THE MAGNATE'S MARRIAGE MERGER – Joanne Rock
The McNeill Magnates , Book 2
Harlequin Desire #2519
Contemporary Series Romance
Miami, Costa Rica, and New York City – Present Day
Several months ago, the McNeill family was embroiled in a matchmaking scandal (see THE MAGNATE'S MAIL-ORDER BRIDE, out April 2017), and now the hunt is on for the mysterious rogue matchmaker. Ian McNeill's investigator finally tracks down the culprit, and it turns out to be a woman he was involved with a year ago. Ian sets the trap, because he plans to confront Lydia Whitney and find out what her agenda is. To his surprise, once he finds her, the attraction between them is instantly rekindled.
Lydia is the secret matchmaker named Mallory West, but she's not a criminal. The McNeill mail-order bride was an inadvertent mistake and one she doesn't plan on making again. Lydia is currently contracted to design the rooms of a hotel in Miami, and is stunned to learn that Ian is a partner. The old feelings for him resurface, though she tries to resist them. But he confronts her over the matchmaking scandal and blackmails her into marrying him. Ian needs a bride for a year to solidify his stake in his grandfather's estate, while Lydia needs to keep her part in the matchmaking scandal from becoming public. But a marriage that starts out platonic soon turns into some red-hot lovemaking.
A year ago, Lydia and Ian's affair ended badly when she found out he had a profile on a dating site, and she walked out on him. A few days later, she discovered she was pregnant, but miscarried. As an act of emotional revenge, she started her matchmaking service to send “inappropriate” women to him, but she never meant to hurt his family. What Lydia doesn't know is that it wasn't Ian who put up the profile, but a family member who was trying to force him into finally getting married. Ian didn't go after Lydia once they broke up, and that may have been a big mistake.
Ian's grandfather is a crafty old man bent on controlling his grandsons, demanding that they marry if they want to inherit part of his estate. Ian has resisted so far, because he has his own fortune, but the chance to marry Lydia and get his revenge and his inheritance at the same time is too irresistible. But once they go on their one-night honeymoon to Costa Rica, he begins to think about a forever with her. Can he convince her to make their marriage permanent? How will the news that she's the matchmaker affect his relationship with his family?
THE MAGNATE'S MARRIAGE MERGER is part of The McNeill Magnates , and next up is Cameron's story. We also learn some news that sends shockwaves through the McNeill family.
Will Lydia and Ian find a future together despite the odds against them? A wonderful romantic tale of reunited lovers that is both sensual and emotional, indulge yourself by reading THE MAGNATE'S MARRIAGE MERGER.