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Marrying Mr. English: The English Brothers #0.5 (The Blueberry Lane Series - The English Brothers) Kindle Edition
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Trust fund playboy Tom English was supposed to marry by his 32nd birthday, or his grandpa will disinherit him. Tom had a fiancee lined up, only to see her elope with her ski instructor three days before his marriage. With one week to go, seems Tom will forgo his millions. Enter Eleanora Watters, a smart, sassy, but broke waitress. Ellie has zero designs on Tom English. He's 10 years older, probably bedded tons of socialites, and a fling with Tom English would only lead to a broken heart, something Ellie doesn't need. But when Ellie's cousin set them up on a blind date and they bonded over books, Ellie agreed to help Tom, and Tom agreed to help Ellie realize her dreams of owning bookstores and a small house. After a whirlwind marriage in Vegas Tom and Ellie went home to present the fait accompli... Only to be tossed out by the grandpa who saw through their scheme. But Tom refused to back down, for he had fallen for Ellie, and now, the two will have to live as a couple, on a limited salary, on their own, when he was blackballed from the financial industry. Forced to take a teacher's position and barely making do, Tom is determined to make something of himself...
While you know how things will turn out (it's not really a spoiler, is it?) the fun was how it got there.
Even if you're not a fan of the English Brothers series yet, this book showcases what Ms. Regnery brings to the writing table. And for those that are already fans -- getting that little glimpse of where the boys come from was so satisfying.
Having thoroughly enjoyed all of the English brothers stories, it’s a treat to get this novella that tells the story of how Tom and Eleanora met. Tom’s a very wealthy man and in a bind – he’s supposed to be getting married, a marriage of convenience, in order to claim his inheritance. But his partner fell for someone else and ditched him right before the altar. Eleanora is a lovely, smart, spitfire of a waitress. She’s wary of Tom’s interest in her. But she’s also thinking long term – and a business arrangement to marry for the sake of money will suit both of them well. So they up do it – getting married in Vegas. It’s supposed to be a short term thing but even after just a few days, the spark between them is strong enough to make them consider a possible future together. I loved the two of them together, and Tom is definitely a keeper! He’s a sweet and generous man, and realizes quickly that while they may have started off this marriage on a lark, the thought of ending it is not an option for him, as he’s falling for his new wife. This is the first of a 2 part story, so while it ends on a happy for now note (and we know because of the other stories that they stay together), they still have some hurdles to cross before their commitment to each other is real.
After the step back into the past, there is an interlude at the end of part 1 which is in the present and has Eleanora with the partners of her sons and other important women in the family gathered together at a party where she has been telling the story of how she and Tom met. But when she leaves off with them having married, everyone wants to know what happened next!
With another step back into the past, the second part of the story deals with the immediate impact of Tom and Eleanora’s marriage and its effect on their circumstances – namely that Tom has been cut off from his family (and therefore the money) and is going to have to find another way to support himself and Eleanora. This is where the real trial of their fast marriage begins. They must deal with the stresses inherent in any new relationships, plus some extra ones as Tom has never been without money before and is quickly learning how the other half lives (Eleanora being an expert spendthrift). But Tom sticks to his guns, that Eleanora is the one he wants to be with no matter the circumstances, and where a lesser man might have given up, he is 100% behind his decision to marry her. I loved the two of them together, the sexy times they share (Tom! You’ve got some moves!) and the tender, sweet moments. Both points of view are told and you get a real sense of their commitment. Happily, the plot moves in such a way that all the conflicts get smoothed out and we are left with a happy ending for the couple. It’s easy to see why their sons have turned out to be such wonderful gentlemen, with parents like these. Both parts together make a beautiful love story. 4.5 stars.