IN NAME ONLY
BY SEAN D. YOUNG
Some of the greatest romances start with a fairy tale.
Cassaundra Moore, event planner extraordinaire, stopped believing in fairy tales only in creating them for her clients. Why would she believe something so magical would happen to her after being scammed by her ex-husband, causing her loss of business and social standing. But when Adam Simmons, candidate for governor of Virginia comes along, making a proposition that would not only help propel him in the race, but also relieve her of her financial worries, she has to redefine what fairy tales are made of.
In Name Only explores one man and one woman’s decision made out of convenience that forces them to consider there was something else at play. They both yearned for love.
I loved everything about In Name Only!
Past hurts and betrayals have left Adam Simmons closed to any ideas of a relationship. But the young congressman and gubernatorial candidate’s single status has him slipping in the polls. Thanks to character-assassination stories written by a spurned reporter, Adam is seen as a playboy with no instability by women voters.
He needs a wife.
Event planner Cassaundra Moore finally has her head above water again. Her criminal attorney ex-husband, Marcus, had been involved in illegal activities and she didn’t find out until he was indicted, had drained her bank accounts, and ruined her credit and professional reputation.
A temporary marriage to Adam would solve her financial issues and enhance her client base.
As it turns out, Cassie’s cousin is Adam’s best friend and campaign manager. After discussions and still having doubts, the couple is married.
Fake relationships/marriages are not one of my favorite romance tropes, but even though Adam and Cassie got together for personal gain, they never felt fake. Though they agree to “play by the rules” they quickly come to care for each other but are wont to admit their true feelings. Yet while they have issues to work through, they are not their biggest problem. Adam’s opponent who publicly questions the quick marriage, Adam’s parents who feel he married beneath him, and the deliciously vile snooty, bougie mother who thought her daughter was a “better fit” for Adam all deliver their own brand of outside pressure to the new marriage. Cassie holds her own with them all… even though she wanted to slap the hell out of bougie mama! HA!
But it’s the spurned reporter who keeps popping up to make trouble, and when she takes aim at Cassie, all bets are off.
Adam and Cassie are good, strong characters, with great back-up from Tina and Spyder, Cassie’s cousins, and Adam’s sister, Sara.
In Name Only is what romance is about and delivers the best kind of HEA. I’m looking forward to the next books in the series.
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ABOUT SEAN D. YOUNG
Contemporary Romance Author Sean D. Young, a native of Gary, Indiana uses her vivid imagination to craft heartwarming and passionate love stories that deal with family, forgiveness, promise, romance and redemption. Her debut novel TOTAL BLISS was published in 2005. At an early age, Sean found that she loved words and tried to read everything she could get her hands on. She joined her first book club “Sweet Pickles” at the age of 7. Writing would come later, when she wrote short stories for her own enjoyment, then she wrote the Easter play for the youth at her church at the age of 12.Sean, a graphic/web designer loves building websites and graphics almost as much as she loves writing her stories. She loves working in her church and lives in Northwest Indiana with her family.