by Debra Elizabeth
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Unemployed Keira Callahan decides to try her luck at the casino before delving back into job hunting. As she walks through the casino, she bumps into the most handsome man she’s ever seen. When he asks her to dinner, she doesn’t hesitate. As she learns Cade Tyndale’s story—he needs to wed or lose his British estate, her impulsive nature rears up and she agrees to marry him and move to England for one year. What does she have to lose except her heart to the impossibly handsome Earl of Barrett?
Kerry looked around for the nearest cashier window, spotted one past the roulette and craps tables, and hurried toward it. As she passed the craps table, she looked at her ticket again, with its final payout of one thousand and seventy-five dollars. It was the most money she’d ever won at the casino. Tonight was indeed her lucky night. This money would certainly give her some added time while she made up her mind about what she wanted to do next about finding a job. Still looking down at her ticket, she nearly fell to the floor when she ran into something rock hard. Or make that someone. As she began to fall backward, her arms doing wild cartwheels to try to regain her balance, her eyes found the most gorgeous man she’d ever seen standing in front of her.
He was tall and lean, with striking blue eyes and light-brown hair that fell in waves to his shirt collar. Women would kill for hair like that, it was so perfect. He looked like he’d stepped out of a GQ magazine cover; or better still, put him in a suit of armor and give him a sword, and he would become the legendary knight Tristan come to life. A hero destined to make the ladies swoon, and Keira was ready to swoon. He was impossibly handsome.
All these crazy thoughts swirled through her mind as she fell backwards. This tumble was going to be so embarrassing, never mind the bruising her bottom would endure. Much to her surprise, none of that happened. A strong arm wrapped around her waist at the last minute and prevented her from falling. Instead of sitting on the floor embarrassed, she found herself pressed against a hard and very toned chest.
“Oh, my God! I’m so sorry,” she blurted out. “I wasn’t looking where I was going.”
Blue eyes twinkled at her. “The fault is mine. I stepped back from the table without looking. Please accept my sincere apology,” the handsome stranger said in a charming English accent before releasing his grip on her waist.
Could he be any more perfect? Not only was he Adonis, the god of beauty and desire, in the flesh, but an Adonis with an English accent. Her mouth hung open as she stared at him.
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AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Debra Elizabeth is the romance pen name for fantasy author Debra L. Martin. She has been writing all kinds of stories since her teens and decided to finally publish her romance stories under a pen name so as not to confuse her fantasy fans. She publishes epic and urban fantasy with her co-author and brother, David W. Small and blogs regularly at Two Ends of the Pen.
Debra lives in New England with her husband and two kitties.
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The Accidental Wedding by Debra Elizabeth is the first book in the ‘Loving a Billionaire’ series and features marketing specialist Keira Callahan, who is at a low point and trying to cheer herself up on the Las Vegas Strip when she has a fortuitous encounter with Cade Tyndale who is facing his own life-changing challenge. They take a chance on each other, which results in Keira travelling to England and experiencing a life far different from the one she’s used to. Dealing with hostile relatives, coping with the responsibilities of being an earl’s wife, and discovering whether her relationship with her husband can be more than an arrangement on paper will definitely take all of Keira’s determination and require that she and Cade learn how to trust one another.
This contemporary romance has fairy-tale elements and is a great way to armchair travel. It was particularly intriguing for me to read as I had just experienced the wonders the Bellagio has to offer and enjoyed the spot-on descriptions! I was a little skeptical of the trust that is automatically conferred…her to travel to another country with a virtual stranger and him to believe that she was not a gold digger…but the author did a great job of penning personable characters and making me root for their success. I thought the dynamics with Cade’s brother were a little odd, particularly his semi-conversion which seemed out of character with his previous behavior and it seemed to me that money is thrown around an awful lot by Cade which conflicts with the constant search to make more. Despite all this, I enjoyed the vivid imagery and the intensifying relationship between the main characters and the over-the-top lifestyle described. This was one of those lighthearted uplifting sigh-worthy stories that put a smile on my face and reminded me why I enjoy romances so much and I look forward to reading more delightful stories by this author.
A copy of this title was provided to me for review