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(Wild Men #8)

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  43 reviews
My one night stand is now my fake husband…a marriage of convenience hockey romance in the best-selling Wild Men series by USA Today Bestselling author Melissa Belle.


I don’t do professional athletes. And I certainly don’t do one-night stands.

But after my father tells me to marry before he’ll let me take over his PR firm, which has been my one and only dream since I was a
Kindle Edition, 266 pages
Published May 26th 2020 by Autumn Ink Press
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Sofia Lazaridou
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Declan is the 8th book in the Wild Men by Melissa Belle and it's a complete stand-alone. I might check the other books if I ever find time because this one was very good. Arranged marriages is one of my favorite tropes and it worked so well in this story. There was even some of the angst I am always looking forward to when it comes to this type of story.

At some point in the book, I felt like Declan was not as bonded with Mia as she was with his cousins and I felt slightly off, which is the reas
Diane Lynch
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, hockey-romance
Melissa Belle hits it in the net with Declan (Wild Men #8). In this story, Declan Wild needs to get married to be considered for a minority stake in the Montana Wild Kings. Mia Carroll needs to get married to take over her family’s company. They agree to a marriage of convenience for a year, but their feelings have other ideas. This contemporary sports romance is suitable for adult readers.

Declan was a heartfelt and enjoyable read. Declan is the brother of Cameron (Wild Men # 7). I love Declan
Melissa Belle
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
A hot hockey romance ... enjoy!!
Sharon Moritz-rosenthal
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a free ARC copy of this book from the author prior to release and am voluntarily leaving a review.

I am a new fan of this author and this is my first book in the series I have read and I found it easily stands alone. Note that it does include other characters and at times I could not keep track of who they were in relation to Declan and their wives, but this is just a few scenes and otherwise the story stands alone. We also meet Declan's cousins in this book and they are COWBOYS and I
Emily Pennington
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
This book is refreshingly not like other sports romances. When Mia Carroll’s father makes a requirement that she must be married before she can take over his Circle PR firm, she is not pleased. There is no reason she needs a man to do the job she is very familiar with. When she goes out to a bar, she meets Declan Wild, not recognizing him as a professional hockey player. Declan is surprised that she wants him for the person she sees and not his notoriety, so the two have a one-night stand.

To the
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
*I received a free ARC of this novel*

This is book 8 in a series, but functions as a stand alone novel.

I loved this book for many reasons, but most of them are Mia. She is older without her age ever being discussed as a negative; instead her age allows her to be a mature, established, professional with goals of her own. She has an office job at a PR firm that she makes you love anyway. Her weight is never discussed!! Amazing right? Apperently you can have an attractive romantic lead without menti
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another Wild man taken! This story is about Declan and Mia. Declan is a professional hockey player and the star, but he wants to retire and own a piece of the team. Mia has been working in the PR company that is owned by her family (father), but she wants to take over once her father retires. Mia and Declan are met with a clause that they never expected in order for Declan to be a minority owner he needs to be married while Mia has a clause that her own mother put in the contract that states tha ...more
Joyce Black
May 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Story Lines: Fantastic. Believable.

I do not know how Ms. Belle does it but there is just some kind of energy to/in her story writing that has me enamored with her work. I like the inter-connectedness between one novel to the next. I like the overlap of characters from story-to-story. Her story lines are fantastic as they are so believable, which in turn makes her characterizations believable as well. Besides the romance brewing between the main male and main female characters, there is a genuine
Jennifer Pierson
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Declan & Mia meet at a bar one night, and since they both have things going on in their lives, they decide a one time hookup will have to do. Their chemistry is simply palpable from the jump, and it didn't seem like it would be denied after that hot night. The next morning their lives take a new turn when they come face to face again, like a fake marriage comes about, which they both enter in with eyes open, but they still have that chemistry shooting sparks everywhere. It's only a matter of tim ...more
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

This is my first book by Melissa Belle and it can definitely be read as a stand-alone.

Mia and Declan are both having a rough night when they meet for the first time and they hit it off instantly. The chemistry between them is off the charts, they’re both behaving out of character and before they know what’s happening they’re spending the night together. Imagine their shock the next day when they’re hit with the bombshell information that they’re about to be married if they both want to
Dawn Yacovetta
Jun 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mia needs to get married before her father will let her take over his PR firm, and Declan needs to get married to get a shot at ownership of the hockey team he loves. When those in the background begins pulling strings, they end up in a marriage of convenience. The crazy part is that they have a real attraction to each other and have already tasted the way things could be between them. But circumstances and too much overthinking could take them to the place they had both planned to be from the b ...more
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love sports romance, especially hockey books so I was excited to read Declan by Melissa Belle. It totally delivered! Declan is a professional hockey player nearing retirement and Mia is hoping to take over her family's PR firm. When they first meet, the connection is instant. After a one night stand, Mia sneaks out not wanting to involve Declan in her drama. Of course fate has other ideas. Both need to be married for a year for their careers. Mis needs to be married to take over her family's b ...more
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This Wild although in the mountains of Montana, he is the leader on the Ice, and only one thing keeps him from his future dreams and that us his lack of a wife. Mia has it all but she wants to be running the family business y business. Due to a sneaky clause entered by her Mother she has to find a husband quick to finish her dream. Funny how dreams can change and for this business relationship the fire is definitely melting the ice. I love the Wild men who will do anything for family, even telli ...more
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This the first book of Melissa Belle's I've read and I was impressed. Hockey payer romance is my favorite and I've read many, this book rivals the great ones. I enjoyed the writer's style with the characters Mia and Declan came across as real people with real feelings, they were happy people, sure there is some angst as to why they need to get married but their story put a smile on my face. These two face a lot of self-awareness as they get to know each other, as they tell their stories to each ...more
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I volunteered to read this ARC for an honest review. I enjoyed this story about Declan and Mia. She's in the PR business and he's a hockey player. Mia's dad informs her in order to take over the company she needs to be married. She recruits her Uncle Ned to help. Declan is planning on retiring soon but wants to but into the team, but they only want married men as owners. When they meet at a club after a game they have a single night if passion. So image their surprise when Ned calls them both in ...more
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I know I can depend on Melissa Belle to give me a great story with fabulous characters that I actually like and want to get to HEA. This is no exception. Great story with a "fake" marriage for business reasons that becomes way more. Both Declan and Mia need a significant other to achieve their goals and the situation is perfect for both of them. Both Declan and Mia are more than they appear on the surface and they are actually good for each other (which is a nice change from too much angst). The ...more
Melinda Swaine
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A brand new hockey book from one of the best sports romance authors in the biz - yep sign me up for that stat!! This is a fun entertaining read with great characters who share some sizzling chemistry and plenty of witty banter, it’s a story that will captivate and draw you in and I’m sure like me you will read this book in one sitting and be left wanting more from this series. Outstandingly written as I have come to expect and can’t wait to get my hands on the next book please! Happy reading eve ...more
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I love Melissa Belle's books, and stories like this one are why I read sports romance. It had all the things I love -- a protective, loyal hero and a strong, independent heroine coming together despite their past pain. Throw in the hockey and some off-limits angst and the story was amazing. These characters are well-written and believable, and the addition of the cousins and teammates hooked me more. Definitely recommend.
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Pro hockey player Declan Wild needs to be married in order to have an ownership stake in the Montana Wild Kings ice hockey team. Which is why Declan enters into a marriage of convenience with the beautiful Mia Carroll, who also needs to be married to achieve her goals. The deal is marriage for one year followed by a divorce. What happens when the marriage starts feeling real?

Declan is a funny, angsty and steamy story that will have you cheering for the hero and heroine
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Love the premise of this storyline and all that it involves. Great meet cute, both times which makes it so much better to be in a similar predicament. There are so many of these Wild men it’s hard to keep track of all of them, but they are all eye candy with substance. Truly enjoyed the ending as it was very poignant In how they both really felt about one another.

I am voluntarily leaving a review of this book that I received free.
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Declan and Mia are going into a marriage of convenience to achieve their goals but first, they need a night on their own terms with a stranger what they never expected is seeing the other the night after their one night stand, though they're secretly pleased.
This was a nice contemporary sports romance with well-written characters.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Lisa H
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I need a wife.

Mia must be married for one year before the contract goes into full effect.

That’s the impetus for Mia and Declan’s hook up. Which leads to a marriage of (in)convenience for their professional careers. Mia for her firm and Declan so he can be a part owner of the Wild Kings hockey team.

I had so much fun with these two strong willed characters and their sizzle. Highly recommend.
Kam Kendall
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OMG! I had been waiting for Declan's story and it did not disappoint! This book was so well-written, and Declan and Mia were amazing together. The ranch setting with all the family around gave this story a real feel. Declan is a hockey star who had never found the right woman, and all Mia did was focus on career -- until she met the right man. A beautiful story that had me laughing and crying. ...more
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
ARC review I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review. This is a story of Declan of the Montana wild kings ice hockey team and mia from circle pr firm who are both needing to marry to get their dreams but end up falling for each other. It's beautiful and a awesome read. ...more
Nancy Kehl
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Melissa Belle always brings us an awesome love story with all of the feels and Declan's book does not disappoint. Trying to find their way without committing to a relationship when they find themselves in a fake marriage...isn't it?? No way will they fall for the other...Will they??? Will Declan and Mia be able to put their hurts behind them and love each other??? Loved it!!! ...more
Messy Bun Book Blog
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am new to Melissa Belle, but I am so in love! Declan is the 8th book in the Wild Men Series. You don't have to read the others (I didn't, but I am about to devour all of them!!) to understand this story. I love a good marriage of convenience story - and this one was AMAZING! Declan and Mia's story is so sweet! I loved the meet-cute - super steamy! GAH! I AM SO IN LOVE!! FIVE STARS!! ...more
Kathleen Bradbury (Bulfon)
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow this book get so hot you may need a cold shower I absolutely could not get enough of this I was hooked from the first page great writing job bravo loved it and if anyone is looking a steamy wonderful read then add this one to your list you will not be disappointed I was not, I loved it

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
May 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Declan was a great read. From an amazing one night stand to more. Both Declan and Mia want their careers to move forward. To do so they need to marry. Luckily Ned knows them both and helps them with an arranged marriage. I loved Declan and Mia. Both were wonderful and truly cared for the other. This was sweet and extremely entertaining. Great storyline and wonderful characters.
My first read from the author, and how come I didn't know her writing is this good? I'm definitely going to read more from her

Fake marriage and marriage of convenience are one of my top favorite tropes, added on top of that a good sports romance? Obviously, I'm gonna love it! I loved it because it's different than any fake marriages books I've read in a sense that it's not one-sided, where it's only for one person's benefits. Both of them, Declan and Mia wanted to do it. And they already has tha
Nikki Costello ***Crazy Cajun Book Addicts Blog***
I'm a new reader to Melissa Belle but I loved Declan. It's a sports romance, marriage of convenience story that I devoured in one sitting.

As soon as Declan and Mia meet in a bar they have an instant attraction but both have lots going on in their personal lives so one night is all they will have. That us until the next morning when their worlds are about to collide once more but this time could it be forever?

A sweet romance that can be read as a standalone but I have to say I will be going back
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USA Today Bestselling author Melissa Belle writes about smart, sassy women and the hot, sexy men who want them. She spent years in the field of psychology before writing her first novel on the train in Europe. She often works through her story ideas while hiking with her husband or hanging out with her two kitties. She loves road trips and songwriting. And cupcakes.

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