First Comes Love (In Hot Water Book 1) [NOOK Book]

Overview

A 94,000-word full-length novel.

There's a saying around the town of Hot Water, California: "Wilder women don't wed." When the town was founded, the Wilders ran the local house of ill repute...nowadays they're still known for their naughty ways.

But Kitty Wilder has decided that it's time for all that to ...
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First Comes Love (In Hot Water Book 1)

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Overview

A 94,000-word full-length novel.

There's a saying around the town of Hot Water, California: "Wilder women don't wed." When the town was founded, the Wilders ran the local house of ill repute...nowadays they're still known for their naughty ways.

But Kitty Wilder has decided that it's time for all that to change!

Kitty Wilder longed for a little respectability, so eight years ago she finagled an "I do" out of local hero Dylan Matthews. The ceremony was only supposed to be a tourist attraction sham, but a loophole made it legal ... a little fact she'd "conveniently" neglected to share until Dylan came storming back into her life.

How could he be married and not even know it? As an FBI agent, Dylan thought he'd seen it all, but this was outrageous. Kitty is still gorgeous, appealing, and even she deserves more than the toughened man he had become. But before Dylan can accept the powerful emotions he has for this unexpected wife he has to first face down the demons of his past...
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Editorial Reviews

Jill M. Smith
"This delightful novel uses a twist on the battle between the sexes to form a really touching and appealing story. Christie Ridgway is one gifted author."
B. Kathy Leitle
"First Comes Love is the kind of contemporary romance I like. It has humor, people I believe could be real, and the serious stuff makes sense. Christie Ridgway has another winner."
Andrea Pool
"Christie Ridgway writes a great tale of overcoming expectations and reputations and finding a perfect match in First Comes Love."
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012756473
  • Publisher: Christie Ridgway
  • Publication date: 7/20/2011
  • Series: In Hot Water Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 156,633
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Christie Ridgway is the USA Today bestselling author of over thirty-five contemporary romances. A five-time RITA finalist and winner of RT Book Reviews Contemporary Romance of the Year, this native Californian is known for book that make readers laugh and cry. Booklist says Christie writes "contemporary romance at its best."
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  • Posted October 17, 2011

    Funny and Cute Read

    This is an fun entry into a new series. The heroine and hero were totally enjoyable as they fought their various demons before finding love. At first I thought the premise a bit of a stretch but knowing small towns I decided it was plausible and just went with it. It was at times sad and most times funny. The supporting characters especially her mother and his father added to my enjoyment. The characters are well defined and the plot well thought out. I look forward to the next entry in this series.

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  • Posted January 16, 2014

    This was a really cute story with some really funny moments and

    This was a really cute story with some really funny moments and very hot love scenes. There was also a secondary love story that I thought was good too. Looking forward to finishing up this series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2008

    Fantastic!!!

    I really liked this book alot.. I didn't have any expectations for it, since I've never heard of this author before, but now, I can't wait to read the second book, Then Comes Marriage.. This book had me laughing and crying. And the author tells a good story that contains love, romance, heartache and closure for these people. It's only sad that we didn't get to see the hero in action since he is hunky, sexy, and dangerous as an FBI agent!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2005

    One of the best

    This is one of the best reads I have had all summer. Good plot, Characters definded well, loved the development and set up of the town would love to read more stories with the setting of Hot Water.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2003

    GREAT Summer Read

    This is one of the best summer reads I've had in a long time. Great humor, cute plot. The author does well introducing and personifying all the characters in the book - almost feel you know them when you're done reading it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2002

    Fun Loving and Sexy!

    A good book to start the summer with. Easy and fun reading. You feel like a member of the town when you're done reading this good-humored story. Wonderful small town feel about true love that comes to those who wait!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    romantic romp

    The entire country believes FBI Special Agent Dylan Matthews is a hero due to his recent rescues of damsels in distress. When Dylan returns to his hometown of Hot Water, California after an eight-year hiatus, the Feds inform the media he needs some R & R. However, the press spreads unconfirmed rumors that Dylan is going to marry one of the women he saved. <P>Though she hates the job, Kitty Wilder runs the family business, the Burning Rose brothel. All Kitty ever wanted is a conventional lifestyle with a normal job, a loving husband, and a few kids. Though her neighbors will always consider her a wild Wilder, Kitty plans to break with her family heritage and retire as the town¿s madam in about five weeks. <P> Eight years ago, a drunk Kitty and Dylan got ¿married¿ Heritage Day style. She officially registered their nuptials and the duo is legally married. Dylan returned home because a background check revealed his marital status. Though he planned to straighten out the error, Dylan soon finds he wants to remain married to Kitty even though that might break his family¿s heritage of upright good citizenry. <P>Once the reader accepts the premise that the FBI missed the fact that Dylan is legally married on previous background checks, fans will enjoy this amusing romantic romp. The story line unabashedly keeps the humor at high levels throughout the novel. Kitty and Dylan are a joy to behold as their banter and love end family traditions. FIRST COMES LOVE shows that Christie Ridgeway is a first class author. <P>Harriet Klausner

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