Thursday, October 24, 2019

Marry Me At Dawn (Romano Family Book 6) by Lucinda Whitney {Review}

Marry Me At Dawn by Lucinda Whitney
Kindle Edition, 219 pages
Published September 30th 2019 by Lange House Press 
Source: I received a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.
*As an Amazon Affiliate, I get a small kickback for qualifying purchases.
He’s afraid of commitment. She yearns for a family of her own. How can they turn a marriage of convenience into happily-ever-after?

To Damian Vaughn, image is everything. As CEO of the family business and heir to a fortune, he lives his life above reproach, not wanting to repeat his father’s mistakes that almost brought the company to ruin.

Gabriela Romano has discovered she’ll never be able to bear children. Distraught and still recovering from surgery, she leaves for an extended vacation in the Azores Islands, far away from her family’s prying eyes and the constant reminders of what she’ll never have.

When social services drop off a baby they say legally belongs to Damian, he knows it’s not true, but the media will be quick to judge if the news leaks. Desperate to avoid a disaster, he takes his lawyer’s drastic suggestion and proposes to Gabriela, a woman he’s just met. She has her own reasons for accepting, and as long as she guards her heart, she’s confident she’ll be fine.

But as sparks start to fly, Gabriela begins to wonder—how can she turn this marriage of convenience into her happily-ever-after?

The Romano Family series follows the stories of the Romano cousins of northern Portugal as they find love and their Happily-Ever-Afters. Each book may be read as a stand-alone.

My Review: 5 Stars

I absolutely adore the marriage of convenience trope and always wonder how in the world an author can pull off a believable story in modern times. This author does an amazing job of bringing Gabriela and Damian together and meshes them into a very credible way. Of course, it's always an added bonus when flickers of attraction are immediately present (wink, wink).

As Damian and Gabriela navigate a new marriage arrangement and immediate parenthood, their mutual respect and friendship for one another was admirable, but I couldn't help but want them to discover their hidden feelings for each other and to just fall in love already. There is a palpable romantic tension that set off a flight of butterflies in the pit of my stomach and had me swooning so hard I'm surprised I didn't faint. Be sure to keep a fan handy.

These characters are fantastic, yet flawed, and I loved watching them settle into their arrangement. I enjoyed Damian's family too, especially his Nanna and her unexpected words and observations. I'm sad to see this series come to an end, but this was the perfect rich, delectable frosting to swirl atop the finale. This story is perfect for clean romance readers who enjoy a hint of spice.

Content: mild+ romance (fade to black, some innuendo, swoony, kissing)

Current books in the Romano Family series:
- Book 1- Hold Me At Twilight
- Book 2- Meet Me At Sunrise
- Book 3- Love Me At Sunset
- Book 4- Keep Me At Christmas
- Book 5- Kiss Me At Midnight
- Book 6- Marry Me At Dawn

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