Self-made woman, Sofia De Leon has heard enough about the old money Fortune family to know that Beau Fortune is not to be trusted.
He might be tall, dark, handsome, and rich, but he’s so not her type.
And now that they are competing for the same business award, he is also her rival.
It is just a hot Texas minute, though, before ambition begins warring with attraction…
Titles in The Fortunes of Texas: The Wedding Gift multi-author series include — Their New Year’s Beginning by Michelle Majors – A Soldier’s Dare by Jo McNally – Anyone But A Fortune by Judy Duarte – Cinderella Next Door by Nancy Robards Thompson – A Fortune in the Family by Kathy Douglass – Finding Fortune’s Secret by Allison Leigh –
This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
Title: Anyone But A Fortune
Series: The Fortunes of Texas: The Wedding Gift #3
Author: Judy Duarte
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: February 22, 2022
Publisher: Harlequin Special Edition
My Rating: 4 stars
Anyone But a Fortune is the third title in the multi-author series, The Fortunes of Texas: The Wedding Gift, and although the writing is smooth, the story interesting I was so very put off by Sofia’s attitude toward not only Beau Fortune but anyone with inherited wealth. I don’t let my love or hatred toward a character affect how I rate any book, that’s not fair to the author – but I really did not like Sofia and it was difficult to become invested in a happy ending for a woman who in my mind didn’t deserve a good man like Beau. That’s harsh, I know, but I’m also not going to lie. This is a personality trait of a character, and we humans come in all shapes, sizes, colors… and attitudes. But I will say that if Sofia were a real person she would not be on my friends’ list.
Sofia is a self-made woman who has pulled herself out of poverty, worked hard to finally have her own company, and to have that dedication finally be rewarded by being one of several companies up for a prestigious award. Unfortunately, Beau Fortune’s company – which has won this award in the past – is also up for the same award, which Sofia finds annoying and infuriating. She’s about to get even more emotional when it’s stated that as part of competing for this year’s award there will be a competition where two of the nominees must work together on a project that will determine the ultimate winner of this award. To say Sofia is not happy when Beau is revealed as her partner would be an understatement, and she begins her personally delivered snark at their first meeting.
I loved the project that Beau and Sofia were working on, teaching high school seniors about financial responsibility, how to deal with living on a paycheck, budgeting, saving, and even investing their hard-earned money. Some of the sweetest, amusing interactions came during the times of those classes. I also enjoyed the contrast between Beau and Sofia personality-wise, especially where dealing with anything financial is involved – they each learned a bit more about each other through those classes.
Slowly, over the course of their story, Sofia’s eyes will be opened to how she’s dumped every Fortune in town into the same category of dislike based on the fact that they are wealthy not on their personalities, their hard work, their personal stories. She sees anyone with wealth as being pampered, never being hurt by words or actions, or ever being worthy of her attention. She’s about to get that attitude adjusted as she meets several members of Beau’s family.
I enjoyed Anyone But a Fortune while being charmed by Beau, invested in their project, and perhaps, a bit smug as Sofia begins to see the Fortunes, especially Beau with different eyes by the story’s happy ever after ending.
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