Sunday, November 20, 2011

Book Review: Million Dollar Marriage Merger

Author: Charlene Sands
Title: Million Dollar Marriage Merger
Publisher: Silhoutte Desire
Publish Date: May 2010
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: He'd kept a promise to marry his best friend's widow. But even an obligatory marriage could not diminish the hunger vintner Tony Carlino still felt for Rena Montgomery. Foolishly, he'd walked away from her once before...and she had never forgiven him. As far as she was concerned, no one would be toasting this arrangement anytime soon.

She had married Tony only for the safety his name--and money--would give her, her winery...and her unborn child. Never could she allow herself to reveal the desire she felt for her new husband. For their marriage was meant to be only about business. Neither dared speak one word about love.

Review: Charlene Sands is one of my favorite authors for the Desire line. Million Dollar Marriage Merger takes place in the Napa Valley and centers around two former lovers thrown together after the death of David Montgomery, Tony's best friend and Rena's husband.

I don't usually like stories about second chances when the relationship comes hot on the heals of the death of spouse, especially when it is obvious the spouse was well loved. Charlene finds a way to make this plot work though, and you have to remember this is Harlequin land, which is much like a fairytale. She does it by having David extort a promise from Tony that he would take care of Rena and their unborn child.

Tony lives up to his end of the baragain, and though their is a lot of angst from Rena, the two marry to save her vineyard.

This isn't one of the spicier Desires that I've read. It focuses more on Tony regaining Rena's love and trust and I like that. When the sex comes, it is believable.

Tony is a great hero, in fact, he's the kind of guy, most women would want swooping into their lives. Especially if he could fix our problems the way he did Rena's.

If you have a few hours and are looking for a quick read, this is definitely a good choice.

Rating: 5 flowers


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