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A Bride for Jericho Bravo by Christine Rimmer


Cover art: A Bride for Jericho Bravo Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: A Bride for Jericho Bravo - Bravo Family Ties
Author: Christine Rimmer
Publisher: Silhouette Special Edition
ISBN-13: 978-0373-65511-3
Release Date: March 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Romance
Year/Setting: Present day San Antonio, Texas
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: Sensual
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Christine's Website: www.christinerimmer.com

Marnie Jones left California and didnít look back. Well, not until she got to her sisterís house in San Antonio, Texas. After the boyfriend youíve had for years and known since grade school has jilted you, it only makes sense to drive cross-country to see your big sister, Tessa. Especially since Tessa has always been able to help soothe Marnieís feelings. Tessa married Ash Bravo and moved with him to Texas to be close to his large family and the ranch they own. When Marnie has a huge run in with Ashís brother, Jericho Bravo, sparks really fly. And when temporary insanity sets in, itís a close call between Jericho laughing at Marnie or choosing to throw her in jail.

As Marnie gets to know Jericho, she starts to see that the bad sheep, tough guy exterior is hiding a man who has a sensitive spirit and who just wants to belong. Thatís not so far off of what Marnie really wants, too. And now Marnieís relationship with Jericho is making her believe that second chances would be possible. But knowing their chances to be together are on a time clock; the whole thing is bittersweet. Will they risk more than the six weeks she plans to be in Texas or do all good things come to an end?

This book has a different flavor than the other Bravo Family Ties books Iíve read. Thereís something about the vulnerability of both Marnie and Jericho that really struck a chord with me. Both Marnie and Jericho feel like they are somehow failing their family and have trouble accepting the love their families offer. They feel unworthy and because they see themselves as inferior, they donít always make the best decisions. When they make bad choices, they see it as reaffirming how unworthy they really are. I believe everyone goes through these feelings of inadequacy at some point in our lives. Christine Rimmer really hits home on the idea that if we look at ourselves through different lenses, we might find out weíre not so bad after all.

Itís the indecision and insecurities that really drew me to both Marnie and Jericho. At first, Jericho was a bit scary, but I quickly saw the child who felt like he was never good enough hiding behind the tough exterior. Once I could see that boy in the man, I was hooked. Jericho and Marnie really donít hit it off very well and it looked like the story would be over before it even began. When Marnie starts working at the chopper shop Jericho is part owner of, it gets interesting. With some spur of the moment thinking, Marnie decides Jericho would make a great Ďrebound maní. Everyone knows sheís only there short term and we all know a rebound fling helps heal a broken heart. Will she manage to keep her heart when she puts it back together? Or will she hand it over to JerichoÖpossibly to never be returned.

A great addition to the Bravo Family Ties series. I was touched by their story and drawn to these characters. I hope youíll enjoy A Bride for Jericho Bravo as much as I did.


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