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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.
Reviewed at: HarlequinJunkie.com
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A MUST READ!
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.
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
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
Very well written. The tension and intrigue were maintained until the last moment. Powerful characters and evocative imagery. A brilliant debut. ...more
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
I really enjoyed this book. I loved that it took place in New Zealand, a place I don't typically read stories about...it 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
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
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
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
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
This book tell the story of Ruby who get to know that her mother have assigned half share of her family home to Christo, the man who is her first love and whom have betrayed her 18 years ago. She who is now, pregnant wanted the legacy to be passed down to her child. Christo, on the other hand, wa... ...more
I loved two things about this book, the first fact that totally caught my eye was the setting, because almost every romance I read is either on USA or Greece. So it was a really nice touch to read this one on Oceania. So many beautiful places made this book a fresh romance.
Another very interestin... ...more
Es nezinu kā es pati reaģētu, ja pārbrauktu mājās uz vecāku bērēm un atklātu, ka īpašums jādala ar kādu citu - citu, pret kuru tev ir sāpīgas atmiņas. Turklāt viņš šo īpašumu grib sev visu.
Nezinu, ja man nebūtu tik dziļas jūtas pret māju un iemesls par to cīnīties, es droši vien ņemtu naudu un la... ...more