Jane Porter

His Merciless Marriage Bargain

An orphan baby brings together his billionaire uncle and his desperate aunt in this dramatic romance by a New York Times–bestselling author.
The Italian’s shock heir . . .
Raising her sister’s child has left Rachel Bern penniless and desperate. Since her orphaned nephew’s family has ignored her attempts at contact, she has no choice but to bring him to the Marcellos’ Venetian door.
Losing his brother devastated Giovanni Marcello. Rachel’s news is another bombshell, and he can’t believe that she doesn’t have an ulterior motive. One kiss should unravel her deception, until their smoldering chemistry has Gio reconsidering . . .
Gio exacts a high price for acknowledging his heir, but Rachel cannot help but succumb to his outrageous demands. Even if it means walking down the aisle!
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  • fatimahj07shared an impression4 years ago

    She reached for his sweater, clinging to the softness, needing support, but the cashmere stretched, yielding, and she leaned against his chest, unable to stand. - anything made from cashmere or shawls like "pashmina' show an utter lack of CONSCIENCE and humanity when it comes to other sentient beings i.e. animals.

    Her eyes opened wide. “You expect me to live in Venice for the next year?” “I expect you to live with me for the rest of your life.” - lol that was cheeky but sweet

    “It’s true, though, that the flooding has been worse in recent years, and that’s due to climate change?” “Venice has been sinking for hundreds of years, but it’s not just because of climate change and the rising seas. The more we develop outlying areas, with the pumping of water and natural gas, the more Venice is negatively impacted. It is serious. It’s devastating for those of us who love Venice.” - how can we reduce the effects of climate change? Stop aninal agriculture for one...

    All her life she’d struggled with the sense of inadequacy. She knew she was smart, capable, but it didn’t seem to be enough. People valued beauty. So many in society placed beauty as the ultimate achievement. And beautiful was the one thing she’d never be, despite her attempts to improve her appearance through makeup and exercise and good hair care. - people are shallow if they only value beauty. More often beautiful people are vain, shallow and utterly selfish/self-centred

    The brush of his fingers against her neck sent a shiver of pleasure from her, while the long velvet, fur-lined cloak felt like heaven. It was soft and yet with enough weight to cocoon her in warmth. - using "fur" anything in this day and age should make one feel hugely ashamed!

    “No, and that’s the lie. I don’t presume to understand all your family dynamics, but you were not put on earth to be your sister’s caregiver. You’re here to be you, and live your life, and find happiness in your life.” - when you love someone and find they're less capable of looking after themselves, a really decent person would ensure their family was safe...

    Were there twenty-nine-year-old virgins out there? - more of them out there thankfully...

  • Sandip Lyallshared an impression4 years ago
    💞Loved Up

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