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Property tycoon Christo Mantazis wants the one thing his riches can't buy--the villa where his mother has lived and worked as housekeeper for forty years. That it's the same house he was banished from after being caught making love to the owner's irresistible daughter stirs up old memories, and now he wants her more than ever. Magazine editor Ruby Fleming's not about to giv Property tycoon Christo Mantazis wants the one thing his riches can't buy--the villa where his mother has lived and worked as housekeeper for forty years. That it's the same house he was banished from after being caught making love to the owner's irresistible daughter stirs up old memories, and now he wants her more than ever. Magazine editor Ruby Fleming's not about to give up her home to Christo, the man who broke her heart--until she discovers her mother left half of the estate to him, and she realizes she's trapped. When Christo offers a marriage of convenience, Ruby knows it's the only way for them to get what they want. Ruby needs a link to her past, and Christo needs his mother to retain her home. But it's another need--to have Christo again--that Ruby must resist at all costs.


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Property tycoon Christo Mantazis wants the one thing his riches can't buy--the villa where his mother has lived and worked as housekeeper for forty years. That it's the same house he was banished from after being caught making love to the owner's irresistible daughter stirs up old memories, and now he wants her more than ever. Magazine editor Ruby Fleming's not about to giv Property tycoon Christo Mantazis wants the one thing his riches can't buy--the villa where his mother has lived and worked as housekeeper for forty years. That it's the same house he was banished from after being caught making love to the owner's irresistible daughter stirs up old memories, and now he wants her more than ever. Magazine editor Ruby Fleming's not about to give up her home to Christo, the man who broke her heart--until she discovers her mother left half of the estate to him, and she realizes she's trapped. When Christo offers a marriage of convenience, Ruby knows it's the only way for them to get what they want. Ruby needs a link to her past, and Christo needs his mother to retain her home. But it's another need--to have Christo again--that Ruby must resist at all costs.

30 review for Contract for Marriage

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sara HarlequinJunkie

    Reviewed at: HarlequinJunkie.com A second chance at love is not always easy. This is the case for Ruby and Christo. After being away for a decade Ruby returns to New Zealand after the death of her mother and finds out that she left half of the estate to Christo, the boy that betrayed her when she was 18. What she doesn’t know is why her mother did that and how she can get her house back. After being discovered making love by Ruby’s father Christo is banished from the house where he grew up with hi Reviewed at: HarlequinJunkie.com A second chance at love is not always easy. This is the case for Ruby and Christo. After being away for a decade Ruby returns to New Zealand after the death of her mother and finds out that she left half of the estate to Christo, the boy that betrayed her when she was 18. What she doesn’t know is why her mother did that and how she can get her house back. After being discovered making love by Ruby’s father Christo is banished from the house where he grew up with his mother, the housekeeper of the estate. Now that Ruby’s mother has left half the estate to him he will do anything to get the house for his mother. Ruby and Christo believe that a marriage of convenience will give each what they want, the estate, a family and security for Ruby and her child. But if they want their marriage to work they will both have to learn to forgive and trust each other. As well as learn and accept the truth of what really happened in the past. If Ruby and Christo don’t learn to be open about their feelings they will not be able to have what they most desire, their HEA with each other. Contract for Marriage has lots of lessons on forgiveness and opening up...an emotionally satisfying read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Tina "IRead2Escape"

    Ruby Fleming dated a guy for a short time, things didn’t work out and they went their separate ways. A couple of months later she found out she was pregnant. When she contacted the baby’s father she found out that he had died in a car accident just a few weeks before. With nothing on her mind, but the baby and creating the life she wants for her unborn child Ruby decides to go back home and make amends with her mom. But before she’s able to tell her mom everything she gets news that her mother h Ruby Fleming dated a guy for a short time, things didn’t work out and they went their separate ways. A couple of months later she found out she was pregnant. When she contacted the baby’s father she found out that he had died in a car accident just a few weeks before. With nothing on her mind, but the baby and creating the life she wants for her unborn child Ruby decides to go back home and make amends with her mom. But before she’s able to tell her mom everything she gets news that her mother has died unexpectedly. Alone, pregnant and scared Ruby has decided to stay at the family estate and raise her child there. She wants to give her baby the feel of family and where better to do that than in her childhood home? Christo Mantazis was raised at the Fleming estate, but not as an equal he was the maid’s kid. When caught at age 18 in a compromising position with Ruby her father kicked him off the property. Ruby’s father told her Christo was using her for her money and her social contacts to move up in the world. Not only did she not come to his defense, but she left Christo with the parting comment that she was using him to make her daddy mad and nothing more. Christo has more than overcome that embarrassing, insulting time in his life. He’s now a very rich man and can give his mother anything she would ever want. When Ruby’s mother died and left the estate equally to Ruby and Christo he sees the perfect chance to give his mom the one thing he knows would make her the happiest. He would have to deal with Ruby one last time, offer her top dollar for her half of the estate and give it to his mom. This should be easy enough and then he’ll never have to see her, again. Ruby, instead refuses to sell her half and he is left with a challenge that he didn’t see coming. Ruby and Christo’s story was such a fun, emotional ride. My heart broke for Ruby as she learned the real story of her family knowing she could never talk to her mom and clear the air. She and Christo both had to deal with the past and re-think all that they thought they knew about the other. They had to learn to trust and love and communicate with one another. I really enjoyed the story and would definitely read more stories written by Barbara DeLeo. Thank you to NetGalley for the loan of this book in exchange for my honest review. You can find this review at http://tinar1121.blogspot.com & http://riverinaromantics.blogspot.com

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer K Jovus

    Christo is the son of an immigrant who built himself a successful business from the ground up. He is truly a good man with his primary goal of making his sweet mother happy. He will stop at nothing to make that happen. Christo wants to own the home in which his mother worked for many years taking care of Ruby and her family. Unfortunately owning the home means he has to reach an agreement with Ruby Fleming, a woman he once shared a teenage romance with. Thrust into a calculating situation by Ruby Christo is the son of an immigrant who built himself a successful business from the ground up. He is truly a good man with his primary goal of making his sweet mother happy. He will stop at nothing to make that happen. Christo wants to own the home in which his mother worked for many years taking care of Ruby and her family. Unfortunately owning the home means he has to reach an agreement with Ruby Fleming, a woman he once shared a teenage romance with. Thrust into a calculating situation by Ruby's deceased mother, Ruby and Christo must work together for a means to an end - an agreement on the home Ruby grew up in. Each of them has inherited half of the home and each wants all of it for themselves. Ruby feels it is her birth right to inherit the home. Little does Christo know how much Ruby wants and needs to retain the home for her unborn baby. After finding out that Ruby is pregnant with her deceased lover's child Christo see's an opportunity to get everything he wants. He offers to marry Ruby so they can share the home while he will get to be a father to the baby he could never have and a provider to Ruby. His mother would even get to live in the home with them where she wants to be and have a grandchild too. Everyone would benefit from the contract. At first Ruby is against the marriage contract. After debating with Christo she reluctantly agrees with his logic, it would be good for everyone. She would have a provider, a home and a father for her baby. But marriage is more than just a logical solution for Ruby, it has to do with her heart and emotions too. What I liked: Even though I do not view marriage as a means to an end or some sort of contractual agreement, Christo honored it. He promised fidelity and devotion and that is what he gave. Christo and Ruby are good together; they handle each other and compliment each other. A seemingly perfect combination if they could only trust each other after the painful past they have suffered. I liked that Christo was full of surprises and in his own way has been there for Ruby for the many years they were separated. He is able to offer closure and knowledge on her painful family past and is truly a modern day knight in shining armor. I like that Ruby stood firm in her convictions and challenged Christo. What I didn't like: I felt like Christo and Ruby, as strong willed, passionate and determined individuals, would have had at least one volatile moment. After years of regret, anger and mourning some spark of ignitable passion and starvation for their lovers touch would have caused an argument. Instead they were polite. Yes there were heated conversations but I wanted more and I myself felt restrained while reading these moments. Don't get me wrong there was plenty of physical response that left no question on the attraction between the two - but the emotional connection is what I wanted. I suppose it's the mark of a good author to leave me wanting more of the characters they brilliantly create. But I really felt Contract for Marriage could have been longer. I wanted more of Christo and Ruby just being them, talking and getting to know each other again. Would I buy this book? Yes, even though I wanted more, Contract for Marriage satisfied, entertained and moved me. Who do I recommend this book to? Lovers of contemporary romance and fans of an unlikely knight in shining armor would enjoy this book. This is an adult book with adult situations, suitable for ages 18 and up. I give Barbara DeLeo's Contract for Marriage four skulls', it is a definite read and worth the 2.99 to buy it. While the story was complete and finished, I wanted and felt that the characters had more stories to tell.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Gloria Antypowich

    Frankly I was totally seduced by the story plot, the characters of Christos and Ruby, and the high level of sexual tension that crackled between them. Ten years have passed when her mother dies and a pregnant Ruby comes back to New Zealand to claim her old home; the property that has been in the family for generations; the birthright that she passionately desires to hand down to her child. Many things have changed in her absence. Her teenaged lover, Christos, is no longer the house keeper's povert Frankly I was totally seduced by the story plot, the characters of Christos and Ruby, and the high level of sexual tension that crackled between them. Ten years have passed when her mother dies and a pregnant Ruby comes back to New Zealand to claim her old home; the property that has been in the family for generations; the birthright that she passionately desires to hand down to her child. Many things have changed in her absence. Her teenaged lover, Christos, is no longer the house keeper's poverty stricken son. Driven by anger at Ruby's perceived betrayal and the need to prove to the world, especially Ruby's arrogant father, that he was more than a mere servants son, he has worked hard, making good decisions and become one of the richest men in New Zealand. Ten years earlier, Ruby's father had banned him from this house when he discovered he and Ruby were lovers. It was beneath his social status to have his daughter dating the son of the hired help. Now he plans to defy his youthful social standing and make the house his own. To her shock, Ruby learns that half of the home she assumed would be hers is owned by the one man who broke her heart. He thinks he can just pay her out and get rid of her but he has no idea how much she wants to share the foundation of her roots with her child. When Christos realizes that money won't sway her, he comes up with the idea of a marriage contract. They will share the house, sleep in their own rooms and he will take on the responsibility of her child. Betrayal and broken trust sabotage this contract before it is signed; the signatures on the paper seal a deal for a marriage of convenience between two people who have vowed to never trust each other again, and never open their hearts to love. While they cannot fight their sexual chemistry, they both know that sex between consenting adults is just sex and does not equate love. Can they keep their hearts out of it? They are both determined that they will. I totally enjoyed the read and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a fast paced romantic read. (PS--this is not a vagina pounder; it is very sensuous and steamy. Perfectly done!)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Happy

    A cute, quick read! I liked the premise of the story and would have given it a higher rating, but just didn't connect with the characters. Especially Christo Mantazis, the hero. He had the makings of an alpha male that I wanted to love, but it fell short and I just couldn't connect with him no matter how much I really wanted to. As for Ruby Fleming, I liked her, but wanted her to stand up for herself more and unfortunately at times she came across as weak. Christo and Ruby have known each other A cute, quick read! I liked the premise of the story and would have given it a higher rating, but just didn't connect with the characters. Especially Christo Mantazis, the hero. He had the makings of an alpha male that I wanted to love, but it fell short and I just couldn't connect with him no matter how much I really wanted to. As for Ruby Fleming, I liked her, but wanted her to stand up for herself more and unfortunately at times she came across as weak. Christo and Ruby have known each other since they were kids. They grew up together in Ruby's family home, while Christo's mother took care of the Fleming family. They had a brief love affair as teenagers that ended very badly, causing Ruby to leave her New Zealand homeland and start a new life in New York. 10 years later Ruby is brought back to the family home due to her mother's death. She wants her home back, now that she is pregnant, alone and knowing that this is her child's birthright. Only to find out that her mother left the home to both herself and Christo. Christo wants the only home his mother has ever been happy in and willing to do almost anything to get it for her. So what Christo thinks will be an easy transaction with Ruby turns out to be anything but, since Ruby wants the house as equally bad. During this time trying to figure out a solution, feelings and mutual attraction surface. They come to find out that the demise of their relationship so long ago was due to lack of trust and Ruby's manipulative father. Still not able to trust each other, but each wanting the house, Christo comes up with a marriage contract. A contract that would be perfect for the both of them. Christo gets the house, to be a father, a happy mother and in some ways Ruby. Ruby gets the security she wants for her and her child, plus the house. This is perfect right?? What more could they ask for? The marriage contract is more of a business deal with benefits and Ruby quickly realizes that this is not what she wants! She wants a trusting and loving relationship for herself and her child. She wants this with Christo, but is he willing to let the past go and be able to trust and love Ruby again? If you are looking for a cute read on a rainy day then this would great! I give this book 2.5 stars.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Janna Mashburn

    Ruby's mother has passed away and she has returned to her childhood home for the funeral. Ruby is pregnant and the father of her baby is deceased. She plans to stay and raise her baby in her family's home. Christo, her mothers housekeeper's son and the man Ruby once fell in love with, returns only to let her know half of the estate was left to him, and he has no plans of giving up his portion. Christo feels his mother deserves to live there, since it was her home, too. After finding out Ruby is Ruby's mother has passed away and she has returned to her childhood home for the funeral. Ruby is pregnant and the father of her baby is deceased. She plans to stay and raise her baby in her family's home. Christo, her mothers housekeeper's son and the man Ruby once fell in love with, returns only to let her know half of the estate was left to him, and he has no plans of giving up his portion. Christo feels his mother deserves to live there, since it was her home, too. After finding out Ruby is pregnant, Christo offers her marriage, and a place to raise her baby with a father, and grandmother. While reading this story, I thought to myself that if I was Ruby you probably wouldn't have to twist my arm into that situation, sounds like a pretty nice deal. Not to mention Christo is the complete package- tall, dark, and handsome and he has more money than he knows what to do with. The sexual tension is present from the moment Ruby and Christo reunite. Ruby is not happy with her predicament, and she is not sure if she can risk her heart once again with Christo. As I got to know the characters and background story a little more, I understood Ruby's stubbornness and hesitance. The writing and plot are unique and the author's use of imagery was sharp and captivating. I wish there was a little more character development, maybe a flashback or two to let you know how more about what actually happened from both Ruby and Christos' POV. This book is perfect for anyone looking for a refreshing romance with a unique story. It will not disappoint!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer (random jendsmit)

    So... first off - the cover - LOVE IT! After you read the story you will love it so much more! =) Moving on... these characters - they have a really nice depth to them. I really liked the conflict shown between Ruby and Christo. I loved that they had a past that neither really wanted to face or talk about or even face within themselves. I thought how they were brought together again after a decade was sad but really good. It was all very believable and made the rest of the story really work well. So... first off - the cover - LOVE IT! After you read the story you will love it so much more! =) Moving on... these characters - they have a really nice depth to them. I really liked the conflict shown between Ruby and Christo. I loved that they had a past that neither really wanted to face or talk about or even face within themselves. I thought how they were brought together again after a decade was sad but really good. It was all very believable and made the rest of the story really work well. The pace was ok - There was a lot of information about what happened in the past, which was necessary, but you know me... I'm special and want to know all that stuff but I really want all of it happen right away. When these two get together - albeit really odd circumstances but - it was amazing! They are so perfect for each other and once they come back together physically you can totally see it. I loved Ruby's pigheadedness regarding her baby and the same quality shown in Christo was nice but OMG I wanted to hit him at the doctor's office. SERIOUSLY - just wanted to hit him. I obviously totally loved and sympathized with Ruby... up until the very end! I really related to her. Anyway... that's about all I really have to say - but I really enjoyed this book and I really enjoyed the characters in it! So go out and buy your copy right now!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    What a cute story! While Contract for Marriage was fairly predictable, it had an addictive quality that had me reading straight through in one sitting. I really loved the characters. Ruby and Christo were both great, and I just adored Stella and all of Ruby's family. They were all such a joy to read about. I was sad when this one ended as I wanted the story to just continue :) Barbara DeLeo is an author I'm anxious to see more from. What a cute story! While Contract for Marriage was fairly predictable, it had an addictive quality that had me reading straight through in one sitting. I really loved the characters. Ruby and Christo were both great, and I just adored Stella and all of Ruby's family. They were all such a joy to read about. I was sad when this one ended as I wanted the story to just continue :) Barbara DeLeo is an author I'm anxious to see more from.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    I knew it was a wise idea to wait for a holiday weekend to read this book. You won't want to be interrupted when you step inside the world of Ruby and Christo. Barbara De Leo paints such a rich picture of the Auckland-based romance, that you almost feel the Summer breeze and the hot, humid nights she describes as the passionate characters re-enter one another's lives. There was such detail in the story, yet room for your imagination too! I can't wait to read the next book! I knew it was a wise idea to wait for a holiday weekend to read this book. You won't want to be interrupted when you step inside the world of Ruby and Christo. Barbara De Leo paints such a rich picture of the Auckland-based romance, that you almost feel the Summer breeze and the hot, humid nights she describes as the passionate characters re-enter one another's lives. There was such detail in the story, yet room for your imagination too! I can't wait to read the next book!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Nancy

    A really great love story about seconds chances and learning to trust and love unconditionally. Ruby Fleming has grown up since dating Christo and in the process learns about her parents love story and what she wants for her love story. Christo Mantazis was hurt by Ruby, but neither can forget the awful way the relationship ended years earlier. Due to the death and will of Ruby's mother, she and Christo's must make some life decisions to find their happy ever after. A really great love story about seconds chances and learning to trust and love unconditionally. Ruby Fleming has grown up since dating Christo and in the process learns about her parents love story and what she wants for her love story. Christo Mantazis was hurt by Ruby, but neither can forget the awful way the relationship ended years earlier. Due to the death and will of Ruby's mother, she and Christo's must make some life decisions to find their happy ever after.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Margie Stewart

    A MUST READ! A stunning debut book. Loved it! A deep, emotional read full of passion and heat. I easily attached myself to Ruby and adored being inside Christo's head. His alpha point of view is beautifully written. Couldn't put this book down! Looking forward to all Ms DeLeo's books. A MUST READ! A stunning debut book. Loved it! A deep, emotional read full of passion and heat. I easily attached myself to Ruby and adored being inside Christo's head. His alpha point of view is beautifully written. Couldn't put this book down! Looking forward to all Ms DeLeo's books.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    This was a great book! I enjoyed the way the author was able to understand the emotions of the young pregnant woman. She hit the mood changes pretty well. I was crying like a baby by the end of this! I highly recommend it!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Tim Jeffcott

    Very well written. The tension and intrigue were maintained until the last moment. Powerful characters and evocative imagery. A brilliant debut.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Shelly Bell

    I really liked both characters and understood why they both hesitated in trusting the other. I read it in one sitting because I couldn't put it down! I really liked both characters and understood why they both hesitated in trusting the other. I read it in one sitting because I couldn't put it down!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Romancing the Book

    Reviewed by: Maria Book provided by: Publisher Review originally posted at Romancing the Book An arranged marriage is a great idea, right? Both parties have their eyes wide open about what they’re getting into. Their brains aren’t clouded by unnecessary emotions. It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement. They know they’ll enjoy great sex because they had a hot affair together as teenagers (well this couple did, anyway). That’s always a bonus. Each has something the other wants. She gets a father and Reviewed by: Maria Book provided by: Publisher Review originally posted at Romancing the Book An arranged marriage is a great idea, right? Both parties have their eyes wide open about what they’re getting into. Their brains aren’t clouded by unnecessary emotions. It’s a mutually beneficial arrangement. They know they’ll enjoy great sex because they had a hot affair together as teenagers (well this couple did, anyway). That’s always a bonus. Each has something the other wants. She gets a father and family security for the baby she’s carrying. She also gets to live in the house she grew up in, providing her baby with a family heritage and a connection with its roots. And him? He gets a daughter-in-law for his mother and a child for himself which a childhood illness has left him unable to get for himself. As Christo says himself., ‘everyone is a winner.’ But are they? Ruby has her doubts. Very serious doubts.Yes, Christo is the ideal man to give her everything she needs. The problem is that there has to be something more, just a little bit more, to turn a marriage from a cold contract into something special. And, unfortunately for Ruby, it’s just not there. Christo has come along way from being the son of the family servant which he once was, but the trouble is, he now thinks that his money can buy everything. And Ruby is here to tell him that it takes more than money and a neat arrangement to win her, her heart and her child. That’s the message which this story delivers. It’s also Ruby’s story of discovery, the discovery of what her family was really like, how her father wasn’t the ideal which she had him made out to be. How her mother suffered and how she’d misjudged her. Many people unnecessarily idolize (or maybe idealize?) their families, especially their parents, when they reminisce about the golden days of their childhood. That’s because we tend to hide the harsh realities from our children if we love them, wanting to spare them pain. But revisiting the scenes of our childhood and reliving our childhood can be like a wake up call to the harsh realities of our existence. Especially about the sacrifices which our parents may have made for our sake. Once the veil is removed from our eyes, we begin to see things in a very different way. A saintly father and a wicked mother can become a deceptive father and a misunderstood mother if the lighting is changed and the insight is different. Ruby, on the brink of motherhood herself, starts to see her parents in their true colors albeit in hindsight. It is a learning process which changes her outlook significantly. It is now too late to meet her recently deceased mother, but still, in meeting her mother’s relatives and being with the woman who served her mother in her last days, she feels connected to the memory of her mother and finds peace through that. The desire to bring her child into this world and to bring up this child in her mother’s house becomes stronger as a result of this. The need to live her life on her own terms and not to live with regrets becomes stronger and deeper than ever. This story is set in Auckland, New Zealand. The connection with the United States is through Ruby’s having lived in New York for a decade, working in the publishing industry. There are absolutely no scenes in the United States, we don’t even get a glimpse of it when Ruby returns there for a few days to settle her affairs before coming to settle in New Zealand. The entire story is concentrated in Auckland. Likewise, Ruby never seems to spare a thought for her late boyfriend, the man who made her pregnant. There is simply a reference to him as being a short term partner who was killed in a sudden accident before Ruby’s pregnancy was even confirmed. He is a necessary shadow in the story, but never referred to beyond his role as the father of the child. His death doesn’t seem to have affected Ruby in a negative way at all. I must confess, I found this a little strange. The loss which affects Ruby primarily is the loss of the parents, in particular, her mother. One wonders also, why she never returned to New Zealand after the death of her father. She returned when her widowed mother was ill, but returned in time to bury her Her mother’s death and father’s death seem quite unconnected and were not accidental. The relationship between Ruby and Christo is given the main prominence. There is back story which is revealed as the story unfolds. It is a reunion story, and like many, the shoe is on the other foot at reunion time. Ruby, despite her English background on her father’s side, is the daughter of an Italian mother. Christo was the son of Stella, the Greek housekeeper. Ruby’s family was gentry. Christo, the son of a separated immigrant mother came nowhere near their social status. Ruby’s father’s discovery of their affair and Christo’s subsequent banishment from the house acts as the catalyst which changes the lives of both Ruby and Christo. Ruby buys into her father’s lie that Christo was using their relationship to advance socially and claims that she used Christo to annoy her father. She subsequently leaves home. Christo comes across as an amazing man, a prodigy almost. Being the son of a penniless immigrant woman, he grows up without a father, comes out winning from a bout of childhood cancer and his banishment from Ruby’s house causes him to work hard and make something of himself. He becomes the richest man in New Zealand. Although this story is a romance in the traditional sense, with the promise of the happy ever after, you find yourself turning the pages to see if that HEA will happen. Or how the author makes it happen. Will Ruby be able to show Christo that in fact money can not buy everything, love included? Will he learn his lesson on time? Ruby is a woman who doesn’t just settle for things. She wants it all. The perfect solution and the love as well. She’s perfectly right. I liked this author and look forward to her subsequent work.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I really enjoyed this book. I loved that it took place in New Zealand, a place I don't typically read stories about...it was a nice change of pace. I found the concept of this, a 'contract' of marriage, so to speak, to save a house, a bit far fetched. But, hey, it's a book, where anything is possible. I was still able to enjoy it. I found that the pace of events seemed to move a bit fast for my liking, but other than that, I really enjoyed this story. I loved the chemistry, the heat, the passion I really enjoyed this book. I loved that it took place in New Zealand, a place I don't typically read stories about...it was a nice change of pace. I found the concept of this, a 'contract' of marriage, so to speak, to save a house, a bit far fetched. But, hey, it's a book, where anything is possible. I was still able to enjoy it. I found that the pace of events seemed to move a bit fast for my liking, but other than that, I really enjoyed this story. I loved the chemistry, the heat, the passion that developed between Ruby and Christo. I loved watching them fall in love with each other, and then suddenly seeing it themselves. I loved the scene at the ultrasound...I remember the feelings and thoughts my husband and I had when we had ours with our daughter. I wanted to throw something heavy at Christo at a few points...the control he exerted, the rigidity he showed, but then I wanted to give him a hug at the same time. I wanted to strangle Ruby when she would fight what was so obviously happening to her--the love that was growing inside her. What a fun story!! I'm very appreciative for the opportunity to read this!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Desere

    Reviewed by Desere Pregnant and alone is a terrible feeling for any woman no matter the circumstances. But when you at least have somewhere to go then it shines a light on the situation. But when you reach your destination and a arrogant man from your past shows up out of no where and insists the is buying the property , what else can a girl do but fight! This was a real fun story with lots of emotion and conflict. I liked the idea that the characters knew each other from a long time ago and that t Reviewed by Desere Pregnant and alone is a terrible feeling for any woman no matter the circumstances. But when you at least have somewhere to go then it shines a light on the situation. But when you reach your destination and a arrogant man from your past shows up out of no where and insists the is buying the property , what else can a girl do but fight! This was a real fun story with lots of emotion and conflict. I liked the idea that the characters knew each other from a long time ago and that they had a little thing going before they were caught. I also loved that our hero is the kind to have fought his way to the top and is now ready to fight for more after years of being mistreated simply because he was the maid’s son. The read was a quick one but very enjoyable. I would recommend anyone to read this as it gave a nice little spin on the lovers reunited element. 4/5 star review

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shilpa Mudiganti

    I expected more from this book. It read like any other harlequin book which is not what I expected. The sensuality was good in the book, but what kept irritating me the whole time is the sexual sparks that were very wrong under such stressful emotional days the story is set in, plus, the hero pretty manipulated the heroine all the time. And oh, not to forget, he is in to every virtue you can think of - right from caring for his mother to charity. Well...unfortunately I couldn't enjoy the book. I I expected more from this book. It read like any other harlequin book which is not what I expected. The sensuality was good in the book, but what kept irritating me the whole time is the sexual sparks that were very wrong under such stressful emotional days the story is set in, plus, the hero pretty manipulated the heroine all the time. And oh, not to forget, he is in to every virtue you can think of - right from caring for his mother to charity. Well...unfortunately I couldn't enjoy the book. I will however try to read more of the author.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melissa Maxwell

    I really enjoyed the story a lot. Ruby and Cristo were lovers separated by circumstances not of their doing but when her mother tries to bring them together in death will they be able to forgive or have they lost all hope a true happiness. I loved how the story played out because there were unexpected surprises that left me smiling. Pick up this book it is worth the read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Ann

    Another book I edited for Entangled. Of course, I loved it. :) Adding it to my list to keep track of my yearly book count. No rating, since that would bias the system.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    3.5 stars This debut novel has Barbara DeLeo off on the right foot! The characters were likable and the plot interesting. Easy read for a lazy Saturday or Sunday.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kylie

    I really enjoyed this one. The characters were really believable and even though the situation was pretty out of the ordinary I could still believe that they both wanted the house so much.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Loved this book. Will definitely be reading more by this author.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Candace Ransome

    Loved the story of Ruby and Christo. Ruby stood her ground!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kay

    Typical 80's style romance. Typical 1980's Mills and Boon style romance. They both own an equal share of a house. He does what he wants and orders her about. She goes along blindly. Her wish is to live in the house as it was when she grew up, her families legacy. When she's away Christo goes ahead and packs her mother's belongings and redesigns her mother's room. In reality, he takes away her reasons for being there. Yet the so called strong New York business woman says very little and meekly goe Typical 80's style romance. Typical 1980's Mills and Boon style romance. They both own an equal share of a house. He does what he wants and orders her about. She goes along blindly. Her wish is to live in the house as it was when she grew up, her families legacy. When she's away Christo goes ahead and packs her mother's belongings and redesigns her mother's room. In reality, he takes away her reasons for being there. Yet the so called strong New York business woman says very little and meekly goes along with it. For a couple with an equal share and partnership, I'm yet to find what was her half exactly and any redeeming features in Christo. I loved the blurb and was looking forward to this story but found little real connection between this couple and didn't like Christo. At least in the likes of 50 Shades Ana had a will of her own and used it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    judy gardner

    Beautifully Written Romance This was an amazing storyline with lots of wonderful emotion and a great storyline. I enjoyed the pace of this book and how the author developed the romance between the two characters. The story had just the right amount of romance and I enjoyed the dual point of view from both characters, it added so much to this story. Definitely a five star rating for this book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gskm

    Not my cup of tea I just could not get excited about this one. Read half of it and gave up. That is rare for me. It had promise but he seemed too wimpy, her too whiny and not enough spark between the two of them to get a fire lit. Sad. I like the premise of the story just not the follow through.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Eileen Gernet

    Deeper than expected Besides being a good romantic story, other issues were covered in this book. It's true that every single parent doesn't find a wealthy person to take care of them, but wealth is in the eye of the beholder. Deeper than expected Besides being a good romantic story, other issues were covered in this book. It's true that every single parent doesn't find a wealthy person to take care of them, but wealth is in the eye of the beholder.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Phyllis H. Pajka

    I liked this book a lot. It's story was interesting and did not become dull and drag at any time. I think you would get a lot of enjoyment from reading this book and I hope you choose to do so. I liked this book a lot. It's story was interesting and did not become dull and drag at any time. I think you would get a lot of enjoyment from reading this book and I hope you choose to do so.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Celina

    3,5 stars. I honestly don't know what to think about it. 3,5 stars. I honestly don't know what to think about it.

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