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The Wedding Ultimatum Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 2002

3.5 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
Book 9 of 53 in the Wedlocked! Series

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About the Author

Helen Bianchin was encouraged by a friend to write her own romance novel and she hasn t stopped writing since! Helen s interests include a love of reading, going to the movies, and watching selected television programs. She also enjoys catching up with friends, usually over a long lunch! A lover of animals, especially cats, she owns two beautiful Birmans. Helen lives in Australia with her husband. Their three children and four grandchildren live close by. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (April 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373122411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373122417
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,916,142 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I know the plot sounds simple and a bunch of other reviewers disliked this book, but I thought there was just enough juice here to get a straw and start slurping.

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.
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... this was not her best effort. I still rated it 4 stars, because even an off-par Bianchin is better than most, but I was diappointed in this outing. "The Wedding Ultimatim" bore a distinct resemblance to "The Marriage Arrangement" (July 2001) in some key plot points, and therefore lacked the spontaneity and originality I usually count on this author to deliver.
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.
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I have to say my thoughts and feelings are mixed on this one. Plot line falls in line with common HQ story line. Heroin comes from wealthy background, now destitute. Hero through one means or another "rescues" heroin by way of marriage and demand for an heir. In this case the heroin, Danielle, has a strong mind and comes across as an independent woman. Though it seems her body is weaker than her mind and she looses the battle for dominance every time.

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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Danielle's life is crumbling around her as she and her mother face bankruptcy. She was from d'Alboa blood line and Rafe wanted her, and he set in action events to get her. Their relationship is very special, even if he does use persuasion she cannot resist for her mother's sake. He is sophisticated and rich but he wants her as his chosen vessel to conceive and carry his child. The plot was good and the growing relationship between Danielle and Rafe had enough tension to keep me reading to the end.
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