Series: Bound by Gold #1
Published by Harlequin Genres: Contemporary
Reviewed by Vanessa
Cesare Sabatino wants to please his grandmother. However, the only way to give her a bit of her past is to marry one of the young women whose family currently holds the deed to an island that his grandmother grew up on. Cesare never intended on marrying, but a marriage of convenience to get what he wants for another seems ideal to this arrogant man. Imagine his surprise when the dirt poor “farm-girl” turns him down!
Lizzie Whitaker has never felt that she measured up to anyone’s standards. It didn’t help that her fiancé left her for another after claiming she was cold in the touchy feely area. Resigning herself to just getting on with what needs to be done, Lizzie never planned on having a man in her life, just supporting her younger sister and working the farm. When a billionaire out of nowhere shows up offering her the world, Lizzie quickly turns him down. However, she soon finds that she can make more people happy if she just sacrifices a little bit of her life. Besides, it’s not as if she can respond to the handsome fellow and fall in love, right?
Lynne Graham is consistently fabulous and The Billionaire’s Bridal Bargain didn’t disappoint, either!
The Billionaire’s Bridal Bargain was NOT a blackmail-her-to-get-what-he-wants read, but a straight forward this-is-the-plan kind of tale, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Cesare was honest with Lizzie from the start, but he did harbor some beliefs about her that he found were erroneous mid-way through The Billionaire’s Bridal Bargain. He wasn’t mean to her in regards to his belief, but he just felt that given her acquiescence, she may run that way in The Billionaire’s Bridal Bargain.
There was a bit of angst attached to The Billionaire’s Bridal Bargain towards the end, but from Lizzie’s point of view and her thoughts of Cesare, it wasn’t hard to see why she felt that way. However, Cesare always seemed to be upfront with Lizzie and I completely bought his explanation to her. I also loved the advice that Cesare got from a secondary character in The Billionaire’s Bridal Bargain towards the end of the story. Best advice EVER!!