by Carolyn Zane

November 2000
ISBN: 0-373-19482-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Silhouette #1482
Mass Market Paperback

The Millionaire's Waitress Wife was a very entertaining read. Humor suffused this story with a charm that it would have otherwise lacked.

Elizabeth Derovencourt is rich. But she doesn't want to be. In fact she's tried everything she can think of to get her bickering family to disown her. And nothing has worked so far… until she comes up with the perfect idea. A make believe marriage to a dusty, dirty, broke cowboy would get her written out of her grandmother's will in a hurry.

Dakota Brubaker is in love with Elizabeth - he's also rich. But Elizabeth doesn't know that and this charming cowboy is doing everything he can to keep that fact from her. Thinking Dakota is perfect for the role, Elizabeth asks him to play her husband just long enough to convince her family. She even offers to pay him. And Dakota does what any self-respecting cowboy would do… he takes the job.

Elizabeth's grandmother is a complex character. On the one hand, you do get a vague sense that she just wants Elizabeth to be happy. On the other hand, she seems to be urging Elizabeth to put the future of the family business before her happiness, which doesn't make any sense at all. Why would Elizabeth care about the family business if her family is filled with unpleasant people?

Dakota Brubaker is sweet. Seeing the angst Elizabeth's family causes her, he does everything he can to help her rid herself of them - and he's doing it in the most hilarious fashion ever! With an exaggerated twang and an enormous silver belt buckle as just two of his many weapons, he grabs your attention and holds it. That and his obvious love for his family make him an awesome leading man. But he's keeping a pretty big secret from Elizabeth and that casts a pall over the entire book. I kept waiting for her to find out. And it was such a ridiculous secret. So he's rich? Big freakin' deal. Why would he even want to marry someone who couldn't get past the fact that he has money? If it's such a big deal that she doesn't want him anymore then she never loved him in the first place.

This book has a few interesting minor characters that I'm sure will show up here and there in the other books in this series. The next book in the series is going to be about Dakota's brother, Montana who is introduced in this book. And Dakota's uncle Big Daddy made me want to read the first several books of the Brubaker series, which had been about Big Daddy's kids.

Reviewed in October 2001 by JaToya.

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