The Fortune Hunter by Jasmine Haynes
Berkley Sensation
Erotic Contemporary
ISBN: 978-0-425-21917-1
Reviewed by Talia Ricci

 

   

 

Faith Castle can have anything money can buy. Her father is rich and dotes on her.  She works as a school teacher, not because she has to but because she loves children.  Almost thirty, Faith despairs of ever obtaining her life long dream – having a child of her own.  While some women are modern enough to go the single mother route, Faith is not one of them.  She needs a husband first and then a child.  The problem with her dream is that she is not dating anyone who is good father material and her biological clock is ticking.  When she sees Connor Kingston at a social gathering not only does her clock continue to tick, but it seems like her heart will beat out of her chest. 

Connor Kingston is escorting a friend to a party when he sees his quarry.  She is like a lush golden goddess and Connor wants to make her his.  He has thought long and hard about what he wants and he wants to be the CEO of a big name company. If he has to marry to do that, then that is something he will do.  When he is introduced to Faith Castle, Connor has no doubts that this is his woman.  Now all he has to do is convince her of his plan and hopefully she will see that they both can benefit from a marriage not based on love, but based on a contract that benefits the both of them.

Faith thinks Connor is crazy to even suggest to her what he does.  However, after she thinks about it, she realizes that it might not be such a bad idea after.  She has one stipulation – fidelity, and Connor has one as well – control of her in the bedroom.  Connor assures her that he will keep his end of the bargain and he desires Faith to agree to his as well. 

A friend of mine suggested I read The Fortune Hunter as I had not heard of this book.  I got a copy, looked at the blurb, and thought that there was no way I would like this story.  I thought Connor too blatant and unfeeling in the blurb and Faith’s character seemed a bit fragile.  Imagine my surprise and complete joy when I discovered that I was wrong.  And I was SO wrong.  Yes, Connor wanted control of Faith in the bedroom with no questions asked. Yes, Connor wanted to be CEO of a company and Faith was his means to an end.  But in his achieving his goal, he realized that he found so much more than he thought he wanted and he never once lied to Faith. Not one time did he give her a falsehood and for that reason alone, I fell in love with Connor Kingston.  His ability to bring out the best in Faith, while falling in love with her, was uncanny in its realism.  Faith was an open book to me and I could undeniably relate to her. She was self conscious about her looks, which Connor found utterly enchanting. Her confidence in Connor was unconditional and while I worried about her giving her trust to him as soon as she did, he proved to me and to Faith that he was an outstanding choice.

If you have not read The Fortune Hunter by Jasmine Haynes, might I suggest running as quickly as possible to the nearest bookstore and obtaining it?  Ms. Haynes has a new fan, one who wholeheartedly without a doubt Joyfully Recommends The Fortune Hunter!

     

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