Fiance by Fate

By: Jennifer Shirk

AN ANYONE BUT YOU NOVEL


Their fake relationship is a twist of fate.

Sabrina Cassidy believes in fate. So when her fiancé breaks off their engagement, she’s convinced they’ll get back together eventually. But fate was not on her side when it brought Jack Brenner into her life—and work. Frustrating, gorgeous, and cocky, Jack has an offer that Sabrina can’t refuse. Not if it means getting the life she’s always imagined.

Despite being one of the town’s most eligible bachelors, Jack has a reputation that’s working against him. He has to convince his father—and his company’s board—that he’s ready to settle down if he wants a promotion. But convincing Sabrina to be his fake girlfriend turns out to be the easiest part. What he didn’t count on was their intense attraction and how easily their lie would escalate. Sabrina’s still hung up on her ex, and Jack will never settle down. But fate has other ideas…





This book is for you, Mom, because I know you’ve been to more than a few psychic readings in your lifetime.





Chapter One


You’re not doing anything wrong.

Sabrina Cassidy took a deep breath and waited for the psychic to shuffle the cards.

You’re not doing anything wrong.

She repeated the thought again for good measure—and because she liked to hear herself think.

Eating an entire cake? Sure, she could feel guilty. Lying on a résumé? Oh yeah, she’d certainly feel terrible about that one. But asking a psychic for information on her fiancé? Not a chance. She was sure any woman in her position would do exactly the same thing.

Pretty sure, anyway…

The psychic placed the third Fate tarot card down on the table with such careful attention to spacing that Sabrina was almost afraid to breathe on it. The woman seemed a stickler for details—except when it came down to her name: Madame Butterfly. The psychic was neither Japanese nor even really female for that matter, but so far she seemed to know what she was talking about, so Sabrina was willing to let those things slide.

Sabrina glanced at her friend, sitting next to her. Maddie’s eyes were looking sleepy and she was trying hard to stifle a yawn. Sabrina had to admit, watching Madame Butterfly was a little like watching a slug race. They had already been there for more than twenty minutes and were just starting to get to the good stuff.

It was Maddie’s suggestion that they come to get their fortunes told tonight. She thought Sabrina needed some fun, a distraction to help her forget about her recent fiancé problems. But Sabrina took the readings much more seriously than that. From the moment she and David had met, she had known it wasn’t merely by chance. It was something more—the date, the timing. David was her destiny. And although she and her fiancé were on a temporary break right now, Sabrina knew in her heart they would be together again.

Of course, if she could hear that same thing from the psychic, it’d make her feel much better.

“I see a man in your future…” the psychic began in a raspy voice. His—her—Adam’s apple bobbed up and down as she closed her eyes and laid her palms on the cards. Sabrina blinked and tried hard to focus on what she was saying and not on the hair of Madame’s knuckles.

“A man. Wow, that narrows it down,” Maddie muttered.

Sabrina shushed her.

Madame Butterfly opened one false-lashed eye and aimed a definitive glare at Maddie, then continued on. “He’s very handsome.”

Sabrina shot a knowing grin at Maddie. David was handsome. And smart. And successful. He was just finishing his orthopedic surgery residency at Mass General.

The psychic opened her eyes, tapping a long, painted blue nail on top of one of the cards. “He’s wearing a white coat.”

Sabrina gasped. “David’s a doctor. That could be his lab coat you’re talking about.”

Madame Butterfly nodded emphatically. “Yes, I see that.”

“Now you see that,” Maddie added, folding her arms over her chest.

It was Sabrina’s turn to glare at her friend. “Maddie, please. Don’t make me kick you out of here.”

“You can’t kick me out. I’m the one who paid.”