Book Review

Sunny Shelly’s Review: Reluctant Husband by Hope Ford

Title: Reluctant Husband
Series: Whiskey Men #1
Author: Hope Ford
Genre: Contemporary Small Town Romance

Release Date: January 30, 2023

I’m in love with Lucas Blaze, the player grandson of the woman I take care of. I’m nothing like the women he dates, so the chances of him noticing me are slim to none. Until the day he asks me to marry him.
Lucas is the youngest Blaze Brother. He works twenty-four seven, and his only use for women is to get his rocks off when he’s taking a break from putting his family’s liquor brand into every store in the country.
I don’t wear the right clothes, I don’t mingle in the same high-profile groups, and I sure as heck don’t know the first thing about pleasing a man.
But to make his Granny happy, Lucas is willing to marry me.
Our marriage is one of convenience and I know it won’t last.
But try telling that to my heart.
He doesn’t believe in love and happily ever after.
I want a love that lasts forever.
In the end, will he give us a chance? Or will he walk away holding my heart?
USA Today Bestselling author Hope Ford, brings you a standalone first book in the Whiskey Men series. If you love reading about curvy women getting the hot guy, opposites attract, jealousy trope, marriage of convenience, and small-town romance, then you’ll love Lucas and Isabella’s story.
Free in Kindle Unlimited
Sunny Shelly’s Review: 4 Stars

Reluctant Husband is a cute (if not predictable) fake marriage/marriage of convenience romance between a hero who doesn’t believe in love and the family friend who has been in love with him for her entire life.

Lucas has more or less been raised by his grandmother since his mom abandoned the family when he was a newborn. As a result, he doesn’t really trust or believe in true love. Isabella is the family friend who takes care of Lottie, aka Granny G, and has always been in love with Lucas. G, of course, knows this, and as her health deteriorates, she tells Lucas that she would love to see him settle down and get married — and that she’s worried about Isabella, who doesn’t have any other family. With the seed planted by his grandmother, Lucas proposes a fake marriage to Isabella.

Predictable? Of course. But Hope Ford did a nice job of showing how Granny really knew best because Bella and Lucas are a well-matched pair. The major conflict for this couple comes from his crazy assistant (who wants him for herself), but I was glad to see that Lucas quickly put her in her place. Because it didn’t take much for this fake marriage to become something very real for Lucas and Bella.

Hope Ford is a new-to-me author, and I enjoyed this story very much. I’m interested in reading about Lucas’ brothers as well in the rest of this series. I received an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.

Releasing March 27
Hope Ford is a USA Today Bestselling author of Steamy, Sweet, Satisfying Romance.
She loves writing about small towns, swoony men, and curvy women that get their happily-ever-after. Stay up to date with new releases at

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