Release Date: April 2nd, 20201
Life is good. I’m single. I’m an emergency room doctor. And according to my hookups, I’m hot AF.
Then she walks back into my life.
I haven’t seen Mazzy Pembrooke since the night she betrayed me. So when she comes into my work asking me to make good on a childhood pact and marry her, I’m speechless.
She’s the last woman I’d want to marry—even if it’s pretend and with a definitive end date.
But after I find myself in a sticky situation at work, marrying Mazzy might just benefit me too.
Once we’re living as husband and wife under the same roof though, I struggle to remember that I hate this woman and the fake marriage doesn’t feel so fake anymore
I should start by saying that I absolutely love the way Everly Ashton writes, her stories are so well written and the characters have so much to offer at every turn. And in Don’t Mind if ‘I Do’, she even tackles one of my favourite tropes and makes it so brilliant.
Don’t Mind if ‘I Do’ is a marriage of convenience, enemies to lovers, second chance romance that features two characters from different worlds being forced back together to make their lives better and easier. Mazzy and Nick might have grown up together in high society, but when he got the chance, Nick walked away from all of it. But only after Mazzy broke his heart. And now, after years without seeing each other, they reconnect because they need to get married. Mazzy and Nick made a promise to each other when they were younger and Mazzy’s come to collect.
I loved these characters so much and even though Nick was sometimes being a bit of an a-hole, I totally understood where he was coming from. I obviously don’t want to give too much away about Nick and Mazzy’s relationship, because the reason it works and is so goshdarn wonderful is because of their history and all those feelings that they didn’t fully deal with back then. Separately, these two characters are absolutely incredible and they are so different, which is what makes them really interesting to follow. Together, they are a mixture of volatile and beautiful and that makes it even better.
Mazzy and Nick have such amazing chemistry. Obviously all those years of feeling things for each other, of making promises and sticking together has come to head because now as adults, making a new deal together, there’s just so much sexual tension and so much desire lurking underneath all that frustration and distaste. I really loved how we got a taste of both their lives before their ‘wedding’ and then how they navigated this new life together after their wedding. It was perfect and so well written. I like when we don’t spend pages and pages just going through what their fake married life is like, because there’s none of that with Mazzy and Nick, they’re both just struggling and that’s the way it’s going to be. Till they’re not anymore.
This is only my second Everly Ashton book, but it’s definitely going into a pile of my favourites this year. It was a light and fun read and filled with angst and love and steam. I mean, that’s the kind of book that I like – one that has everything you could possibly want and think of.
Thanks to Everly Ashton and Wildfire Marketing Solutions for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.