She Woke Up Married

She Woke Up Married

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by Suzanne Macpherson

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Paris James has come to Las Vegas to take the sting off turning the dreaded "Three-O." But one glass of bubbly leads to another — and when the redhead wakes up the next morning, she finds to her astonishment she's in bed with ... Elvis! The good news is it's the young, sexy Elvis. The bad news is there's a diamond ring on her finger. Sometime during the

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Paris James has come to Las Vegas to take the sting off turning the dreaded "Three-O." But one glass of bubbly leads to another — and when the redhead wakes up the next morning, she finds to her astonishment she's in bed with ... Elvis! The good news is it's the young, sexy Elvis. The bad news is there's a diamond ring on her finger. Sometime during the evening she actually married The King of Rock 'n' Roll! Well, what happened in Vegas better stay in Vegas, right?

But not if Turner Pruitt has anything to say about it. Because years before he put on his first pair of blue suede shoes, Turner knew the real Paris ... She's running away, as usual, but he knows her deepest secrets, and as much as she struggles against love, Paris is going to need him by her side as she faces her demons head-on.

Because this time, Paris James has met her match.

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Fashion model Paris James has spent her life avoiding commitment. So when she wakes up on the morning of her 30th birthday next to a naked Elvis impersonator who claims to be her new husband, she prays the whole thing is a terrible joke. But her marriage is very real, and "Elvis" turns out to be none other than her best friend from high school, Turner Pruitt, who now works as a singing minister in an Elvis chapel in Las Vegas. Turner has always had a huge crush on the vulnerable Paris, and now that fate and drunken impetuousness have brought them together, he's determined to honor their vows. Paris escapes home to New York, but soon discovers their night of wild passion led to more than just the unwelcome acquisition of a husband. Combining playful absurdity (to the tune of Paris's immense teddy bear collection) with a heartfelt examination of more emotionally weighty issues, MacPherson (In the Mood) succeeds in creating a romance that stands out from the pack. Readers will sigh over Turner's sensitive sexiness and will cheer Paris as she tackles her greatest fears to claim well-deserved happiness. Agent, Karen Solem at Spencerhill. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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She Woke Up Married

By Suzanne Macpherson

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Copyright © 2007 Suzanne Macpherson
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ISBN: 9780060517694

Chapter One

Heartbreak Hotel

Paris groaned and forced one eye open by an act of sheer redheaded willpower. Only one eye opened because the other one was stuck shut with a false eyelash. It was hard enough opening the one, because she'd really, really, had too much to drink last night, and it hurt to move her eyelids. She didn't want to try moving the other parts of her body.

What a crappy, stupid way to start the second day of being thirty. Her brain felt like it had cotton balls glue-gunned to the inside of her skull. Come to think of it, the inside of her mouth felt the same way.

A horrid light pierced through a six-inch gap in the hotel curtains. She saw the distorted out-line of the Eiffel Tower in the distance. She knew damn well she wasn't in France; she was in Las Vegas. A fuzzy sort of Vegas at the moment. What had she done last night?

A deep and extreme need arose in her. She needed coffee. Java. Mud. Hot and thick. Right now. For a minute she wondered if room service might just this once read her mind so she wouldn't have to move any more of her body until a nice big cup of hot coffee was within reach.

The horrid light from the window kept glinting into her open eye. Actually it was glinting off something else in the room, causing a sort of disco-ball effect, which only made things worse. Paris wondered ifshe'd been so stupid as to wear that red sequined dress last night. Sequins made anyone look fat -- and that dress had practically been sprayed on, like Ponytail Barbie's Moonlight Serenade dress. She should throw it out, but sometimes a girl needs to put on red sequins -- like maybe on her thirtieth birthday.

She blinked at the glittering disco light, and her sight focused on a white jacket hanging on the hotel desk chair close by. What the hell had she bought now? She raised her head an inch off the pillow and moved her hand up to the stuck together eye, pulling at the false eyelash. All of that was extremely painful, and her need for coffee increased tenfold. She groaned. She sat up partway and flopped her head forward, a curtain of her own red hair blocking the view. Paris lifted her head slowly and parted the hair curtain, but something got stuck in her long curls. She yanked and freed her hand and looked down to see a very large, square-cut diamond ring on her left hand. When did she buy that?

Her two eyes refocused across the room to that white thing on the chair. It was an Elvisstyle jacket with a big-ass collar and broad shoulders, and it was dancing in the sunlight.

Her eyes moved to the floor below. There sat one pair of men's white cowboy boots, complete with silver cording and silver studs to match.

What the hell had she done this time?

"Good morning, Mrs. Pruitt."

Paris moved her head painfully, quickly, to her right. She sucked in a quick, searing breath and let out an involuntary, long, loud scream, clutching the sheets against her naked breasts and scrabbling herself to the far edge of the bed.

Beside her in the king-size bed was The King himself. Elvis incarnate. His sexy Elvis mouth was smiling at her. He was buck-naked, his head propped on his elbow, a hunk of his wavy black hair curled down on his forehead.

And speaking of hunks, at least he was a hunk a hunka burning love Elvis -- the early years, instead of a hunka big ol' later Elvis.

"Who the hell are you?" Paris croaked. Her voice was still asleep. She wished she were too.

She knew full well she'd gotten herself into this mess, but she needed some facts, fast.

"Now, darlin', that's not the words a man wants to hear from his wife the morning after their wedding."

"Wedding? What wedding?" Paris screeched. She looked down at that big-ass ring on her left ring finger again and screamed out loud -- again.

"Let me order up some breakfast for you, dear. A big ol' pot of coffee will help you remember."

"Don't call me dear. I'll take that coffee, though."

Hunka Love got out of bed and rose to his full six-foot-four-inch naked glory. Paris actually got hot staring at him. She felt a flush of heat run up her neck and into her face.

"Well, at least you remember the package, if not the name. I guess that's a good start. My, oh, my, you are a mess, woman. There's an eyelash on your right breast, you know."

She looked down at her exposed right breast vaguely, still lost in a lustful thought. He leaned back over the bed and reached for her. She flinched with surprise.

"Hold still now, this won't hurt a bit." His eyes were deep chocolate brown -- almost black -- and he stared into her eyes as he peeled the offending eyelash off the top of her breast and handed it to her. "There now, you just sit tight. I'll ring up some grub."

Grub? There was no way she'd actually married this cowboy Elvis dude, drunk or not. But she had to admit that she could see clearly why she'd seduced his gorgeous behind into her bed. As he walked away and gave her a terrific view of that behind, she had some scattered memories of unzipping that white Elvis jacket off his incredible body.

It dawned on her that since her birthday had been March 31, this was April Fool's Day. Someone must have put this guy up to this. What a grand joke, really. It sort of reeked of Anton's style ...



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Guest More than 1 year ago
I rarely read new authors, but for some reason this book caught my eye. I have to say that it has made me want to read more of her books. The character development and story line was very well done. I do wish that the mother/daughter thing would have been explained a bit more, but it still did not leave a hole in the book because it was so well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just finished reading this book a couple of minutes ago. It was an amazing book. I cried through all of the ending! A mix if happy tears, sad tears, anger tears! I was so sad the book has end. It was a great ending, a great way to wrap things up. I just enjoyed it so much I want another!
doggis More than 1 year ago
Awesome story line. Very well written. Enjoyed it immensely
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book, it was an awesome read, I just wanted to keep turning the pages, until I was finished!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't even had the book for 24 fours yet. I couldnt even put it down in the store. It is one of the best books I have ever read. The book captured me. I stayed up until 2 in the morning reading so I could find out the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story with a few sexually explicit scenes, but other than that, a great read.
harstan More than 1 year ago
With a hangover, thirty year old model Paris James awakens in a strange hotel room in Vegas. She notices the diamond on her finger and is stunned when Elvis the younger greets her with a good morning Mrs. Pruitt. Apparently during the night of overindulging she married Elvis.--- Reverend Turner Pruitt is as stunned to realize he married Paris whom he knew as Patricia Jamison thirteen years ago and dubbed her Paris as in Bogart¿s Casablanca. He runs the local Graceland Chapel trying to reach sinners. While Paris plans to annul their marriage before running back to New York, Turn plans to stay wedded to Paris as he realizes he loved her back then and apparently never stopped loving her or why would a conservative person like him lose control. All he needs to do is persuade his bride that they belong together in and out of bed forever.--- SHE WOKE UP MARRIED is an amusing contemporary romance starring two likable protagonists with differing opinions on their sudden marital status. Paris is an interesting kooky lead while Turner knows that she is the one as she gets him to do things he would never do. Somewhat inane, fans will enjoy this humorous tale of love between Reverend Elvis the younger and the over the hill model.--- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
Turning 30 is no big deal ¿ unless you are a model where aging is a death sentence. Hot headed as she is red headed, Paris James was not too keen on reaching her thirtieth. That was why she headed straight for Vegas to help ease her misery. She wriggled into a tight red sequined dress, partied the night away and gleefully threw herself at the sexy Elvis impersonator strutting his stuff on stage. `Elvis¿ was none other than Paris¿s high school sweetheart, Turner Pruitt. He had loved her when she was a confused seventeen year old and found he still loved her when he saw her gyrating her hips in the audience. Our protagonists wakes up the next morning to find themselves bona fide husband and wife. Turner is delighted but Paris is mortified. She packs up her bags and goes back to New York leaving strict instructions for Turner to annul the marriage. But when Turner chases his new bride to New York, the blushing bride is none too happy¿especially when nausea sets in and a pregnancy test comes out positive. Thus, all of Paris¿s tragic family history and anxieties come tumbling down like a ton of bricks. A patient and devoted Turner will have to show her that his unconditional love for her is here to stay. SHE WOKE UP MARRIED starts off with an insane story line of a marriage consumed under the influence of questionable liquids.Those expecting laugh out loud moments and wicked treats are in for a surprise as the story takes an abrupt turn with the serious issue of post-partum psychosis and its ramifications. The author¿s prose was a little `comedic contrived¿ as she tries too hard to be humorous and bleak all at the same time. The dialogue was wooden and repetitive, and movements of the characters too predictable leading to an ending that was just too darn easy. Author¿s efforts has provided us with a mildly amusing contemporary romance suitable for the 'I Don¿t Want To Be Intellectually Challenged By A Book¿ category.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read for something i thought was going to be a really retarted storylline but it was a great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eventhough i only read this sample i coupdn't put it down and the beggining really makes you want to read it. Also its only one dollar, cheap and good story line!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Better than the other books,including those boring books ive read !!!!!im serious this is the best one ever!!!!i got it becuase this is what actrully happened to me becuase first i find im married mext you know impl pregnet and have 3 kids!!!!!!!oh,well its the best book ever!!!!^.^
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is 1 of the best i have ever read WOW i mean i cant even put it into words this guy Turner is... you just want him you wish he could pop out of the book. this book is a lil sad and nothin but excitement through the whole book. i PROMISE you you will love this book if not love like theres not 1 bad comment to say about this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought the book because I knew of the Authors work. I was not disappointed in the book. It was a page turner and an enjoyable read. I am looking to reading more from this Author.
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Very funny enjoy the whole thing.
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CoKo812 More than 1 year ago
Very good book.  Kept my interest from start to finish!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book...It was realistic! Especially about the pregnancy and the fears. And I love the fact that the male role was strong but honest. This was just amazing. I loved every bit of it. At times I wanted to smack Paris! And I would turn the page and Millie was handling the buisness. And Sara gave it to her too. I would definately read another book by this author. This book pulls out all the emotions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good light read
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