- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Mills & Boon; First edition edition (21 November 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0263860868
- ISBN-13: 978-0263860863
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1 x 17 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 181 g
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A New York Times bestselling author, Christine Rimmer has written over ninety contemporary romances for Harlequin Books. Christine has won the Romantic Times BOOKreviews Reviewers Choice Award and has been nominated six times for the RITA Award. She lives in Oregon with her family. Visit Christine at http://www.christinerimmer.com.
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Note: Stands alone read. 20th book in Bravo Family Ties Series
EASY READ, strong characters, and a great supporting cast. HOWEVER, the premise that a serial killer and compulsive bigamist, Blade Bravo, travels the country marrying dozens of emotionally-stunted, dependent women, fathering dozens and dozens of children and leaving them behind, is more than a bit bizarre. Add in a family reunion in Las Vegas so the recently discovered grown Bravo step-children can meet and the hero and heroine can easily marry, gives new meaning to the phrase "brazenly manufactured storyline." These and other issues detract badly from the book.
THE STORY reunites CEO Marcus Reid with his former admin assistant and lover, Hayley Bravo. Haley left Marcus seven months earlier because he didn't love her, didn't want to get married, and didn't want children. As the story unfold, Marcus unexpectedly arrives on her doorstep to find she is pregnant. He quickly figures out the child is his and he intends to "do the right thing," but Hayley refuses, in part because she believes he is still in love with his ex-wife. This is a rocky romance, but he pursues, pleads, and persuades until Hayley marries him. Unfortunately, Marcus neglects to mention he is hiding out from his ex-wife who is demanding a reconciliation. Misunderstandings ensues until he realizes Hayley and his baby girl are what he truly wants.
OVERALL, engaging characters, nice story, but nothing special. For a much better read, try C. Rimmer's The Return of Bowie Bravo.
You may also enjoy the complex characters and storytelling of N. Bruhns, A. Stuart, R. C. Ryan, E. Palfrey, or L. Wilde. For sweet, funny, heart touching romances with great descriptive imagery, try Susan Fox and Cara Colter.
Sorry, that's just weird.
But this story has little to do with that over-arching plot, with the exception that Hayley is a Bravo. Her mother gave her up for foster care (but would not let her be adopted) when she was small. She has all sorts of abandonment and isolation issues.
She falls in love with her boss, Marcus, who is as emotionally isolated as they come. She entices him into a steamy affair. She gives him love, he gives her what he can. But, she gets pregnant. And since he won't want the child, she leaves. This is 7 months before the story begins :)
Our story opens with him tracking her down, because he wants to close the chapter and can't seem to, and instead finding her in full blossom with his child. What ensues is a bittersweet courtship.
There are problems, of course. People who have been as emotionally abused as these two aren't going to find the end of the rainbow easily. But the challenges in the journey make it even more sweet. Also, the author has a pretty good knack of making the physical side of the romance sensual without having to be completely full-out sexual (though she gets there, too).
Good Christmas read. It'll make you appreciate your family!
Here it is mid-December and he's standing on her front steps. She answers the door and looks very pregnant and doesn't want anything to do with him. He can't believe that he is the father but within minutes realizes he is. He's shocked! He proposes within hours but she doesn't want to marry only for the child's sake--she wants Marcus to love her!
He wants to take her back to Seattle but she won't go. She's finally found a family-she was at her mother's deathbed and meets a older brother and sister she never knew about. They have become so important to her she doesn't want to leave them and she's not sure about Marcus anyway. She convinces him to spend the last few weeks of December with her in Sacramento.
This is their love story as Marcus has to deal with his feelings for his ex-wife and what he feels for Hayley. It's a great story too! There is a reunion in Las Vegas and we do see lots of the Bravos-bigger than life Caitlin Bravo, what a kick she is, and a whole lot more of the BIG family. Lots of humor which Ms Rimmer is known for and those great characters she creates. The Bravos are a great family that Ms Rimmer has given us!