Synopsis from Goodreads
From New York Times bestselling author Katy Evans comes a hot romance about two strangers and their race to fall in love.
If someone had bet Nell a million dollars that she would be saying “I do” to a complete stranger on national television, she’d have called them crazy, but with her crushing student loan payments sending her deep into the red, she’s out of options. This should be nothing more than a business transaction—until she sets eyes on her groom, and everything changes.
The game is on the instant Luke spots Penelope “Nell” Carpenter. He’s out for the money, yes, but getting a little dirty with Nell doesn’t sound too bad either. Everyone knows he’s not the marrying kind, so it’s a good thing it’s just for show. God knows he’s the worst guy his pretty wife should pick for real.
They have nothing in common, but if they want the grand prize, they’ll have to beat out eight other couples. Proving that total opposites attract should be easy enough…as long as they don’t fall in love in the process.
Katy Evans cleverly capitalizes on the world’s obsession with reality TV to create an intense, unique and emotional romance in Million Dollar Marriage.
We have already encountered Luke in Million Dollar Devil as Jimmy BFF. Luke is a true success story having beaten his addiction moving into the world of entrepreneurship running the bar he inherited from his grandfather. Although everything he has worked towards is close to falling apart prompting the necessity of entering a new reality show. However, Luke is a natural people person who tends to bring out the best in those around him, his good looks may also factor into his appeal to the producers (in more ways than one).
Penelope (Nell/Penny), on the other hand, is a total introvert, an academic who has hidden away behind her studies so she doesn’t have to face the real world. Unfortunately, education comes at a steep cost; rather than drown in her debt, Nell steps outside her comfort zone to participate in the reality show alongside Luke.
Both motivated by the prize money, as well as innate competitiveness, are just the initial similarities between Luke and Penny.
It is obvious the producers of the show have gone out of their way to partner couples who are the complete opposite in every way. Rather than cause a rift between Luke and Penny, their differences actually serve to strengthen the developing bond between them. They compliment each other in many ways, working in partnership brings out the best in both of them.
The trials they undertake provide a great deal of self-reflection for Luke and Penny as they get to know each other. While Luke has accepted who he is he still has moments of self-doubt and feelings of inadequacy; while Penny has carefully buried herself in layers of intelligence she has never allowed herself to look beyond the barriers she has enclosed herself in. I adored the way in which Penny blossomed through her time spent with Luke.
Despite, the growing feelings and bond between Luke and Penny, their own self-doubt and the twisted media perception create a crack in the foundation they had begun to build. IS Luke and Penny’s connection strong enough to withstand the real world? You’ll have to read Million Dollar Marriage to find out *cue evil laugh* 😂😉