Saturdays with Catherine; #Review- Wife by Wednesday by @catherinebybee #Romance

Welcome to the first in what I am calling "Saturdays with Catherine".  All month of October, I'm featuring Catherine Bybee on Saturdays!  Plenty of reviews (because I love her books) and even a great guest post!   Obviously I am just a tiny girl crush on Catherine, but I hope you'll join me every Saturday this month and see how awesome she really is !

This week I thought I'd talk about Wife by Wednesday (or as I like to always mistakenly call it - Wed by Wednesday.. I don't know why I keep calling it that ! argh!).  WBW is the first in The Weekday Bride Series.  I've already reviewed the latest in the series -  Fiance by Friday (book 3) and decided what better time  to get some of the earlier books up than Saturdays with Catherine ?!

**Edited to add- our super awesome author star has offered to giveaway a free signed book to one of the lovely commenters over the course of the next 4 Saturdays with Catherine posts!  

Wife by Wednesday
( The Weekday Bride Series, Book 1)
by:  Catherine Bybee

Publication:  Montlake Romance (Feb 2013)
ISBN:  1611099072
Length:  208 pages
Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Book Description: 

Rich, titled, and charming... and in need of a wife by Wednesday.  Black turns to Sam Elliot, who isn't the businessman he expected.  Instead, Blake is faced with Samantha Elliot, beautiful and feisty with a voice men call 1-900 numbers to hear.

Owner of matchmaking firm Alliance and not on the marital menu... that is, until Blake offers her ten million for a one-year contract.  And there's nothing indecent about this proposal.  The money will really help with her family's medical bills.  All Samantha will need to do is to keep her attraction to her new herself and avoid his bed.

But Blake's toe-curling kisses and sexy charm prove too difficult for Sam to resist.  It was a marriage contract that planned for everything... except falling in love.

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My Thoughts : 

I actually read this series completely out of order- blame it on me not playing attention to the subtitle with BOOK 1 and insisting that Monday comes before Wednesday so obviously Married by Monday was first.. uhmm no.. ha!  So I am just issuing this disclaimer so you will realize that I already knew that Sam & Blake would hook up and how the book would end before I even started it.

For some reason, I have always loved books about marriages for convenience.   I just love that two people get together for whatever reason and end up falling in love.  It's magical. Catherine did not disappoint with this one!

My absolute favorite sub-genre of romance is Historical Romance and Catherine managed to bring all that I loved - castles, Dukes, Duchesses to the contemporary time.  Yes, I wanted to be a Duchess growing up.. Princesses are too rare, marry a Duke instead!

Blake is what we all dream of  - a self-made millionaire, who also happens to be a Duke along with all that entitles.  He needs a marriage in-name-only  without "emotion clogging up something as important as a marriage agreement".   This is where Sam comes in..

Samantha (Sam) is a matchmaker for the rich.  She has an exclusive and discreet service to match rich men who need a wife in-name-only for one reason or another.  Although she has ideas of who to match with Blake, he has decided that he wants her instead

Catherine (don't you love how I'm on a first name basis with the author.. ha!) writes a quick read -  a story line that moves along with no pauses,  great characters that you grow to love and want to know more about, awesome supporting characters that you can't help but wonder who will get their story told next, and steamy sex scenes that are just what the Dr ordered.

My only complaint (you know I'm going to have one) is that Wife by Wednesday isn't long enough.   It's 188 pages (the rest are an excerpt of Not Quite Mine).  While 188 pages of pure romance and laughter is fine and great - I always want more... Thank goodness each and every book in the series afterwards keep getting just a little thicker.. a little longer !  This was a great start to an awesome series!

Be sure to read my review of Book 2  Married by Monday coming up at the end of the month!   Hurry and catch up with me so we can read along in January when book 4 , Single by Saturday, comes out !!

5 Stars

New York Times & USA Today bestselling author Catherine Bybee was raised in Washington State, but after graduating high school, she moved to Southern California in 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 novels Wife by Wednesday, Married by Monday, and Not Quite Dating. Bybee lives with her husband and two teenage sons in Southern California.  

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Our gracious author has decided to give one Happy Commenter (yes it is a word, Catherine said so!) a signed copy of  Not Quite Dating which is beyond awesome!  I just happen to be reviewing the 3rd in the Not Quite series on Oct.19.   Super simple giveaway and you have basically a month to get your entries!  Just comment on a post and you have your chance!  Good luck !!

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