Fleeing her very public divorce, socialite Vienna is shocked to find her private hideaway already occupied.
Gruff and brooding Jasper was presumed dead—just like Vienna’s love life.
So her instant connection to him is unexpected, yet completely undeniable…
One night is all Jasper can offer Vienna. The people closest to him always get hurt.
Then scandal strikes, forcing them to fly to Chile as a couple for the whole world to see!
But when Jasper learns Vienna is carrying his baby, he must take things one step further to protect them both…with his diamond ring!
This is an adult 18+ story that may contain language, possible violence, and/or sexual situations geared to an adult audience.
Title: A Baby to Make Her His Bride
Series: Four Weddings and A Baby #4
Author: Dani Collins
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: April 25, 2023
Publisher: Harlequin Presents
My Rating: 4.5
A Baby to Make Her His Bride brings the Four Weddings and A Baby series to a conclusion, and what an emotional ending this was. Unfortunately, Jasper and Vienna bring a whole lot of baggage to their new relationship that will get in the way of the obvious way that they love each other, but love is a risk, one that Jasper hesitates to commit to.
Vienna has been the perfect wife in a loveless marriage for years, but that ends today when her husband will finally be served with divorce papers. If he can’t find her, then he cannot harass her or try to sweet-talk her into not filing. But she’s done. She’ll go off-grid for a while at a home that was purchased in her name a while ago by her brother. She’ll be safe until she can move on to the next stage of her life. Finding the house occupied was certainly not expected.
Jasper has allowed the world to believe he died in a landslide. He’s grieving for the life of a friend who was killed in that non-accident, yes, but he’s also spent considerable time and money to bring the person behind that landslide to justice. So, when his new brother-in-law offered this remote house to stay in he didn’t hesitate. Now, a beautiful woman has walked into his home as if she owned the place… which in fact she did. Now what does he do with this interloper who seems to be carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders?
Vienna’s and Jasper’s romance is full of so many emotions. Yes, I say that about a lot of books, but when a story will reach in and break your heart for two people who have been through so much… I don’t know what to call that except an emotional romance. There is a line in the book, and I’m paraphrasing here but, it’s “We bring a lot of baggage to this relationship, and sometimes one of us is going to trip over some of it”. That statement rings so true for not only this book but for life in general as well. Vienna sacrificed so much in her marriage, and finally, she was just done, and I don’t blame her one bit for her ex is a nasty piece of work. But his actions and his words left a mark. Jasper is devastated by his friend’s death, and he will find justice for him if it is the last thing he does. He is consumed with bringing one man to justice to the extent that he’s lost sight of what is most important in his life… the woman who is carrying his baby, the woman who loves him in spite of himself. He needed a wake-up call… and man, did he ever get one!
Their story was the perfect way to wrap up this series. We got the chance to see some of the couples from the previous stories, finally had answers to questions that have been puzzling, and watched two deserving people find a love to last a lifetime. Hard to ask for much more than that. If you love an emotional romance with believable people facing some hard choices, then this story is simply perfect for you.
*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are my own – good, bad, or indifferent.*
Release date: April 25, 2023
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