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SOS: Convenient Husband Required by Liz Fielding

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Cover art: SOS: Convenient Husband Required Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: SOS: Convenient Husband Required
Author: Liz Fielding
Publisher: Harlequin Romance
ISBN-13: 978-0-373-17670-0
Release Date: July 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present day, England
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Liz's Website/Blog: www.lizfielding.com


May Coleridge is reeling. Sheís still mourning the death of her grandfather when she finds out about an apparently forgotten clause of his will. If May isnít married by the time sheís 30, she will lose her family home. Sheís turned the estate into a business and she would lose everything in one moment. She has one month to find a man and marry him.

Adam Wavell comes from the wrong side of the fence, but he has managed to turn his life around. His businesses are thriving and heís one of the wealthiest men in the community. His single life is no place for a baby, but when his flaky sister leaves her baby for him to care for, heís in a real bind. Since his sister said to ask May to help, he feels that he has to face May and the demons of his past.

Some things never change. On his way to Mayís house, he finds her up a treeóliterally. Once again trying to save an animal and caught in a predicament. After helping her down, they discuss their current problems. May agrees to help watch the baby and Adam finds a way to achieve the ultimate revenge. Since Mayís grandfather banned him from their home and kept the romance between May and himself from blooming, he will marry May to save her home and exact his revenge consummating the marriage in her grandfatherís bed before walking away forever.

Will May ever agree to his plan and can it be pulled off in time? With one thing after another getting in the way, no one is sure if a wedding will even be possible.

May is a real sweetheart and her penchant for saving all creatures in trouble works to Adamís advantage. She might not want to talk to him, but a baby in need grabs her heart. Adam is a genuinely nice guy who has done the right things to succeed in business as well as in life. He just needs to learn to let go of the one thing from his past that tortures himóMay. His scheme for revenge felt really mean-spirited and out of character for such a generous and nice guy. I had trouble with that whole portion of the story. Itís just so out of character for the man who goes out of his way to make sure the best of everything is available to May and his sisterís baby.

While the reasons Adam and May hadnít spoken in years seemed far-fetched, the rest of the story was realistic and held my attention. I found the beginning to be forced and it didnít really flow very well. I had to keep rereading because there were innuendos that were important but hard for me to spot. I thought the story did pick up and the story had an ending that surprised and thrilled me. Itís not my favorite Liz Fielding book, but was still a worthy read. Overall, I liked the modern version of a medieval twist on life. Liz Fielding has the ability to take something so far fetched that nobody could buy it and make it plausible and believable.

Robyn

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