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The Divorce Party (The Delicious De Campos Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Jennifer Hayward
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Book Description

"You threw your fifty-thousand-dollar engagement ring off the Brooklyn Bridge?"  

Lilly shows up to her lavish divorce party with one goal in mind—to leave as quickly as possible minus a husband! Except he has other plans…and Riccardo De Campo isn't easy to say "no" to.  

Forced back into Riccardo's glittering, gossip-fueled world, the price of perfection is still too high and Lilly's old insecurities resurface. An unexpected consequence of their reunion raises the stakes even higher, and the media's golden couple must finally confront the truth behind the headlines. 

Congratulations to Jennifer Hayward, winner of Harlequin's 2012 So You Think You Can Write competition! 



Editorial Reviews

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"Hayward's debut is filled with emotion. The arrogant alpha hero complements and inflames the vulnerable yet steely heroine, and an articulate narrative mixes ribald humour with tense drama and presents the searing lovemaking to perfection." - Romantic Times Magazine 4.5 star review

"This book shows none of the signs of a debut author. It's polished, has terrific flow and sticks to the Harlequin Presents sensibility while offering a slightly more evolved hero and a truly entertaining, quick read. I'm really looking forward to reading more from you, I think you've got a really bright future in the genre." - Dear Author - September 2013 Recommended Read

About the Author

JENNIFER HAYWARD has been a fan of romance since filching her sister’s novels to escape her teenaged angst. Her career in journalism and PR, including years of working alongside powerful, charismatic CEOs and traveling the world, has provided perfect fodder for the fast-paced, sexy stories she likes to write, always with a touch of humour. A native of Canada’s gorgeous East coast, Jennifer lives in Toronto with her Viking husband and young Viking-in-training.

Product Details

  • File Size: 310 KB
  • Print Length: 189 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0373131895
  • Publisher: Harlequin Presents (October 1, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CFX3AN4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,590 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars - Debut Novel September 17, 2013
By Laura
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The author won a competion and her prize was a publishing deal. This is her debut novel. It has all the elements of a predictable mills and boon story.

Lilly left her handsome husband Riccardo De Campo a year ago after two years of marriage. Lilly has not made herself available to Riccardo to discuss their marriage so he arranges a 'Divorce Party' where he says he will sign the divorce papers. However, Riccardo has other plans and doesn't want to give up on his marriage. He asks Lilly to stay married to him for another six months so his father will be pleased and offer him the position of CEO in the family business.

The author is obviously a fan of many an established M&B author as there are many repeated plot lines within this book that I have read time and again in a M&B story. However, reconciliation is one of my favourite type of M&B stories but this one lacked something which was emotion. We get both Lilly and Riccardo's POV's but it would probably have worked better without Riccardo's POV as we find out too early how he feels about Lilly. The reason for their split may not sit well with some readers. I found myself thinking the blame became solely on Lilly's shoulders when it most definitely should have been on Riccardo's.

Lilly has kept a secret from her husband throughout their marriage. This was most definitely an original plot line from the author and well done to her for highlighting this issue.

All in all, this was a good read. A 'typical' mills and boon plot and the author definitely has potential. I would just have liked to feel a bit more emotion when reading and I wasn't very happy with Riccardo getting off scot free in my opinion!

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Divorce Party October 15, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Lily wants a divorce even though she loves her husband. It is time to end it she believes she can't take any more of the high society judgements. Ricardo doesn't want a divorce to him his marriage is far from over. So he is not giving up without a fight though it will be a fight for his love. He makes a stipulation of sorts with Lily to give him time to woo her again. In the process they both learn more about each other, as well as learn to be more open to each other. It is a lovely story of overcoming relationship issues to save a loving and passionate marriage. I highly recommend this book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Divorce Party October 28, 2013
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The Divorce Party was a wonderfully-written book. It is hard to believe this is Jennifer Hayward's first published book. Lilly and Riccardo's story will leave all readers wanting more. Imagine having a man love you so much that he will go to any length necessary to get you back! Ovrrall, I was v err y impressed with this book and look forward to many more great reads from Mrs. Hayward.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense start October 17, 2013
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Excellent debut book for this author cant wait to read future books. Lilly and Riccardo fight through all types of emotional scars to build a relationship that gives them both peace. They both owned up to their role in the break down of their marriage and battled their personal demons til they were completely honest wi th n each other
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great start to a writing career October 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Jennifer Hayward's first book was most definitely a winner. An alpha male, but one that realized he had done wrong in regards to a wife that had issues being in the limelight of the public. Add in a health condition the alpha didn't know about and you get a slightly more attentive husband more than willing to make up for his past.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! October 8, 2013
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I loved this book! This is Jennifer Hayward's debut book and winner of Harlequins 2012 So You Think a You Can Write competition! I personally can't wait for her next book. Riccardo and Lilly are strong characters who are on the verge of finalizing their divorce when Riccardo comes up with a deal Lilly can't turn down. Reconcile for 6 months then she can walk away. Read this book and to see what happens. I'm really hoping Jennifer gives Alex, Gabe and Mattao get their HEA.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good debut. October 7, 2013
By Ree
Format:Kindle Edition
A good debut story. I liked the characters and the plot. The writing style is smooth and I can see many good books from her in the future. Some issues were not dealt with. The H does not mention the OG and whether she slept with him or not and the h does not make him aware of the anguish she feels at his kissing the OW. A more frank discussion was needed to clear these issues. But a good story which I enjoyed
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So good November 5, 2013
By jolu
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OMG,this was so good. At first I thought the h was kind of whiny,but everything was explained and I started to like her. like a book that gets an emotional response from me causes it holds my interest and keeps me reading. This book made me cry,enough of an emotional response for me to recommend you read it also. Every well written.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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Published 1 month ago by L
5.0 out of 5 stars muy caliente!
I havent read a rommance book this hot in a long time. The dialogue was, hot, spicy, modern and deliciously sexy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by flirty girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good book,
Published 2 months ago by roslyn gilbert
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm now sold on romance...
Romance is not a genre that I lean towards, but I was given The Divorce Party as a gift and I read it in 2 sittings. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Betsy Eldon
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent redemptive story
a lot of baggage wants packed into this story to show how real love can conquer a multitude of issues when characters have the courage to stay and fight.
Published 3 months ago by Mflan
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable debut
I really enjoyed this book. I'm not a huge fan of 'second chance' stories but this was well done. The H throws a divorce party so that he can get to see his soon to be ex-wife. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sandy Milan
5.0 out of 5 stars A poignant love story of sacrifice,secrets and love
The Divorce Party gives the reader a unique, insider perspective on the De Campo's glitzy Manhattan marriage. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jolliffe
3.0 out of 5 stars it was ok
Very predictable and not a lot of angst. Did not get very involved with the characters and it was not believable why they planned to divorce in the first place.
Published 10 months ago by Vee
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
Good read. Some things about Barbados were not true. There are no private beaches. Writer have to do more research when using settings.
Published 10 months ago by Nadia Waterman
3.0 out of 5 stars Revealing
I think that the character of Lilly was off ,she's so selfish and self absorbed its annoying and it just goes in circles till almost the end waisted time
Published 10 months ago by Viiper
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More About the Author

JENNIFER HAYWARD has been a fan of romance since filching her sister's novels to escape her teenaged angst.

Her career in journalism and PR, including years of working alongside powerful, charismatic CEOs and traveling the world, has provided perfect fodder for the fast-paced, sexy stories she likes to write, always with a touch of humour.

A native of Canada's East coast, Jennifer lives in Toronto with her Viking husband and young Viking-in-training. Her book club of 10 yrs helps her keep the world right side up.


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