Hired Husband - Fortune's Children Author:Rebecca Brandewyne Fortune's Children: Meet the Fortunes -- a family whose legacy is greater than riches. Because where there's a will... there's a wedding! — One of the richest families in the country, the Fortunes own everything from a cosmetics company to ranches and oil wells. Russian chemist Nicolai Valkov works for Fo... more »rtune Cosmetics and is on the brink of completing the formula for a new facial cream that will rejuvenate even the oldest skin, making it look again as it did in its youth. But Nick has an enemy of whom he's not even aware -- because someone doesn't want Fortune Cosmetics to finish developing its new product. The next thing Nick knows, he's got a letter from the INS, stating that he's to be deported and shipped back to Russia. He doesn't want to return to his homeland -- and Fortune Cosmetics doesn't want to lose its top chemist, either. So Kate Fortune, the family's powerful matriarch, proposes that Nick wed her outwardly cool and competent but inwardly shy and insecure granddaughter Caroline, so he can stay in America. But Caroline's already been burned once by a man, so the last thing on her mind is marriage, especially to a complete stranger -- even if he is the most gorgeous man she's ever laid eyes on!« less
1st book in a series of 12!! Fortune's Children series.
With eyes as dark as night and a gaze that laid all secrets bare, Nick Valkov was the kind of man any smart woman would avoid. But dire circumstances forced levelheaded Caroline Fortune to proposition this compelling stranger...with marriage. Her family's fate rested in Nick's capable hands--and brilliant mind. Yet her porper upbringing hadn't prepared this reluctant bride for her husband's soul-stirring embrace. And neither expected that their practical union would lead them to dark hours of danger...and the ultimate surrender.