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Peek Inside Contract for Marriage

Christo Mantazis wants the mansion where his mother has lived for forty years. That it’s the same house he was banished from after being caught making love to the owner’s irresistible daughter makes it even sweeter. Ruby Fleming’s not about to give up her unborn baby’s generational home to the man who broke her heart. But it’s the need to have Christo again that Ruby must resist at all costs.

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Pregnant and alone after her ex-lover’s death, magazine editor Ruby Fleming’s not about to give up her home to the man who broke her heart—until she discovers her mother left half of the estate to somebody else, and she realizes she’s trapped.

Property tycoon Christo Mantazis wants the one thing his riches can’t buy—the villa where his mother has lived and worked as housekeeper for forty years. That it’s the same house he was banished from after being caught making love to the owner’s irresistible daughter stirs up old memories and now he wants her more than ever.

When Christo offers a marriage of convenience, Ruby knows it’s the only way for them to get what they want. Ruby needs her baby to have the link to its past, Christo needs his mother to retain her home, and for him to have the child he could never father.

But it’s another need—to have Christo again—that Ruby must resist at all costs.



"Amazing.... I have quickly become a forever fan of Ms DeLeo. It's one of the best books I've read in all of 2012 so far. These two characters were filled with so much emotional turmoil that it became my own. I wanted to reach out and hug the sexy Christo, and tell sweet Ruby that everything would be okay. The attraction between them was evident from the start but they kept fighting it. It was awesome to watch! By the end of the story, though, I didn't want to say goodbye...I fell in love with descriptions of the estate, the passion that was evident between Christo and Ruby and even Stella, Christo's mom stole my heart!"~ Reviews by Molly 

"I really enjoyed this book and I really enjoyed the characters in this book so go out and buy your copy right now!"~ Jen D Smit - Passionate Book Divas

"I was sad when this one end as I wanted the story to just continue :) Contract for Marriage... had an addictive quality that had me reading straight through in one sitting. I really loved the characters. Ruby and Christo were both great, and I just adored Stella and all of Ruby's family. They were all such a joy to read about. I was sad when this one ended. Barbara DeLeo is an author I'm anxious to see more from" ~ The Book Cellar 

"This was a great book! I enjoyed the way the author was able to understand the emotions of the young pregnant woman. She hit the mood changes pretty well. I was crying like a baby by the end of this! I highly recommend it! ~ Wendy - Goodreads

"I really enjoyed the story a lot.  I loved how the story played out because there were unexpected surprises that left me smiling. Pick up this book it is worth the read." ~ Melissa - Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622669820
Release Date: Sep 7, 2012
Page Count: 243
Imprint: indulgence
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: accidental pregnancy, marriage of convenience

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By Sara November 03, 2012

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A second chance at love is not always easy. This is the case for Ruby and Christo.

After being away for a decade Ruby returns to New Zealand after the death of her mother and finds out that she left half of the estate to Christo, the boy that betrayed her when she... ...more

By Tina "IRead2Escape" November 29, 2012

Ruby Fleming dated a guy for a short time, things didn’t work out and they went their separate ways. A couple of months later she found out she was pregnant. When she contacted the baby’s father she found out that he had died in a car accident just a few weeks before. With nothing on her mind, bu... ...more

By Jennifer September 26, 2012

Christo is the son of an immigrant who built himself a successful business from the ground up. He is truly a good man with his primary goal of making his sweet mother happy. He will stop at nothing to make that happen. Christo wants to own the home in which his mother worked for many years taking... ...more

By Gloria August 13, 2013

Frankly I was totally seduced by the story plot, the characters of Christos and Ruby, and the high level of sexual tension that crackled between them.

Ten years have passed when her mother dies and a pregnant Ruby comes back to New Zealand to claim her old home; the property that has been in the f... ...more

By Janna November 06, 2012

Ruby's mother has passed away and she has returned to her childhood home for the funeral. Ruby is pregnant and the father of her baby is deceased. She plans to stay and raise her baby in her family's home. Christo, her mothers housekeeper's son and the man Ruby once fell in love with, returns onl... ...more

By Jennifer (random jendsmit) October 22, 2012

So... first off - the cover - LOVE IT! After you read the story you will love it so much more! =)

Moving on... these characters - they have a really nice depth to them. I really liked the conflict shown between Ruby and Christo. I loved that they had a past that neither really wanted to face or ta... ...more

By Desere April 29, 2013

Reviewed by Desere

Pregnant and alone is a terrible feeling for any woman no matter the circumstances. But when you at least have somewhere to go then it shines a light on the situation.

But when you reach your destination and a arrogant man from your past shows up out of no where and insists the i... ...more

By Nancy November 18, 2012

A really great love story about seconds chances and learning to trust and love unconditionally.

Ruby Fleming has grown up since dating Christo and in the process learns about her parents love story and what she wants for her love story.

Christo Mantazis was hurt by Ruby, but neither can forget th... ...more

By Rose October 20, 2012

I knew it was a wise idea to wait for a holiday weekend to read this book. You won't want to be interrupted when you step inside the world of Ruby and Christo. Barbara De Leo paints such a rich picture of the Auckland-based romance, that you almost feel the Summer breeze and the hot, humid nights... ...more

By Margie September 27, 2012

A stunning debut book. Loved it! A deep, emotional read full of passion and heat. I easily attached myself to Ruby and adored being inside Christo's head. His alpha point of view is beautifully written. Couldn't put this book down!
Looking forward to all Ms DeLeo's books.

By Wendy October 28, 2012

This was a great book! I enjoyed the way the author was able to understand the emotions of the young pregnant woman. She hit the mood changes pretty well. I was crying like a baby by the end of this! I highly recommend it! ...more

By Shelly September 19, 2012

I really liked both characters and understood why they both hesitated in trusting the other. I read it in one sitting because I couldn't put it down! ...more

By Tim October 09, 2012

Very well written. The tension and intrigue were maintained until the last moment. Powerful characters and evocative imagery. A brilliant debut. ...more

By Romancing the May 25, 2013

Reviewed by: Maria
Book provided by: Publisher
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

An arranged marriage is a great idea, right? Both parties have their eyes wide open about what they’re getting into. Their brains aren’t clouded by unnecessary emotions. It’s a mutually beneficial arrangem... ...more

By Amy October 26, 2012

I really enjoyed this book. I loved that it took place in New Zealand, a place I don't typically read stories was a nice change of pace. I found the concept of this, a 'contract' of marriage, so to speak, to save a house, a bit far fetched. But, hey, it's a book, where anything is poss... ...more

By Carol-Ann June 07, 2013

Really enjoyed this story and the title contract for marraige loved the characters, Ruby & Christo who re-enter each others lives who new each other when they was younger & both have got together to inherit a property left to both of them by Rubys mother, well-written couldn't ask for any... ...more

By Melissa October 22, 2012

I really enjoyed the story a lot. Ruby and Cristo were lovers separated by circumstances not of their doing but when her mother tries to bring them together in death will they be able to forgive or have they lost all hope a true happiness.

I loved how the story played out because there were unexp... ...more

By Kylie November 26, 2012

I really enjoyed this one. The characters were really believable and even though the situation was pretty out of the ordinary I could still believe that they both wanted the house so much. ...more

By Candace June 21, 2013

Loved the story of Ruby and Christo. Ruby stood her ground! ...more

By Laura March 28, 2013

loved the story ...more

By Sara April 12, 2013

Loved this book. Will definitely be reading more by this author. ...more

By judy gardner April 22, 2018

Beautifully Written Romance

This was an amazing storyline with lots of wonderful emotion and a great storyline. I enjoyed the pace of this book and how the author developed the romance between the two characters. The story had just the right amount of romance and I enjoyed the dual point of view f... ...more

By Eileen Gernet April 24, 2018

Deeper than expected

Besides being a good romantic story, other issues were covered in this book. It's true that every single parent doesn't find a wealthy person to take care of them, but wealth is in the eye of the beholder. ...more

By Phyllis H. Pajka August 31, 2018

I liked this book a lot. It's story was interesting and did not become dull and drag at any time. I think you would get a lot of enjoyment from reading this book and I hope you choose to do so. ...more

By Lindsay December 18, 2012

I love when you try something somewhat out of your comfort zone and it pays off. That is exactly how it worked out for me with Contract for Marriage by Barbara DeLeo. After reading the synopsis, I wasn't quite sure that I would like this one. But I was completely wrong. It was a lovely but emotio... ...more

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Barbara DeLeo

About the author

Barbara DeLeo

Barbara DeLeo’s first book, co-written with her best friend, was a story about beauty queens in space. She was eleven, and the sole, handwritten copy was lost years ago much to everyone’s relief. It’s some small miracle that she kept the faith and now lives her dream of writing sparkling contemporary romance with unforgettable characters. Degrees in English and Psychology, and a career as an English teacher, fuelled Barbara’s passion for people and stories, and a number of years living in Europe gave her a love for romantic settings.  Discovering she was having her second set of twins in two years, Barbara knew she must be paying penance for being disorganized in a previous life and was determined to get it right this time. It’s amazing what being housebound with four preschoolers will do for the imagination and she decided it was time to follow her writing dream. Funnily enough, those first manuscripts had not a single child in them. Married to her winemaker hero, Barbara’s happiest when she’s getting to know her latest cast of characters. She still loves telling stories about finding love in all the wrong places, but now without a beauty queen or spaceship in sight.

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