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Contracted as His Cinderella Bride summary Contracted as His Cinderella Bride , series Contracted as His Cinderella Bride , book Contracted as His Cinderella Bride , pdf Contracted as His Cinderella Bride , Contracted as His Cinderella Bride 56e82b2b95 From Penniless Delivery Girl To Billionaire S Bride The Perfect Summer Ally Jones Spent With Gorgeous French Billionaire Dominic LeGrand Was Unforgettable, Despite Her Unrequited Feelings Now Ally S A Struggling Courier And Is Stunned When Her Latest Delivery Brings Her To Dominic S Door Yet What S Even Shocking Is His Proposal Dominic Needs A Temporary Wife, But With The Enticing Promise Of His Expert Seduction Teasing Ally To Her Limits, Can She Really Just Play The Role Lose Yourself In This Tantalizing Marriage Of Convenience

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  1. says:

    3.5 stars She couldn t take this job She didn t want to see Dominic LeGrand again Especially as Dominic wasn t the reckless, delinquent boy who had starred in all those innocent adolescent fantasies a lifetime ago, but a billionaire property developer now A very sexy love story, 12 years in the making This is not a second chance romance because our MC s weren t romantically involved 12 years ago But it s the heroine s opportunity to be with the man, on whom she d had a raging, hormonal adolescent crush Ally is a sweet, industrious and steadfast heroine, working as a cycle courier, to pay her bills and finance her education at Fashion Design School She s an independent 25 year old, who makes no excuses for herself and isn t plagued with self pity.This is the heroine, Ally And her striking bone structure, the translucent skin and those bottomless eyes the colour of a fine whisky, only enhanced by the hint of eyeliner and the lush sparkle of lip gloss, made her irresistible She s had a hard life and she s a little lacking in self assurance, but she doesn t view herself as an oppressed woman or via the lens of the currently popular victimhood narrative She s a doer, rather than a complainer and doesn t expect other people to solve her problems Ally, is a good combo of smart, sweet and thoughtful, without being an undignified martyr type of heroine She s sometimes guilty of over thinking a situation, but it didn t detract from her character arc, in my opinion Twelve years ago, her late mother had been engaged to the H s father The then 13 year old heroine had spent an unforgettable summer in Provence, France where she had bonded with the 16 year old H The hormonal adolescent Ally had been awed by Dominic and subsequently saddened and distraught after the vacation had ended disastrously The subsequent emotional trauma from that incident, had led to the eventual self ruination of her mother s life Dominic is the strong, silent type of alpha male H, who is withdrawn, tortured and sometimes stoic but who still posseses the sensitivity to treat the vulnerable Ally with respect He s the stereotypical charming Frenchman and he often uses his roguish, wickedly seductive persona to lighten intense situations especially when the conversation becomes somewhat uncomfortable This is the H, Dominic Dominic had always been striking, but maturity had turned his boyish masculine beauty into something so intense it was devastating.The blond buzz cut had darkened into a tawny brown streaked with gold, Those sensual lips always quirked in an insolent, don t give don t give a damn smile those chocolate eyes full of resentment and secrets the mysterious crescent shaped scar that hooked his left eyebrow the brutally short dark blond hair that had lightened in the sun and given his brooding beauty a golden glow Dominic, who had been beautiful and bad and fascinating, and landed like a fallen angel into that perfect summer bringing with him danger and excitement The storyline is built around the temporary marriage of convenience trope Dominic has been smeared in the tabloids by vindictive ex girlfriends, to the extent where his future business partners are concerned about the negative ramifications of his nefarious playboy image He s never forgotten Ally she s the adorable little girl who had doted on him and made him feel special Yet he doesn t immediately recognize her, because his insta lust for the 25 year old heroine is not exactly what he used to feel 12 years ago At the beginning of the story, he s just dumped the woman who d agreed to be his temporary convenient wife and he s in a huge bind The OW had been paid a lot of money and gifted with a lot of luxuries, but that hadn t stopped her from creating a cheating scandal and breaking her part of the arrangement, just because the H had stopped having sex with her But, you know how it goesAlly turns up at just the right time and the scheming H realizes that she ll be a perfect replacement for Mira the tarty, vapid hagwitch His decision is made easier by the undeniable insta lust between the MC s The MC s share insane sexual chemistry and are unable to keep their hands off each other The reader can almost smell the lust in the atmosphere, when they re in the same room And the H, shows remarkable savoir faire , for a man living in the MeToo era, because he ensures that he receives permission before he makes his move So you are smart as well as beautiful His thumb glided across her lips and her mouth opened instinctively on a sigh, the blood rushing in her ears If I asked to kiss you, Alison, he said, the rasp of need in his voice both raw and sublime, what would you say She nodded without thinking At first, the shy virgin heroine is unsure whether to throw caution to the winds and sleep with him, since they re not in a long term relationship The bulk of the story is set in New York, where Dario and Megan the sexy MC s from The Virgin s Shock Baby make a couple of awesome cameo appearances It was cute to see them, especially the doting Dario But I would ve loved for Jared, my fond fav from Captive At Her Enemy s Command to make a speaking appearance Ally even receives guidance and assistance from Megan, who recognized the heroine s fashion designing genius and offers to invest in her fledgling design house The MC s relationship is bonded mainly by their sexual connection, but we re aware of the deep, hidden emotional feelings they share, since it s revealed via their internal monologues It s revealed early in their relationship, that the H feels threatened by the feelings she inspires in him He s so unused to these emotions and to intense sexual chemistry they share, that he is grateful to put some temporary space between them in an effort to preserve his self control A week long cooling off period wouldn t be a bad thing at all He needed to get a choke hold on his hunger before he made love to her again Or things had the potential to get out of control, the way they had the first time While not being the best Heidi Rice novel I ve read, this was quite enjoyable especially the erotic sex scenes These two burned up the sheets from the very beginning all the way to the endSex did seem to define their relationship, in the first half of the story But, the MC s childhood backstory drama was eventually dealt with in the final quarter when they re forced to confront burning, unanswered issues It s also revealed that Dominic is than merely an ambitious billionaire property developer He s involved in a special charity that saves street children, who ve no one else to turn to It s a minor storyline that s linked to the H s own suffering as an abused child, beaten, tormented and mocked for his bastardy, by the one person who should ve protected him his late, sadistic father Ally, for her part, saw the fulfilment of her dream to helm her own fashion house In the lovely epilogue, in which the MC s from The Virgin s Shock Baby and Captive At Her Enemy s Command make cameo appearances, the heroine s fashion house Allycat puts on a splendid fashion show The H is right there by her side, to kiss her onstage after they celebrate her success, as she s showered with well deserved adulation for all her hard work.Safety No cheating, no OM and the OW was not a factor because the H had ended his relationship with her before he was reunited with the heroine.

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    ARC provided by NetGalley and Harlequin in exchange for an honest review.Alley and Dominic share a season of time together in their teens that wasn t necessarily memorable in a good way Alley s mother and Dominic s Father had an affair or Alley s mother was the mistress Each parent had some real emotional and mental issues and would not be given an award at all for their parenting skills, and that s an understatement right there Dominic s father was abusive and Alley s mother was emotionally needed and insecure Each watched their parent cause hurt and pain to each other as well as their children Alley and Dominic in a sense were each other s emotion support Alley idolized Dominic and he looked at her sweet innocence as hope But tragedy struck and each went their parents parted and so they were separated Years later, Alley who is now twenty five, is a mail courier she also goes to school part time as she wants to become a cloths designer who has just been dispatched for one delivery for that day The name seems familiar and when it finally dawns on her that it s Dominic she has already accepted the delivery, but wishing she had turned it down When Alley arrives she finds a furious woman marching to her car and in the process pushing Alley out of the way and injuring her Alley realizes then that s the latest of Dominic s women she seems to keep tabs on him sometimes She hopes he doesn t answer the door or if so doesn t recognize her But of course he does He realizes she s hurt and insist she stay dry off it had been pouring and let him tend to her wound.Dominic rose from a troubled and destitute childhood He worked hard and become a successful businessman He s in somewhat of a bind, there is a property he wants to purchase but the sellers look seem to require someone the has a good reputation, not player like Dominic Dominic became engaged for business purposes, but this particular woman had been cheating on him and it made the papers headlines So he was back to square one looking for a potential wife when Alley appears at his door Innocent and sweet Alley seems like the perfect answer to his dilemma and they do have some hot and intense chemistry as well The two play catch up on what they have been up too in life And their attraction is so intense they end up having sex Dominic finds out she s a virgin and feels a little guilt but also finds it too his benefit Alley, as a possible wife, with her clean reputation as exactly what he needs So he offers her a fake marriage in exchange for payment for her school, cloths etc as well as large sum of money She accepts They then formulate their plan for their marriage and how it will work And why not sex as an added benefit since it s so explosive Now this is my problem with this romance , there s not much heart, emotion or relationship development It s pretty much based on sex, that s it I also did not connect with either character as they didn t have much development or depth They live in different countries and only meet when they are need to make a social appearance as a couple Then it s sex and see you next time Dominic comes across cold and we don t really know why he s this way till the last few pages which was out of nowhere and abrupt And Alley, I never really warmed to her at all, she was one dimensional and at times beyond naive now there s naive and then there s I m clueless naive, she was second category The ending was abrupt and the epilogue was okay but not satisfying I need my romance to have some heart, emotion and then sex That s my take on this HP.

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    I picked up this book only because my GR friend Carmen in her review mentioned that my favourite couple Dario and Megan of The Virgin s Shock Baby made a few appearances I like to see the H h s of previous books make appearances I like to see how their HEA is progressing And, I can never forget how Dario s six month old daughter had him all wrapped around his little finger in the epilogue of his book It was amusing to see him here as an over protective papa bear as Megan called him, admonishing her for lifting heavy things a plate with few snack items on it lol when she s heavily pregnant with their twins.Regarding the story and MCs of this book, have to say although Ally did seem sort of vague and Dominic seemed emotionally stunted, I still liked them both somewhat However, I have very mixed feelings about the book It had some really wonderful moments and then there were few things that didn t sit well with me especially the fact it was very low on the emotional level and very high on sex for most part of the book that at times I had to recheck I picked up a HP and not an erotica by mistake.Then I came upon the scene where Ally had period cramps and Dominic treats her to some tender loving care even massaging her feet It completely bowled me over It was the only scene where I felt some emotional connection between the two and reaffirmed to me I was indeed reading a HP romance and not erotica That s what made me give it an extra half star.I like sex in my romances, but I don t want it to be the only defining factor between the MCs, like my GR friend Esther said in her review I would like feelings involved leading to or during sex even if they want to hide their feelings from one another as opposed to just overwhelming lust between them I like to feel that distinction in the relationship between them and relationship they would have had with any other woman and man, although there was no OW OM in this book.Emotional scenes like the impact of Dominic s abuse at the hands of his cruel father that made him emotionally closed off or Ally seeing the scars on his back, also Dominic s guilt all were left for the end instead of slowing building it into the story Ally s mother had been a mistress to Dominic s father which is why they d gone to live with him in France that summer when Ally was thirteen and Dominic sixteen His father was nice to her but very abusive toward his own son and Ally never knew why She didn t know Dominic was his illegitimate son But, she used to stand up for Dominic against his father until the day she and her mother were thrown out of his house and her mother never told her the reason behind it She and her mother end up living in abject poverty and her mother eventually died heartbroken Ally promises herself she d never let any man keep her like a mistress and use her As for Dominic, he d run off from his father s house battered and bruised after a merciless beating and lived on the streets for a while until he d made his way up in life Now, twelve years later they meet when Ally, who worked as a bike messenger to pay for her fashion designing course, is tasked with the job of delivering a ring to Dominic He however had just broke off his engagement to a model because she was caught having an affair with her ski instructor He wasn t in love with her He only needed her to be his temporary bride in order to clinch an important deal.Their reunion seemed so casual and frivolous with Dominic teasingly calling her Allycat as he used to do in the past as if they were casual friends colleagues who met on and off Both fall instantly in lust Dominic also sees Ally as a solution for his need of a temporary wife and proceeds to seduce her She s totally smitten by him and doesn t need much seducing They have sex and next morning when he asks her to be his temporary wife she agrees.After a brief cold marriage ceremony in US they live apart for most of their marriage he in New York, she in London and only meet up for couple of days at different cities in the world mainly for sex because Dominic was totally closed up where personal feelings were concerned and Ally was happy to have him in whatever way possible and didn t want to tilt the applecart by pressing him for than what he could give her So, every time they met he d get an instant hard on and her panties would get wet and they d combust Once was even while watching an opera, another was when Ally was badly hurt on discovering Dominic was hiding something important from her and all set to leave him Barely, had they started arguing over it when he tells her let me love you and take away your pain and she knowing he was talking about sex, instantly sheds her clothes.Besides the sex, the story also took us into Ally s fashion designing business How she started designing her own outfits for the various functions she and Dominic attended, which catches Megan s eyes and when she comes to know Ally designed it herself, she chides Dominic for not telling her Ally was such a good fashion designer He didn t know and was stunned to hear it although he liked the dresses Ally designed The scene between the two couples was very nice, but at the party Dominic finds out from his assistant Ally had refused to accept the alimony money he d set out in the pre nup They argue over it and when they reach an impasse, he decides to use it to set up her fashion designing business Megan too ends up investing and he and Megan encourage Ally to participate in big fashion events Although Dominic encourages and helps Ally in solving business problems like when her suppliers back out, etc he still shuts her out emotionally.Then, after the sex at the opera, he receives a call from a woman and telling Ally to enjoy the opera, he rushes out and Ally, suspicious he s having an affair follows him and discovers he s not having an affair but had gone in search of a boy from the home he d set up for homeless boys She further discovers what had transpired that night when she and her mother was thrown out and its connection to Dominic view spoiler Her mother tried to save Dominic when she found him getting a brutal belting from his father The man hit her and threw her and her daughter out and Dominic felt it was his fault they were thrown out because he d goaded his father and that s why got belted hide spoiler

  4. says:

    Heidi Rice is officially one of my favorite authors of HPlandia from now on.

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    When I picked this one up, Harlequin s Presents line had been on my mind due to discussions in a writers group It had been ages since I d read one of these, and I thought something by Heidi Rice was a good way to return.The Presents line is, as some authors call it, fairy tales for adults It delivers a steamy, larger than life story, with tropes galore Contracted as His Cinderella Bride worked for me I actually enjoyed it a lot than many Presents books because both hero and heroine approached their fake relationship like adults, and there was no melodrama Rice delivered all the wealth and opulence as well as the alpha male without making the book seem old school And this was a heroine who was a little down on her luck, but who had ambition, and a career in her future.I loved the London and New York locations, and I especially loved that the author seemed to know her settings personally They weren t just window dressing The reference to the overcrowded Trevi Fountain on the trip to Rome was also welcome, because, honestly, these days there s nothing romantic about the place From my last trip to Rome in 2016 You can t even see the water There were a handful of things in the steamier scenes I could take issue with we really need some new terms that aren t velvet over steel and bundle of nerves , but I did like how the author subtly changed her terminology when the characters went from England to the United States In fact, I loved that.This book delivered exactly the quick read fairy tale for adults I wanted Review copy provided by NetGalley.

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    Something is missing

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    Ally is a bike messenger on her way to deliver a package to a guy she hasn t seen since she was 13 years old He is the son of the guy her mom was dating Until something happened that led to her mom getting a black eye and them leaving in a hurry Now twelve years later, she see s Dominic again and he s in need of a fake waif for a couple months He proposes a deal that will leave her a million dollars richer at the end of the couple months if she agrees to marry him This leads to them rekindling they friendship kinda and him taking her virginity within an hour of then meeting again The chemistry was supposed to be that strong It didn t feel way from my POV But ok I found the book enjoyable I was a bit disappointed by Ally s lack of confidence At the start of the book she seemed such a fighter, but after meeting Dominic and agreeing to his terms, she just went along with whatever crap he put her through She regains her lady balls by the end of the book and finally stands up for herself I did like the journey that they took to get to where they ended Dominic wasn t as big of a butthead as I thought He redeemed himself in so many ways Good on him for surpassing his awful father s expectation of him All in all, I liked the book and the characters I was kept entertained and while I wasn t enthralled, I did find myself engrossed at times.

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    it was a good story but I didn t like the hero, Dominic was good looking, rich and French but I never warmed up to this character Ally was nice but I didn t care for her either, I liked her better then Dominic but not much They shared a summer when she was 13 and he was 16 which changed their lives for different reasons I didn t care I found Dominic would laugh at the most inappropriate times and it was annoying It had a good ending and when I finally read about Dominic s past I just didn t care any We should have found out a little bit about him as the story unfolded so we could start liking him, but we got it at the end, and I m talking the very end, it was too late I just didn t care any I m giving it three stars because it was a good story, it was just a bit cold.

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    Found this to be an almost perfect take on the billionaire, grumpy i am worthless hero and the heroine who is not quite the weak link but the stronger of the two characters with a lot of fight and determination that might just win the hero over all in all a good plot and a good story line.

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    I loved this book and highly recommend it It was beautifully written Intense, passionate but also tender The Heroine is wonderful A breath of fresh air She is not naive but she believes in goodness She is not innocent but she is pure, in the best sense of that word She is not childish but she is adorable Adorably sexy And what I loved most about her is that she considered situations thoughtfully and then did what was right for her She never allowed the Hero to talk her out of what she knew was best for her She knew herself I enjoyed Dominic He is everything we want from an alpha man I especially appreciated that Heidi Rice made him super conscious of a woman s consent From a humble kiss to made me blush sex, he always checks with Ally first, gets her consent, and then dives in He actually waits for her to speak the word yes not even settling for a nod This is good.

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