Series: Hunted #3
Published by Avon Impulse on April 30th 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
High-powered businessman Cameron Shaw doesn't believe in love—until he falls head over heels for beautiful, passionate, and intensely private Martina. She's perfect in so many ways, immediately bonding with his little girl. Martina could be his future bride and a delightful stepmother … if only Cameron weren't blinded by his belief that Shelly, the gold-digging woman he's promised to marry, is pregnant with his child.
No matter how much his friends protest his upcoming marriage to Shelly, Cameron knows he has a duty to his children, so he's determined to see it through.
Will he find out in time that Shelly's lying and Marti's the one who's actually carrying his child? It'll come down to the day of his wedding. After choosing Shelly over Marti at every turn, will he convince Marti she's his world and the only woman he wants?
Cameron is a man of prestige, wealth and power. Cameron has worked hard to get to where he is today. Growing up he didn’t have much of a father figure, and when he later married his wife died right after his daughter Emma was born. Now five years later, Cameron knows that Emma will need a mother, and he needs a wife. His current girlfriend Shelley, is not someone who Emma connects to in any real way, and he has his doubts about their relationship. But when Shelley tells him that she is pregnant and insists on Cameron marrying her, he doesn’t feel like he has much of a choice. He never grew up in a home where he had two loving parents, and wants to make sure that Emma gets what he never had. Then he meets Marti, who is sweet and compassionate and carefree…everything he ever could have hoped in a future spouse. Marti plays with his daughter and Emma responds to Marti in a way he has never seen. As the date to the wedding gets closer, when he should be spending time with his fiancee, he is spending it with Marti and Emma. Marti, knew from the first moment she met Cameron, that she wouldn’t be able to help but to fall in love with him and his precious daughter. She knows that Shelley just wants Cameron for his wealth and nothing else. If circumstances were different she knows that she and Cameron could have something very special. But when Cameron continues to choose Shelley over Marti, she knows that he will break her heart soon if she doesn’t let him go….forever.
It has been quite some time since I have read a contemporary, so I was a bit apprehensive, wondering how much I would enjoy the Right Bride. I have to say after reading it I have mixed feelings about it. It starts out with seeing both sides of the lives of Cameron and of Marti. We starts to see Cameron and Emma and the greediness of Shelley-who I really despise with a passion. We see even from the beginning that all she wants is Cameron’s power and wealth, she has no caring toward Emma, and could care less about her well being. From the first page, you see how fake she really is. In the beginning I did like Cameron, he seemed to really genuinely care for his daughter. Marti, is passionate and truly cares about others. She has recently come home from traveling all over the world, she is a talented painter (even though no one knows it). Her grandmother taught her everything she knows, and now the one person in her family that truly cared about her has passed away. Marti believes that she has no one, until she meets a old man (who is like a second father to Cameron), and through a set of circumstances we see these two meet for the first time. Its basically love at first sight theme we have here. Marti deals with Emma so well, and there was a sense of love from the beginning. Even though in the beginning Marti knows that she and Cameron could never be together because he is engaged to another woman, there is still a powerful connection between the two. Marti is by far my favorite character of this story. She could be so endearing at times, and her emotions almost reach out the reader in a very real and viable way. Cameron, I had a really difficult time liking at any point of this book. I realized that his intentions were good and honorable, but in this modern day and age, is it really responsible to marry someone just because she is pregnant? I felt like he was a bit clueless about everything, and didn’t see what was right before him…more so than most heroes. He never had faith in the one that truly cared about him and wanted him more than for his money. And dear sweet Emma, throughout the whole of this book, I fell in love with this little girl, who is sweet and innocent and only wants a mom that will really love her. There were multiple times that this story was so heart wrenching and almost broke my heart, it definitely kept me from putting it down, and it has been a while since I have had such a enthralling contemporary read that pulled at my heart strings so much. So I would recommend a box of tissues to anyone who wants to read this—you will need them.
Overall a emotional roller coaster of a read, but one that will make you fall in love as if it were the first time. A story of love and trust, and learning the importance of marrying the person for the right reasons, and not out of some sense of obligation. A heartbreaking romance that will steal your heart, a unforgettable read that will put you through a battle of emotions. Even though I didn’t care for Cameron very much, there were many aspects of the story that I did enjoy quite a bit, so I would recommend it to any that like a strong and intense contemporary romance.
Shelley swiped the lip gloss wand across her lips, rolled them in and out to smooth out the color, and grinned at herself in the mirror, satisfied with the results.
He kissed her gently and ran his hand over her face, mapping her beautiful features. her green eyes watched him, and in those eyes, he saw the world, his world.