A Debt Paid in the Marriage Bed by Jennifer Hayward – Review & Giveaway
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The unwilling Ricci wife…
Angelina’s world is shattered when Lorenzo Ricci walks through the door of her engagement party and demands she call off the wedding–because she’s still married to him! She left the formidable Italian to save her heart, but now, with her family business at stake, Angelina must consider his terms…
In need of an heir, Lorenzo will use any means to reclaim his wayward wife and return her to their marriage bed. He’ll make her debts disappear if she repays him…in desire! The chemistry may be alive and well between them, but can they survive their tempestuous reunion unscathed?
A Debt Paid in the Marriage Bed begins with Lorenzo returning from a business trip abroad, only to be surprised with some astonishing news: due to a slip up by his legal team, he learns he’s still married to Angelina…..over a year after said divorce was “final”. Knowing he should be upset, he can’t help but wonder if this isn’t the answer to a bigger problem. After being summoned by his father earlier, he was told it was now up to him to produce a Ricci heir, due to his sister-in-law’s infertility issues. (It’s not as cold as it sounds.) However, the biggest problem? Oh yeah….he’s still inlove with Angelina.
Angelina has found a spot to escape her engagement party to get a little air. Imagine her shock when she turns to see none other than Lorenzo standing before her. Once he informs her that they’re still married, she has to tell her intended that their wedding is off. She also knows she should have been more upset about that little ditty, but she can’t help feeling a little relieved. After all, no one could ever stir her emotions the way Lorenzo had. Both, good and bad.
What follows is an emotional story where both Angelina and Lorenzo have to face their fears and their pasts. Angelina grew up in a wealthy and socially connected family that left a very bitter taste in her mouth when she saw what it did to her parents’ marriage. Even though she and Lorenzo had explosive chemistry, she couldn’t help but grow to resent him when he became distant when working on a big deal that would take him away from her, both physically and emotionally. So, she did the only thing she could at the time: she ran. Lorenzo knows that he’ll have to do things differently this time around. He’s harbored guilt he has never shared with anyone, but knows he’ll have to face it, not only with himself, but with Angelina.
Once they both realize the love they truly have for each other, both are bound and determined to make it work. There were a few bumps along the way that, in my humble opinion, only made their connection stronger. A Debt Paid in the Marriage Bed is ultimately a story about facing your past, and your fears, in order to achieve the future that you both deserve. If you’ve never read Jennifer Hayward, this would be a great place to start. But, I have to say, if you’ve never read her, you are missing out. You always leave one of her stories feeling as if you actually know her characters personally and you have a bit of a brighter outlook on life. A Debt Paid in the Marriage Bed is no exception. Well done, Jennifer Hayward! Very, very well done!
Reviewed by Vickie
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