Miranda is finally away from her parents, sharing a flat with her friend/boss and working as a cook for company luncheons. After an emergency forces her to take over another girl's cooking position, Miranda finds herself going head to head with Blaize, the boss, and eventually becoming friends. While she's cooking for him over the weekend his ex-fiancée shows up and in order to stop himself from falling back with his ex, he pretends to be engaged to Miranda. Miranda is falling in love with Blaize but it can only end in heartbreak since he's using her for now but will still probably fall hook line and sinker for his ex.
I started out this book really enjoying the writing and the main character Miranda. After a little way into it, I was starting to get annoyed with her vanity and had to skip ahead. Skipping ahead in a harlequin presents is only a matter of a couple of pages and once Blaize and Miranda stopped being public enemies and started being friends this book instantly moved high up on my favorites list.
Miranda is a short dark haired beauty who knows it. She also has a sarcastic wit and a loose tongue which tend to get her in trouble with Blaize. Despite this they develop a friendship that has all the naturalness of lifelong companions.
Blaize himself is something more of a Beta Male rather than alpha, and something I find to be a nice change of pace. His fiancée ditched him for an older man, and jaded him on marriage. He still holds a torch for her and now that she's free and back he's having a hard time not falling back into her clutches. In a desperate attempt to dissuade her, he pretends that Miranda is his new fiancée and convinces her to play along.
Miranda despises his weakness towards his obviously selfish ex and has no qualms about stating her opinions on the matter. This made the book a thoroughly enjoyable read, and despite the seriousness of the ending, I was laughing afterward when I thought about it again.
If this book is an example of the creativity of Roberta Leigh I will definitely be seeking her out as a must read author.