Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Author: Abby Green
Line: Harlequin Presents / Mills and Boon ModernRelease month: North America: July 2010 UK: April 2010
The S-Factor: All three S’s…..Sexy, Sensual, Sizzling
Forced to Wed! Isobel Miller and Rafael Romero have been promised to each other for years in marriage, as part of an agreement between their families.
While Rafael has never had any intention of settling down, when he sees the beautiful woman that Isobel has become, he realizes that marriage might not be such a bad prospect after all.
Isobel is caught, unable to get out of the ancient agreement without causing irreparable damage to her family. A legal contract says she must wed! But she is determined above all, to withstand Rafael’s devastating charm and stay true to herself...the only problem is that she hasn’t counted on Rafael’s slow and sensual wearing down of her defences…
For me the perfect Presents is full of conflict and sensual tension and author Abby Green delivers this and more in Bride in a Gilded Cage. Talk about fireworks while reading the first chapters.
Isobel Miller had known since she was sixteen that at age 21 she would be required to marry Rafael Romero but she didn’t like it one bit! On her eighteenth birthday Rafael came to meet her and the meeting was very unsettling. Their future marriage was a “water tight” arrangement and when they married her family’s estencia would be returned and he would get a dynastic marriage from a family with a respected lineage. Not to mention that her father had made some bad investments and Rafael would give them a sizable amount of money. This agreement was made between her grandfather and his father years earlier.
Rafael Romero was a devastating male and and was one of the most sought after bachelors in Buenos Aires. He was determined to meet his future wife. Their meeting was absolutely explosive. Isobel was more than determined not to marry Rafael but when he grabbed her and kissed her it was quite amazing. However, being a proud alpha he brushed it off with a smart remark and left her absolutely confused and fuming. Now three years later he can’t seem to stop remembering that kiss and he looked forward to when she turned twenty-one and they could marry.
Three years later, Isobel now resided in Paris and was teaching Tango classes. Her memories of Rafael still lingered as she remembered his kiss and she hated him for it! Even though she had dated, no one came close to making her feel what she felt with Rafael. And now Rafael was in Paris to collect her and make her his bride. Did Rafael remember that kiss years ago? You bet he did and he was looking forward to their marriage because he sincerely believed it would work because the passion was there but also because Isobel stood up to him, she challenged him in so many ways.
Even though Isobel grew up in society it was not something she wanted. She didn’t want the designer clothes, the parties, the false friendships. She wanted to be free of that and was so hurt that her parents were relying on her to restore their fortune, not thinking about her. She loved to dance, she wanted to be free, she wanted to have her own studio and give families the opportunity to learn to dance. Plus she wanted to offer classes for disadvantaged kids and kids with learning disabilities because it had been proven dance was excellent therapy. She was conflicted because Rafael affected her and she was frightened, very frightened and afraid she would loose herself once they consummated their marriage because every time he kissed her, touched her, she went up in flames. What if she fell in love with him, would she loose her soul?
Rafael Romero, let’s just say was every woman’s dream. Successful, larger than life, full of passion and he ached for Isobel. She pleased him, she frustrated him and she was constantly on his mind. He couldn’t wait to have her in his bed. Every step of the way, their marriage was a challenge with misconceptions on both parts, passion that sizzled and then when you wondered if there was a chance for them, the walls came tumbling down and their passion exploded. Rafael was pleased and Isobel was in turmoil because she realized what she feared would happen, she loved him.
The ensuing chapters of Bride in a Gilded Cage were so full of conflict, turmoil, passion, making this the most amazing love story. Especially the ending when Rafael revealed his true feelings for Isobel and how he went about revealing and executing them. Their happy ending was magical, I promise. Bravo Abby Green, Bride in a Gilded Cage was an exception love story and took my breath away.
Behind the Book:
Abby discusses Bride in a Guilded Cage at I(Heart)Presents
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Reviewed by: Marilyn
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