Friday, January 01, 2010


Author:  Rachel Bailey
Line:      Silhouette Desire
Release month UK:/ North America: January 2010
The S-Factor:   Sensual


Tycoon Damon Blakely had one year to produce a legitimate heir. Luckily he had a bride candidate in mind. Lily Grayson had been the perfect mistress…until she'd left him. And when he proposed his plan, Damon learned why. Lily was already expecting his baby.

The millionaire's shock and anger was quickly trounced by Lily's counteroffer. She would give their child his name…but theirs would be a paper marriage. Lily claimed Damon had no room in his heart for anything beyond business. The terms of his proposal left him little room to argue…until he could get Lily back into his bed.

Review: ♥♥♥♥♥

Claimed His Bought Bride is a complex, extremely sensual and explosive love story by debut author Rachel Bailey. I’m amazed is all I can say that this is Rachel’s first published romance as it’s so well crafted with two very interesting lovers being Damon and Lily. The steam and heat vibrates from them both is all I’m going to say and they can’t seem to keep away from each other, especially Lily and she fights it every step of the way.

Damon Blakely is a ruthless businessman in and out of the boardroom and he’s out for revenge again his uncle and determined to bankrupt him. His character has so many layers and facets but it’s obvious that his abusive childhood has taken its toll and he can’t seem to see past the revenge. He’s going to make sure before his uncle dies, that he owns all of his holdings, the mansion and Blakely Corp which he should have inherited after his parents died; which his uncle kept from him. And now three months later since his break up with his lover Lily, he’s faced with another challenge….that of becoming a father and he’s determined to have Lily back in his life as his wife.

And there the beautiful, nurturing and very lovely Lily Grayson who has come to Damon’s uncle’s birthday party to advise him she is carrying his child. All she wants and hopes for is a future for her unborn child, no marriage, just a promise that her child will be secure. She knows she and her Gran will love this child and protect is at all cost. She wants Damon to have a part in their child’s life however due to his tortured past she honestly believes Damon can’t be the father her baby needs. But there’s one problem, she is still so attracted to him, he still has the sensual power over her and she fights it every step of the way.

Sexy, determined and ruthless Damon sweeps Lily off her feet, makes immediate arrangements to fly away and get married and dazzles her with such strong and powerful emotions. True to his past he’s always thinking and working towards his goal of destroying his uncle and is constantly leaving her alone at home. And then the most unbelievable thing happens Damon’s uncle calls Lily to his mansion because he’s dying and leaves her everything. Can their marriage become more bizarre?

Let the roller coaster ride of love and emotion begin because Lily knows she loves Damon and he has the power to destroy her. However, because of her past upbringing, being twisted, torn and let down by her parents, she won’t allow this to happen to her baby. Her baby and her Gran who saved her from her parents and raised her are her top priority and she has no other option but to leave.

This romance has so many twists and turns, emotional ups and downs and in the end a sweet sort of healing for them both, it was such a beautiful read. Rachael Bailey has written a delicious reunion love story in Claiming His Bought Bride and I look forward to reading her next release, The Blackmailed Bride’s Secret Child.

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Reviewed by: Marilyn

Quote from Dear Reader:

 “I love a reunion story—especially with a couple where the passion still runs deep. So it was such a pleasure to sink into Lily Grayson's life when she meets with her ex-lover, the rich and gorgeous Damon Blakely.

Having been brought up around art and galleries, it was natural for me to infuse Lily's life with touches of the art world through her job as a gallery curator. Monet's series of water lilies have always spoken to me, and Lily shares my appreciation (though Damon prefers a different series by Monet—one that more reflects his personality!).” Rachel Bailey  

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