deadline before the family business slips out of the hands. Something that they don’t want to happen despite being successful themselves in different industries.
And it the middle brother Ian’s turn and Ian got something to tell us. There was someone and now we are only truly finding out about it !
Talk about surprise as it seems that this happen whilst the drama was happening in the last book. Where we saw Quinn and Sofia find their HEA after some disastrous events and I won’t go into too much details with their story but the whole disaster started thanks to a matchmaker who has some questions to answer . I would recommend though reading that one and getting hooked to this family before you picked up this one. As they do rehash a little over those events in this book . As Ian has to do his bit now and tie up all the loose ends and he is relishing the chance to do so .
He doesn’t want anything to fall back on the family. As that was one disaster too many for the family business and whilst Quinn smooth things over with the media. Ian is wanting answers and is determined to find that matchmaker. He isn’t going let her get away when everyone wants to know who she is and get justice for everyone .
A typical man on a mission and looks like it smooth sailing ahead.
Until he finds out it is his ex girlfriend Lydia. The girl who got away and isn’t too please to see him considering things . She moved on and she built her new life with out him. She doing what she loves and she doesn’t need Ian and his ways in her life. She done with him, especially knowing that she caused problems for his family .
However things aren’t complicated aside from the matchmaker issue. One simple argument end their relationship and last thing she expected to be working with Ian. Especially after their past history and the fact she has secrets that she keeping from Ian.
Secrets which aren’t hard to guess and I truly wonder what I was in store for as things came to heat very quickly and we found ourselves with a marriage proposal and Ian in charge. Was that simple ?
Well, you have to read to find out what happens exactly after that marriage proposal as these two are both ready for a second chance but with secrets and the fact Lydia caused a mess to end all mess. Will they be able to put things behind them truly and make this marriage work.
Rock has become a favourite of mine in this short period and I enjoy her writing. The McNeil brothers are three different individuals and I love seeing more of Ian in this book. The middle brother, the one who was stuck in the middle of whole mess in book one. He really had a chance to shine in this one and I love seeing a fuller picture to him. He was resourceful and I could easily see him as a consultant. It was perfect to make things work for this story given Lydia was a interior designer and what better way to then be forced to work together.
Lydia was something different, she felt like a woman scorn but genuinely a woman trying to do something better for the world. Though slightly misguided by her thoughts and emotions. She wasn’t the easy person at times thanks to her family history. It wasn’t an ordinary second chance relationship. They were burnt by each other and it felt too soon by the way their thoughts and body actions spoke given the secrets Lydia dropped.
Compared to the first book, I feel this has the classic case of second book syndrome at first . It wasn’t as good as the first. Things came together really fast and for most of the book we saw these two tip toeing over each as worked through things in close quarters. It was forced at first and Ian wasn’t just convincing his brother and himself. It was us as readers as well. This merger was definitely hostile and took a while to warm unlike the first book. Though Rock came through in the end and deliver a solid book . Nothing less then I expected and makes me wonder about what going to happen to Cameron.
She was a woman of habit and that would serve him well now. He hoped. He remembered how much she had enjoyed swimming first thing in the morning when they were working together in the islands of Tahiti. He’d accused her of being a mermaid with her daily need to return to the sea, but even when he’d been bleary-eyed from working late the night before, he never missed a chance to swim with her. For safety purposes, he’d told her, and not just because he enjoyed the occasional chance to slide a hand beneath her bikini top or wind the wet rope of her hair around his hand and angle her sea-salty lips for his kiss.
When the elevator sounded its dull chime, he slowly looked up. The doors opened and Lydia strode into view. His gaze fell on her long, shapely legs, the hem of her black mesh tunic revealing a hint of thigh.
“Ian?” Her voice tugged his attention higher, pulling his focus to her green eyes and creamy skin devoid of makeup.
With her hair scraped back into a ponytail, she looked every inch the part of his earthy, warmhearted lover from last summer. He had to remember that she hadn’t been the woman he thought, that he’d been wrong about her, or he might have swept her up into his arms and ridden the elevator back up to her hotel room to remind her how good they were together in at least one respect.
Sex. Raw, sensual, mind-blowing sex.
His pulse ramped up at the steamy memories, so much so that he had to shut down those thoughts and focus on the present or his plan would be doomed before he even started.
“Hope you don’t mind if I join you.” Ian tucked his phone back into the pocket of the cargo shorts he’d slid on over his swim trunks.
She halted in front of him abruptly. Then, eyes sliding to the desk attendant, she stepped closer. Probably she did it to minimize the chance of being overheard.
Ian liked the opportunity to breathe in the scent of her—the lavender fragrance of the detergent she washed her clothes in and a subtle perfume more complex than that.
“What on earth are you doing here?” She glanced over her shoulder. “You realize most of the consultants working on the Foxfire are staying in this hotel? What will they say if someone sees us together at this hour?”
“They’ll think we had a whole lot more fun last night than they did.”
Last night, he’d paced the floor of his penthouse suite for far too long, thinking through every aspect of a contract marriage and what details he should include in the paperwork.
In the end, she would sign. But she wasn’t going to like him forcing her hand, and that bothered him more than it should have.
“And that doesn’t concern you? I happen to enjoy a hard-earned reputation as a professional.” Her clipped words and the high color in her cheeks told him he’d gotten under her skin in record time.
“If you don’t want anyone to see us together, we might as well hit the beach. Take refuge in the water.” His hand itched to touch her. To rest on the small of her back and steer her out the door, across the street and onto the soft sand. But he had to be careful not to push or she could dig her heels in about his suggestion and delay the whole thing.
Now that he’d made up his mind and seen the benefits of a union between the two of them, he couldn’t think of one damn reason why he should delay.
After narrowing her green eyes at him for an instant, she pivoted on her wedge sandals and strode toward the exit.
He caught up to her in two long steps, holding the door wide for her before as they headed out onto Ocean Drive, which was strangely quiet in the predawn dark. There were more joggers on the beach than bathers; a few runners kicked up sand as they pounded past them.
“It’ll be quieter down here.” He pointed out a stretch of the shore where no beach loungers had been set up yet, a spot free from any hotel guests.
In fact, he’d claimed the location for them earlier when he’d ordered a cabana and sunrise breakfast. Lydia apparently didn’t notice his preparations, however, instead appearing too absorbed in her frustrated march toward the water, her feet churning through the sand at breakneck pace.
The horizon was starting to smudge from inky black to purple as she reached the shoreline and kicked off her shoes. Then she yanked the black mesh cover-up off and over her head. Mesmerized by her silhouette as his eyes adjusted to the light, Ian watched as she ran into the surf and made a shallow dive under an oncoming wave… She was a woman of habit and that would serve him well now. He hoped. He remembered how much she had enjoyed swimming first thing in the morning when they were working together in the islands of Tahiti. He’d accused her of being a mermaid with her daily need to return to the sea, but even when he’d been bleary-eyed from working late the night before, he never missed a chance to swim with her. For safety purposes, he’d told her, and not just because he enjoyed the occasional chance to slide a hand beneath her bikini top or wind the wet rope of her hair around his hand and angle her sea-salty lips for his kiss.
Four-time RITA nominee Joanne Rock has never met a romance sub-genre she didn’t like. The author of over eighty books enjoys writing a wide range of stories, most recently focusing on sexy contemporaries and small town family sagas. An optimist by nature and perpetual seeker of silver linings, Joanne finds romance fits her life outlook perfectly–love is worth fighting for. A frequent speaker at regional and national writing conferences she enjoys giving back to the writing community that nurtured and inspired her early career. She has a Masters degree in Literature from the University of Louisville but credits her fiction writing skills to her intensive study with friend and fellow author Catherine Mann. When she’s not writing, Joanne enjoys travel, especially to see her favorite sports teams play with her former sports editor husband and three athletic-minded sons.