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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Review: His Fantasy Bride (Things to Do Before You Die #1) by Nina Croft


Print Length: 148 pages
Published: Entangled Publishing (July 11, 2016)

From Goodreads.com: I can’t marry you. You don’t love me.

Two sentences, that’s all Gabrielle Harper left Vito D’Ascensio when she vanished the night before their wedding. If he wants his bride back, he’s going to have to hunt her down and prove his love. But when he searches for Gabrielle, he finds Gabby instead; it seems his perfect bride is nothing but a fantasy. 

After six months, Gabby presumes it’s over, an episode in her life she’s totally ashamed of. But now Vito is back. He’s the one man she can never have, but as desire explodes between them, she has a tough time remembering why they shouldn’t be together. Oh, right, her family hates him, and he’s done terrible things. Or has he? But it doesn’t matter. When he finds out the truth about who she really is…he’ll never want to see her again.

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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

This book had a potential that I don't think was ever fully reached. The plot-line was ok for the most part - but these characters were just too out there. I don't feel as though we ever really got to know them for who they truly were. I think with some scenes detailing their prior relationship (and the events leading up to them) we may have gotten to know and understand these two a bit better. 

Gabby is a character that I could not like no matter how hard I tried. Yes, she originally did what she did because she was desperate (and apparently didn't think to just be honest with her cousin) - however I find it hard to believe that after the way things were left the first time Vito speaks to her they end up having sex. All throughout the book she knows she is in the wrong - in fact her inner monologues reiterate this fact to us numerous times - and yet she still continues to lead him on. Her rationale of "he'll see the real me and will back off" just didn't cut it for me - especially when it became clear that he was putting in a real effort to "get to know her" after she gave him the story of needing to find her true self. 

I also found it hard to believe that certain aspect of this story-line happened (I can't go into too much detail without giving away spoilers), but I can say that the reason they were fighting was idiotic - and there is no way one party wouldn't have known what the other was up to (in terms of business). Some aspects of this plot would have been known to others in the business whether it was considered public knowledge or not. 

I did like some of the "background" scenes (and characters), and despite everything I did enjoy this author's writing style enough that I would give them another chance. I believe that this book will still appeal to those who enjoy steamy scenes. 

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His Fantasy Bride is available from Amazon.com

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