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How to Marry a Matador (Romantic Comedy) by [Baird,Ginny]
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Length: 189 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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A fun beach read!

"Turns the classic romance plot amusingly inside out...cleverly plotted." ~ Kirkus Reviews
"A sweet, romantic tale that leaves one yearning for a matador of their own."~ InD'Tale Magazine

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New York telecommunications expert Jessica Bloom has never quite gotten things right. She's failed at relationships, and only believes herself to have moved ahead at work due to dumb luck. Her fortunes change when she flies to Madrid on an acquisitions deal -- but wakes up married to a matador instead! While she's held a burning attraction to her handsome business adversary for months, she never dreamed she'd make such an enormous split-second decision. Surely, this is a mistake they can both get undone? Her new husband, however, has plans to the contrary...

Fernando Garcia de la Vega runs a telecommunications firm poised for a US takeover. What Fernando doesn't expect, is its beautiful International Division head also capturing his heart. Descended from a long line of bullfighters, Fernando stands to inherit the family's lucrative estate, if he meets the criteria in his grandfather's will and marries by age thirty-two. Yet, a marriage of convenience was something Fernando was loathe to consider... until now. When the fates conspire to put the right woman in the right place -- at the right time, how can Fernando deny his destiny? His only problem lies in convincing Jessica to remain his bride.

Fernando sighed, worry lines creasing his brow. "You're terribly angry with me, aren't you?"
"It takes two to tango, Fernando. I'm not saying all of this is your fault. I played a part in what happened yesterday too."
He turned toward her with a penetrating look. "That's what I don't understand. Why did you?"
Jess felt a lurch of emotion as he dissected her with his earnest green gaze. "I...don't know."
He leaned toward her with a husky whisper. "Oh, but I think you do."
He drew nearer, his mouth hovering over hers. Jess cursed herself for so badly wanting his kiss. His kisses had been so tantalizing last night, they'd made her lose all sense of reason. And it wasn't just the way he'd held her. When he'd looked deep in her eyes and said that one thing, she'd inexplicably believed him as she had no man before.
"Why did you?"
Fernando reached out and cupped her chin in his hand. "Because, querida, when I saw you standing there in that garden, with that beautiful smile on your lips, I knew with a certainty that I'd have to claim them. That I wouldn't rest until I made you mine."
"It was a simple sexual attraction."
"There was nothing simple about it," he said, brushing his lips to hers.
Jess closed her eyes as her heart stilled. She couldn't let herself do this, but she couldn't stop herself either. His masculine scent washed over her as she felt his palm press into the small of her back. 
"Jessica," he said, resting his forehead on hers. "When I tell you the truth about this morning, I don't want you to believe that anything last night was a lie." And then to prove it, he kissed her deeply, with a skill and a passion that made her lose grip of her wine, sending the contents of her cup sloshing sideways.
"Your sister's riding pants," she said, nearly breathless.
"They'll wash," he said, tenderly stroking her thigh.
"Fernando," Jess gasped, pulling back. "We can't."
He studied her a thoughtful moment as she gazed at him wide-eyed.
"Then we won't," he said with a quick peck on her lips.
She shivered involuntarily in spite of herself. This man had a way of completely undoing her.
"We'll have a little something to eat first." He pulled several small bundles from his bag, along with a small knife and a cutting board.
"While we talk?"
"Of course," he said, handing her a napkin for her slacks. "Then afterwards, I'll let you decide."
"Decide what?"
Fernando shot her a sexy grin as he refilled her wine.
"Whether or not I'm the husband of your dreams."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2507 KB
  • Print Length: 189 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0985123583
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Winter Wedding Press (27 June 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008FCRUS0
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet but so full of silly contradictions 12 August 2014
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I suspect it’s meant to be the first installment in a series. The couple focus in this one is on Jessica Bloom and Fernando Garcia de la Vega and takes place mostly in La Esperanza del Corazón in Spain.

My Take
Cute and short enough to be a novella at 189 pages. It also has some odd problems.

It's cute in that Jess gets married on a whim — or is it a subconscious desire? — to the businessman-cum-matador she has been negotiating with for the past six months over the acquisition of his telecommunications business.

There’s a codicil in his paternal grandfather’s will that puts a deadline on Fernando to ensure the family’s continuing. And then we learn that the rancho is from his mother’s side of the family while the techcomm business appears to be his own venture. So what he’d be losing…I don’t know.

There’s the disconnect between Jess not having paid attention to her faith for years, and Fernando thinking she’s religious. All interspersed with the silly tropes of Jess telling Fernando she doesn’t want him and then being pissed because he finally accepts what she’s telling him *eye roll*. Then what’s with the scene in the bullfighting ring? Jess is supposedly intelligent and yet she can’t seem to make that mental connection between bull-in-ring-about-to-charge-her-husband and the fact that he probably needs to concentrate on the more immediate danger? Duhhh… Another reason to question her I.Q. is how slow she is to pick up on the Gemini comment.

For all that, there’s surprisingly little conflict. Yes, I know it’s there in Fernando wanting to stay married and Jess not wanting to. In Jess’ own internal debate. But it’s not really there. You’ll see what I mean if you read this, as everything is la-la land. I suspect the story conflict is supposed to be why Fernando wants this marriage as well as Jess’ experiences in the past. The first is bypassed quickly and the story concentrates on Jess’ issues.

The rancho is worth two billion dollars with vineyards, desert, and bulls raised for the ring with poor villages?

What’s with the flipping back and forth between using Spanish and then not using it? Fernando requests dos café of an old family retainer, and she responds with a query about two. The same servant, I'm assuming she's Spanish, flips between referring to Fernando’s mother as Señora and Mrs. At the wedding, in Spain mind you, the priest pronounces them Mr. and Mrs. Um, wouldn’t Señor y Señora be more appropriate?

Evie rushes to stop Jess and does a sudden about-face, claiming she only came to check on her. But she’s spent all her time here so far, trying to push Jess onto a return flight to New York. WTF?

On the plus side, it is sweet and a story of equals.

The Story
A drunken night of sangria and a handsome man finds Jess married to the man whose company her company is buying out. This wasn’t part of her plan…and besides, no man has ever stayed for her.

The Characters
Jessica Bloom heads up the foreign acquisitions office at Global Financial Telecom. Madeline is her boss. Allen is the ex-boyfriend. Evie Parker is her best friend and works as a general dogsbody in a publishing house. Jess says Evie makes so very little, so I’m curious as to how she rates a platinum credit card.

A successful businessman, Fernando Garcia de la Vega gave up a promising career in the bullring to make one woman happy. Now it looks as if he’ll be giving up the love of his life to make another woman happy. His mother, Ana María, is trying to make the best of it. Margarita is his sister. Consuelo is the housekeeper; Gustavo is her son and almost a brother to Fernando. Don Pedrito seems to be all things. Ernesto Garcia de la Vega is his grandfather and also his father, both famous matadors. Tia Margarita is actually Fernando’s great-aunt; Antonia is her maid. Rudolfo is her puppy. Alejandro is a dangerous and unpredictable bull.

Father Domingo is an old family friend. Brother Emilio taught Fernando his numbers.

The Cover
The cover has a white background with the groom in a black suit carrying his frothily dressed bride carrying her bouquet. A flash of red pulls in the matador side.

The title is how Jessica manages in How to Marry a Matador.
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me 10 November 2012
By Gatorfan - Published on
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This story had a l ot of potential. However there were just too many things that got on my last nerve. I liked the hero altho he was just a little bit into taking care of his mother. And the heroine, what a sap. For someone who was suppose to be on the top of her game career wise, she seemed a bit childish to me. Doesn't know her own mind and then when she thinks she does, doesn't have the balls to stand up and act on it. The best friend got on my last nerve. I really hate people that think they know what is best for you and pressure you to do as they say. Plus she was a lot childish in her thinking process. And she shows up on her best friend's honeymoon and can't understand why the friend is not overjoyed to see her. DUH. I got so irritated at these characte3rs that I quit reading about 3/4 of the way through. Another big issue I had was the hero is from an old Spanish family, generations of land owners. They didn't seem to have a problem with her being a non Catholic!! And then she wants to get her marriage set aside after sleeping with him for several days straight. One, I doubt it would be that easy in a Catholic Spain to set aside a marriage that easy and that it could just be done by showing up at the proper authorities. Maybe you can but I don't think so. This one was just not for me. I like a strong hero and a heroine with a brain and spine. This gal had neither. The hero had the best line when he said that if his bride could be so easily persuaded by her best friend then maybe she was not for him after all. Good thinking fellow.
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun Little Read 11 June 2015
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"How to Marry a Matador" was an enjoyable and fun little read.

The characters were likable, especially the hero. But I questioned the "friend's" real motives. The passion was real but not explicit. The writing was descriptive and I felt a little like I had toured a part of Spain.

This short book would make a great rainy day or beach read.
3.0 out of 5 stars IMO- It was a good story, but could have been a bit better with a little bit more tweaking. 12 June 2015
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I felt like the story could have been a bit more developed. It felt like it was pieced together, like there wasn't a natural progression of the story. The characters were enjoyable, and the story concept was interesting. And while the character of Fernado was was more in depth. The Character of Jessica was not. We heard very little about her back story, other than her father walked out one day and they never heard from him again.

Evie, Jessica's friend sort of got on my last nerve. I don't know why really, but she did. And while some may critize Fernado for being a mama's boy, I find that a very endearing trait in a man. He didn't jump when she called, nor did he let her run his life, but he did feel he should watch over her and support her since his father wasn't there to do it. That's just what close nit families do, or at least they should do.
4.0 out of 5 stars How to Marry a Matador 26 October 2016
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This is the first book that I have read written by Ginny Baird. It's a nice romantic story and is well written.