Cleaning up after playboy Paxton deBraun is a full time job.
His family is worth billions. They are the elite. They influence politicians. They’re the power behind the power. Paxton is their golden child, wealthy in his own right, a rising star in Washington DC’s political scene…a 21st century Jay Gatsby, prone to throwing lavish, expensive, wild, and destructive parties.
I’m a housekeeper at a hotel owned by his mother, Camilla deBraun, and I’m sent in to clean up after such a party.
What I wasn’t expecting was to find Paxton naked in his bed, passed out and breathtaking even hungover.
Even more unexpected is the proposal bombshell he drops on me: Marry him.
A man I met once, a golden god, richer than belief, gorgeous beyond comprehension, and arrogant beyond fathom.
Me, a hotel maid working three jobs to make ends meet…Marry him.
It’s supposed to be fake, more of a business agreement than marriage proposal.
Only…it turns out there’s more to this sexy billionaire than meets the eye.
I”m a Michigander..I’ve been one my entire life, so the fact that Michigan was the next place Jasinda Wilder took readers to in her series, 50 States of Love, felt like coming home, even more so because I’ve been to Petoskey, Michigan, a number of times, so I could picture exactly where the story took place, which is not something that happens often in the stories I read.
Another aspect of Married in Michigan that drew me in from the start was Wilder’s description of the hero, Paxton deBraun, as ‘a 21st century Jay Gatsby.’ As a high school English teacher, The Great Gatsby is a book that I’ve both taught and read numerous times, and just like the elusive Jay Gatsby, there’s more to Paxton deBraun than the media portrays and his antics seem to expose. And, much like the world that Gatsby lived in, Paxton’s financial status, political aspirations, and family name quite clearly illustrate that his ‘station’ in life is the direct opposite of the hotel maid he asks to enter into an arranged fake marriage.
I don’t think Paxton and Makayla could be more different; Makayla cleans up after parties thrown by affluent bachelors like Paxton, and let me just say that NO ONE should have to endure what Mack did at the hands of Paxton’s friends. But because she lives paycheck-to-paycheck, doing what needs to be done to help her mother, she can’t deny that taking Paxton up on his offer so she can take a break from the constant struggle of her life sounds like an amazing turn of luck, but what comes with that decisions is something she doesn’t know if she’s ready for or will be able to endure.
There’s a definite fairytale, Pretty Woman feel to Married in Michigan, without the whole escort backstory. But more so, the book illustrates the true measure of a man and the woman he chooses to have by his side. And I enjoyed watching Paxton and Makayla’s relationship change from strangers to friends to more. Despite all of their differences, these two truly see who each other is and just how good they could be together if they stopped fighting their attraction and their feelings and didn’t worry about any of the outside interferences or obstacles. Because, regardless of the reasons for these two agreeing to a fake marriage, it seems that they can give one another what they want and need, everything that money can’t buy.
Married in Michigan is a slow burn romance, even though the hero and heroine agree to get married after only knowing each other for four months. The timeframe may force their hands but it’s their hearts that follow through with everything they never knew they would want until they unexpectedly entered one another’s lives.
4 Poison Apples
Already released in the series
About the Author
New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, and internationally bestselling author Jasinda Wilder is a Michigan native with a penchant for titillating tales about sexy men and strong women. Her bestselling titles include Alpha, Stripped, Wounded, and the #1 Amazon.com and international bestsellerFalling into You. You can find her on her farm in northern Michigan with her husband, author Jack Wilder, her six children, and a menagerie of animals.