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Peek Inside His Fantasy Bride

Vito D' Ascensio is the one man Gabby Harper can never have, but as desire explodes between them, she has a tough time remembering why they shouldn’t be together. Oh, right, her family hates him, and he’s done terrible things. Or has he

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She’s his everything…

I can’t marry you. You don’t love me.

Two sentences, that’s all Gabrielle Harper left Vito D’Ascensio when she vanished the night before their wedding. If he wants his bride back, he’s going to have to hunt her down and prove his love. But when he searches for Gabrielle, he finds Gabby instead; it seems his perfect bride is nothing but a fantasy.

After six months, Gabby presumes it’s over, an episode in her life she’s totally ashamed of. But now Vito is back. He’s the one man she can never have, but as desire explodes between them, she has a tough time remembering why they shouldn’t be together. Oh, right, her family hates him, and he’s done terrible things. Or has he? But it doesn’t matter. When he finds out the truth about who she really is…he’ll never want to see her again.


“The characters are very real and likeable, and as the reader I was really rooting for a way for them to find a way to be together. Highly recommended!!” - Amanda R, NetGalley reviewer

Loved the story. Vito's near death made him realize what was important. But then had to deal with Gabby's betrayal. A must read.” - Denise P, NetGalley reviewer

“Overall His Fantasy Bride was a sweet, hot and fun read and a good addition to the Things to Do Before You Die series.” - Irene, Goodreads

“This book is very well written and these characters are wonderful. Definitely a book I recommend….This one is quick, fun, and devilishly sexy.” - Bette Hansen, Goodreads

“Nina Croft delivers a well-paced contemporary read with great dialogue and plenty of romantic moments….Overall, this was a great, quick read and one I recommend.” - Siobhan Davis, Goodreads

I devoured this book. It is really good and I'd definitely recommend it to fellow readers.” - Wrecked Life, Intellectual Vixens

“His Fantasy Bride was a good read. It was a short sweet read that had me captivated...It totally recommend this read!” - Monica Cardoza, Goodreads

“If you want a sexy, funny romantic story with a little bit of drama and a whole lot of heat than this is definitely the book for you!” - Bookaholic Ge, Goodreads

"This was an amazing love story with an unconventional beginning….I HAVE FOUND A NEW AUTHOR TO LOVE. That’s right I said love, as I loved this book and plan to read book one and two now.” - Kimberly O’Daniel, Kimmie Sue’s Book Review

“So far I’ve loved all of Nina Croft’s Brazen books and this one is no different. I really enjoyed reading Gabby and Vito’s HEA! It was packed with steamy hot scenes, raw emotions, and some funny scenes that had me laughing out loud.” - Angela, Goodreads

“Vito and Gabby's love story was one that really got under my skin and had me thinking about it days after I finished….Overall, I love, love, loved this book. It was funny, intense, emotional and just all around good. A definite must-read for lovers of steamy romance novels with some depth in my opinion.” - Samantha Kay, Sammie’s Bookish Reality

“I liked these characters and wanted them to get their HEA. Nina Croft did an excellent job! She kept me on the edge of my seat.” - Rosemary K, Goodreads

“Wow this series keeps getting better. I love Gabby and Vito. This book is well written and steamy. Once I started reading I couldn't stop until I found out what happened. I recommend not only this book but the rest of the series as well.” - Crystal, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633756663
Series: Things To Do Before You Die, Book 3
Release Date: Jul 11, 2016
Page Count: 216
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary
Tropes: opposites attract, reunited lovers, second chance

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By BookLover June 30, 2016

ARC requested through Netgalley, and kindly provided by Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review.

I can’t marry you. You don’t love me.

My first read by Nina Croft, His Fantasy Bride was quick and fun! I read it in one sitting.

Starting a relationship on a lie? Never a good idea, but t ...more

I received an eARC, from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
'His Fantasy Bride' by Nina Croft is the story of Gabrielle Harper and Vito D’Ascensio.
Gabby let Vito 6 months ago on the night before their wedding. Gabby is actually seeing Vito under false intentions. Vito di ...more

By Bette July 01, 2016

This one is quick, fun, and devilishly sexy. It's the third in a series but they don't need to be read in order. After a near death experience three men have vowed to make right the one thing they regretted most. For Vito D’Ascensio that is going after Gabrielle Harper and finding out exactly why sh ...more

By Christi July 13, 2016

My Review:
I've really enjoyed this series. While this one wasn't my favorite in the series, I did still really enjoy it. The main issue is that the bulk of the romance between the two characters happened before the book ever happened....and it was all built on a lie. And then it takes forever for th ...more

By Siobhan July 22, 2016

Nina Croft delivers a well-paced contemporary read with great dialogue and plenty of romantic moments.

I was intrigued by the premise of this book, and I loved the little note that the author inserted at the start of the book to put it into context.

This is a book about second chances and learning to ...more

By April July 18, 2016

This is a sweet but somewhat sad story about a woman who fell in love with a man under false pretenses. His Fantasy Bride is the story of Gabrielle Harper and Vito D’Ascensio. Gabby left Vito right before their wedding 6 months before because she had a secret and couldn’t marry him with that secret ...more

By Fizza July 13, 2016

It is a quick and fun read. I loved Gabby and Vito, and the story is quite interesting. It's the kind of book which sucks you in and hard to put down once you started it. Good thing is there was no reason for me to put it down. ;)

Gabby ran away just before she was supposed to marry Vito. She didn't ...more

By DelAnne June 30, 2017

Title: His Fantasy Bride - Things To Do Before You DIe Book 3
Author: Nina Croft
Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC
Published: 7-11-2016
Pages: 200
Genre: Romance
Sub-Genre: Contemporary Fiction
ISBN: 9781633756663
Reviewed For NetGalley and Entangled Publishing LLC
Reviewer: DelAnne
Rating: ...more

By Deborah March 20, 2017

His Fantasy Bride is book three in Nina Croft's Things to do Before You Die series featuring Gabrielle and Vito.  Gabrielle ran out on Vito the night before their wedding with a note and vanished.  Vito tracks her down six months later, and when he finds her, she's nothing like the Gabrielle he knew ...more

By BJ November 30, 2017

A bit low key for me, the H was beta, loner and the h was odd. She played a part ithe the H at first, but somehow it changed her and she was not sure who was any more. There was a lot of angsty conversations but I didn't quite feel it, I was interested but the H was just too cool for me.
L ...more

By Elizabeth July 13, 2016

**3.5 Stars**

Things are finally going well for Gabby. Her Mom is responding to medical treatment, her brother is out of trouble, for now, and she has a job, a good one. So what if she can't stop thinking about him, the man that she should be celebrating their six month wedding anniversary with...if ...more

By Monica July 09, 2016

She can be a good actress acting like a different person someone that he would fall for but in the end she only fooled herself.

This is my first read by this author and I have to say I liked her writing style. Her characters were well developed and the chemistry between them was steaming hot. Gabriel ...more

By Becky July 09, 2016

I'm torn!

I loved Vito in the second book, Her Fantasy Husband (book one, His Fantasy Girl is sitting patiently in my TBR...I will get to you Logan, I promise!) and was really anxious for his story. I still liked him a heck of a lot in his book (and LOL, the sleeping-drunk-with-a-chicken-scen ...more

By Kimmie July 15, 2016

I said love, as I loved this book and plan to read book one
and two now. I know what you’re thinking why did I not start
with book one? Well I was told about this book by the
publisher and asked if I wanted to read it. Well I am so glad
I said yes.

Th ...more

By Kae July 10, 2016

She left him with the words, "I can't marry you." "You don't love me." Gabrielle was hoping Vito never found her. That is when she wasn't wondering why he didn't try harder to find her.

It took a near death experience for Vito to realize that he wanted to know why she left him. He wanted to prove to ...more

By bookaholic ge August 30, 2016

Gabrielle Harper did a bad thing for a very good reason and when she decides to set matters right... it just may break Vito's heart.

Vito D’Ascensio was very surprised when Gabrielle aka his fantasy bride left him with no warning or excuses. After a near death experience Vito decides to not give up o ...more

By Angela July 10, 2016

What are the things you want to do before you die? When faced with a life or death circumstance people tend to think of all the things they didn’t do or say when they had the chance. Vito and his two friends made promises when they almost died in a cruise ship sinking accident. Vito wanted to find t ...more

By Melanie July 07, 2016

I love Nina Croft's writing and was excited when I heard this book was coming out. I have to admit that I think this story was a bit rushed but I still liked it because it was by Nina Croft!

Gabrielle meet Vito and fell in love with him quickly, only Gabrielle had not been truthful with Vito from the ...more

By Denise July 11, 2016

This is the story of Gabby and Vito. Or maybe the story of Gabrielle and Vito. Are they two different women or the same woman? Vito isn't sure which one, if either one, is real. Gabrielle was his perfect woman, at least until she left him at the altar. Gabby is almost the exact opposite, but how can ...more

By Rosemary July 21, 2016

Vito D'Ascensio nearly died when the cruise ship sank. His biggest regret was not going after his runaway bride. He didn't understand why Gabrielle ran away on the eve of their wedding. Now that he survived he's determined to find her and make her his. Is he prepared for the truth? Gabby made a poor ...more

By Sara July 23, 2016

His Fantasy Bride as a good read, I liked the take of family vendetta's and that byplay. I think it would have been a little more fun if it played a little bigger role in story. We spend a lot of time reading about how Gabby is fearful of the fall out of her part in it and then the whole resolution ...more

By Paula July 15, 2016

His Fantasy Bride by Nina Croft is the most complex of the three book in the Things To Do Before You Die series. Vito is the one who nearly dies but Gabby has regrets too. They have a lot of chemistry but also a lot keeping them apart, making this an interesting story. Gabby and Vito present and fut ...more

By Denise July 11, 2016

I had the pleasure of reading the proceeding two before this one but it would of still been ok even if I had not. I like each one but this one seemed to go alittle quicker in pace then the other two. I do know this Gabby has a bit of spunk but her self worth sometimes could of been her problem. I am ...more

By Lori June 23, 2020

I enjoyed Vito and Gabby's story. I enjoyed their confusion on their true selves and what they wanted out of their lives. Their journey to self discovery and love was sweet and spicy. Vito was this man who never lost control and kept his temper in check. Gabby rid him of that control and it was so h ...more

By Sharon July 12, 2016

Vito, after nearly being killed in a boating accident, vows to track down the girl that disappeared the night before their marriage and convince her he loves her. Only problem is the girl he finds is definitely not the girl he thought he knew. Gabby met Vito under a false presence, one she couldn’t ...more

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Nina Croft

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Nina Croft

Nina Croft grew up in the north of England. After training as an accountant, she spent four years working as a volunteer in Zambia, which left her with a love of the sun and a dislike of nine-to-five work. She then spent a number of years mixing travel (whenever possible) with work (whenever necessary) but has now settled down to a life of writing and picking almonds on a remote farm in the mountains of southern Spain. Nina writes all types of romance, often mixed with elements of the paranormal and science fiction. And if you’d like to have learn about new releases sign up for Nina’s newsletter here:

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