Sandy Curtis – The Marriage Merger


This book was an unexpected delight.  I had many preconceived ideas about it based on the title alone.  I wrongly assumed that the book would be the typical rich guy needs to get married for some bizarre reason and then the guy and girl fall in love.  I was pleasantly surprised by the nature of the plot.  The story was fresh and believable.  It drew me in so much so that I completely lost track of time and barely got to my kids’ pick-up line on time.

Jenna’s resistance to falling for the hot rich Braden Fleetwood rang true because her reasoning was based on a thoughtful process rather than petulance.  She realizes, “That dependency can be misread as attraction, but it’s an attraction which doesn’t outlast the patient’s treatment.”  She acknowledges, “I want all the things you despise – marriage for love, children for love.”

In the beginning of the book, the author mentions that Braden is immensely wealthy but throughout the story his money doesn’t play into an extravagant lifestyle used to impress Jenna.  Again, this made the story charming.

I would recommend reading this book.

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Bio for Sandy Curtis

Sandy Curtis writes contemporary romance for Ormiston Press’s Lavish Novels line, and is also the author of seven romantic thrillers published in Australia and Germany, two of which have been finalists in the Romantic Book of the Year Award.  Sandy has presented many writing workshops including 10 days teaching creative writing at the University of Southern Queensland McGregor Summer Schools, given library talks, and been a panellist at writers’ festivals.  She is a member of many writing organisations, and has organised the Bundaberg writers festival, WriteFest, since its inception in 2005.  In 2010 she was awarded the Regional Arts Australia Volunteer Award for Sustained Contribution to the arts in regional Queensland, and in December 2012 she was selected by the Queensland Writers Centre to receive the Johnno Award for outstanding contributions to writing in Queensland.

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