The Hard Bargain
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New York billionaire Arthur Wexler needs a faux fiancée for one Sunday afternoon and one afternoon only. Actor Carla Pereira happily accepts a hefty paycheck for a few hours work. However, she plays her part so well that her role unexpectedly gets an extended run: it now includes a week-long Caribbean cruise on the Wexler yacht with friends and family.
Carla’s no dummy. She knows that, as a poor girl from Hoboken, she’ll never land a permanent part in the Wexler family cast. So, upon returning to the city after the cruise, she makes herself scarce. She did her best not to fall in love with Arthur on the cruise – and mostly succeeded – but now she’s back in the real world and attending to the broken pieces of her miserable family life.
Arthur is surprised when Carla ghosts him, and he now has to confront his own feelings. When he does, he realizes he has to figure out a way to track down the woman whose stage name is Carla Pereira.
Even if he can find her and establish a relationship, there’s still the pesky matter of what to say about the hoax Arthur and Carla perpetrated on the Wexler family when they first introduced her by a completely different name.
So, just who is this Carla person, and what is she hiding?