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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Marriage Bargain by Sandra Edwards

The Marriage Bargain by Sandra Edwards
Publisher: Pink Petal Books
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Short Story (143 pgd)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Fennel

Camille Chandler is a career-driven tabloid journalist who’s barely a year out of college and shouldering a mountain of student loans that are coming due soon. Her internship at Disclosure Magazine in Los Angeles is ending and she’s anticipating a permanent offer of employment with the publication. Camille’s plans for the future are right on track—until her boss sees a curious ad in the L.A. Trades. Wanted: single actress for a temporary engagement abroad.

France’s mega-rich playboy Julian de Laurent is up to something and Camille’s boss expects her to find out what it is. Who knew the eccentric gazillionaire was looking to hire a temporary wife? When Camille refuses to take the gig—and secretly write a tell-all on the de Laurent family for the magazine—she’s fired and left financially destitute, forcing her to entertain Julian’s proposal for real. But what’ll happen at the end of the contract period after Camille has spent six months as the wife of a man she learns is capable of stealing her heart?

Would you choose scruples over job security? Camille Chandler may be drowning in Student debts, but when her boss says ‘Do as I say or you’re out’, Camille decides she’s out. And in that decision the author reveals her heroine’s true character.

Camille comes across as a caring everyday kind of girl who believed in her dreams until they were tested. When she had to choose she discovered those dreams required some re-alignment. Did she cave under the pressure? No, she did not.

This time, while she thinks her choice is based on logic she discovers her heart takes a side trip and brings her along for the ride.

Unfortunately her heart wasn’t listening to her head!

Julian de Laurent is a hero to die for. Independently rich and heir to a family empire, he refuses to cow-tow to his father’s demands. The problem is he never allowed for his plans to backfire.

Julian is the kind of hero every woman dreams of. With the chemistry flowing between him and Camille, he refuses to let anything or anyone get in his way when he sets himself a goal. Not his manipulative father, nor the conniving wannabe fiancée, not even Camille!

The author’s secondary characters, like the hero and heroine, have a depth to them that snares the readers’ attention. The author packs a beautiful and sensually sweet story into just over 140 pages and it is well worth reading.