Title: For the Sake of His Heir
Series: The McNeill Magnates #6
Author: Joanne Rock
Publisher: Harlequin Desire
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 1, 2018
When a marriage of convenience is the only answer…things get inconvenient.
Gabe McNeill is done being manipulated. By everyone from his ex-wife who abandoned him and their baby to the grandfather forcing him to remarry. Now the only way Gabe can ensure his son’s inheritance is if Brianne Hanson agrees to be his bride. They’ve always kept things strictly business and this is no different…until she falls into his bed and all bets are off!
It’s been a while since I have been in this world, so I was very keen to meet the newest McNeils who were introduced a couple books ago. Half brothers to the original trio of brothers and they are trying to deal with the same circumstances . Meeting the conditions of their grandfather’s will , which means happily married and a child on the way, all in one year. Talk about pressure
Well for Gabe, he was already set to meet those requirements even before he knew them but life had others idea and he finding himself in a predicament. See he has the child and he wants Jason to be his heir and have the inheritance and is determined to fight with any means. However his grandfather doesn’t seem to see eye and Gabe is about to do something he might regret. Marriage to his employee Brianne who secretly been interested in him but she got her own problems that could throw a spanner in to his plans.
From the moment I meet Gabe and Brianne , I knew they were both selfless people, as they were willing to go an extra mile to help others in their family. Gabe’s son and Brianne’s grandmother was always the first concern for them both and it showed.
Even when they had to marry to help each other out, it was only going to be fun struggle. As they were human and the sparks were there. When the tough got going, these two knew how to see the best in each other though it got a bit hairy at times. As Rock throws everything at them and Gabe got a big of a chip on his shoulder thanks to his ex- wife and it played a big part of this novel. Brianne was in for the fight of her life as it seemed the odds were stacked against her . Despite the sparks, there was a lot going on this novel and she was the outsider as the family had no clue who she was exactly at first.
His family , had no clue what was going on truly and I loved that family was a big aspect in this novel as this book is a world wind of adventure as the couple travel a lot due to the circumstances they find themselves in . I loved how family, was a centre of this novel , as allowed for us to met even more McNeils and future lead characters. I loved how Rock keep us on our toes with this one by throwing them in and showing us future plans for this series whilst giving us a great story.
Rock’s latest novel, was everything I expected from McNeils series, and I loved returning to this world. Great writing and leads I could get behind easily, made for a good read and I didn’t want to end. I do hope certain things do continue the way they are after this novel. But it’s a great addition to the series and I loved the couple in this one like the others.
The curtain of hazy snow and steam around them gave the sense that they were all alone in the world, a veil of cold mist separating them from everything but one another.
Or maybe the wine was going to her head. She felt a sweet happiness all over to be with Gabe. It was dangerous, perhaps, to feel that way. But she’d never been with a man like him, someone strong and noble, kind and warm hearted.
And so very sexy.
Her eyes dipped to the top of his chest above the water as he drained his glass and set it aside, his triceps flexing in a way that made her want to take a bite.
“I certainly didn’t expect a wedding gift.” He shook his head, a wry smile kicking up one side of his mouth. “We’ll have to make our own rules for this marriage since the regular conventions aren’t going to apply.”
“Like tonight, for example.” She hadn’t meant to say it out loud, but there it was, floating on the cold breeze before she could take it back. Drawing a steadying breath, she explained herself. “I don’t need to worry about your expectations because—”
“Because there are none.” He cupped her shoulders with his hands, a warm weight that anchored her in the swirling water. “I thought we deserved this time together to get to know each other as more than friends, but I will be glad just to talk to you tonight. To learn how to make you happy.”
“I know that.” She wanted to close her eyes and concentrate on how his hands felt on her. To soak up all the sensations of being with him. “You never made me feel like you brought me here for more than that, but still…it’s a wedding night. I can’t deny I’ve been thinking about the possibilities of what that means.”
His thumbs skated a slow circle over the tops of her shoulders, a subtle touch that set the rest of her on fire.
“I’ve been doing plenty of thinking of my own,” he admitted. “But that doesn’t mean we have to act on it.”
If he kept touching her, though, the possibility of her launching across the hot tub to kiss him was very real.
“When I said I wasn’t all that experienced, I didn’t mean to suggest I’ve never been with a guy. Of course I have.” Though she had kept her virginity longer than any of her friends, haunted by her stepmother’s taunts long after they should have lost their power to hurt her. “I just don’t feel like I ever got high marks. You know?”
“Sex shouldn’t be a graded assignment.” He said it with one-hundred-percent seriousness.
But she laughed anyway, because it was a strange conversation for a wedding night. “Right. I get that.” She flipped a damp piece of hair out of her eyes as she warmed to the discussion. “But when I decided to lose my virginity, I think I was probably…too determined. I did some research and felt well-prepared, but in the end—epic fail.” She shook her head, remembering the expression on her boyfriend’s face afterward. It hadn’t been blissful pleasure.
More like being shell-shocked, maybe.
“The thought of you researching to the point of being over prepared is going to animate some very good dreams for me.” He never stopped touching her. His thumbs trailed down the satin straps of her bra in the back. Then in the front. Over and over. “It’s my turn to be intrigued.”
“I think I was studying techniques that were too advanced for a beginner.” She shrugged, the water around her splashing with the movement. “But I don’t like looking foolish, and I’d waited so long to give sex a try that I put a lot of pressure on myself not to make it obvious that I was a first-timer.”
“What about afterward?” Gabe’s knee grazed hers under the water and she didn’t skitter away because it felt too good. “Didn’t things get better once the first time was out of the way?”
“I wasn’t keen to repeat the experiment at the time.” She retrieved her wineglass and took another small sip. “But now, I think maybe I’d like to.”
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.