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The Wedding Ultimatum Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2002
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Ok, so there's the aristocratic Danielle d'Alboa, she is the epitomy of a gentile... Well, not really. First of all, after she and her mom landed poor, almost destitute, and all of her so-called-friends forgot her name, she didn't sit around and whine about it. No, she does the most logical thing to a woman, and asks for help. In this case, she asks her landlord for help. Well, sure, I can't even count how many times I've asked my landlord for a short extension when I'm low on cash. Except in my case, my landlord is a chubby woman with the two fattest cats you've ever seen, and in Danelle's case: he is a tall, dark, rich, piece-of-beef hunky with an Australian draw: Rafael Valdez. Some people are just too lucky.
Anywho, Rafael proposes the craziest deal you've ever heard (or not... if you read the kinds of books I do). He wants Danielle to marry him and give him an heir and in exchange all her debts will be paid. What's a sensible girl to do? She has a store and a mother to take care of and so she reluctantly agrees. Ah, but she doesn't realize that Rafael isn't just looking for a pretend marriage, he wants it all: the passion, the loyalty, and the obedience... and that's where it gets real interesting. Two very powerful, yet deceptively composed people, clash in a constant pull-a-rope game. Throw in the glitter and glamour of the Australian crème-de-la-crop, and one psychotic ex-girlfriend, who's in a serious need of some tranquilizers and a large dose of a move-on-with-your-life and this is a book that has made me happy enough to take time away from my busy life to write this review.Read more ›
Danielle d'Alboa, scion of an old and aristocratic Spanish dynasty that now finds itself nearly bankrupt, makes a last-chance plea to Rafael Valdez, holder of their major debt, for mercy. Rafael, new money from a rough background, offers to solve Danielle's financial problems in exchange for an heir; his child will be a blue-blood. Set against the backdrop of Australian society, the plot is well-paced and sophistocated.
I count on every Bianchin I buy to be a keeper, and often re-read her books over and over. This one did not make that cut, but was entertaining. I certainly recommend it as the best of the Harlequin offerings for April 2002.
The hero, Rafael, is a typical tale of rags to riches alpha male. The author indicates several times that the public and social character seen by everyone is not the man inside, but we never really get to see the man inside until the HEA occurs. Before that he is an alpha male who puts his physical wants and needs above his wife's, even when we glimpse that he knows what she is feeling. Doesn't matter if she is hurt, tired or scared. His solution is to dominate her sexually. Yes, he apparently always makes her come first before himself, but he doesn't accept "no".
I like that the author put her own spin on a common plot line. I like that the heroin seemed to have spunk. I really liked that the book wasn't a bunch of internal monologs. I didn't like that the hero was selfish and overly dominate.
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Love, love, love this book. Strong characters with a little crazy lady. A definite recommend read! This book is a keeper!Published 20 months ago by Brenda
Danielle and her mother are in financial difficulties, they will soon have no home. They have sold all their valuable belongings but there is nothing left. Read morePublished on April 2, 2012 by Reader
I agree with another reviewer. This was my third Bianchin book, and I couldn't tell them apart. New character names don't make a new book. Actually, there was one difference. Read morePublished on March 22, 2011 by Amazon Customer