BOOK BLITZ!!! The Reluctant Bride by Monica Murphy! + Excerpt + My Review

The Reluctant Bride
Monica Murphy
Published by: Dangerous Press
Publication date: April 19th 2022
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Everyone’s for sale, including me. One moment I’m the forgotten daughter of one of the most wealthy families in the country, and the next I’m the blushing bride in an arranged marriage. My fate is sealed in my wedded union with a complete stranger.

In public, Perry Constantine is the life of the party. Easygoing. Adored. In private, he’s brooding. Dark. Angry. But so am I. It’s a contest of wills to see who will break in the bedroom first, and while I try to remain strong, I find myself craving the very man I swore to hate.

My husband.

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EXCERPT:

“Good morning,” I say as I take a step back from my mother’s embrace. Can’t linger too long or Winny will say something snide and rude.

He doesn’t say a word beyond a nod of acknowledgement at my arrival. His expression is stern, yet impassive. I never know what he’s thinking, and it’s disconcerting. I’ve learned from that though, and do my damnedest to wear the same expression when I’m dealing with Halcyon business for Win.

Or when I’m trying to get out of a sticky situation with a woman. That happens more often than I care to admit.

“Have a seat, darling,” Mother says, indicating the chair on the other side of Winston. I do as she says, settling into the leather chair that’s more comfortable than the one I sit in at my desk every damn day. “How was your weekend?”

I can’t tell her it was full of debauchery that included too much alcohol and too many women, but I avoid the paparazzi at the more popular clubs to keep it under wraps.

Instead I smile at her and say, “It was fine.”

Winston snorts. I’m sure he knows what I was up to. Wonder if he misses it. If I had his hot wife to come home to every evening, I wouldn’t miss that lifestyle at all.

“That’s nice.” Mother smiles, revealing straight white teeth that nearly blind me. Looks like someone just visited the dentist. “I hear you’ve been given new projects at Halcyon.”

I chance a look at Winston but he’s not paying attention to us. Too busy tapping away on his phone.

“I have.” I try to tamp down my excitement before my brother calls me out for behaving like a hyperactive puppy. “I’m handling all the angry calls that come into the office.”

Mother frowns. “Angry calls?”

I nod. “We piss off a lot of people in this city. There’s a lot of damage control going on. And not always of the—violent variety.”

The knowing look on her face is obvious. She’s just as ruthless as Winston. Swear to God that’s where he got it from, not Dad. Clearing his throat, Winston sits up straight, resting his arms on top of the table.

“Enough with the pleasantries. Let’s get down to business.”

“Winston,” Mother murmurs.

I frown at the both of them. “What exactly is this business we’re discussing this early in the morning anyway?”

Mother clears her throat as well, glancing over at Winston before she turns her attention on me. “It has to do with…you.”

I frown. “What about me?”

“Perry, darling. You’re not getting any younger.” Her expression is dour, as if she’s discussing something that displeases her. “It’s time for you to settle down.”

I snort. So does Winston.

“I’m only twenty-four,” I remind her. “Winston didn’t marry until he was forty.”

“Thirty-nine,” he corrects.

“Whatever,” I say to him, returning my attention to our mother. “There’s no one I want to settle down with anyway, so I can’t.”

“Ah, but you can.” Her smile is serene. “I’ve found someone for you, Perry. And you’re going to absolutely adore her.”

Wait a minute.

Back the fuck up

MY REVIEW:

Be still my heart! The last Constantine man is set to fall. The playboy Perry with all the charm and Ma Caroline’s favorite has been around from the start as a character that popped up in his siblings romance stories. I loved him through them all and couldn’t wait for his story. I do think Midnight Dynasty missed out on an epic story by not pairing him with his father’s mistress, Eva Morelli. How cool would that have been! But that didn’t happen so here we are with him paired with another beauty from a nasty family in need of rescuing. The only problem…the marriage was orchestrated by his mother and brother Winston along with the nasty father of the bride. An arranged marriage to “an angry virgin” from a horrible family. Poor Charlotte is going from the frying pan into the fire. From a evil controlling father to a seemingly controlling husband. But Perry’s a sweetheart especially when he stands up for Charlotte against her dangerous father. It takes a bit for these characters to come out and shine but that’s how this author tends to work. A bit slow and then bam, the romance hits and it’s sexy, sweet and just wonderful. There’s a bit of a mystery around Charlotte’s past romantic entanglement that was an embarrassment to her family and broke her heart. With the guy’s last name I knew who he would be because I’m a diehard fan of anything Midnight Dynasty and with the cliffhanger ending it popped. I guess will get a few answers about the need for the families to enter into this arrangement and find out more about Charlotte’s past. Perry was different than I thought he was from his appearances in other stories. He’s a bit of an uncover rebel, a hottie with a love of danger and all Constantine. Yum! I really liked Charlotte as her personality came out and she turned on the feisty. I’m all in with this romance and can’t wait for the next installment. Loved it!

Author Bio:

New York Times, USA Today and international bestselling author. A believer in kissing. A believer of love.

I also write contemporary romance as USA Today bestselling author Karen Erickson.

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