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Peek Inside Her Fantasy Husband

Security Company CEO Josh Slater put his life on hold when he said “ I do” to protect a stranger. While his marriage was never meant to be real—he hasn’t even seen his wife, Alexia Slater, in five years—Josh can’t shake the idea that he’d be cheating if he moves on

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She’s had the fantasy, now it’s time for the real thing…

Security Company CEO Josh Slater put his life on hold when he said “I do” to protect a stranger. While his marriage was never meant to be real—he hasn’t even seen his wife in five years—Josh can’t shake the idea that he’d be cheating if he moves on. Now he’s a man with a mission: chase down his “wife,” get an annulment, and finally indulge in a little no-strings sex.

Heiress Alexia Slater entered into a marriage of convenience straight out of high school to gain control of her inheritance before her not-so loving family squandered the whole thing. She doesn’t want the marriage to be real—she’s fought hard for her independence—but that hasn’t stopped her from spending the last five years fantasizing about her gorgeous husband.

Then he shows up.

Josh wants an annulment. Lexi needs to stay married. When the chemistry explodes between them, there’s no stopping the battle of wills only one of them can win…


"My favorite alpha hero and sassy heroine. Well written romance that once started you can't put down..." Esther @ Goodreads
"It's sweet, sexy, and fun. A definite must read." Bookmarked Romance Reviews
" engaging story, heartwarming , sweet, and with humorous moments." Urvashi H. @ NetGalley

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633755796
Series: Things to do before you Die, Book 2
Release Date: Apr 4, 2016
Page Count: 237
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: marriage of convenience, second chance

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By XxTainaxX April 02, 2016

3.5 Stars. Josh married Alexia to help her out of a jam with her family. They've lived separately for 5 years and now Josh has decided that he wants to move on with his life. When they reunite, a little pretending turns into a lot of sparks. The story was cute though not all that believable. Josh... ...more

By Claire April 04, 2016

4 - "I've spent the last five years fantasizing about you." Stars!

Nina Croft continues the Things To Do Before You Die series with Josh Slater's story. Being stuck on a raft with his two friends after the cruise ship they were traveling on sinks, brings on a few confessions, and life decisions. J... ...more

By Esther March 08, 2016

Netgalley for honest review.

This was a great romance that hit all the right notes and feels!! We have two wonderful characters that were well developed, strong and so very likable!!! Good plot and the pacing never let up. And can I say it was one steamy, hot read!! Plus, the icing on the cake was... ...more

By Irene March 26, 2016

4 stars

I really enjoyed Her Fantasy Husband. The plot was entertaining & I found myself connecting to both Lexi and Josh. They had amazing chemistry and even though they were total opposites, together they made a perfect couple.
And did I mention how hot these two are together? Loved watching... ...more

By Cristina March 05, 2016

Pretty good read.
P.s. The couple were separated for 5 years but both were celibate. ...more

By Dhenize September 12, 2017

It was a sweet read.
A kind and loving heroine.

Both loved the hero and heroine. ...more

By Nicola April 03, 2016

3.5 stars

Book two in Nina Croft's Things to do Before You Die series, brings us Josh's story and, after his brush with death on the sinking boat, he decides that his five year marriage to a stranger must come to an end. Because he no longer wants to be celibate and despite the fact that his "wife... ...more

By CL March 03, 2016

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ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 4.5*

Trope: Fake Relationship

Chemistry: Simmering

One-Sentence Summary: Lexi's absent fake-husband shows up to get a divorce

Review: I liked the setup of having an established fake relationship and the long-lost husband coming into the picture to ask for th... ...more

By Christi April 04, 2016

My Review:

Confession Time: I haven't read the first book in this series and that's okay, you can read this one without having read the first book and never skip a beat. BUT I loved this one so much, I immediately jumped onto Amazon to buy book #1, His Fantasy Girl.

But this story is about Josh and... ...more

By Denise March 10, 2016

I know when I open one of this author's novels I will be in for a real treat because of her excellence in writing regardless what genre she is writing in. This had a intriguing title so I had to venture forth. Lexi has the type of grandmother that if we had one like that we would avoid too. You g... ...more

By Bette March 26, 2016

I really enjoyed this one and thought the premise of the story was an intriguing one. I couldn't give it a 5 star rating because it's just so hard to believe a strong virile man stayed celibate 5 years because of a fake wife. It is a very fun read though. It's well written and I loved Josh and Al... ...more

By Isha April 04, 2016

A truly unbelievable story. The perfect man, a stranger no less will marry, live apart from and live like a eunuch for five years for a woman he met only once. NOT!!! That incredulity is what makes this story an amazing read. I could not read the blurb without giving the novel a look see. Despite... ...more

By Ava May 07, 2016

I like this one better than the first. And I enjoyed the fact that the story didn't give away anything about the 2 others male characters who were in a near death experience.
What I liked in this book : the plot, the goodness, the animals, the human and the mess! All in one kind of novella. ...more

By Romancing the August 31, 2019

Reviewed by Angela
Book provided by the publisher

When you are introduced to Lexi in the beginning of this book you get the feeling that she is naive girl who doesn’t know what to do with herself. That is so far from the truth. I think Lexi has become one of my favorite female characters. When we m... ...more

By Jenn December 12, 2018

Received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

This was a fun read! When Josh and Lexi got married five years ago, it was to serve a purpose. She needed control back from her grandmother and he needed the money. Now, Josh is ready to call the whole marriage off. He's eager to put himself bac... ...more

By Maria Sarah Koutrakos February 01, 2019

Soooo hot and cute!

All the cuteness and hotness rolled in one. Love the characters, such opposite personalities yet so meant to be. Near death experience makes you realize whats missing in your life. I adore Lexi's corkiness, kindness and honesty. I get Josh roughness personality but felt how gor... ...more

By Zeinab June 15, 2019

I chose to read and review this book this is a nice book it is well written and nice characters it is sweet and sexy at the same time I liked how they meet and interact they are so different yet so close it has some drama suspense action and nice steam sparks fly everywhere I like how they mesh t... ...more

By Elizabeth April 03, 2016

Lexi owns a registered charity, helps those in need, is adored by the family she's unknowingly created, and has her fantasy husband. But things get a little tricky when her Grandmother unexpectedly visits and starts asking when she'll finally get to meet Josh, Lexi's husband. Yeah, this line of q... ...more

By DelAnne April 05, 2016

Title: Her Fantasy Husband - Things to do Before You Die 2
Author: Nina Croft
Published: 4-4-16
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Pages: 193
Genre: Romance
Sub Genre: Contemporary Fiction
ISBN: 9781633755796
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley
My Rating: 4 Stars

Josh married Alexia t... ...more

By Laura July 04, 2016


Title: Her Fantasy Husband
Series: Things To Do Before You Die (#2)
Author: Nina Croft
From: Netgalley
Genre: Romance
Release Date: 4th April 2016
Challenges: 2016 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2016 New Release Challenge, Summer COYER 2016
Links: Goodre... ...more

By Becky April 02, 2016

How have I missed this series until now? I love the premise--three friends go through a life and death situation together, and each decides they must do one specific thing before they die...

For Josh, that means ending his marriage of convenience (he hasn't actually seen his bride since the day th... ...more

By Celia August 09, 2016

I had forgotten about this little gem in my NetGalley account (Yes, I have a lot that I've requested...). I thought this book was well-written, and I ended up enjoying both the heroine and hero.

Lexi and Josh have been married now for 5 years - except they're mostly complete strangers to each oth... ...more

By Eva April 04, 2016

Josh Slater married a perfect stranger and put his life on hold but now he’s a man on a mission – to chase down his “wife” and get an annulment so he can indulge in a little no-strings sex in this captivating romance.
Alexia Slater needed a marriage of convenience to gain control of her inherit... ...more

By LJT June 25, 2016

I love marriage of convenience romances, and this one is uniquely original. Her Fantasy Husband by Nina Croft, is a feel good read with a slightly emotional twist. The two main characters, former army sergeant Josh Slater, and heiress Lexie Slater, got married five years ago in order to prevent L... ...more

By Eva April 04, 2016

Josh Slater married a perfect stranger and put his life on hold but now he’s a man on a mission – to chase down his “wife” and get an annulment so he can indulge in a little no-strings sex in this captivating romance.

Alexia Slater needed a marriage of convenience to gain control of her inheritanc... ...more

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Nina Croft

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Nina Croft

Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia, which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of nine-to-five work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain. Nina writes all types of romance, often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction. And if you’d like to have learn about new releases sign up for Nina’s newsletter here:

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