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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1517290406
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- Publisher: Inked Press (September 12, 2015)
- Publication Date: September 12, 2015
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- Language: English
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His Marriage Bargain opens with one of the best scenes I've read in a long time, as Sammi proposes to Autumn. It was after reading the excerpt of this wonderful opening scene that I rushed to purchase the book. (If you'd like to read the excerpt, click here: http://twimom227.com/2014/07/book-spotlight-his-marriage-bargain-by-sindey-bristol.html) Something about the way Sammi proposes and Autumn's careful consideration had me completely hooked into the story. I was drawn into their tale and invested in the couple, wondering just how they would end up falling in love and how I would get my happy ending (no spoilers, but this is a traditional HFN/HEA contemporary romance).
Sammi and Autumn are both interesting and genuine characters. Although they come from very different backgrounds, they share a commonality and a similar moral compass, which allows for a believable romance. While Autumn hails from a rough childhood, drug-addicted mom, and poor surroundings, she has worked hard to put her past behind her. She's kind, hard-working, and honest, albeit a bit flakey. She is not ashamed of her tattooed and pieced, sexual body, and will not judge someone based on how they look. Sammi's Jewish, wealthy upbringing puts him in a different socio-economic group with judgmental peers; however, his immigrant father instilled values and a strong work ethic in Sammi. Being friends before lovers helped the pair get to know each other without pretenses, making their romance all the more sweet and enjoyable.
While Sammi may not know the name of his waiter, he won't look down on him, either. He doesn't realize how clueless he can be about the world around him. Autumn helps open his eyes, allowing for character growth and development. However, several times his personal maturation comes at the expense of Autumn's feelings. Ms. Bristol does a great job convincing me that Sammi is clueless to the true nature of those around him, so I am able to forgive him when he makes stupid yet honest mistakes.
I adore Autumn and her tendency to live emotionally, because I've been there. She's quick to feel any emotion - whether love, anger, frustration, etc. She also acts impulsively on her intense emotions, causing some difficult problems for herself. I like that Ms. Bristol creates realistic consequences to Autumn's actions, which also allows for a richer character.
The cause of Sammi's mysterious illness is fairly easy to figure out, but that didn't detract from the telling of the story one bit. In fact, it made it more engrossing in a way - wondering how the truth would play out. I am very pleased with the outcome of this plot line. And in the end, it really isn't the key storyline - rather the driving force of what gets this couple to marry in the first place. The central story is Autumn and Sammi's evolving relationship from a marriage of convenience to one of love.
Overall, I really enjoyed His Marriage Bargain. At times it felt long, but I was completely engrossed, reading the book in just a day. The characters are very genuine and real, plus easy to like, even when making mistakes. I liked that they made mistakes, learned and moved on… and while it may have taken a few tries, they do make it right.
My Rating: B+ Liked It A Lot
NOTE: His Marriage Bargain is the third book in the So Inked series. It can be read as a stand alone (I did not read the first two books). However, there are several supporting characters, and at times I felt a little overwhelmed with their individual situations. I'm guessing that some of their stories are mentioned in the previous two books.
The romance between the hero and heroine was sizzling hot, smoking off the page, and the complexity of them both (full, fleshed out histories which framed their choices rather than contrived traits slapped on the page)endeared this story to me and will have me seeking out more of her work in the future. The 'bad guy' was a bit obvious, but it didn't stop me from turning pages to see if I was right.
All in all, if you're looking for a sexy read which will leave you giggling, falling in love, maybe even tearing up a bit, this is one I highly recommend. Also, on an unrelated note, fantastic cover.
Now comes the really hard part. How does one write a review on a book about the hero dying without giving spoilers? I personally HATE spoilers. Therefore, I do not want to submit you, dear reader, to spoilers. Hence, my dilemma. *sigh* But, here goes.
As mentioned, there were no more triggers in this story than in any other romance I have read. In fact, only one stood out. I found myself shedding a tear when Autumn is in the bridal shop to purchase her wedding gown and finds herself all alone with no one to advise or help her choose. The author did an amazing job of having us feel that aloneness. And an even more amazing job of solving the issue. I cheered with the way Autumn pulled herself together and was very surprised at how she solved it. It was wonderful! And so was Autumn.
I have to say, I really liked Autumn. Even with her horrendous childhood, she has grown into a lovely, strong person full of love to share. She has a few issues still to work out, but really, who doesn't? She, at least, is aware of her issues and is working on them. One of them being, she tends to jump (or run) into a situation without fully thinking it through, which isn't really all bad. It just sometimes makes consequences a bit more complicated to deal with. But deal she does. Did I mention, I really liked Autumn?
As for Sammi, well, I really can't say too much there without spoilers. Except maybe, he is your typical guy. This is mentioned by both Sammi and Autumn more than once. "You are such a guy!" "Glad you noticed." OR "I am a guy." "I noticed." A little clichéd maybe, but it worked. I loved it.
Oh yes! Be prepared, this guy may be dying, but his libido certainly wasn't. There is a lot of sex in this book. In a cabana, on the kitchen counter, in a recliner, and oh yes, even the bed. I would say your basic honeymoon couple. It was sweet actually.
This is book three in the So Inked series, but don't worry. I haven't read the first two either. I was not lost or felt I missed out by not having read the other two first. The author did a good job of telling us what we needed to know to make this an enjoyable read as a stand-alone. That being said, I will go back and read the first two books because I like this author, and I liked the secondary characters in this book and would like to read their stories too, both the two before and the potential two after.
I recommend you read this to find out how there can be a hea when the hero is dying. It is well worth the read, even with some of the more heart wrenching parts and the(in some chases)obvious conclusion. Try it, you might find you like it too!