by Christie Ridgway

January 2003
ISBN: 0-380-81896-5
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

Then Comes Marriage is a very well written book. From beginning to end, itís an entertaining and engaging read. The characters are expertly developed and do their part to draw the reader into their lives.

The basic plot of Then Comes Marriage is that of a young woman who has recently been through a harrowing, traumatic abduction being coerced into marriage to a reclusive security expert by her overprotective father. Honor Witherspoonís experience has left her determined to find and hold onto that which she hasnít had in her life thus far - stability, a place to call home and people to call friends. Standing in her way is her new husband, Bram Bennett.

Coerced into a sham marriage with wealthy Honor, whom he thinks is just another spoiled socialite, Bram is more than eager to get this marriage business done and over with. As far as heís concerned the sooner he can get out of it, and return to his pre-Honor existence, the better. What does he, a security expert and electronic whiz, need with a debutante with a penchant for short-circuiting his inventions?

Of course, what neither counts on is falling in love. Both have their own hang-ups that they absolutely have to get past before their relationship can become a steady and lasting one. But being stuck inside Bramís home, aptly nicknamed ĎThe Fortressí together for hours on end, leaves them with plenty of time to get to know each other.

It was fabulous watching Bramís walls crumble and tagging along as these characters found the love that you know right from the beginning they both deserve. Ms. Ridgeway gives us an added bonus of a secondary romance within this story. Without giving too much away, I hope, I will say that readers will root for the second couple almost as much as the first, knowing that they're perfect for each other.

With some really steamy moments of intimacy and two love stories that will make readers hearts melt, Then Comes Marriage is a definite keeper.

Reviewed in January 2003 by JaToya.

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