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Peek Inside The Millionaire’s Deception

For deal closer Rafe McCall, convincing small restaurant owner Frankie Ritacco to sell his business for property developement should have been a piece of easy, profitable cake. It's not. For starters, “Frankie” is a stunning, stubborn woman who wants to preserve her idyllic small town. There is no way she's selling—even to a sexy millionaire who makes her heart race. But Frankie's café is in serious trouble, and Rafe must decide if he can close the deal...or if he's found the dealbreaker of a lifetime.

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Sign: Taurus

He’s stubborn, but he loves his rewards…especially the sensual kind.

He’ll close the deal at any price…

Rafe McCall has a reputation as the Closer. He rakes in serious cash to make deals happen. Convincing small restaurant owner Frankie Ritacco to sell his business for property development should have been a piece of easy, profitable cake. So Rafe blows into Wilcox, Iowa on his Harley, convinced that the deal is all but done. But he is so, so wrong…

For starters, “Frankie” is a woman. A stunning, stubborn woman who wants to preserve her idyllic small town. Despite her pitiful prospects for marriage and children, the Crossroads Café is part of Frankie’s family’s legacy. There’s no way she’s selling, even if she is tempted by a super-hot bad boy millionaire. Or if said bad-boy millionaire actually seems to genuinely want to help. But with Frankie’s café in serious trouble, Rafe must decide if he can close the deal… or if he’s found the deal breaker of a lifetime.


"It's the perfect mix of romance and comedy with a little bit of angst and lots of hot smoldering scenes thrown in." -- Jessica, Goodreads

"This towns bookclub ladies will have you rolling in laughter till your stomach hurts." -- Patricia, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633752016
Series: Men of the Zodiac, Book 2
Release Date: Feb 23, 2015
Page Count: 221
Imprint: indulgence
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: forced proximity

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By JG February 25, 2015

4.5 Stars

Ahhh I've come over all warm and fuzzy inside after finishing this story. It was the icing on the cake, the sugar in the coffee or the grape in the wine, nope that doesn't work, but you get my meaning. This book tells a sweet story and one that is very easy to digest.

To start, let me say th ...more

By Jessi February 23, 2015

ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Rafe is known for getting things done. After all that's why he gets paid the big bucks. So when asked to make Frankie sell her land he sees it as an easy payday. Little does he know that when he meets Frankie his world and everything he has ...more

By Isha February 18, 2015

I am in love. This series is quickly pulling me under it's spell. The two books that I have had the pleasure of reading in the Men of the Zodiac series have me clamoring for more. Book 2: The Millionaire's Deception by Wendy Byrne is my favorite within the series so far. Given this book for an hones ...more

By K3 February 07, 2015

My 3.5 Star review to come!

By Lee March 03, 2015

This is the first book I have read by Wendy Byrne and it won't be the last. I really enjoyed this story. It kept me entertained throughout, eliciting a array of emotions from me as I became more enmeshed in Frankie and Rafe's story.

I loved Frankie's character, her bold determination in the face of c ...more

By Sophievalencia_ February 23, 2015

[3-1/2 star.]

I love small town stories. Because I've grown up and lived in cities my whole life, I find the rural setting charming. Yes, Frankie may be naïve -- stereotypically so at times -- but it was a welcome change of pace to see the world from an innocent point of view. She was a great counter ...more

By Blushing February 23, 2015

This was cute 3.5 stars of easy to read enjoyment.

The Millionaire's Deception was my first experience with Wendy Byrne, and if all of her books have such feisty, loyal and witty female leads, then I am sold! This books tells a great story about what happens when life throws you for a loop and hands ...more

By Jessica October 20, 2015

ARC provided by Entangled Publishing, LLC via NetGalley for an honest review.

I'm not gonna lie, it took a minute for me to warm up to our hero Rafe. But eventually, I did. Rafe is the guy with an ego the size of the world. He's used to getting what he wants no matter who he has to trample over to ge ...more

By Elle March 10, 2015

Rafe McCall is the closer, he's the guy that gets sent into to ensure the deal. He is motivated and determine to never be poor again, so when a lucrative deal to get Frankie Ritacco comes along, he decides to go all in for the kill. Just one problem, Frankie is the super determined and most attracti ...more

By Jessica February 16, 2015

See more of my reviews on my blog Thoughts At One In The Morning.

My Thoughts:

The Indulgence line at Entanged always has very interesting stories. This little tale from Wendy Byrne took a little bit for me to get into, but by the end I did enjoy it.

Rafe and Frankie start out as friends and it slowly ...more

By Rosemary March 13, 2015

Rafe McCall is successful in business which is why he's the Closer. One way or another he gets what he wants. That is until he meets Frankie. He needs to convince her to sell her restaurant. What happens now that they are attracted to each other? Francesca is a small town girl who wants to continue ...more

By Lori February 27, 2015

The more I reflect on this book, the more I like it. As I first started reading it, I really did not like Rafe. I truly was disgusted by him, his thoughts and actions. But I also believe that is a sign of a good story/writer, when they can make you feel strongly about a character. So I did not give ...more

By Yazmin June 15, 2015

In The Millionaire’s Deception (Men of the Zodiac) by Wendy Byrne, Rafe McCall is the Closer, the guy that will get that deal when other have not been able to. So when he is hired to convince a small restaurant owner named Frankie Ritacco to sell his business for a property development, he believes ...more

By Evelyn April 22, 2015

This was a quick read and I absolutely loved the heroine Frankie. She was so sweet and endearing, but occasionally her inner monologue was a little odd, though I'm sure the same could be said about me. She's desperately trying to keep the legacy of her families restaurant afloat in a town that's not ...more

The good thing about days when it’s snowing is that you have sometimes have the whole day to curl up with a book. The Millionaire’s Deception was a great book to keep me warm on this cold snowy day!
I like books where the bad boy turns a new leaf, but sometimes its not written as well as I can be. Th ...more

By Fizza February 23, 2015

I loved this book. It is very well written. All the characters are amazing and the storyline is superb. I think it is a must read for all romance lovers. It is humourous as well. The best kind of book in my opinion.
Rafe and Frankie are a cute couple. I liked reading their story. Rafe has a job. He n ...more

By Jessica February 23, 2015

I received this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

I love small town storys because I live in a small town so I can relate to the setting a lot.

I give this 4 stars!

I could relate to Frankie somewhat, she is someone I could easily be friends with. She is a strong character and has ...more

By Patricia February 14, 2015

Rafe a sexy, hot closer has bitten off more than expected with Frankie.

Frankie is in the fight of her life for her business and town. She allows Rafe into her heart not knowing the secrets he hides.
of course there are twist and turns with their relationship and themselves.

This towns bookclub ladies ...more

By Lillian February 08, 2015

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed their story. Rafe was in for a big surprise when he met Frankie things were not going to be easy. Once they spent time together he knew that he had to fight for what is right and all the town folk grew on him. He had to make a decision ...more

By Brittany May 06, 2015

I received this from Netgalley/ Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This is a good story which of course involves Deception but also a great mix of passion and story. I loved Rafe he was just yummy and Frankie was just hilarious. I loved her inner dialogue. If you want a good read ...more

By Melissa February 25, 2015

This book is a great read. Frankie and Rafe story is money can't buy everything but love is worth it. ...more

By Chrissy February 23, 2015

I really enjoyed this book, it holds you from start to finish. This is a must read. Get it today. Such a great book. Loved it.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review. ...more

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Wendy Byrne

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Wendy Byrne

Wendy lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband. She has a Masters in Social Work and worked in the child welfare field for twelve years before she decided to pursue her dream of writing. She has several books published with two different publishers and has self-published both a Novella and a traditional length novel. Several of her novels have been finalists or winners in contests over the course of her writing career. Most days you can find her pounding away at her laptop spinning tales and inflicting mayhem on her hero and heroine until they beg for mercy. She loves to write contemporary romance or romantic suspense all infused with a touch of humor and, of course, the happily ever after.

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