3 out of 5 Stars
The Billionaire’s Counterfeit Girlfriend is a mildly entertaining romance between Hilary Rosenberg, a curvy woman with an interesting past, and Mark Pryce, a billionaire with relationship issues. Mark is known for leaving all of his girlfriends before three months are up, earning them the nickname “Quarterly Girls.” Hilary has relationship issues stemming from her parents’ sordid history and a cousin who is also her half-sister. She tries to play it safe in love and take the sure bet so she won’t end up like her mother, aunt, or sister/cousin, but someone is working against her and ruining what little happiness she does find.
Mark sets out to halt his mother’s attempts of matching him with an appropriate heiress by bringing Hilary to a family party. Hilary reluctantly agrees, not realizing she’ll need to spend so much time with Mark prior to the event so they could pull off a realistic relationship. As it turns out, Mark has had his eye on Hilary for some time, but it doesn’t matter much since he never stays with one woman for long.
The relationship between the couple is interesting as they each fight their own battles with love, but there are some pieces of the story that made it a little unbelievable—well, a little more unbelievable than the plot already is. To start, there is supposedly a month between when Mark asks Hilary to go to the party and the actual date of the party, yet within the story, it seems like the party just arrives with no warning. I would have expected Hilary to be worried about how Mark will break up with her once the party is over, but suddenly the day has arrived and she hasn’t really addressed that issue.
Also, the relationships between all of the characters is strange. Hilary works for Mark’s best friend; she’s friendly with Mark’s father’s assistant; her best friend is a stylist and works with Mark’s sister. It’s all a little too convenient.
And then there’s Hilary’s past. Her mother and aunt had a relationship with the same man and both got pregnant at the same time, resulting in Hilary and her cousin/half-sister Bebe. Somehow, this comes to define Hilary and all of her relationships going forward. Bebe’s wild side ends up sabotaging relationships for Hilary on more than one occasion. Although Hilary’s family life is quite convoluted, it felt like the author was constantly banging the issue into the reader’s head instead of trusting we’d remember the situation from one page to the next.
I was pleased when Hilary didn’t immediately take Mark back when their relationship came to a head, however overall the story wrapped up too quickly. I didn’t quite understand how Hilary went from “I don’t trust you’ll stick around but I’ll come hear you out over dinner” to “yes, I’ll marry you.”
Overall, it was a relatively enjoyable read once I suspended disbelief.