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One for the Money Broché – 27 mai 2022
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Finn Hughes knows about secrets. His family is as wealthy as the Rockefellers. And as powerful as the Kennedys. He runs the billion-dollar corporation. No one knows that he has a ticking time clock on his ability to lead.
Eva Morelli is the oldest daughter. The responsible one. The caring one. The one who doesn't have time for her own interests.
Especially not her interest in the charismatic, mysterious Finn Hughes.
A fake relationship is the answer to both their problems.
It will keep the swarming society mothers from throwing their daughters at him.
And it will keep Eva's mother from bothering her about marriage.
Then the fake relationship starts to feel real.
But there's no chance for them. No hope for a woman who's had her heart broken. And no future for a man whose fate was decided long ago.
"As soon as I heard Skye Warren wrote a fake dating book, I dropped everything and savored it cover to cover. Finn Hughes is a cinnamon roll hero." - #1 New York Times bestselling author Tessa Bailey
Welcome to the Midnight Dynasty... The warring Morelli and Constantine families have enough bad blood to fill an ocean, and their brand new stories will be told by your favorite dangerous romance authors.
WARNING: This book is intended for readers eighteen years old and over. It contains material that some readers could find disturbing. Enter at your own risk...
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- ASIN : B0B2HN9PPQ
- Éditeur : Independently published (27 mai 2022)
- Langue : Anglais
- Broché : 292 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8832408743
- Poids de l'article : 318 g
- Dimensions : 12.7 x 1.85 x 20.32 cm
- Classement des meilleures ventes d'Amazon : 76,129 en Romance contemporaine
- 795,969 en Anglais
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I loved everything about them individually and together , their chemistry is explosive , the honesty and how they realise the trust they have in each other.
A fake relationship with the realist connection. So much in common more than they realise, both needing escape from normality in their life.
every sexual encounter is sizzling and i was completely hooked, and an ending to leave me in a need for more.., so many questions i’m asking on my head.
Bring on the second book!
Eva Morelli is always managing the lives of her family whilst neglecting her own life. Eva is currently single and doesn’t really get out of her comfort zone. She has not will to get married much to her mothers dismay.
Finn Hughes doesn’t do relationships, he has no plans to get married or have children. He has a family secret that he doesn’t want to burden someone with.
One night at a gala while Eva’s mother is trying to set her up with a wealth suitor Finn proposes to take Eva out for a night of fun to get her out of her comfort zone.
Finn and Eva agree to fake date as a way to stop the pressures of an arranged marriage. Finn uses this fake relationship as a way to spend more time with Eva without any real commitment.
I love them together and can’t wait to see where this goes after the cliffhanger!!
ABOUT THIS BOOK:
This book ends in a cliffhanger, and it appears to be part of a trilogy. There is also an optional short prequel available separately – which I accidentally came across just after finishing this book. The sequel is up for pre-order as of now, but currently, none of these titles are linked together and labeled as a series. So far, the unnamed series includes:
1. Damage Control (Finn & Eva’s story – a brief prequel)
2. One for the Money (Finn & Eva’s story, book 1)
3. Two for the Show (Finn & Eva’s story, book 2)
4. Three … ?
ABOUT THE MIDNIGHT DYNASTY WORLD:
This story is part of the Midnight Dynasty world. It is a collection of books by various authors, each revolving around the warring Morelli and Constantine families. The families are surrounded by money and power, and marriages in their privileged world are arranged strategically. While it is not necessary to have read the related stories, you will obviously enjoy this story more with knowledge of the various related stories that precede it.
From what I have gleaned, the Morelli and Constantine children are still not entirely in the know as to the source of the feud, but it does involve the parents, Bryant and Sarah Morelli and Lane and Caroline Constantine. Some of the children have been pulled into the fray as well.
Many of the romances in this world entwine the two families. This book is no exception, but it is primarily a Morelli story. Technically, Finn Hughes is a Constantine. He was raised outside of the feud, however, and is considered neutral. He is the son of Geneva Constantine, making him the nephew of Caroline Constantine. As there are further books in the series, it remains to be seen whether or not the Constantine family becomes a bigger factor in Finn and Eva’s romance. His mother, for instance, has yet to enter their story.
ABOUT THE MORELLI FAMILY:
Bryant and Sarah Morelli’s marriage may have been arranged, but their loveless marriage produced a large family – they have eight children. Bryant Morelli is smart and powerful, but he is fundamentally a broken man whose history of drinking has scarred his family. His drunkenness leads to abuse, which is the family’s dark secret. Although his son Lucian wrestled control of Morelli Holdings from Bryant, he continues to wield his power and influence. Sarah Morelli is proud of her English heritage, and she enjoys her esteemed social standing in Bishop’s Landing. She plays her role well, but she wears a mask to hide her unhappiness. She relies heavily on her daughter Eva for help with managing the household.
This is Eva’s story.
Leo is building his own empire. He married Haley Constantine, who is now pregnant. Their story is told in the Beast of Bishop’s Landing Trilogy by Amelia Wilde.
Lucian is CEO of Morelli Holdings, the family business. He married Elaine Constantine. Their story is told in the Starcrossed Lovers Trilogy by Jade West.
Sophia is a wild child, the opposite of Eva.
Carter teaches at Oxford. During this book, he is spending part of his summer on a geological expedition – but his family is not clear where he went. There is some mystery surrounding his character. When he pilots geologist June Porter to a remote island, things go wildly wrong. Their story begins in The Crash, a short prequel by Skye Warren.
Daphne is married to art collector Emerson LeBlanc. Like Eva, Daphne is considered a good daughter. The couple’s story is told in The Collector Trilogy by Amelia Wilde.
Tiernan is married to Bianca, a Constantine. Their story is told in the Dark Dream Duet by Giana Darling.
Lisbetta Anne-Marie just graduated from high school and is about to begin college.
IN DAMAGE CONTROL, THE PREQUEL:
The Morelli holiday gala is a staple amongst the elite of Bishop’s Landing just outside of New York, and this year is no exception. What is new, however, is that a select few of the Constantine clan have been invited to attend. In light of the recent matches in the family, it was time to bury some of the animosity – publicly, anyway.
Eva Honorata Morelli, thirty-three, finds herself hard at work behind the scenes of the gala, managing the staff and problem solving, while her mother plays hostess. She is indispensable to her mother. Eva’s willingness to please has become equivalent to a full-time job, but she never shirks what she considers to be duty to family.
Phineas “Finn” Galileo Hughes, twenty-nine, finds himself at yet another Morelli gala, but this time things feel different. The thrill of parties and hookups seems to be fading. The sad eyes of Eva Morelli have always attracted him, but she had always felt unapproachable. This evening, however, he cannot seem to stop himself from seeking her out. What he discovers when he finds her behind the scenes has his blood boiling.
As the gala goes on, Finn begins to discover that he is not quite the same nonchalant playboy he had been. The things that had once excited him are losing their luster, replaced instead with an instinctive urge to step up and protect Eva Morell. Whether or not he is good enough for her is no longer relevant. This prequel ends with the gala, but their story picks up months later in One for the Money, book one of their series.
Finn and Eva’s story starts out at the eventful Morelli holiday gala. Finn has a wild side, but underneath his carefree persona lies a little darkness. Eva is his opposite. She is above reproach. Finn awakens something in her, however. She has lived for others for years, but Finn makes her want something for herself once again. The story is well-written. The plot is somewhat complex. The characters are compelling and real. The story is told in first person. The POV alternates between Finn and Eva. I rate this story 4.5 stars.
IN THIS BOOK:
This book opens at yet another Morelli gala – this one taking place during the summer.
Phineas “Finn” Galileo Hughes, twenty-nine, loves fast cars, women, and a good time. He is the eldest son of Daniel and Geneva Hughes, a family on par with the Kennedys. Finn lives his life fueled on adrenaline, and his good looks and natural charm ensure he is never lacking for company. He enjoys a playboy lifestyle and has no plans to ever give it up. Marriage and a family are the last things he wants. Relationships are out of the question. But he lives a thrilling life with all the privilege that he was born into. He wants to push the envelope and experience everything life has to offer – everything except love.
As the CFO of Hughes Industries and poised to take over for his father as CEO of the family’s vast holdings, he works as hard as he plays. What only a handful of people know, though, is that he has been running Hughes Industries since he was sixteen. His father was just thirty-six when Finn secretly took the reins. His mother left over a decade ago, travelling the world, leaving Finn behind to bear the responsibility not only for his own family – his father and his seventeen-year-old brother Hemingway – but for the thousands of employees and investors who rely on Hughes Industries for their financial well-being.
Finn may come across as the carefree playboy when in public, but behind the scenes, he is a man far older and more seasoned than his age would suggest. His future is certain, promises were made, and his vow to himself is unbreakable. But there has always been one woman to dominate his fantasies – a woman who, like him, knows the burden of caring for family. He sees it in her eyes, a kindred spirit of sorts. Strength, confidence, loyalty, and beauty – a combination that has him unable to pass up an opportunity to rescue her once again.
Eva Honorata Morelli, thirty-three, is loyal through and through. She is smart and capable, and her keen sense of responsibility makes her a natural leader. She is unflinching in a crisis, and it is her strength that carries her entire family. Managing the Morelli family is a full-time job, too. When she was fifteen she stepped up to help take over for her mother, who cannot seem to handle the job on her own. Over the years, Eva’s siblings have learned to turn to her in crisis; their privileged life has not made them immune to trouble. Her parents, like so many in their class, were in an arranged and loveless marriage, hardly fertile ground for a loving and healthy family. Her father drinks, and his history of abuse of Eva and her siblings is part of another story. Fortunately, they seem to be getting past that, so long as he is not under the influence.
On top of all she does for her family, Eva is the Director of the Morelli Fund. She works diligently to ensure her family’s charitable donations go to worthy causes. Prior to that, she worked for her brother Leo, who is also her best friend, and she is fully prepped and ready to step into his shoes as CEO of his growing real estate empire if needed.
Eva works by choice, as she is independently wealthy. Between an inheritance from her late aunt, the trust fund from her parents, the real estate empire she is building with Leo’s help, and her job, she has no financial worries. She lives in her New York apartment, but she has many homes. She maintains a room in her family home in nearby Bishop’s Landing as well. Most importantly, Eva’s independence has enabled her to escape the pressure to marry.
Eva is beautiful but guarded. She is unobtainable and not susceptible to charm, much to the chagrin of many. She is seen at all of the society events, yet is never seen with a date. Unlike the other Morelli children, there are no rumors of bad behavior that follow her. She is perfect in so many ways, but in the way that would please her mother most, she is nearly a lost cause. Her mother does not hesitate to point out that Eva’s biological clock is ticking.
Her mother tries to play matchmaker, much to Eva’s chagrin, and she often feels reduced to a tool in the process. Although Eva is not opposed to the idea of marrying, she will never put herself in a loveless marriage. Her one and only relationship ended so badly that she has avoided men ever since. Charming men are the worst of all because Lane Constantine had been an exceedingly charming man. She had been used, and her naivete and youth had been taken advantage of. The entire experience left her too scarred to even consider dating again. That was fourteen years ago.
As yet another Morelli gala is held, Finn comes to Eva’s rescue. It was at a holiday gala that Finn had stood up to Eva’s father on her behalf. In the months that followed, Bryant Morelli’s abusive behavior had indeed improved. At this summer gala, Finn steps in to save Eva yet again – this time from her matchmaking mother. Their escape leads to a fake dating arrangement meant to keep both their mothers off their backs, but it quickly leads to more.
Finn and Eva both fear vulnerability, and each has reason to reject the notion of a real relationship. Neither acknowledges that their relationship is anything more than fake, which ends up giving the couple the time and space to really get to know one another. They each have secrets to guard, but they believe they are safe since nothing is real. Things like feelings and love are not supposed to be part of the equation, but their unquenchable desire and comfort with one another puts them both at risk. The couple faces pressure from the outside world as they sort through their circumstances. This book ends in an emotionally-charged cliffhanger.
Watch for Two for the Show, book two in Finn and Eva’s series.
Wow! Finn and Eva’s angsty story pulls you in from the start. Finn and Eva are both misunderstood. They both wear a mask in public. Finn has no close friends anymore, and Eva’s best friend is her own brother, hence their private worlds are rather small and self-contained. They are kindred spirits, both saddled with family responsibility. They are each exceptional; not all would be capable of their selfless choices. But that same selflessness that each might find admirable in the other also has the potential to drive them apart. They both get wrapped up in their family dramas, which helps to give them a new perspective on their own.
With so many characters, the web of relationships here is overwhelming at first. My summary above can be used as a quick reference if you are new to the Midnight Dynasty world.
There are a few issues that merit mention. *Spoilers* First, there is a statement midway through the book that completely threw me off. Every reference to Finn had given the impression that he is straight. While I have no problem with him being whatever persuasion, I do have a problem with inconsistency. There is a single reference from Eva to him being with many men and it being common knowledge, with no explanation, and it was so out of the blue that I had to go back and reread the book for clues that I might have missed. I did not find any. I found several indicating that he is interested in women, though. It felt as if the reference to Finn being with men had been randomly added, perhaps as an afterthought. That said, you will note that I later found the prequel. That prequel does reference him with men, this time with just a little explanation from Finn’s point of view. But it still does not address how it comes across in this book, especially given that the prequel is optional. My summary and perspective after reading the prequel: Finn is straight, but because he is game for anything and wants to experience life to its fullest, he does not shy from physical pleasure with a man. Eva’s knowledge of it indicates that it is public knowledge (because she does not go out to parties and clubs), contradicting everything else in this book. That said, it did not seem to be a well-known fact because otherwise, Sarah Morelli would certainly have tried to fix Finn up with one of her sons as well as her daughters. I would also expect to see Finn checking out men and being hit on openly if it were a known fact. He references repressed frat boys, so it might be that he limits himself to mostly straight men – I don’t know. Also, it makes me question why Finn had not slept with one of Eva’s brothers since he supposedly gets around – especially Leo, with whom he had apparently been friends. It gets mucky with that added detail, and it detracts from the story itself – which I loved. It really felt like an afterthought to add this into the story. There is already a character leaning in that direction, so if the goal was to be inclusive it was already accomplished, and this move only added confusion. I would prefer this angle be written out of both this book and the prequel (which would remove only a handful of words altogether), or else rewrite this book to make it feel natural for Finn’s character. In another issue, Hemingway is seventeen. Finn describes him as an afterthought, an accidental pregnancy. Based on his description of the timing, Hem should be closer to twelve years old. The timeline is thus about five years off, give or take. Additionally, for those that read the prequel, Damage Control, it should be noted that while Finn claimed to have a sister in that book, here there is no mention of one.
Finn and Eva’s story is a wonderful combination of sweet, steamy, and dirty. It is steeped in family drama and dark secrets. Finn is the nonchalant playboy who loves to push the boundaries. Eva is the unattainable Morelli daughter, perfectly composed and capable of handling any crisis. Her spotless reputation makes her a perfect catch, but nobody has come close to tempting her in the last fourteen years. When Finn steps up play savior, she is captivated. Selflessness can be cruel, however, and their story is just beginning. The story is nicely written. The characters are fantastic. Aside from the confusion surrounding Finn, they are well-defined. The couple has incredible chemistry that drips from the pages. The Alzheimer’s aspect is incredibly compelling. Finn’s plight feels all too real, and his story is absolutely devastating. The story is told in first person. The POV alternates between Finn and Eva. I rate this book four stars – it would be 4.5 stars if not for the issues outlined above.