The Convenient Wedding
by Susie Warren
A reluctant socialite is pulled into a scandal and must choose between her families’ reputation and her future happiness.
Lucia Montgomery is from an old and powerful political family in Connecticut and desperately wants to shed her reputation as a superficial socialite. Against her family’s wishes, she seeks a position working for a fiercely contested political campaign and the dark horse in the race, Anderson Adams. She is thrown into the middle of a scandal of her own making when she is tricked into going to his hotel room. Anderson persuades her to play along with a pretend engagement then an actual wedding to save her reputation and his campaign. The media falls in love with the charismatic couple and they must figure out how to reconcile their public image with their private life.
Anderson took her hand in his and began walking in the direction they had been going. “There is a small Italian restaurant in two blocks. Are you hungry?”
She smiled at him, saying, “Yes. I was glad I hadn’t eaten anything tonight when we took the helicopter ride.”
He needed to focus on his campaign and he could already tell that she would be a huge distraction. Everything about her fascinated him. The small restaurant had a handful of tables open and the maître d’ greeted him warmly and guided them back to a small, private alcove.
He often came to the restaurant with his father when they wanted discuss politics or business.
He told her, “The menu is in Italian, so let me know if you need help with the translation.”
She glanced up at him. “I’m Italian on my mother’s side and can speak the language.”
“ Si, the nickname Bella.”
“ Parli italiano?”
“ Si, my mother’s family as well. I spent most summers there.”
Lucia had put her menu down. “You must miss her. I heard she passed only a few weeks ago.”
He hated when others mentioned her death, but somehow Lucia had been tactful enough that he hadn’t felt disturbed by her words. “I had known for a long time that her heart was weak. But it was rough having to say goodbye to her.
“I’m sorry, Anderson.”
He picked up the menu and tried to dispel the thickening grief threatening to overtake him. “Let’s order before they close the kitchen.”
“I’m in the mood for a simple dish of pasta with Bolognese sauce.”
“My favorite dish is the Orecchiette in a Spicy Garlic and Olive Oil Sauce. Would you like to choose a wine?”
The waiter returned with bread. He poured olive oil on a plate and drizzled balsamic vinegar on it. He recited the specials in Italian.
Looking at Lucia, he waited for her order. Smiling at her ease with the language, he responded in Italian and then politely took Anderson’s order.
She met his gaze. “You are more Italian than the campaign is presenting.”
“My mother came over as a young girl, but my father’s family has been here for generations. It is something I hadn’t considered in terms of campaigning, but everything has happened so quickly.”
He wanted her. She was beautiful and looked at him with a warmth that he couldn’t easily dismiss. When she had spoken in Italian to the waiter, he could feel his blood heat. What was it about her that attracted him so much?
“Brian had mentioned that you were recently…” His mind tried to search for the right words.
“Left at the altar? Yes, it’s true.” He noticed she glanced away.
He decided to push further. “It seems rather odd, Bella. You are everything a man could hope for. Why did that happen to you?”
She tucked a piece of hair behind her ear. “Why did it happen? In hindsight, there were signs, but at the time I overlooked them. He began working late and I made excuses for him. I thought he was nervous about getting married and needed time to himself. But I never questioned him.”
“Why didn’t you? You didn’t want to know the truth?” He was speaking from his own experience. He had been in a destructive relationship and, instead of questioning her, he simply gave her space. He would never make that mistake again.
“I thought I knew the truth. We had been together for six years. I had met him in college and he had always been loyal and supportive.”
The waiter appeared and served the merlot Lucia had selected.
“So why did it happen?” He should stop questioning her; he had no right to know the answer.
Independent reviewer for Archaeolibrarian I Dig Good Books.
4/5 (Very Good)
*I received a copy of this book from Goddess Fish Promotions in exchange for a fair and honest review.*
This was an interesting but enjoyable read. It was written in such a way that I didn’t want to put it down and wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen next. It wasn’t so much a “keep you on the edge of your seat” type of read but rather a “knowing what you want to happen but waiting for it to happen” type of read. I would say that the story as a whole didn’t disappoint.
The characters were well written. There was plenty of detail and description to make the reader understand each character and where they are coming from. There are clear boundaries for each character but sometimes those boundaries fade to grey at times.
The male lead character will leave you quite angry, quite often. His character is a maddening sweet man that is screaming for love but pushes it away. He is rude, honest, afraid, sweet, and loving. He just has a horrible way of showing it. There were many times I mumbled a few words about his character. He is one of those that you hate to love but you cannot help it!
Lucia, the lead female character, has some endearing qualities but at times equally frustrating. She can be easily manipulated because she just wants to help. She has her heart on her sleeve and is incredibly loving. She just wants happiness but she has to take a few fumbles to get there. I enjoyed the way that the author wrote her. She wasn’t a feisty character all the time but she had her moments and others she was sweet as can be.
My only complaint was a few times in the book the timing seemed to be off. What I mean by that is one page it would be a specific period in time and in a few pages after that, the time period would be either the same but obviously progressed by reading the rest of the details going on or the time period backtracked but was still progressing in the story line. I think it happened twice and just took me re-reading a few parts to understand where the time line was supposed to be and kept me reading. It wasn’t a huge flaw but just a minor annoyance.
Overall, this was a great story and a story I think you would like to read. One major bonus was that while this story was about a politician there was nothing written about what “side” they were on or issues they were trying to push off to their voters. While no politician is a bucket of roses or easy to read per say, this book was a huge step in the right direction and a breath of fresh air.
Topic: Why Social Networks are the Keys to Good Networking
I may not be the best writer to discuss Why Social Networks are the Keys to Good Networking. I launched my first book, The Forgotten Heiress, without any media presence. I started a Facebook page and Twitter account a week or two after the launch. I had spent all of my time writing and editing and not thinking about how to approach social networks until I wanted to promote a book.
I had been attending conferences, meeting other writers and working with an editor. Networking in person felt more comfortable to me. But it was obvious that I needed to figure out social networking. I can imagine being taken seriously as an author without a media presence.
A friend suggested getting an account, uploading photographs and beginning to navigate the new world. I went to Barnes & Noble and purchased several books on social networking and downloaded a few more to my kindle. I spent weeks reading the books late at night while my husband watched television. He remarked one night, “It’s amazing. If you don’t know how to do something, you purchase a few books and figure it out.”
It wasn’t that easy. I understood the underlying principals and concepts but actually deciding what to share online and how often was scary. I had three basic problems. (1) I didn’t like the idea of creating an online presence to sell something. I’m not an extrovert or comfortable promoting myself. (2) Another issue I had was - writing was a second career for me, I had a full-time job as a CFO. Most of the people I worked with every day had no idea that I was writing romance novels in my spare time. (3) My children were teenagers and my husband worked on secret projects for the government. By nature, they are all extremely circumspect and private. They were not interested in having anything posted online.
Deciding to trust my instincts was a turning point. I’m not someone who overshares or infringes on anyone’s privacy. Slowly I began to figure out the social networks. Twitter is easier for me then Facebook. I tend to keep comments brief so the 140 characters wasn’t much of an issue. I like to hear what others are thinking and posting about. It can drive me crazy when occasionally friends overshare on Facebook (endless pictures of every dinner or copious complaints about their child’s messy room) but I truly enjoy the pithy, razor sharp commentary about their lives. So much of it I readily relate to.
Over the past year, I’ve made a conscious effort to share my thoughts and opinions on social networks. I sometimes have to remind myself to go online but it has allowed me to meet new friends and keep in touch with those I already had a connection with. Some writers will tell me that they spend too much time online and have to remind themselves to get back to their work in progress. I’m definitely the opposite but I’ve become a huge fan of social networking in the past year.
Beyond meeting people, I’ve learned a great deal in different social networks. Writing tips, marketing ideas, recipes for healthy eating, inspirational quotes… it’s endless really – I wouldn’t want to give up the ‘real time’ communication.
If I had to give advice to someone just starting out? Have fun with it. Post things that are important or interesting to you while always considering ‘the audience’. It’s impossible to know how people may perceive your thoughts or comments so tread lightly. Facebook has private groups if you want to rant on about a particular pet peeve. But for the rest of the world, share something of yourself but keep it positive. There are many surprising and enlightening things you may experience or learn. There is a reason why so many people gravitate to social networks.
If you get a chance, look me up on Twitter @susiecwarren or on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/susiewarrenauthor. I would love to hear from you!
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Susie Warren writes contemporary romance. Besides being an avid reader, she spends much of her free time crafting intense and complex stories about falling in love. When she is not writing, Susie works as an administrator in a small, independent school while caring for three teenagers and keeping tabs on her inventor husband. With the launching of her first book, The Forgotten Heiress, she has slowly begun to navigate the social media realm.
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The Rosa Legacy Series
The first novel in The Rosa Legacy series, Ruthless Perfection, started with the idea of a traditional Italian mother who wanted her only daughter happily married. The mother, Carla Rosa Neri, along with her two sisters, Francesca and Marie, had emigrated from Italy as young girls and each went off to create a dynamic and successful family.
Each of the sisters had an only daughter and they made sure the girls spent time together. They attended the same boarding school in the northeast and visited each other’s homes in the summer.
Carla Rosa married into the Neri family with a long history in the Carrara marble industry. Her daughter, Isabel Neri, being a filmmaker and wanting to honor her grandfather’s legacy, approaches a reclusive billionaire, Marc Santoro, to ask permission to produce a documentary about the life of a quarry worker. Ruthless Perfection is the story of how they fall in love.
The Exiled Jeweler
Francesca Rosa married into the Berceto family with a long history in the jewelry making business. The Second novel in The Rosa Legacy series, The Exiled Jeweler, is about her daughter, Emelia, who went into seclusion after a scandal tore the family apart. Emelia is a talented jewelry designer who lived a sheltered life and was drawn into a passionate encounter with her family’s rival, Alexander Armati at a gala. Outside in the garden, photographs were taken on them and sold to the tabloid press. Her family was shocked and embarrassed and sent Emelia off to Florida. Four years later, she returns when her grandfather has a heart attack and her parents are deciding to sell the family business.
The Convenient Wedding
Marie Rosa married into the prominent Montgomery family, with a successful background in politics. Her only daughter, Lucia, is fascinated by politics and becomes a campaign aide. The opportunity to work on a senate campaign in Connecticut draws her into the middle of a scandal. Anderson Adams is a dark horse in the senate race yet convinces Lucia to play along with a strategy to save his campaign. The third novel in The Rosa Legacy series, The Convenient Wedding, is the story about how they reconcile their public image with their private life.