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review 2018-05-06 03:41
The Trophy Husband (Harlequin Presents) ... The Trophy Husband (Harlequin Presents) - Lynne Graham

Hard to really appreciate a book when the characters irritate you, the plot is contrived and frankly, you don't give a damn.

 

Heroine... family doormat and borderline TSTL. She watched this guy pursue her beautiful model cousin, then when he gave up and went after *her*, instead of maybe being a lot hesitant at being the consolation prize, she...got engaged. A message at work said for her to check on her cousin, whereupon she finds the two of them going at it. She staggers back to work, gets plastered on coffee and brandy (coffee? In the UK?), and eventually passes out in the H's limo. She wakes in a night gown, and instead of wigging out, she presses him to pop her cherry (doesn't tell him that part - he finds it out) Over the next couple of months... she's pressed into marrying him (didn't resist v. hard), has to deal with his bipolar attitude toward her, has a meltdown and pretends to leave, meets the ex for a counseling session, deals with more of his douche-y behavior, meets yet another ex of his (yeah, she was practically tripping over them). And HEA supposedly...or until he has another temper tantrum.

 

Hero - stalker creepazoid who sicced a PI on her then-fiance in hopes of finding dirt on him - spent 2 months acting like a spoiled brat because the h actually objected to his manipulating her to get her in his clutches.

 

Cousin - spoiled heifer whose parents indulged her to make up for her being jealous of the h's friends (h was a nice doormat sort, of course she had friends)

 

Aunt/uncle - resented the cross they had to bear and also resented that said cross landed the douche...while their precious brat had to settle for the dumbass who'd wasted time pursuing her earlier.

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review 2018-03-01 00:00
WIFE FOR A WEEK (Harlequin Presents the Eligible Bachelors)
WIFE FOR A WEEK (Harlequin Presents the Eligible Bachelors) - Kelly Hunter This has been languishing on my Kindle for a while, and I totally forgot that I purchased it. I rediscovered it while browsing through my Kindle library, and thinking that there is no time like the present, I downloaded it and promptly began reading it. I was in mood for something quick and relatively light, and this fit the bill nicely.

First off, the plot was delightfully ridiculous. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so I’ll just mention the most obvious reason; Hallie Bennett agrees to pretend to be Nick’s wife on a week-long trip to Hong Kong. Okay, the fake wife / fake fiancée trope is not my favorite, but it worked well enough here. Mainly because of Hunter’s witty dialog and the secondary plot. Once they arrive in Hong Kong, mysterious things start to happen, and it soon becomes evident that someone is out to get Nick. Poor guy! What could a software developer have done to earn so much malice??

Nick needed a fake wife because the daughter of a financial backer tried to seduce him, and in order to avoid any further attempts, he makes up a wife. When he’s invited back to the home of his business partner, it’s assumed that his wife will be traveling with him, to enjoy the Chinese New Year’s festivities. When Nick and his mother storm into the shoe shop Hallie is working at, things get out of hand, thanks to Nick’s mom, and before she knows it, Hallie has a contract for enough money to pay for her degree and a ticket to Hong Kong. Money? International travel? A new fancy wardrobe? Sure, count me in!

Of course the sparks flair, and Nick’s brilliant idea of sleeping on the sofa in the guest room goes up in flames, mainly because the sofa is MIA. No problem! A Great Wall of Pillows will keep any invaders on their own side of the bed. Maybe??

A Wife for a Week is typical of the author. Loads of banter, comical situations for our protagonists, and hot smexy times. This is a fun read, with a likable cast of characters, and an exotic setting. I breezed right though this one, and enjoyed every minute of it.

Grade: 4 stars
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-09-04 21:21
An enjoyable reading
Bride by Royal Decree: A Marriage of Con... Bride by Royal Decree: A Marriage of Convenience Romance (Wedlocked!) - Caitlin Crews

The second book tells the story of Magdalena, who everyone believed she was dead. In fact, she was taken to the United States, where she survived an accident in which she lost her memory, and was found in that state, wounded, on a highway. He spent her life in foster homes, so she had to harden her exterior to survive. But in reality she is a very sensitive girl who dreamed of being a story princess rescued by the king and queen to live happily in their castle. She did not remember that she was actually a princess! As an adult, had worked in several places, being dismissed from all. At the time of beginning the story, she worked as a waitress, and in her place of work presents King Reza ... Maggie's fiancé from childhood!

 
Of course, Maggie makes it difficult for Reza, but ends up agreeing to go with him to the summer residence of his family. Already there, they did a makeover on her, they train and educate her to return to be the princess that she was in her childhood, and to assume the royal role as queen consort of her future husband. In that process, the sparks between Magdalena and Reza ignite and the passion seizes them.
 
And that was Reza's problem. Coming from a marriage in which his father had committed suicide for the love of his lover, he saw love as an impediment to be able to rule a country accordingly. For Reza, the Crown and its people went first of all, especially above love. It is then when Maggie shows her carats as a woman and teaches Reza that he can have a life and a marriage full of love while ruling the country as it deserves.
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-09-04 21:08
Difficult to read
Expecting a Royal Scandal - Caitlin Crew... Expecting a Royal Scandal - Caitlin Crews

Cairo Santa Domini is the heir to the throne of Santa Domini. Thinking that it was the best thing for his people, living under a dictatorship, he's always creating scandals around him. He feels guilty about the "death" of his sister (book 2), and considers he's not the king that Santa Domini needs. In order to finish disenchanting those who saw him as the hope of the country, he decides to marry in a marriage of convenience with the woman most unsuitable for the role of queen consort: paparazzi beggar, Brittany Hollis.

 
Brittany was a girl who lived for the covers of the magazines and scandals were her way of life. She had married three times for convenience, the purpose of which was to earn enough money to be able to retire young to an island in the Pacific, away from everything and everyone. At first, she rejects Cairo, but then accepts her proposal because the money she gets from will make her wish come true. What she did not imagine was that union turns into an attraction impossible to forget... And the secrets begin to come to light.
 
I found this first delivery very difficult to digest. First, Brittany's reasons for making money didn't convince me at all. I mean, what woman wants to be famous and be a millionaire appearing in the magazines as a prostitute? On the other hand, although it is a noble gesture to earn money to help his family (parents, siblings, uncles, cousins, etc.), at some time she desires that her younger sister turns 18 to stop keeping maintain the lazy family she has. On the other hand, the attitude of the family, especially Brittany's mother, is somewhat hypocritical. They publicly criticized Brittany, but accept the money sent by her. How nice...
 
I consider that the motives of Cairo are more altruistic in comparison with Brittany, but at the same time that demonstrates he's a weak man. The fact that Brittany imposes him to take the throne on behalf of their unborn child it makes it clear.
 
As a couple they are perfect to each other, of that there is no doubt. The chemistry between the main characters and one of Brittany's secrets are the best thing in this story.
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-08-29 21:14
An intense, steaming and alluring story
Her Sinful Secret: A scandalous story of passion and romance (The Disgraced Copelands) - Jane Porter

I love the way Ms. Porter creates such intense and stunning stories. This is the third book of The Disgraced Copeland's series, and though I didn't liked the previous book, I love this one!!

 

Logan won Rowan at an auction/charity event. Since then, the chemistry between them explodes and they finished spending the night together. The morning after, Rowan found out that Logan was Daniel Copeland's daughter (who was kidnapped because he had a Ponzi scheme that stole millions from people) and he hated him and his family because his father took the fall for Daniel at one point. He treated Logan so cruelly she never wanted to see him again (he called her a slut also), but that night had consequences and she tried few months later to communicate with him. He rejected her for the second time, and Logan decided to raise their kid alone.

 

Three years later (and here's when the story starts), Logan's father was killed by his kidnappers and she's in danger. And who will protect her from that people? Rowan, of course!!

 

The story is strong, steamy and hot. The writing was intelligent and very alluring. The scene transitions were flawless. And the way the story is developed is excellent. Why I didn't gave it 5 stars? Because there were some questions without answer in this book. Why the siblings were so apart when they needed to be together after Daniel's fall? Why Bronson (Logan's only brother) had to deal with the mess Daniel left alone? Why Victoria and Morgan (Logan's other sisters, Morgan is her twin) didn't get along? This last question I hope to get answer for it in an eventual book, which bring me to my last question... Why the ending of this book got me the feeling that this was the last time we will hear from the Copelands?

 

In conclusion, this book is incredibly spectacular. Looking forward for Bronson (he REALLY deserves a happy ending!!) and Victoria's stories... If the author writes them —I'm praying for that!! Highly recommended.

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