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How to Marry a Matador [Kindle Edition]

Ginny Baird
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Book Description

A fun beach read!

"Turns the classic romance plot amusingly inside out...cleverly plotted." ~ Kirkus Reviews
"A sweet, romantic tale that leaves one yearning for a matador of their own."~ InD'Tale Magazine

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New York telecommunications expert Jessica Bloom has never quite gotten things right. She's failed at relationships, and only believes herself to have moved ahead at work due to dumb luck. Her fortunes change when she flies to Madrid on an acquisitions deal -- but wakes up married to a matador instead! While she's held a burning attraction to her handsome business adversary for months, she never dreamed she'd make such an enormous split-second decision. Surely, this is a mistake they can both get undone? Her new husband, however, has plans to the contrary...

Fernando Garcia de la Vega runs a telecommunications firm poised for a US takeover. What Fernando doesn't expect, is its beautiful International Division head also capturing his heart. Descended from a long line of bullfighters, Fernando stands to inherit the family's lucrative estate, if he meets the criteria in his grandfather's will and marries by age thirty-two. Yet, a marriage of convenience was something Fernando was loathe to consider... until now. When the fates conspire to put the right woman in the right place -- at the right time, how can Fernando deny his destiny? His only problem lies in convincing Jessica to remain his bride.

Fernando sighed, worry lines creasing his brow. "You're terribly angry with me, aren't you?"
"It takes two to tango, Fernando. I'm not saying all of this is your fault. I played a part in what happened yesterday too."
He turned toward her with a penetrating look. "That's what I don't understand. Why did you?"
Jess felt a lurch of emotion as he dissected her with his earnest green gaze. "I...don't know."
He leaned toward her with a husky whisper. "Oh, but I think you do."
He drew nearer, his mouth hovering over hers. Jess cursed herself for so badly wanting his kiss. His kisses had been so tantalizing last night, they'd made her lose all sense of reason. And it wasn't just the way he'd held her. When he'd looked deep in her eyes and said that one thing, she'd inexplicably believed him as she had no man before.
"Why did you?"
Fernando reached out and cupped her chin in his hand. "Because, querida, when I saw you standing there in that garden, with that beautiful smile on your lips, I knew with a certainty that I'd have to claim them. That I wouldn't rest until I made you mine."
"It was a simple sexual attraction."
"There was nothing simple about it," he said, brushing his lips to hers.
Jess closed her eyes as her heart stilled. She couldn't let herself do this, but she couldn't stop herself either. His masculine scent washed over her as she felt his palm press into the small of her back. 
"Jessica," he said, resting his forehead on hers. "When I tell you the truth about this morning, I don't want you to believe that anything last night was a lie." And then to prove it, he kissed her deeply, with a skill and a passion that made her lose grip of her wine, sending the contents of her cup sloshing sideways.
"Your sister's riding pants," she said, nearly breathless.
"They'll wash," he said, tenderly stroking her thigh.
"Fernando," Jess gasped, pulling back. "We can't."
He studied her a thoughtful moment as she gazed at him wide-eyed.
"Then we won't," he said with a quick peck on her lips.
She shivered involuntarily in spite of herself. This man had a way of completely undoing her.
"We'll have a little something to eat first." He pulled several small bundles from his bag, along with a small knife and a cutting board.
"While we talk?"
"Of course," he said, handing her a napkin for her slacks. "Then afterwards, I'll let you decide."
"Decide what?"
Fernando shot her a sexy grin as he refilled her wine.
"Whether or not I'm the husband of your dreams."

Editorial Reviews


"A sweet, romantic tale that leaves one yearning for a matador of their own." ~  InD'Tale Magazine

From the Author

Dear Readers,

I'm excited to have just reissued HOW TO MARRY A MATADOR with its gorgeous new cover, and offer it for sale in ebook and paperback at Amazon. MATADOR is special to my heart in many ways. Having lived and studied in Spain twice (in Madrid and Seville), and also having Spanish grandparents (Go Majorca and Galicia!), I'm delighted to at long last realize my ambition of publishing a romantic comedy set in Iberia.

There is something about those Spaniards that is just so... sexy and dramatic. Traditional and bound to family allegiances, too. Combining those elements, I arrived at Fernando, the hunky Matador in my story. He's clearly a guy who could turn an American gal's head. And, typically-in-control Jess is no exception. Perhaps she wasn't expecting to wake up in bed married to him. Then again, maybe - in her heart - she secretly was. After all, she's a girl who's always done what other people have expected. Isn't it time she take a leap of faith and make up her own mind?

I hope you have as much fun reading HOW TO MARRY A MATADOR as I did writing it. The characters engaged and challenged me, making me fall in love with the possibility of love all over again. May we all find our own alluring "matadors" some day. Ole!

With best wishes for happy endings,
Ginny Baird

Product Details

  • File Size: 2497 KB
  • Print Length: 188 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Winter Wedding Press (June 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008FCRUS0
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me November 9, 2012
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This story had a l ot of potential. However there were just too many things that got on my last nerve. I liked the hero altho he was just a little bit into taking care of his mother. And the heroine, what a sap. For someone who was suppose to be on the top of her game career wise, she seemed a bit childish to me. Doesn't know her own mind and then when she thinks she does, doesn't have the balls to stand up and act on it. The best friend got on my last nerve. I really hate people that think they know what is best for you and pressure you to do as they say. Plus she was a lot childish in her thinking process. And she shows up on her best friend's honeymoon and can't understand why the friend is not overjoyed to see her. DUH. I got so irritated at these characte3rs that I quit reading about 3/4 of the way through. Another big issue I had was the hero is from an old Spanish family, generations of land owners. They didn't seem to have a problem with her being a non Catholic!! And then she wants to get her marriage set aside after sleeping with him for several days straight. One, I doubt it would be that easy in a Catholic Spain to set aside a marriage that easy and that it could just be done by showing up at the proper authorities. Maybe you can but I don't think so. This one was just not for me. I like a strong hero and a heroine with a brain and spine. This gal had neither. The hero had the best line when he said that if his bride could be so easily persuaded by her best friend then maybe she was not for him after all. Good thinking fellow.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars ~!~ An enjoyable, easy read ~!~ August 21, 2014
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Here's the short and to-the-point review...
1) It's a very short, quick, easy read
2) I would consider this a "formula" styled romance...fluff
3) Mostly predictable story
4) Storyline digs right in at the very beginning...the H/h wakes up married
5) The H/h are both likeable characters
6) It ends with a lovely HEA ending
Overall, an enjoyable read for those times when you really don't want to think your way through a story, you just want to lay back, smile, and enjoy the read.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sweet but so full of silly contradictions August 11, 2014
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I suspect it’s meant to be the first installment in a series. The couple focus in this one is on Jessica Bloom and Fernando Garcia de la Vega and takes place mostly in La Esperanza del Corazón in Spain.

My Take
Cute and short enough to be a novella at 189 pages. It also has some odd problems.

It's cute in that Jess gets married on a whim — or is it a subconscious desire? — to the businessman-cum-matador she has been negotiating with for the past six months over the acquisition of his telecommunications business.

There’s a codicil in his paternal grandfather’s will that puts a deadline on Fernando to ensure the family’s continuing. And then we learn that the rancho is from his mother’s side of the family while the techcomm business appears to be his own venture. So what he’d be losing…I don’t know.

There’s the disconnect between Jess not having paid attention to her faith for years, and Fernando thinking she’s religious. All interspersed with the silly tropes of Jess telling Fernando she doesn’t want him and then being pissed because he finally accepts what she’s telling him *eye roll*. Then what’s with the scene in the bullfighting ring? Jess is supposedly intelligent and yet she can’t seem to make that mental connection between bull-in-ring-about-to-charge-her-husband and the fact that he probably needs to concentrate on the more immediate danger? Duhhh… Another reason to question her I.Q. is how slow she is to pick up on the Gemini comment.

For all that, there’s surprisingly little conflict. Yes, I know it’s there in Fernando wanting to stay married and Jess not wanting to. In Jess’ own internal debate. But it’s not really there. You’ll see what I mean if you read this, as everything is la-la land.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where can I get myself a billionaire matador?? August 17, 2012
By Cindy
Disclaimer: I won a preview of this book from Goodreads, yay!
This was a sweet little novella. The characters were all super likeable, and I felt that the author reallly avoided several of the cliches that are kind of prominent in romance books. And didn't have to suspend disbelief too much (which I typically find in romance books too) It must be a fine line to draw as an author, because we all want the HEA, and there aren't that many ways to have conflict and tension while still ending up with the HEA. My only real complaint--it was too short, and actually felt somewhat rushed. Especially the ending. But I'd recommend for a quick one-day read to put a smile on your face.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Read November 6, 2012
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This was a great read. It starts off with bang right from the beginning and keeps you wanting more until the very end. A fun and sexy story about finding love and passion in the place you would least expect.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ole!!!! November 6, 2012
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I bought this book because the title was fun. It is a fun book with some soul searching by the heroine Jessica. She wakes up married to incredibly sexy Fernando and has a million reasons why this marriage "of fate" as he calls it should be annulled.
She has never had a man pay this much attention to her in any way and she is very conflicted. Love the writing and it is funny too!
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2.0 out of 5 stars When in Spain...and drunk...marry a matador....
I read this book some time ago. I generally like this author, but this story came across really flat, choppy, and really boring. Read more
Published 6 days ago by zoey
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, exciting Spanish traditions brought to our reading...
Spanish traditions as well as touching on the matador's past and his present family to protect, brings a classic romance to light in today's world. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs.RobertClanton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book good characters!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars How to Marry a Matador
A little to much Sangria and Jess wakes up married to Fernando. Not that it is a bad thing. But then again she isn't sure. Enjoyed the story . Read more
Published 4 months ago by Lynn Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book to read over the weekend
A great book to read over the weekend, because once you start reading it, it's hard is put it down.
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I liked it, although felt that story got bogged down, at times and tiring.
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This was a good story.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Cute easy read
This was a rom-com type of read. This book was like the written story of What happens in Vegas or about the Carrie Underwood song Last Name. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a wonderful fantasy.
Very cute story. It's a wonderful fantasy.
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NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling Author Ginny Baird has published novels in print and online and received screenplay options from Hollywood for her family and romantic comedy scripts. She writes touching, often humorous, contemporary romance about single women facing everyday challenges. Known for featuring holidays and family themes in her work, Ginny frequently portrays the struggles of single parents or others who've given up on finding true love.

Ginny has two novella series, The Holiday Brides Series (holiday romance) and The Summer Grooms Series (summer romance), as well as additional single titles available. She is a NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling Author, a Top 10 Best Seller on Kindle, NOOK and iBooks, and a #1 Best Seller in several Romance and Women's Fiction categories. Visit Ginny's website to learn more about her and her books.

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