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A fake engagement at the Texas Cattleman's Club? It must be a fairy tale from USA TODAY bestselling author Maureen Child!  Dave Firestone has no intention of getting married, but he'll pretend anything if it means sealing a tough business deal for his ranch. Needing a spur-of-the-moment fake fiancée, he turns to housekeeper Mia Hughes. With her boss—and Dave's business riva A fake engagement at the Texas Cattleman's Club? It must be a fairy tale from USA TODAY bestselling author Maureen Child!  Dave Firestone has no intention of getting married, but he'll pretend anything if it means sealing a tough business deal for his ranch. Needing a spur-of-the-moment fake fiancée, he turns to housekeeper Mia Hughes. With her boss—and Dave's business rival—missing and her paycheck on hold, she accepts Dave's fantasy proposal. But when their pretend romance takes an unexpected turn into passionate nights, Dave isn't ready to let Mia go. Can the smooth-talking businessman negotiate a more permanent arrangement?


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A fake engagement at the Texas Cattleman's Club? It must be a fairy tale from USA TODAY bestselling author Maureen Child!  Dave Firestone has no intention of getting married, but he'll pretend anything if it means sealing a tough business deal for his ranch. Needing a spur-of-the-moment fake fiancée, he turns to housekeeper Mia Hughes. With her boss—and Dave's business riva A fake engagement at the Texas Cattleman's Club? It must be a fairy tale from USA TODAY bestselling author Maureen Child!  Dave Firestone has no intention of getting married, but he'll pretend anything if it means sealing a tough business deal for his ranch. Needing a spur-of-the-moment fake fiancée, he turns to housekeeper Mia Hughes. With her boss—and Dave's business rival—missing and her paycheck on hold, she accepts Dave's fantasy proposal. But when their pretend romance takes an unexpected turn into passionate nights, Dave isn't ready to let Mia go. Can the smooth-talking businessman negotiate a more permanent arrangement?

30 review for The Lone Star Cinderella

  1. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Very good book. With Alex missing and his bank accounts frozen, housekeeper Mia is no longer getting paid to do her job. She's been using her own savings to pay the bills but now that's gone and her tuition is due. When Dave comes to her with a business proposition she takes him up on it. The rules are simple - no emotional entanglements and kisses are just for show. Dave just needs the appearance of a stable relationship to close a deal and figures Mia is perfect for the job. He doesn't expect Very good book. With Alex missing and his bank accounts frozen, housekeeper Mia is no longer getting paid to do her job. She's been using her own savings to pay the bills but now that's gone and her tuition is due. When Dave comes to her with a business proposition she takes him up on it. The rules are simple - no emotional entanglements and kisses are just for show. Dave just needs the appearance of a stable relationship to close a deal and figures Mia is perfect for the job. He doesn't expect to want it to continue. Mia was great. She'd had a very unconventional childhood. Her mom died when she was young, so she was raised by her father - a professional gambler. They were constantly on the move, following the tournaments. She loved her father but she longed for an actual home, the chance to make and keep friends, to have roots. Now that she's an adult she's working her way toward that life. Though the house isn't hers, she has a place to stay and is almost done getting her degree in childhood counseling. She's made some great friends and has a terrific boss. She's worried about Alex who has been missing for several months. She's also worried for herself because she's no longer getting paid. She is surprised when Alex's business rival comes to her with a proposition. He needs a fake fiancee in order to close a business deal and he's willing to make it worth her while. He'll pay her $10,000, buy her the clothes she needs to pull it off, and pay off her student loans. All he needs is a month of her time. He warns her that it's just for show. He doesn't do commitments or relationships. She worries that she's getting in over her head but she says yes. It isn't long before that little spark of attraction she felt for him has built into a bonfire and they've started giving in to it. Mia has found that there is a lot more to Dave than the ruthless businessman she's heard so much about. Once living with him on his ranch she sees his connection to his land and finds that they have a lot in common. She's falling hard for him but he is still insisting that love doesn't exist. He wants to continue as they are, but Mia won't settle for less than everything. Mia is very independent and is determined to stand on her own. I liked the way that she considered all the points of Dave's proposal before she accepted. I really enjoyed seeing her settle in at Dave's house and how right it felt to her. She knew that it was a bad sign as far as her emotions went. She felt really guilty when Dave's mom showed up and started going on about wedding plans and so on. I loved the way that she stood up for her own needs at the end. Dave is a self-made millionaire. His father had walked out on him and his mom when he was ten, causing them to lose their ranch. That and his mother's heartbreak made Dave into a man who doesn't believe in love. He sees it as something that doesn't last, unlike contracts which are promises that are designed to be kept. So when he needs the appearance of a fiancee in order to close a business deal, he offers Mia a contract she can't refuse. He figures that the attraction he feels for her is a bonus, especially if he can talk her into his bed. He expects that attraction to burn itself out pretty quickly and is surprised when it only gets stronger. He also finds that he likes having her in his home and looks forward to seeing her in the evenings. She is also constantly on his mind which begins to worry him as it's never happened to him before. He is still trying to convince himself that it's only desire when he asks Mia to make it permanent but still insists there's no such thing as love. He's stunned when she turns him down and leaves and spends several days wondering why he feels so bad. I loved the way it's his mom that sets him straight. By the way, there is a terrific scene when he gets quite a surprise when he walks into his mom's house. It had me laughing out loud at his reactions. The two mysteries are still ongoing. There is nothing new on Alex's disappearance, though the state investigator is still in town and talking to people. The vandalism at the new child care center from the last book hasn't been solved, and an even worse incident takes place. People are furious and have suspicions about who is behind it, but no proof. I still think I know who, but will have to wait to find out.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Lujano

    Protagonistas: Dave & Mia Profesiones: Ranchero & Psicopedagoga Pais: USA

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tawnya

    The Lone Star Cinderella was a really enjoyable book by Maureen Child. Dave was stuck in the past remembering the hurt he felt when his father left, while having Mia there falling in love with him all during a fake engagement.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christa Runge

    With Alex Santiago’s disappearance quite a few months ago, his housekeeper, Mia Hughes’s wallet has taken quite a hit. So Dave Firestone’s offer came at a very convenient time. Dave needs a wife, or at least a fiancée for a deal. He will pay Mia $10,000 plus her tuition fees and loans to pretend to be his fiancée for a month or until the deal is done (whichever comes first). Dave doesn’t do emotions. Contracts and deals are where it’s at. Promises and love don’t mean a thing, as proven by his fa With Alex Santiago’s disappearance quite a few months ago, his housekeeper, Mia Hughes’s wallet has taken quite a hit. So Dave Firestone’s offer came at a very convenient time. Dave needs a wife, or at least a fiancée for a deal. He will pay Mia $10,000 plus her tuition fees and loans to pretend to be his fiancée for a month or until the deal is done (whichever comes first). Dave doesn’t do emotions. Contracts and deals are where it’s at. Promises and love don’t mean a thing, as proven by his father. Even though his father had promised to love his mother forever, he still walked out on them. Now that Mia has fallen for Dave she has to convince him that taking a chance on his heart is worth it because even a contract can be broken. I really liked Mia she was upbeat and bubbly. Even though she had a far from ideal upbringing, she didn’t let it cloud her future. At times Dave seemed cocky almost to the point of being arrogant. His way of thinking if you threw enough money at something, it would go his way. I think Mia could have been more resistant at times. I really liked Dave’s reaction to the romance between his mother and foreman. Now along with Alex’s disappearance we also have the mystery of someone vandalizing the day care center at TTC.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lyn

    I hate to call any romance title formulaic, however this book definitely felt that way. I don't know whether this is the result of Maureen picking up this books when one of the authors for the mini-series had to pull out. Right from the beginning of the book, I could see how this story was going to turn out. If anyone who read this hasn't read any of Maureen Child's titles previously, I would recommend reading some of her other titles as this definitely wasn't representative of the type of book th I hate to call any romance title formulaic, however this book definitely felt that way. I don't know whether this is the result of Maureen picking up this books when one of the authors for the mini-series had to pull out. Right from the beginning of the book, I could see how this story was going to turn out. If anyone who read this hasn't read any of Maureen Child's titles previously, I would recommend reading some of her other titles as this definitely wasn't representative of the type of book that I've come to expect from Maureen.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Harlequin Books

    Miniseries: Texas Cattleman's Club: The Missing Mogul Miniseries: Texas Cattleman's Club: The Missing Mogul

  7. 5 out of 5

    Crystal Alexander-Bentley

    My favorite part of this book, his mom. Had me cracking up!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tonya Warner

    Dave Firestone needs to find a wife to seal a deal. Mia Hughes was the non-descript housekeeper for the missing mogul, Alex Santiago. Short on money, she would be perfect to pose as his future wife. But the heat between them is rising. Seduction is in the air. Ok, I haven't read any of the other stories in the series. I felt like I was missing half the story. Just an ok story for me. A little bland. Dave Firestone needs to find a wife to seal a deal. Mia Hughes was the non-descript housekeeper for the missing mogul, Alex Santiago. Short on money, she would be perfect to pose as his future wife. But the heat between them is rising. Seduction is in the air. Ok, I haven't read any of the other stories in the series. I felt like I was missing half the story. Just an ok story for me. A little bland.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hasnamezied

    I didnt expect this book would be good but it was great. Simple love story between Mia and Dave. It is lovely.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Widala

    A sweet love story. I loved the fun and easy going relationship between Mia and Dave, laughing and joking even after serious talk.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ada

    Pobres mios

  12. 5 out of 5

    karen

    Growing up can have lasting effects on a psyche. Glad Dave finally woke uo

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lauri

    Read it in one afternoon. Quick, fluffy, non-annoying characters. Fairly typical Maureen Child/Harlequin book, but you know there's a reason these keep selling. Read it in one afternoon. Quick, fluffy, non-annoying characters. Fairly typical Maureen Child/Harlequin book, but you know there's a reason these keep selling.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    Liked how the hero's mom had influence towards end of book. Liked how the hero's mom had influence towards end of book.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amy

  16. 5 out of 5

    Silvas

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kristina

  18. 5 out of 5

    Freya

  19. 5 out of 5

    Roos

  20. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

  21. 4 out of 5

    Izaskun

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lara Kjartansdottir

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sónia Mendes

  24. 4 out of 5

    Debbie DiFiore

  25. 4 out of 5

    Tourniquet Secretworldbooks

  26. 5 out of 5

    Barbara Dalrymple

  27. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

  28. 4 out of 5

    Cthebookworm

  29. 4 out of 5

    Titi

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Cullen

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