She's perfect. But she's his best mate's little sister.
When Theo Clarke joins his best mates Will and Henry in creating a hotel venture in the charming South Carolina island town of Magnolia Bay, he sees a chance to rebrand himself as a man of vision and leave his tabloid playboy reputation behind. But when his mother revokes his inheritance money until Theo marries a suitable British aristocrat, the venture is endangered. They can’t pay their massive loans without Theo’s money.
As the hotel nears completion, the gents bring in the delightful Pippa Maxwell, Will's younger sister and emerging interior designer. Pippa could be the answer to every problem, if she will only agree to a fake marriage with Theo. But Pippa has dreams of her own, and they do not involve marriage to the aristocracy’s most scandalous bad boy.
I am really enjoying this Gentlemen of Magnolia Bay series. I love the beach setting and a hotel renovation that brings love to these three friends. Each book spotlights a different friend and builds on the first so I would recommend reading them in order for you most pleasurable reading experience. This is the third book in the series.
Poor Theo is a man mostly misunderstood. I actually felt bad for him most of the time. Pippa has some longstanding angst towards Theo, some valid, some not. For most of the book Pippa is swimming brilliantly in her pool of angst but can't help but recognize Theo's utterly handsome face. I wish there would have been more time where Pippa and Theo were getting along better (and kissing more 😘) but I did enjoy the build up of attraction and the gradual shift in perspective on Theo's part. I just thought Pippa carried her bitter on a bit too far. I guess I just love Theo more.
I read these books as part of Kindle Unlimited.