The Marriage Bargain by Sandra Edwards ~ Review
Camille Chandler is a tabloid journalist whose career is right on track–until her boss sees a curious ad in the L.A. Trades.
Wanted: Single actress for an extended gig abroad.
France’s mega-rich playboy Julian de Laurent is up to something and Camille’s boss expects her to find out what. Who knew the eccentric gazillionaire was looking to hire a temporary wife?
When Camille refuses to accept Julian’s proposal–and secretly write a juicy tell-all about the de Laurent family–she’s fired and left financially destitute, forcing her to entertain Julian’s proposal for real. But what’ll happen at the end of the contract period, after Camille has spent six months as the wife of a man she learns is capable of stealing her heart?
This book is a typical romance novel. While I don’t usually go for romance novels The Marriage Bargain was a note-worthy exception for me. While I find most romance novels to be cookie-cutter and predictable, Edwards kept me enthralled with her character development.
Both of the main characters, Camille and Julian, are interesting and compelling. I like their strong wills and independence. I love how Camille “takes care” of Madeline, her nemesis in the story and is able to hold compassion for her at the same time. **Spoiler Alert** When Julian confronts Camille on her deceit, she really holds her ground and refuses to supplicate herself to him. Even at the risk of losing everything. She is a well written character.
Julian is attractive as her love interest. He is the epitome of everything a woman would want in a knight in shining armor. Even though the marriage is arranged and temporary, he treats Camille like she is truly special to him. What woman doesn’t want that in a man?
My one disappointment with this book is the sex scene. It started great but was over too quickly and anti-climatic for the reader. I could have used a bit more heat. With that one exception this book was a great read. I would even consider reading another romance novel by Edwards…if the plot line was unique enough.