MORE THAN A CONVENIENT BRIDE – Michelle Celmer
Texas Cattleman's Club: After the Storm , Book 6
Harlequin Desire #2360
Contemporary Series Romance
Royal, Texas – Present Day
When a devastating tornado hit Royal months ago, Nurse Julie Kingston joined her best friend and town resident, Dr. Lucas Wakefield, in caring for the injured. For the first time in her life she feels like settling down after spending her adult life always on the go traveling the world to help the sick and injured. However, her plans are shattered when she learns her visa has not been renewed and she must return to South Africa, which no longer feels like home. Lucas is also dismayed to learn Julie may have to leave, so he offers what appears to be the best alternative: they marry so she can obtain her citizenship.
Julie doesn't want to be a burden to Lucas, especially since he has his hands full caring for his invalid mother, but she loves living in Royal. They finally agree to marry, with the agreement that it will be in name only. However, on their wedding night, Julie changes her mind—and Lucas cannot resist her offer. Have they ruined their perfect friendship because of the passion for each other that they gave into? Can they build upon the desire that seems to grow stronger each day? What about the fact that Lucas hasn't told Julie that his ex-fiancée is back in town? Does he still care for the woman who broke his heart…or can he find love with Julie?
While the story of the tornado and its aftermath is the basis for the Cattleman's Club series, in MORE THAN A CONVENIENT BRIDE the emphasis is on Julie and Lucas. They built a close friendship through the years and aren't afraid to share their most intimate secrets with each other, but marriage is totally another level. Lucas was hurt by his ex-fiancée's rejection and thought marriage wasn't something he wanted to go through again. Julie was also hurt by a betrayal, but it's her painful upbringing which has her vowing to not give her heart to a man. Yet soon Lucas becomes the most important man in her life and one she can't live without. Will she face heartbreak in the end?
To all their friends in MORE THAN A CONVENIENT BRIDE, it was “about time” that Julie and Lucas realized they were in love with each other and took the next step in the right direction. What most of their friends don't know is that they married so Julie could remain in the United States. If immigration suspects their marriage is nothing but a sham they'll be in trouble. Of course, Julie and Lucas didn't think that not only would there be sex between them, but how good it would be. Like a thirsty man craving water in a hot desert, they can barely contain themselves when they get a taste of the fiery passion that explodes.
MORE THAN A CONVENIENT BRIDE gets high marks for not only being a sizzling and sexy read, but the tension between Julie and Lucas mounts when she learns about the ex being in town. How will she react? Will Lucas realize that he loves Julie as more than his best friend? Discover the juicy details in the entertaining MORE THAN A CONVENIENT BRIDE.