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The Billionaire Who Bought Christmas
By: Barbara Dunlop
Published By: Silhouette Desire
Available for purchase here
Blurb from eHarlequin.com:
WIFE TO THE HIGHEST BIDDER
To save the family fortune, billionaire Jack Osland had to marry a woman he barely knew. Getting struggling clothing designer Kristy Mahoney to a Las Vegas chapel a minute after meeting her was no problem. Even though she supposedly loved someone else. Prenup in hand, Jack planned to enjoy his wedding-night privileges, then walk away with the untouchable Osland billions. He'd teach his gorgeous temporary bride a little lesson and have a very merry Christmas. But he had married the wrong woman...
This is my first Barbara Dunlop title... I believe, lol... but it certainly won't be my last. Afterall, I must read about Kristy's sister ;).
After reading the title of this novel, I knew I just had to read it... I just love holiday stories. Especially when it comes to my favorite holiday, Christmas *g*
This story starts out with a misunderstanding on Jack Osland's part regarding Kristy Mahoney's relationship with his grandfather. Jack's grandfather, Cleveland Osland, is known to be a lady's man and Jack is none too happy knowing how the last two Mrs. Cleveland Osland spent the Osland money with their hobbies. Believing Kristy is the latest soon-to-be Mrs. Cleveland Osland, using his grandfather to sell her clothing designs, Jack decides to take things into his own hands and thwart her plans.
An idea strikes Jack as they're left stranded in Las Vegas after a plane malfunction. After a whirlwind romance over a weekend, Jack proposes marriage to Kristy and has her secretly sign a prenup at the chapel.
That night, Jack and Kristy enjoy a hot and passionate wedding-night... but come morning, everything comes to light as Jack reveals his true motives. Will it be too late to make amends when Jack finds out he's made a mistake?
This story had me laughing out loud right from the beginning withBarbara's witty writing. I just loved the flow of conversation between Jack and Kristy and watching how they come to care for each other.
Jack is a hunk, and besides the whole 'trying to save the family by tricking her to marriage' thing, I really liked him and know that he just had his family's best intrest in mind. Though, Kristy doesn't quite feel that way after she finds out the truth.
Now, in the morning after scene, where Jack tells Kristy the true reason he proposed to her, I was all choked up. I just wanted to slap Jack and yell at the book. But Kristy is a survivor and pulls through. And when she gets a chance to get back at Jack you can bet your bottom dollar she takes it *g*
Barbara's writing just pulled me in to the story and I didn't want to see it end. I thought this was a beautiful romance with passion, laughter, and multidimensional characters. You'll fall in love with Jack as you watch him change and grow, and in the end, he must face his fears in order to get the girl. A definite must read I must say*bg*
Be sure to check out Barbara Dunlop and her novels on her website, http://BarbaraDunlop.com... there you can check out this novel and its sequel, Beauty and the Billionaire.
So, check back later for some more updates and as I share some of my recent reads ;)