by Betina Krahn

September 2004
ISBN: 0-553-57518-X
Reviewer Graphic Button Bantam Books
Mass Market Paperback

First released in 1983 as Raptureís Ransom, Betina Krahn revamps and brings the story back with a new title, Not Quite Married, which certainly fits the story much better.

Brien Weston has been left alone on the family estate and has managed to learn and take care of herself. Of course her often absent father sees it differently. When he takes it into his head to marry her off to someone of his choosing for her own good mind you. Brien decides to take matters into her own hands and goes in search for someone to marry but who must agree that their marriage will be in name only and that after the nuptials are finished, they will go their separate ways and never see each other again. Little does she know that this agreement of being not quite married will turn out to be more trouble that she had bargained for.

Having rejected his fatherís title and fortune, Aaron Durham is determined to find a way to achieve his dream of being a shipbuilder. When he is approached with a surefire proposition to gain money to fulfill his dream, he accepts the conditions of a marriage, that isnít really a marriage. He can gain the money he needs and help a damsel in distress at the same time. It couldnít be more perfect. Until he actually meets his damsel and decides that it may not seem like such an easy deal after all.

Brien and Aaron are married; they consummate said marriage and go their separate ways. However, when her father learns of what she has done, he rushes off to verify everything that she has said and done only to determine that no marriage had actually taken place, there is no record of any kind to back-up her outrageous story. Therefore, Brien is forced to marry her fatherís choice of husband. A horrible, wicked man who makes her skin crawl. What happens next can only happen in a romance story. Said husband is killed, more villains come into the picture, heroine becomes even more independent, hero comes back into the picture and saves the day.

This is a wonderful story of romance and passion that simmer for two years and then explodes when Brien and Aaron are re-united. Of course they have to go through a lot of turmoil to eventually be allowed to be happy, but thatís what a romance is all about!

Ms. Krahnís characters are wonderfully written making the reader root for Brien, hate the villains and absolutely fall in love with Aaron. The authorís attention to detail also lends credibility to her story. The scenes are truly believable and will make the reader feel as if she is there in the story. The passion that Brien and Aaron share is not only passionate, but also sweet and loving.

I highly recommend Not Quite Married for your fall reading. You wonít be disappointed.

Reviewed in August 2004 by Debbie.

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