After more than a year of fighting cancer, Anastasia Simmons is given a devastating diagnosis. She has only twelve months to live. Dimitri Petrovsky is the eldest son of one of the richest and most powerful families in St. Petersburg, Russia. to appease his parents, he tells them he met and married a woman after a whirlwind romance. Can he find true romance with Anastasia?
After more than a year of fighting cancer, Anastasia Simmons is given a devastating diagnosis. She has only twelve months to live. She decides to spend what precious time she has, enjoying life to the fullest and making a difference. Ana buys a bakery from owners who are going into foreclosure and gifts it back to them with one condition. She wants to work for them occasionally and serve up some of her delicious confections.
Dimitri Petrovsky is the eldest son of one of the richest and most powerful families in St. Petersburg, Russia. Though business is important, his family regards love as the keystone of success. Before his father will give him control of the family dynasty, Dimitri must be married. His stubborn nature compels him to refuse and he moves to the States to take charge of the family’s American business interests instead. The distance provides a sense of safety and, to appease his parents, he tells them he met and married a woman after a whirlwind romance.
The ruse works, until his parent’s fortieth wedding anniversary. Not only is he required to attend the celebration, but he must bring his new wife. Dimitri has spent weeks going to a local Bistro just for the opportunity to watch the beautiful woman who works at a nearby bakery. She’s a little rough around the edges, but Dimitri is running out of time and decides to make his move.
When Ana is approached by a handsome stranger who asks her to be his pretend wife, she thinks he’s lost his mind. After talking to Dimitri for a while, she realizes he’s sane but doesn’t know the meaning of fun or joy. She decides to turn the tables and make him her next project. She accepts his invitation, but he has to abide by a few stipulations. They must spend one month getting to know each other so they will appear to be a real couple and Dimitri has to do everything Ana wants, no resistance, no questions.
The days fly by and, before either of them realize it, they have fallen in love. There is one glitch, however. Ana has not told Dimitri she is dying. The Project is a standalone novel written by Leila Lacey, the popular romance author of the Curvy Goddess series.
5 Star Review
I have read a few books by Leila Lacey and I have to say that this book was the best so far. The story was very emotional and funny in places. Ana and Dimitri fell in love slowly and they didn’t always get along, but that’s realistic. Not everyone falls in love two seconds after meeting each other! A few reviewers were harping on the grammatical errors, but in my opinion the errors didn’t take away from this story at all. A truly enjoyable read that will tug at your emotions. Thank you Ms. Lackey for writing this book!
5 Star Review
Anastasia is a beautiful, down to earth, lovely woman who is generous and tries to help everyone. Dimitri is a hardened man who thinks he is just fine on his own and wants Ana to pretend to be his wife. Over the course of the next month they begin to get to know each other and the seeds of love begin to take root. But Ana has a secret she’s dying. As Dimitiri finally begins to open himself up to her and she worms her way into his life exposing and challenging him to new things as she decided to make him her next project as he seems so unhappy and all she wants is for him to be happy. I can’t adequately put into words how much I love this book! My heart aches for Dimitri and Ana. I received an ARC for my honest review.
5 Star Review
This is a sweet tale with a lot of warmth built into it. It is a testament to how sometimes someone who seemingly has the best reason to be unhappy and selfishly focused on themselves can be the person whose light shines the brightest. Ana helps those all around her who are in need, and when she meets rude billionaire Dimitri, she sees a man full of unhappiness of which he doesn’t even realize he needs to be delivered. Ana is loving enough that she decides to make Dimitri what she is sure will be her final project. Little does she know that this decision will bring her all the love and joy that she desires in her own time of need.
Once again, Leila has delivered a book full of emotional depth that will take you on a ride full of laughter and tears. I look forward to continuing to read more of her work!