Feature book: The Valquez Bride
Theodora Marlstone, Teddy, as she is called by friends, lives a quiet life in the family home, Marlstone Manor. Her mother left when she was young and her father gained custody of her just so he could say he had won. Teddy was never good enough for him; not a boy, not beautiful and then she was injured in an accident and now has a disability, which makes things worse. Teddy has little confidence in herself but is an accomplished artist who draws pictures for children’s stories. The only people that care for her are the workers at the manor and, after one failed relationship, Teddy spends most of her time at home working. But when her father passes away and his will is read, she learns that if she wants to keep her home she must marry, and not only that but her father has chosen her husband-to-be. Teddy is determined to fight it.
Alejandro Valquez is a playboy who breeds polo horses and runs the family estate in Argentina. He too has not had a good childhood. His father had an accident and was confined to a wheelchair. When he was young, his mother left and Alejandro was left with the responsibility of his younger brother. He is a playboy and has been jilted, so these days he has no intention of marrying. He is the love-them-and-leave-them type, fairly serious and he works hard. Alejandro is so handsome that women will fall all over him for his looks and money. There is a piece of land that he has been trying to get back for the family business and now there is a chance, but to get it he must marry and not someone of his choice.
How will Teddy cope with Alejandro? He is a gorgeous playboy and she is plain with a limp, but Teddy is determined to fight the will. When they do meet, Alejandro explains what it will take so both of them can get what they really want, a paper wedding that lasts six months but she must come to Argentina to make things look believable. They must try and act as if it is a love match as neither of them want any unnecessary publicity, so a small registry wedding is what they have instead of the big white wedding Teddy had always dreamed of having.
This is a beautiful heart-warming and sensual story. Teddy and Alejandro learn a lot about each other and the sparks heat up between them. The setting is beautiful and I love seeing Alejandro build Teddy’s confidence in herself and her sensual pleasure. She brings life to the family estate and gets Alejandro smiling more instead of being so serious. The homeless kids that Alejandro has been helping also fall for Teddy. I loved this one. It is one not to be missed and I am really looking forward to the next one in the series, about Alejandro’s brother. 🙂
Reviewed by Helen S
A review copy of this book was provided by the author.