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The Accidental Fiance

(Love Lottery #1)

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Is it the chance of a lifetime or his biggest mistake?

When former hotel manager Alex Kirkland, his sister and their best friends pooled their money for an unusual lottery prize—a historic, dilapidated inn on the Maryland shore—as a last-ditch attempt to escape rotten circumstances, they never expected to win. But they’re all looking for a fresh start and a second chance, s
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Published February 23rd 2021 by Tule Publishing

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Claire Annovazzi
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
I have mixed feelings about this book. While I felt it dragged a bit, I also liked a lot of the story and the characters. I thought we were too much inside their head and some repetitions were unnecessary.

It’s the first small town romance I read where it doesn’t have only bad effects on the characters. Here, the author develops a sense of community that I really enjoyed. They all support each other, even the Three Oaks Inn’s newcomers and Sydney the escapee. They’re like a second family.

The fake
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Millennial Life Crisis Bookshelf - Samantha
So excited for this new series from Christi! After falling in love with her princess series I was so excited to see what was next for her! After a bit of drama and getting fired from the job where he thought he would be at forever, Alex seems to be continuing to get bad news and is hitting rock bottom. But thanks to his sister and their friends, they decide to buy a lottery ticket and pray for some good luck, and they get it by winning the lottery and becoming owners of an inn! Unfortunately, wh ...more
Kristy
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story! A new series about four friends/family that win the lottery to own an old Inn. Sydney is just home taking care of her grandma and gets thrown into a fake engagement with Alex who has just won the Inn. The coincidence at the end was a bit crazy to believe, and I still can't believe that most of the town believed the story of their engagement, but it was a fun story. I can't wait to see what happens with the others! ...more
Stephanie Panach
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. I adore stories that involve our chosen family - as much as the one we are born in to. This has a great story for also never giving up on your dreams and maybe taking a chance on new ones. Although the story focuses on Alex and Sydney - it is just as much a story of the four friends (one of them Alex) winning the lottery to own a historic inn on the Chesapeake Bay. Its about them learning to work together and trust each other in new ways. The crew of friends has hit ...more
Alex
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-review
I received this ARC through NetGalley

4/5 stars.

I love the idea of second chances. Alex was down on his luck after losing his job and his friends were following in the same boat as well as being kicked out of their respective houses. Alex and his sister lost their parents at a really young age and he took over the parental role for his younger sister. When she found out that he lost his job, she bought a "lotto" ticket to win a hotel as a way to earn back their luck.

Of course, they win and now
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Terry
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Cute fake relationship romance

Alex and Sydney are just so cute together. Sydney had me laughing at her cooking skills ... thinking she could become a chef because she could make a grilled cheese without burning it. Alex was so stoic taking the financial risk of renovating an old hotel even though they all were doing the hard work. I found all the characters relatable and I really liked the story ... even though at times it was a little far-fetched and the story dragged a bit. But I am excited fo
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Shelagh
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Book one in Christi Barth’s new Love Lotteries series, The Accidental Fiancé is set in Chestertown, Maryland. It is a delightful story full of clever, quick-fire banter between Alex and Sydney, the hero and heroine, and pearls of wisdom from Sydney’s grandmother Daisy, who is smart as a whip and plenty of fun.
At first I thought this story was a rom-com and there are certainly plenty of funny moments, but it’s a little deeper than that.
As the title suggests, this story is all about a little whit
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Paula
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Christi Barth has a brand new fun series, Love Lottery with the first book being The Accidental Fiancé. Everything about this story is wonderful, the worst Christmas changing into one of promise and adventure. The siblings and friends taking on the historic, dilapidated inn on the Maryland shore. I could easily see through their eyes the inn and surrounding area, the hard work that would be needed and a vision to care it out. I was sold on this story long before the romance came into play.

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Becky Burciaga
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Christi Barth’s first installment in the Love Lottery series, Accidental Fiancé, has set a pretty high bar for the remainder of stories in the series. If the remaining installments are as top notch as Accidental Fiancé, I’m calling the entire series a sure fire winner.

With a rapidly moving storyline, and rife with witty banter, phenomenal repartee...timing is everything...along with a clever premise that’ll still bring a few surprises as the layers of the story are pealed away. I literally coul
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Rhonda Brant
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy this author, so when I found this book up for review, I jumped at the chance to read it. I loved Alex and Sydney! Their situation was humorous, steamy, and full of what you would expect when a small town gets involved in the lives of the newly “engaged” couple. Alex is from Pittsburgh, recently fired from his job, his sister, her BFF and his best friend win a old hotel in the small town of Chestertown, which ends up being an old broken down hotel in dire shape. Sydney is the grand ...more
Linda Quick
Jan 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a fun story that I thoroughly enjoyed reading. Alex, his sister, and two friends, win a lottery with an inn as the prize. Since they've all been down on their luck and a bit lost, they're thrilled and move to the inn, only to learn that it needs a great deal more work than they'd been told. As they dig in to their work load, they begin too meet the townspeople and engage with the community. When Alex meets Sidney, sparks fly, and, almost before he knows it, he's fake engaged to her. Heat ...more
Rachel
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-2021
Alex, his sister, and his two best friends have one the chance of a lifetime when they win a raffle for an abandoned inn. When they arrive it's not exactly in the condition they been expecting.

Sydney is back in town to help out at the family mercantile after her grandmother's diagnosis and subsequent treatment of cancer. Only, she might have told a tiny white lie to give her grandmother peace when she thought she was going to die. That she was engaged.

When the grandmother misunderstands and thi
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United Indie Book Blog
Feb 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Sweet and emotional.
I like Alex and his friends. They work together to overcome their losses. Teague won't let Alex get away with bossing them around. He knows Alex means well, but all work is not the way to live. It is good that they are able to get the renovations done on the Inn as well as getting to know their new hometown.
I love Sydney's Grandma. She is upbeat even in the midst of her chemo treatments. She has good advice for Sydney.
It's amazing how everything comes together. Surprises awai
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Stital
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Sweet, funny and heartwarming, The Accidental Fiancé is a cute fake relationship romance.

When a chance lottery win for an abandoned inn might be the new start Alex, his sister and two best friend needed, they pack up their lives and move to a small town in Maryland.
The only thing that managed to get Sydney to return to her home town after so many years globe trotting was her Gram's dire diagnosis.
But when a chance meeting mixed with a little white lie Sydney told her Gram causes a misunderstan
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Sherri Babb
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was an enjoyable read. It is a story about four best friends that buy a lottery ticket and win an Inn. They are all at a low point in their lives so when they win, they all go. What a journey it is for them all. The inn is not exactly what they all expected it to be. This first story is about Sydney and Alex. Honestly in the beginning these two do not mix well together. When Sydney’s grandma thinks Alex is her fiancé all the fun begins. I do not want to ruin the story for you, but I will sa ...more
Bobbie
Feb 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
I had not read a Christi Barth story in awhile but this looked interesting, and IT WAS! It was so enjoyable. Four people thrown together on Christmas Eve, all broke, homeless and out of work, but still best friends and family, buy a lottery ticket to win a Inn in Maryland. And this is our the story begins. I loved each character in this story, and truly hope they all get their own storyline. Alex used to be the manager of a fancy hotel, but got fired, so when they win the Inn, they all agree to ...more
Paula Pugh
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
I loved the characters in this book! Four friends playing off each other as they work to renovate a beautiful hotel in sad disrepair. It is a novel of restoration-of the hotel, of a man plagued by bad choices and of a woman reconciling her past with her present. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
Donnajo
I voluntarily read a advanced reader's copy of this book for a honest opinion.

The great start to a wonderful series the Love Lottery series. The Accidental Fiancé by Christi Barth a new to me author.
A story of coming home, new friends, old issues, and new adventures in a small town. I look forward to reading more in the Love Lottery series and more books by Christi Barth.
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Louise Bird
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Winning the property in a lottery was a second chance. This is the first book in the series.
Christine
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Alex is one strong stubborn man.
Sydney is a smart sexy woman.
Everliegh has bad judgement when it comes to who she dates.
Teague is Alex sounding board.
Amelia gives the best Christmas presents. That make for an odd mix. But there isn’t anything they wouldn’t do for each other. There not afraid to go after what they want.
A Klue
This book is rather hard for me to rate and review, folks. I guess what I should stress first is the synopsis is quite accurate in how this story line starts off. Though I did find it a rather coincidental the set of circumstances each of these four musketeer like, posse of family and friends, who seemed able to finish each other's sentences, all found themselves surprisingly in the same boat. It was like true confessions taking place on a busy, big city, snowy sidewalk between strangers who wer ...more
Sue
I received this arc from the author in a giveaway and also from Tule Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This is the first book in a fun new series by Christi Barth, Love Lottery. In book one we learn that a group of friends which includes a brother- sister and their BFF’s all lost their jobs and have no place to live in the immediate future. It is Christmas Eve in Pittsburgh. We meet Alex who was a hotel manager but because of the circumstances when he tried to protect an abused woman ...more
Emma
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Accidental Fiancé by Christi Barth
Is it the chance of a lifetime or his biggest mistake?
When former hotel manager Alex Kirkland, his sister and their best friends pooled their money for an unusual lottery prize—a historic, dilapidated inn on the Maryland shore—as a last-ditch attempt to escape rotten circumstances, they never expected to win. But they’re all looking for a fresh start and a second chance, so Alex convinces everyone to move in and repair the building in time for the spring wed
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Barb Lie
Mar 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Accidental Fiancé by Christi Barth is the first book in her new Love Lottery series. Alex Kirkland, our hero, has lost his job, and his sister, plus two close friends are also in dire financial shape. When his sister, Amelia, buys a lottery ticket (to win a historic inn), since it’s Christmas and the other three also buy a ticket. They actually win the lottery and the 4 of them are partners, as they head to Maryland, for a fresh start, and hope. The Inn is in bad shape, totally dilapidated, ...more
Marsha Keeper Bookshelf
Reviewed at Keeper Bookshelf

The Love Lottery series starts off with a brother, sister, and their best friends all experiencing the most awful luck believable – you recall that saying “if it weren’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all”? Yeah, that is exactly how this group of friends comes to a very unique solution – enter into a lottery to win an old, historic (dilapidated) inn on the Maryland shore and bring it back to life and maybe change all of their luck in the process. The Accidental Fian
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patrick Lorelli
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I received this arc for an honest review.

Alex and his friends put in for a lottery drawing after he is fired from his job for doing something right or humanly right but the company did not see it that way. Knowing the hotel business, he is down but that night all of his friends talk him up and also into entering. He finds out that he wins, he and his friends move out to the place which at one time was a grand place. He can see the potential in his mind and what the place must have looked like in
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Ree
Feb 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Alex is in a new town, with a new business responsibility, fitting into a new role. He's put his everything into this new inn and it HAS to succeed. But as the pressure builds and he and his friends' relationships morph into new ones, he's surprised that the one person who makes him feel 'right' is his fake fiancée. The same one who plans on leaving town as soon as she's certain she's paid her debt to her family.

Sydney Darrow is only home because her family needs her - and you don't run out on f
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Slick
Feb 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2021-book-read
I had high hopes of this book based on the synopsis, but it fell a bit short for me. I think part of the problem was it was the first book in the series and the couple/romance tends to get lost in the first book in a series. I liked this book, I just wanted more time with the main characters as a couple as I never really felt the attraction/heat between them, sure they had a comfortable relationship and yes their friendship was a good base for a relationship but we never saw that develop.

I grew
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Kaela
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Sydney is back home for a limited time, helping out and on a break from her normal job. Alex is starting over in a small town with his best friends and sister.

This all starts out so innocently and then the twist is out of nowhere. Honestly, it confused me for a while until it was explained.

The characters were good. There was development and shifting within the characters. It was at a slow pace.

That’s something I didn’t really care for. This book was super long and drug in for the most part. Th
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World Of Books 65
Feb 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: slow-burn
The start of a new series can sometimes be a bit chaotic, as the author tries to set the scene not only for the book we are reading but also the people and the place that the following books will be centred around, all in all, Christi Barth did a good job of introducing us, to not only Alex, his sister and their friends but the Tree Oaks Inn, their new venture, and the place 'Alex hopes can be a success. The interplay between this group is great and goes to show families don't have to be the one ...more
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USA TODAY bestselling author Christi Barth earned a Masters degree in vocal performance and embarked upon a career on the stage. A love of romance then drew her to wedding planning. Ultimately she succumbed to her lifelong love of books and now writes award-winning contemporary romance, including the Naked Men and Aisle Bound series.

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