Thursday 8 November 2012

REVIEW: The Convenient Bride by Jennifer St. George

The Convenient Bride by Jennifer St. George

Publication Date:September 2012
Publisher:Destiny Romance
Useful Info: Goodreads, Author's Website

Sienna De Luca will do anything to save her family's hotel, and ruthless Italian businessman Antonio Moretti knows it. With problems of his own, he proposes a marriage of convenience and plans to use Sienna to secure his next business deal. But things don't go quite according to plan.

In keeping with her part of the bargain, Sienna travels to Venice to be with Antonio, who introduces her to a life of great luxury and opulence. As befits the fiancée of the famous Antonio Moretti, Sienna is given a new wardrobe of designer gowns and outfits and instructed exactly how to behave when out in public. But after thinking he can manipulate her at his will, Antonio begins to realise he has seriously underestimated Sienna, her intelligence, her skills, her courage – and her beauty. Unexpectedly, Sienna gets too close and when she discovers his dark secret, Antonio's perfectly planned life begins to unravel.

When I started reading The Convenient Bride, I really didn't know what I should be expecting from this novel, seeing there where no reviews for the book at the time. So I just relied on the premise of this story and on my gut feeling and I'm glad to say that I wasn't disappointed by this story in the least.

The Convenient Bride is your typical, romantic story featuring one of my favorite tropes in the genre, the one of the marriage of convenience (which seems to be in every romantic title I pick lately).

The story isn't anything fresh or really memorable, after all there are a number of similar books out there, but Jennifer St George manages to make her story stand out with her characters. Because the setting might be common, the story as well, but the characters are what makes this story stand out among all the other similar stories out there. I really enjoyed reading about both Sienna and Antonio.

The character development along with the author's ability to create perfect images of places and buildings in this book, is what makes The Convenient Bride a memorable story for me. Because the author chose to place her story first in Melbourne and later on in Venice and as far as perfect settings for a romantic story are concerned, this one, couldn't be any better. Add to that, the author's ability to create perfect images and I was just left amazed with all the scenery I was able to imagine through those descriptions.

But the Convenient Bride isn't just a perfect setting. Is how two people for almost opposite worlds fall in love and how through that love they help each other overcome their fears.

Because if you consider how small a novel this one is, the way Antonio's character developed until the end of the story is just amazing!

And up until the last two chapters of this book, I was quite certain that it would be a solid 5 star review. But, the last two chapters where just not consistent with how great a book this one could really be. The easy way everything wrapped up in the final two chapters sort of destroyed the awesomeness. Everything was just settled way too easily for my taste.

All in all, The Convenient Bride is a novel all fans of romance should watch out for, one I really enjoyed both for the story and the writing style and if not for the easy way everything wrapped up in the end, it would almost perfect! As it is, it is definitely worth your time and I will certainly watch out this author from now on.

8This title was provided for review through NetGalley

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