Tuesday, February 16, 2010

VALENTINE BRIDE - Christine Rimmer



Line: Silhouette Special Edition

Release month: February

The S-Factor: Sensational and Sensuous



Regal, reserved Irina Lukovic was the perfect live-in housekeeper. Until she found out she was being sent back to her war-torn homeland. So Caleb Bravo came up with the ideal solution…one where they’d still be living together on a more permanent basis…The handsome bachelor proposed!

Irina couldn’t believe that the footloose mogul was giving up his freedom for her. But now that they were officially husband and wife, she suddenly yearned to belong to Caleb in more than name only. To be his wife…in every sense of the word…

Review: ♥♥♥♥♥

If I counted right, this is the fourteenth Bravo Family Ties book Christine Rimmer has written. It is every bit as good as the first one -- no, it's even better.

It’s a good thing Caleb came home when he did, that afternoon. Or Irina would have been gone, and he’d have had one horrible time finding her. Actually, he has one horrible time convincing her that the best thing to do is to stay and marry him.

I have to hand it to Irina. She’s frightened out of her mind, the last place she wants to go back to is the awful country that she came from, where unspeakable things happen – to everyone. . . But she stands up for herself to Caleb. She doesn’t just let him dictate what she’s supposed to do. She makes conditions for their marriage, and she makes him promise to stick to them.

So who breaks the conditions first? What are they doing when the woman from Immigration shows up first thing in the morning? How does Caleb gain her trust so that she tells him about the things that happened to her in Argovia?

The farther along I read in this book the more I fell a little in love with Caleb myself. He was strong and sure of himself, yet gentle, and confident enough to allow himself to agree to the conditions Irina set in their marriage without it causing damage to his ego.

How does he go about finding out who set Immigration on her in the first place without breaking his promises to her?

In the end there was one huge WOW! that surprised me almost speechless. Actually, there were two surprises. . .

Those of you who are regular Bravo readers will be very satisfied with this book, and for those of you who have yet to read one of Christine Rimmer’s books, I encourage you to pick this book up today. You will not be disappointed. Christine’s expertise in finding the surprising hook leaps off the page and grabs you when you least expect it. This is a real page-turner! A book that will keep your attention from cover to cover!

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Reviewed by Donna B

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