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Peek Inside The Engagement Game

The black sheep of an old-money family, ad exec Marcus Rosemann is a wealthy, self-made man. Now his bully of a father wants him to join the family firm and settle down with a quiet, unobjectionable girl. Instead, he blackmails Rose Verma, a bleeding-heart lefty from the wrong side of the tracks, into accompanying him to his family’s charity ball. But all’s fair in love and war, and when Marcus lets it slip that they’re engaged, Rose plays a few cards of her own...

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What’s a little blackmail between friends?

The black sheep of the old-money Rosemanns, advertising executive Marcus has made his own way in the world—and done extremely well for himself—but his family is still pressuring him to join their investment firm and settle down with a quiet, unobjectionable girl.

Which is why the sexy Rose Verma is the perfect date for his family’s charity ball. A bleeding-heart lefty from the wrong side of the tracks, Rose has never met a stray dog she didn’t love or a polka-dotted mini-dress she couldn’t rock. Marcus has enough dirt on Rose to “convince” her to play along. And if he lets it slip that they’re engaged, all the better.

But all’s fair in love and blackmail, and Rose is ready to play a few cards of her own…


"I freely admit that I am a fangirl for this series. The men are non-annoying rich guys and the women are competent and full of self-esteem. So much smartness and insight!" -- Red Hot Books

"I'm not sure how you can resist falling in love with Rose, she is in a word AWESOME. Funny, sweet, soft-hearted, smart, gorgeous and full of life. She does not take any shit off Marcus and is not afraid to give as good as she gets." -- Fiction Vixen

"I'm basically in love with everything about this story. Mostly I'm in love with the fact that the characters aren't your usual suspects...The sexual tension between them as they got to know each other was ridiculous and I was waiting on pins and needles for the tension to break."-- Fiction Fangirls

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633754720
Series: 49th Floor, Book 3
Release Date: Oct 5, 2015
Page Count: 203
Imprint: indulgence
Genre: contemporary, multi-cultural
Tropes: across the tracks, bad girl/rich boy, blackmail, fake engagement

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By Wendy'sThoughts October 03, 2015

3.5 Witty and Smart Stars * * * 1/2

Take an overbearing father with strict ideas of how family, life and love should be... Mix that with the Son who needs to stand on his own two feet to feel as if he is a success and add in the push to acquire a fiance to appease the dad...NOT...
That is what the dad ...more

By Ivy December 04, 2016

Quickshot Review 4.5 stars

This was my first Jenny Holiday book. But if this is any indication, it will not be my last. I was completely taken with Marcus and Rose’s romance from the first sentence and that has to do with the solid writing. Ms. Holiday has created two well drawn leads with loads of c ...more

By Molly October 07, 2015

I really loved this book. It's very clever and sexy. I loved that it's set in a Toronto I totally recognize - urban and diverse! Exciting. There's a meet-cute that is actually cute and characters that are totally three dimensional. Totally recommend. ...more

By Suzanne October 06, 2015

Jenny Holiday always manages to bring a fresh and amusing twist to conventional plots and tropes. Love her unique sense of humor! ...more

By WTF Are You Reading? September 06, 2015

The Engagement Game is a book that you just can't help falling for. That one in a million moment when all the wrong pieces fit all the right places to create a compulsively readable story that proves impossible to put down.
Leading lady, Rose Verma, has always been a little much.
Much too tall.
Much to ...more

By Mandy September 22, 2015

Marcus Rosemann comes from money. When he opts out of joining the family business and instead starts his own advertising firm, his dad is angry and wants Marcus to fail. His dad wants Marcus to come back and join the family business and settle down with a suitable wife. What does Marcus decide to do ...more

By Maria Rose April 02, 2016

This fun and sexy story, part of the 49th Floor series (all standalone) is the story of Marcus and Rose. Marcus is in a bind – he needs to show his domineering father that’s he’s not going to take over the family business (or marry a nice Jewish girl) as his own company is doing very well (thank you ...more

By LJT June 25, 2016

Recently, I have had the opportunity to read some really well-written "relationship of convenience" stories, and The Engagement Game by Jenny Holiday is one of the best. The characters are well developed and easy to get to know. The plot moves along at a steady pace and there was never a moment that ...more

By Irene October 05, 2015

3.5 stars

The Engagement Game was a really good read.

Rose and Marcus were both such entertaining characters, loved watching them fall in love.
The storyline was fun and enjoyable, it had the perfect amount of drama without being over the top. The characters were well written and I was left with a hea ...more

By Katie March 10, 2016

Oooh, this was another good one. I really liked the attraction between the characters. The banter was back and this had dogs!

I maaaaaybe didn't entirely buy they were to the "in love" place at the end, but I believed a lot in the relationship in general. ...more

By Blushing September 09, 2015

I love Jenny Holiday!! This was a 4.5 star I can't put down book! Full review coming soon ...more

By Grace March 18, 2016

I did like this one! It was my favorite of the series, but I think it's probably more 3.5 and rounded up.

Fake relationship is an easy trope to get me on, and fortunately the blackmail elements of this were fairly inconsequential - it was really more a weird situation that introduced them to each oth ...more

By Tarsha September 21, 2015

***ARC provided through NetGalley for an honest review***

***4 delightful stars**

What a cute but sexy read. Rose and Marcus were fun to watch. It all started out as mutual blackmail, but along the way friendship and then love developed. They both had their relationship rules. Well Marcus didn't do re ...more

By Bette September 20, 2015

I loved this story!! It's light, it's funny, and it's completely entertaining.

There is nothing Marcus Rosemann enjoys more than really getting under his father's skin. Since deciding to follow is own path rather than join the family investment firm, his father has been waiting for him to fall on his ...more

By Dabney March 01, 2016

Can I have a life redo and end up with Marcus? Please? ...more

By Sue January 12, 2019

I really like Jenny Holiday and this book was super cute. My only complaint was that the way he cornered her in her office at the end of the day was kind of scary, I would have been super freaked out. ...more

By Penny October 08, 2015

I’ve enjoyed the previous installment of this series, all featuring hot, rich, commitment phobic CEOs. In The Engagement Game Marcus has built his own advertising agency from scratch, with no help from his disapproving asshole of a father, who had a lifelong mistress and divorced his mother while sh ...more

By Jackie October 13, 2015


Molly O'Keefe recommended this one to me after reading my review of her erotic romance, EVERYTHING I LEFT UNSAID. I'm not usually a big fan of category romances; they typically leave me hungry for more character development and relationship conflict. This one gave me the latter, but not the forme ...more

By Elaine October 03, 2015

This is a lovely, laugh out loud romance with plenty of twists and turns along the way. Sometimes the joke actually rebounds on the joker and the best laid plans and intentions can easily be diverted! It is the third book in the 49th Floor series by this author and they just keep on getting better! ...more

By JG September 28, 2015

The Engagement Game is the third book in Jenny Holiday's 49th Floor series but these books are standalones.

So The Engagement Game had me smiling from the first page right until the end, its a totally lighthearted romance with a very tall amazing heroine in Rose Verma and a very distinguished and ver ...more

By Sultry Steamy Reading October 04, 2015

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Usually, we get romance novels about fake relationships/engagements that end up into a real love affair, but these stories are simple enough and the characters are one dimensional enough to entertain but ...more

By CLiK Books September 17, 2015

Review of THE ENGAGEMENT GAME (49th Floor #3) by Jenny Holiday. ****4 1/2 Stars ****

I received an ARC of this book for an honest review on behalf of THE BOOK NUTS REVIEWERS.

A great book to lose yourself in. It Moved along quickly. Great characters which were very believable. I'll be looking for the ...more

By Christine September 18, 2015

4.5 stars!

Pure adorableness. Jenny Holiday took several tropes: fake engagement, opposites attracting, uptight rich guy with unfeeling daddy issues and somehow made a fresh, frothy concoction that never felt recycled or boring.

This is the 3rd 49th Floor book I've read by Jenny Holiday and I almost ...more

By Caro October 04, 2015

3.5-4 stars.

This was the third book in the series, and much like the previous ones, I enjoyed the story.

I have to admit, though, I disliked Marcus at the beginning, he was such an ass, I just wanted to slap him, lol. But little by little, he showed not so be such a bad guy. Once he relaxed, he was a ...more

By Katie September 17, 2015

Thank you Netgalley for the copy in exchange for my honest review!

The Engagement Game follows the energetic story of Rosie and Marcus. When Rosie accidentally send the CEO of a big company, Marcus, a letter intended for her best friend, she is mortified. But Marcus decided to use it to his advantag ...more

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Jenny Holiday

About the author

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Jenny Holiday

Jenny Holiday started writing in fourth grade, when her awesome hippie teacher, between sessions of Pete Seeger singing and anti-nuclear power plant letter writing, gave the kids notebooks and told them to write stories. Most of Jenny's featured poltergeist, alien invasions, or serial killers who managed to murder everyone except her and her mom. She showed early promise as a romance writer, though, because nearly every story had a happy ending: fictional Jenny woke up to find that the story had been a dream, and that her best friend, father, and sister had not, in fact, been axe-murdered. From then on, she was always writing, often in her diary, where she liked to decorate her declarations of existential angst with nail polish teardrops. Eventually she channelled her penchant for scribbling into a more useful format. After picking up a PhD in urban geography, she became a professional writer, and has spent many years promoting research at a major university, which allows her to become an armchair astronomer/historian/particle physicist, depending on the day. Eventually, she decided to try her hand again at happy endings--minus the bloodbaths. You can follow her twitter accounts @jennyholi and @TropeHeroine or visit her on the web at

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