The Mancini Marriage Bargain

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"It's a bit late to start desiring a woman ten minutes before you divorce her...."

He'd wed her to save her from a forced marriage to another man. Twelve years later, Paolo Mancini's back to tell his wife, beautiful Helene Grainger, they can divorce at last.

But Paolo is still the passionate and gorgeous Italian whom Helene married. When they are reunited for one last night, Paolo realizes what he's been ...

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Overview

"It's a bit late to start desiring a woman ten minutes before you divorce her...."

He'd wed her to save her from a forced marriage to another man. Twelve years later, Paolo Mancini's back to tell his wife, beautiful Helene Grainger, they can divorce at last.

But Paolo is still the passionate and gorgeous Italian whom Helene married. When they are reunited for one last night, Paolo realizes what he's been missing--and decides that he cannot let her go!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780373125289
  • Publisher: Harlequin
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Series: Harlequin Presents Series , #2528
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Trish Morey wrote her first book at age 11 for a children's book-week competition. Entitled Island Dreamer, it tells the story of an orphaned girl and her life on Hindmarsh Island and was totally self-published. She wrote, illustrated and stitched the pages together herself (her earliest and least successful experience with body piercing!). Island Dreamer was also to be her first rejection--her entry was disqualified unread because she'd transposed the copyright and title pages. This rejection had a devastating effect on the young writer's psyche. Shattered and broken, she turned to a life where she could combine her love of fiction with her need for creativity. You guessed it--Trish became a chartered accountant.

Prepared to set the financial world alight, Trish moved from her native Adelaide to Canberra, where she promptly fell in love with a handsome guy who cut computer code. Marriage followed a few years later, along with a stint in Wellington, New Zealand, where Trish worked for the NZ Treasury. There she penned her second book--A Guide to Departmental Budgeting. It didn't have a huge print run and the royalties were nonexistent, but she'd learned something--the pages were at least stapled. Unfortunately, she never got to complete the surefire sequel and New York Times bestseller, Asset Management, as her hormones intervened with a healthy dose of motherhood.

Two years later and back home in Canberra after the birth of their second daughter, Trish spied an article announcing that Mills & Boon was actively seeking new authors. It was one of those "Eureka!" moments. Her whole life clicked into place and immediately she embarked on a professional writing course. She sent off a couple of partials, earned a couple of rejections, had a couple more daughters and even had a couple of feature articles published in the newspapers. Just so she wouldn't get bored, the family moved countries a couple more times.

Back in Australia and now with four daughters, Trish knew it was time to get serious with her writing. She started entering the contests offered by Romance Writers of Australia, achieving third place in her first competition. More successes followed, along with closer involvement in RWA Australia. Trish managed three contests for RWA before serving on the RWA Executive in 2002-3 as conference coordinator, organizing the 2003 Gold Coast "Passion in Paradise" conference. Trish is currently vice president of RWA Australia.

In 2002 Trish entered the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart contest for the first time and was amazed and delighted to final in the short contemporary section. The same manuscript was already under consideration in London, and in June 2003 (actually June 18th at 6:32 p.m.) the magical phone call came. Mills & Boon wanted to buy her book!

According to Trish, selling a book is a major life achievement that ranks up there with jumping out of an airplane and motherhood. All three take commitment, determination and sheer guts, but the effort is so very, very worthwhile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2006

    Passion and Lust - Wonderful

    When I read the first book in Trish Morey¿s series, Stolen by the Sheikh, well I was hooked. However, I knew that the ¿other side of the story¿ would be revealed in The Mancini Marriage Bargain. In the first book one learns that loss of both life and marriage happened due to a business deal between father¿s that ¿went sour¿. Sheikh Khaled wanted revenge for the death of his parents and for being stood up at the altar in Stolen by the Sheikh. In this book, Mancini Marriage, one learns the ¿other side¿ of the story. Paolo marries Helene 12 years earlier to save her from an arranged marriage. They live apart all of these years and when Paolo is the object of revenge and looses his current companion to the Sheikh who wants revenge in the end he contacts his ¿wife on paper¿ for a divorce. From that very moment, the story begins and takes the reader on a high speed roller coaster. Lack of communication and misunderstandings and an extreme sensual pull between the main characters Helene and Paolo plus the knowledge of a pregnancy, complicate everything. This is a wonderful story, one not to be missed and I would suggest tissues for your tears. Book Summary: 'It's a bit late to start desiring a woman ten minutes before you divorce her....' He'd wed her to save her from a forced marriage to another man. Twelve years later, Paolo Mancini's back to tell his wife, beautiful Helene Grainger, they can divorce at last. But Paolo is still the passionate and gorgeous Italian whom Helene married. When they are reunited for one last night, Paolo realizes what he's been missing ¿ and decides that he cannot let her go!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    Epicness

    I agree 100% and HOLY COW MY KIRBY FANFIC IS A NOOKFIC GIANT!? Anyway, pretty good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    Ciarra

    I really cannot say what hasn't been said (See, this is why people worship Operation: Crossover). I would love to see this one grow up to be big and strong! Keep 'er goin!

    Ps, ASDFGHJKL GARGAMEL U READ MAH STOREH? ITS A NOOKFIC GIANT? FANGIRLING FANGIRLING ASDFGHJKL THX U MADE MY DAY IM SUCH A NERD I LOVE OPERATION: CROSSOVER EVEN THOUGH I DON'T WATCH ANY OF THE SHOWS U WRITE ABOUT YOU'RE CRAZY AWESOME SORRY HAD 2 GET THAT OUT THERE.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    To Below

    Wow, you wrote so much it was longer than the prolouge. I agree with you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2014

    Gargamel to the author of Force

    All rightey. First things first, NEVER insult your own book in an advertizement. It's stupid. You should never make people read your books out of guilt. So, in the future, advertize your book like you would a clan. Tell everyone the good points and be honest.<p>Now, about the book itself.<p>There have been many nook-fiction giants popping up recently. Lakeside Drive, Kirby and the Dark Phoenix...you get the picture. But one big thing about these fictions are that none of them are animal-centered. No warrior nookfics. Which is not suprising, because let's face it: the idea of warrior cats is overused. And THAT, my friend, is one of the reasons your story appeals to me. The idea is ORIGINAL. Creativity is a huge bonus to any story.<p>Your grammar was literally flawless. I always say that when you are writing a good story, there is always time to go back and correct grammar mistakes. Remember that as you continue writing.<p>Your characters are intriguing. Napoleon, especially, at least for me. A rat with a New Yorker accent? Genius!! It's always fun to play around with accents.<p>Plotwise, I can't give you much. And that's good, because a prologue should never develop much plot. It should develop just enough to make the reader wonder more about what the story is about.<p>The one fault is that is was very short, even for a prologue. You have 3,500 characters to use. So use them.<p>I think you have what it takes to be one of the giants in nookfic. So fix your advertizing, leingthen your writing, and let your mind run free.<p>--Gargamel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Force - Prologue

    The Quabi tribe leader walked up to the front of the group.
    <p>
    "Would any new members like to come in front?" He grunted. The dark-skinned people watched in anticipation. A rat and a white lop-eared rabbit emerged from the crowd, looking scruffy, the bones of birds and mice tied into their dirty locks of fur.
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    The leader spat. "Looks like we're having dinner a little early, huh?" Everyone cackled wickedly. "Whoa, whoa, whoa." said the gray rat in a New York accent. "We're joining this tribe. That okay with you?" The she-rabbit narrowed her eyes and elbowed him. "What Napoleon means is, we would like to join your gangly gang of...what would I call you....er..tribe-members."
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    The leader looked at the two strangly. "You may join." He replied queerly. "We Quabis are a strong group. We will defeat the FBI and any organizations standing in our way. Am I right?" Everyone made loud noises in agreement, and Napoleon and Daisy grimaced.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2012

    Errrrr

    I'm 50/50 about this book. I like it but I kinda don't like it. The lovers' issues must have gotten into me too.... bloody contagious. Sorry it's not a helpful review.

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