Friday, November 23, 2012

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Who agrees to an arranged marriage in the 21st century? Beth Malone can’t believe a date request with the 1Night Stand service morphed into an arranged marriage offer. But after a heartbreaking divorce and no knight in shining armor coming to sweep her off her feet, her desire to find that knight and have a family is looking more like a dream than a reality.

After filling out a 1Night Stand questionnaire worthy of the CIA, Christian Ramos is stunned when Madame Eve offers to arrange more than a date for one night: she suggests a wife! What the hell? After his best friend Jackson Castillo stops laughing, he advises him to consider the offer. Between the fortieth birthday looming on the horizon and his Latino upbringing, Chris is forced to take a hard look at his life. Reality check—time is running out for what he wants—a family and a woman to share his life.

First comes love, then comes marriage isn’t part of their matrimonial situation, but neither Beth nor Christian anticipated the immediate attraction and contentment that comes with saying, “I do.”

What do you think about arranged marriages? Weird? Exciting? Weird and exciting, but not for you? Leave a comment on my blog and my Facebook. One lucky commenter (you have to leave your comment in both places) will win a book from my Decadent Publishing backlist, plus a $5 Amazon gift card! Good luck!

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24 comments:

  1. Arranged marriages fascinate me because historically, they were business contracts and negotiations--they were less about romance than they were about survival. That love could and did develop between the couple proved that they weren't an 'evil' institution although they seem somewhat alien to us these days.

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    1. I think you're right, Heather! Fascinating yet frightening. I wonder how many arranged marriages end up with some compatibility and how many were just tragic? At least in my book, we're guaranteed a HEA, thanks to Madame Eve!

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  2. I waited and waited for someone to arrange my marriage to George Clooney but had to give up and go for my other Mr. Right!

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    1. Stand in line, Barbara. Fortunately for you though, George tends to dump women because he's a commitment-phobe, so you got the better end of that non-arrangement :-)

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  3. I'm not sure about arranged marriages. If it were up to my dad, I think it would be horrible. My mom might be able to pick out someone more like my husband. Still... I like that I had a choice. :)

    Thanks for participating in the hop! :)

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    1. I agree, Jessica! My Dad would have picked a control freak like him, and my mom would have picked a marshamallow who melts at the sight of babies and helpless animals. Wait a second...that's what I ended up with! LOL

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  4. I would have left this on your facebook but I have to wait for you to accept me on fb.

    I don't like the idea of arranged marriages, I could just imagine who my parents would have picked for me 'shudder' I love them dearly just don't think I could have handled that.

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    1. Dawna, see my reply to Jessica above! I'm with you, they're fine in books, but growing up in a free country, I always knew I'd pick my mate. But for cultures where that isn't the case, I know people have an entirely different mindset and it works for them!

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  5. I guess it works for some cultures. It wouldn't work for me. angadair@nwcable.net

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  6. Sometimes I think they would work better than picking myself. I didn't do so good the first time around. And of course, I do believe I would do a better job of picking for my sons. However I think my sons would disagree.
    mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com

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    1. Mel, of course you'd do a good job picking out a partner for your sons! Nobody knows them better than you do, LOL. On the other hand, they'd probably have something to say about that, hee hee! I already know what kind of mates my boys will pick out. I won't like son #1's choice, but son #2 will end up with someone like me because he's just like his dad.

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    1. It's a good thing we're fan gurls of each other's work, Taryn! :-)

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  8. I am not sure if I would ever want to be part of an arranged marriage, but who knows. I have read good and bad things about them.

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    1. Well, I completely understand where you're coming from! But we've read good and bad things about the marriages where partners pick each other. I think if you go into an arranged marriage with the mindset that you'll do what you can to make it work, it probably had just as good odds and one where the people pick each other. Then again, I could be totally off base, LOL

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  9. I think arranged marriages can work as long as both parties share the same values and goals, like Christian and Beth. It also helps if the husband-to-be is sexy as hell.

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    1. I think you nailed it on the head, Sabrina, LOL! Hot always helps.

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  10. I think if both parties know what they are getting into arranged marriages can work. It takes work to be in love and stay in love and if you work at it it can work
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    1. Tamara, you're correct. Anything you want to be successful and last takes work. And you never stop working at it. Anyone who has been married for a long time knows that. With lots of ups and down along the way!

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  11. Hi! Happy Holidays to you! In life, i hate the idea of arranged marriages but in books, i love them!! Thanks for the awesome hop and giveaway! Best wishes and many blessings to you!
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  12. I love reading about arranged marriages, but I would never want to have one. I'm glad I chose my husband.

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