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His Secretary's Surprise Fiancé

(Bayou Billionaires #2)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  176 ratings  ·  54 reviews
Her boss wants her in his office—and as his bride! 

Adelaide Thibodeaux grew up with Dempsey Reynaud, and she's worked for him for years. But when the billionaire football coach springs a surprise engagement to keep her from resigning, it's a low blow. Just as she's ready to strike out on her own, she's stuck in a fake relationship with her boss, biding her time… 

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Paperback, 192 pages
Published March 8th 2016 by Harlequin (first published March 1st 2016)
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Dec 18, 2015 rated it liked it
This story has uniqueness and a story that seemed pretty interesting but overall it was just okay for me. Apparently there are some books before this one that help with this story that I didn't read but you get a recap on the brothers.

This story is about Dempsey who is a half brother to 3 other siblings. He didn't grown up with money until he was 13 and his father bought off his mom. Since then he became a billionaire football coach and employees his childhood best friend Adelaide who has been
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review

At first I was a bit hesitant about this series as it resolves around football, but as I've really enjoyed Joanne Rock and Catherine Mann their books so far I decided to give this series a try. And I am so glad I did! I really enjoyed this book and I also liked how the football aspect was handled. It's a friend to lovers type of romance combined with a fake fiancé plot. I really enjoyed this book and while it works well as a standalone I want to
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ARC received from: Publisher

Rating: 4*

Trope: Friends-to-lovers / Fake Relationship / Sport

Chemistry: Simmering

One-Sentence Summary: A rich billionaire invents an engagement to get his friend and employee to stay with him

Review: When I heard that there was going to be a book which combined all my favourite tropes (Friends-to-lovers / Fake Relationship / Sport) in one hot Harlequin package, I knew I just had to read it, and I am pleased to say Joanne Rock did not disappoint.

In this book she gives
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
His Secretary’s Surprise Fiancé by Joanne Rock may be a bit of a clichéd title, but the story inside the covers is anything but. This second of the Bayou Billionaires series is all original and filled with the heart that I always associated with Rock’s writing. Dempsey has always considered himself the black sheep of the Reynaud family. His best friend and personal assistant Adelaide knows better. When her efforts to leave force him to declare them engaged things get very interesting. Dempsey an ...more
Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received, this book from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.

I have to say I am not good with words, but this book was so good, it hooked you from the first page till the last. It is a must read. Get it today, you will be happy you did.

IF you love a good book, then this is for you.....
Feb 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*ARC provided by Tour Host in exchange for a fair and honest review*

His Secretary’s Surprise Fiancé is the second book in the Bayou Billionaires series by Joanne Rock and Catherine Mann. In the story, Adelaide Thibodeaux and Dempsey Reynaud are not only childhood friends but also boss and employee, the second being what Adelaide hopes to change and Dempsey will do anything to keep as status quo.

Dempsey is a man used to getting what he wants, and right now, what he wants most is Adelaide to stay
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His Secretary’s Surprise Fiancé is the first book I have read from Joanne Rock. This is technically the 2nd book in the series but it’s ok if you don’t read the first one because this book will recap it for you. Adelaide and Dempsey have been friends since they were children. He grew up poor and played football until his father came (who is wealthy) and took him and his mother to live with him. He then was able to grow up to be an outstanding businessman as well as a football coach.

Throughout D
Dec 18, 2015 rated it liked it
His Secretary's Surprise Fiance is a good story for anyone who enjoys reading books based in New Orleans. I received a copy in exchange for review from NetGalley. It gives a small glimpse into parts of New Orleans and the food. Adelaide is Dempsey's assistant for the football franchise where he is the head coach for the New Orleans football team. They have been best friends since they were children despite having a period of time when they rarely talked or saw each other because Dempsey's father ...more
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"His Secretary's Secret Fiance" by Joanne Rock. This tale tells the story of Adelaide and Dempsey. I really liked both of these characters. Dempsey, of course is hot and sexy, but he's also a very determined man, set to prove his worth to all. Because of that drive, he has driven away the one person that really should mean the most to him, his dearest friend, Adelaide. She is a strong, independent woman that has worked hard to support herself and build a foundation for her dream. She also does w ...more
Isha Coleman
Feb 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find it fitting that the central backdrop chosen for the Bayou Billionaires series was New Orleans. The rich history, dramatic charm and the option of new discoveries make it the perfect location for Dempsey and Adelaide to fall in love. I received an ARC of His Secretary's Surprise Fiance' by Joanne Rock in exchange for an honest review. Dempsey thought their friendship was solid but Adelaide had been seeing the cracks for a while. A resignation, a spur of the moment engagement of convenience ...more
Jan 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've read some of Joanne Rock's books before, so I thought I would check this one out. I think I would have liked to read the other books in the series first, so that I had some background information to go on. This was more of a friends to lovers story than a boss/secretary story, but it was a unique twist on both tropes. Dempsey & Addy had great chemistry, but the book seemed like it should be longer in order to fully conclude the issues that were brought forth. I'll read more of the serie ...more
Jan 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
2nd book in the Bayou Billionaire series, I did not read the first. I had no problems with Dempsey Reynaud and his brothers as the main characters . Adelaide Thibodeaux is Dempsey's secretary as he runs the professional football team in New Orleans for his family. They grew up together in a poor neighborhood until Dempsey's father found him and took him away when he was 13. Now many years later he decides they should marry and announces to the world they are engaged without asking her. Sort of p ...more
Feb 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I received this book as a free giveaway. I must say... wow! Thank you for allowing me to read this book. Although it is part of a series, it can be read as a stand alone novel. I read it as a stand alone novel, and it was excellent. I couldn't put it down! I can't wait to get the rest of the books in this series. Keep up the great work, Ms. Rock!
Heather andrews
Dec 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved when Addy was playful and let her hair down, "she ignored his efforts at restraint, sidling over to him and slipping a slender thigh between his. “I’ll sleep better knowing you left the house happy.” Her whispered words were like a drug, finding their way into his bloodstream and sending a fresh wave of heat through him." I really enjoyed this book.
Lindsey ( United By Books Reviews)
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
review to come soon
Monica Cardoza
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. The storyline was interesting as were the characters. Dempsey and Adelaide “Addy” grew up together but Dempsey knew what it was to go hungry. His mother more often than not at times forget she had a son. He would go hungry until the day that his mother found his father again. Then a terrifying event happened to Addy when she was living alone but Dempsey is there to her rescue. He offers her a job as his assistant but it seems that she has been invisible for very long so she i ...more
Jamie  Leigh
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great series

This series is amazing. I fell for the four brothers. & I can't wait to read all of their stories!
Penny Ramirez
Mar 20, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5, but I'm rounding down because I'm slightly tired of male protags who simply make sweeping decisions, and the female protags who let them with only nominal protestations.

That being said, I did like Addy and Dempsey. Perhaps if the book had been a little bit longer their broken backstories could have been explored a bit more in depth.
Feb 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
HD #2436
Jaymy M.
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Despite the doozy of a moniker, the second book in the Bayou Billionaires series was a fantastic read, one I couldn't put down until the very last page.

I am a huge fan of this dynamic writing pair. This combination is just about unbeatable — matched only by the J.K. Rock duo, Joanne and Karen Rock. How many people not only have BFFs and SILs that awesome and talented, but ones who share their abilities with you and to bring stories to the world? Not many I'd be willing to bet.

I think I'd read th
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good friends to lovers story. Dempsey and Addy have known each other since they were kids growing up in a poor part of New Orleans. Dempsey protected Addy from bullies and she helped him deal with the results of an addicted mother. Then when he was thirteen, his billionaire biological father found him and took him to live with his family. Though Dempsey tried to keep in touch with Addy, it was difficult, until he became an adult. Then he offered her a job as his assistant until she was ready to ...more
Les Romantiques
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Reviewed by Fabiola
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His secretary’s surprise fiancé by Joanne Rock is the second volume in the Bayou Billionaires series which includes 4 volumes written by Joanne Rock and Catherine Mann. The other volumes are: 1- His pregnant princess bride by C. Mann, 3- Reunited with the rebel billionaire by C. Mann and 4 – Secret baby scandal by J. Rock.
The series features the Reynaud brothers, who all are part of the football world, b
Wednesday Stanley
Feb 01, 2016 rated it liked it
When I first heard about this series that Mrs. Rock and Mrs. Mann were working on together I got super excited and couldn't wait to read about these four brothers. Than after reading His Pregnant Princess Bride which followed Gervais and Erika, I got even more excited for this series and couldn't wait to dive into Dempsey's book. But unfortunately that's about where my excitement ends.

    I'm going to try and be negative or upset anyone. But I was just frustrated and dissapointed in both Dempsey
Jan 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really, really wanted to read Dempsey and Addy's story after reading book one in the series, His Pregnant Princess Bride , so I was very excited to get my hands on this one. I won't go as far as to say I was disappointed, but while I did like it, I didn't love it.

On the one hand, it was a sweet best-childhood-friends-to-romance story. Addy and Dempsey have know each other since they were both in the single digits, and Addy's been starry-eyed over him for nearly that long. They had some consid
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
Mar 03, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: march-2016
My rating: DNF 30%

Why I couldn't keep going...

I received this arcon Netgalley in exchange for an honest review so I'll be quite frank when I tell you that this plot is just far too unbelievable. It lacks realism. It's filled with idiotic stubborn characters and I just had to skim the last 100 pages or so because I kept rolling my eyes too hard. Let's start with the one factor in the story that pissed me off so much that I had to take a moment and just process what I just read. Adelaide, a hardw
I gave myself a few days to mull this one over, only to come up with the same thoughts. So, here goes.

I know it's rude to think athletes are not scholarly, but I had a hard time connecting the leading man's dots. Dempsey grew up poor (until teens), played football (until injury cut his career), and speaks with an eloquence that seems, well, elevated. I know he's been in this lifestyle for nearly 20 years, but it was still difficult for me.

Adelaide was a whole 'nother deal. I'm stuck between thi
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the Bayou Billionaires; they can
be read as standalone novels. That being said this series
is written by two different authors. So I was worried that this
book may not be as good as the first. Have to say I have
never been happier to be wrong. This book was oh so good.
This book is about the half brother Dempsey and Addy his
best friend. Well they used to be better friends, but when
Addy threatens to leave he loses it. And dose the only thing
he can think to keep her.
Wendy Keel
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: harlequin
*This book was received for the purpose of an honest review.*

*sigh* What to say. First I have to say that I read this one in one setting. I didn't want to put it down for anything. It was that good. I was hooked from page one until I turned the final page, a thing that happened much too quickly. Fans of the Desire line will love this storyline and characters. Fans of the Bayou Billionaires series are in for a treat. You do not have to have read either to follow this story or to enjoy it. I loved
If you choose what romance novels to read based on tropes (which I definitely do), this is much more of a friends to lovers or a childhood crush story than it is a boss one. There's some of that power dynamic in the very beginning, but it is much more about Dempsey and Adelaide having grown apart and Dempsey taking his lifelong best friend for granted. Although the hero is pretty clueless, he quickly stops being an alpha jerk once he is done the alpha jerk move of announcing a false engagement t ...more
Lynn Brooks
Mar 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A great friends-to-lovers story! I enjoyed getting to dig into the life of the 2nd Reynaud brother and follow him on his journey to discovering what was right under his nose for years. :)

Adelaide Thibodeaux grew up with Dempsey Reynaud and they have remained friends for what seems like forever. She has been his assistant for years, and now that he's settled in as Head Coach of the New Orleans Hurricanes, she's ready to spread her wings and do her own thing ... only Dempsey doesn't want to let he
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USA Today bestselling author Joanne Rock writes romance novels in a variety of sub-genres, from family sagas to sexy contemporaries. A popular workshop speaker, Joanne parlays her experience in the college classroom to substantive seminars that motivate, educate and inspire. Her book Self Promotion: Your Guide to Launching a Book is the culmination of requests for her notes on this topic. She has ...more

Other books in the series

Bayou Billionaires (4 books)
  • His Pregnant Princess Bride (Bayou Billionaires #1)
  • Reunited with the Rebel Billionaire
  • Secret Baby Scandal (Bayou Billionaires #4)