The Accidental Wedding
by Debra Elizabeth
Unemployed Keira Callahan decides to try her luck at the casino before delving back into job hunting. As she walks through the casino, she bumps into the most handsome man she’s ever seen. When he asks her to dinner, she doesn’t hesitate. As she learns Cade Tyndale’s story—he needs to wed or lose his British estate, her impulsive nature rears up and she agrees to marry him and move to England for one year. What does she have to lose except her heart to the impossibly handsome Earl of Barrett?
Kerry looked around for the nearest cashier window, spotted one past the roulette and craps tables, and hurried toward it. As she passed the craps table, she looked at her ticket again, with its final payout of one thousand and seventy-five dollars. It was the most money she’d ever won at the casino. Tonight was indeed her lucky night. This money would certainly give her some added time while she made up her mind about what she wanted to do next about finding a job. Still looking down at her ticket, she nearly fell to the floor when she ran into something rock hard. Or make that someone. As she began to fall backward, her arms doing wild cartwheels to try to regain her balance, her eyes found the most gorgeous man she’d ever seen standing in front of her.
He was tall and lean, with striking blue eyes and light-brown hair that fell in waves to his shirt collar. Women would kill for hair like that, it was so perfect. He looked like he’d stepped out of a GQ magazine cover; or better still, put him in a suit of armor and give him a sword, and he would become the legendary knight Tristan come to life. A hero destined to make the ladies swoon, and Keira was ready to swoon. He was impossibly handsome.
All these crazy thoughts swirled through her mind as she fell backwards. This tumble was going to be so embarrassing, never mind the bruising her bottom would endure. Much to her surprise, none of that happened. A strong arm wrapped around her waist at the last minute and prevented her from falling. Instead of sitting on the floor embarrassed, she found herself pressed against a hard and very toned chest.
“Oh, my God! I’m so sorry,” she blurted out. “I wasn’t looking where I was going.”
Blue eyes twinkled at her. “The fault is mine. I stepped back from the table without looking. Please accept my sincere apology,” the handsome stranger said in a charming English accent before releasing his grip on her waist.
Could he be any more perfect? Not only was he Adonis, the god of beauty and desire, in the flesh, but an Adonis with an English accent. Her mouth hung open as she stared at him.
AUTHOR Bio and Links
Debra Elizabeth is the romance pen name for fantasy author Debra L. Martin. She has been writing all kinds of stories since her teens and decided to finally publish her romance stories under a pen name so as not to confuse her fantasy fans. She publishes epic and urban fantasy with her co-author and brother, David W. Small and blogs regularly at Two Ends of the Pen.
Debra lives in New England with her husband and two kitties.
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Keira Callahan is a kind, hard working marketing specialist that finds herself in a difficult position at the beginning of the story. She recently lost her job and doesn’t know what to do, she decides to put everything away in storage… without a job and a home, she decides to go to Vegas to visit her sister’s family and see what her luck brings her. She believes that some downtime might help her figure out what she wants to do next in her life.
Cade Tyndale is the handsome and sexy fourteenth Earl of Barrett, who also has a difficult situation in his hands. He ran out of time to marry and become heir of his father’s title. There’s a lot at stake if he doesn’t fulfill the position that is rightfully his, since his brother doesn’t care much about the people that depend of it. Sadden by the reality that he soon would face, he decides to spend some time in Las Vegas.
Keira and Cade soon meet, their attraction is immediate the moment they see each other. It doesn’t take much time for them to want to get to know each other better, and when they do, the accidental wedding happens:
Before she could change her mind, she blurted out, “I’ll marry you.”
His fork stopped halfway to his mouth. “What?”
Under his intense stare, Keira swallowed hard. “Well, I was just thinking. You need a wife to keep your home, and at the moment, I’m homeless and unemployed. I could be your wife.”
It wasn’t a surprise when they ended up marrying and making a deal that will benefit both of them, with the idea of eventually going their separate ways. What seemed like a reasonable idea for both of them, turns complicated when they realized that the attraction they feel is more than they originally anticipated, making their dynamic fun and interesting.
How could she have been such a fool, falling in love with her husband?
It wasn’t at all part of the plan.
I loved that from the beginning Keira really meant to help Cade out. She wasn’t interested in the title and money he offered her in exchange of their wedding transaction. Cade saw her as a beautiful human being, and that’s why he accepted the idea as a business proposition and treated is as such thinking it was best for them both.
Keira’s welcome to England wasn’t as merry as she hoped for. She’d always had dreamed about visiting the country and spending some time there, but there was a lot she didn’t understand about her new title as Lady Barrett and the obligations that she now had. Cade was happy he could keep his father’s state and help the community that depended of it, even if his happiness was placed last in his priority list. Keira and Cade made a wonderful team and soon Keira found a way to use her expertise to improve Cade’s business and make it more profitable.
This book is a great sweet contemporary romance that will have you reading page after page until you finish it. They way Keira and Cade’s relationship develops is interesting and has you want to give them both a slap in the back of the head for being so slow at accepting the love they feel for each other, after all… they’re already husband and wife. If you like wedding romances this is a book you’ll love.
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