The Hostage Bride

The Hostage Bride

by Kate Walker
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The Hostage Bride by Kate Walker

Fliss's father has been embezzling from Argentine billionaire Ricardo Valeron! She knows Rico is ruthless in his business dealings and will stop at nothing to ruin her father if he should uncover the truth. To save her father, Fliss agrees to marry an old friend—and in return he'll pay her father's debt.

But before the ceremony takes place, Rico arrives and whisks Fliss away. Has he discovered the missing money? Is he out for revenge? Just what are Rico's intentions toward his hostage bride...?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426880537
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 10/01/2010
Series: Latin Lovers , #2315
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 284,708
File size: 399 KB

About the Author

Kate Walker was born in Nottinghamshire, England, but the family moved to West Yorkshire when she was just 18 months old, and she has always regarded Yorkshire as home. She was the middle child in a family of five girls, growing up in a home where books were vitally important, and she read anything she could get her hands on.

Even before she could write she was making up stories. At the age of four she was telling the tale of The Three Little Raindrops— Drippy, Droppy, and Droopy—to her two younger sisters. She can't remember a time when she wasn't scribbling away at something, and wrote her first "book" when she was 11.

But everyone told her that she would never make a living as a writer, and that she should work toward a more secure career. So she decided that if she couldn't write books, at least she could work with them, and settled for becoming a librarian.

On leaving school she went to the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth to study English and librarianship. While there, she met her husband, who was also studying at the college. They married and moved back north, eventually settling in Lincolnshire, where she worked as a children's librarian until her son was born.

After three years of being a full-time housewife and mother she was ready for a new challenge, but needed something she could do at home, so she turned to her old love of writing. Her first attempts at writing novels were done at the kitchen table, often working late into the night when her son was asleep, or during a few snatched hours while he was out at nursery school.

The first two novels she sent off to Harlequin Mills & Boon were rejected, but the third attempt was successful. She can still remember the moment that a letter of acceptance arrived instead of the rejection slip she had been dreading.

She must have read that letter over and over a hundred times before what it said sank in, and for days she kept checking it just to make sure she hadn't been dreaming. But the moment she really realized that she was a published writer was when copies of her first book, The Chalk Line, arrived just in time to be one of her best Christmas presents ever.

Fitting in hobbies around writing and being a wife and mother can be difficult, but Kate always finds time to read. She loves all sorts of fiction, especially romance, obviously, but she also enjoys historical novels, detective fiction, and long, absorbing biographies, and she can spend hours in bookshops, just browsing.

During her working hours, her four cats, all adopted from the RSPCA, keep her company in her study, though they have to be dissuaded from sitting on the piles of papers that they are convinced are there just for their benefit.

Kate is often asked if she's a romantic person because she writes romances. Her answer is that if being romantic means caring about other people enough to make that extra special effort for them, then, yes, she is.

Romance is about making the important people in your life feel valued and letting them know that you care. But she also writes about relationships and the difficulties people sometimes have in understanding each other, or expressing their feelings, or overcoming problems.

Sometimes, when the right words won't come, or an idea hasn't worked out as she thought, she wonders why she doesn't have a regular nine-to-five job— but only sometimes. When the story's flowing and the characters come alive, she really can't imagine doing anything else. And there's a tremendous satisfaction in knowing that she's doing what she always dreamed of and proving wrong all those people who said she would never make a successful career out of her writing.

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Hostage Bride 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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A little draggy in places but definitely worth reading
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Again Kate Walker pens a winner with her newest book, The Hostage Bride, and ensures her place in her readers¿ auto-buy lists. Dutiful daughter Felicity Hamilton will do anything for her parents -- including marrying a man she does not love in order to pay off her father¿s embezzling and keep him out of jail. Billionaire Ricardo 'Rico' Valeron will do anything for his sister -- including kidnapping Felicity and taking her hostage to stop her from marrying the father of his sister's unborn child. Taken to his secluded home, Felicity is left with no other choice but to rely on Rico. All too soon, their mistrust of each other turns to an all-consuming passion that burns right down to their souls. Kate Walker knows how to create a romance with just the right amount of suspense to enthrall her readers into coming back repeatedly and she has done it again with The Hostage Bride. She gives readers a true lesson in compassion and understanding and teaches us that everything is not always as you see it -- that you must really look close to see what is right before your eyes. No one person was right or wrong in The Hostage Bride no matter what they did. The way they went about it might not have been the best, but the love behind the actions spoke louder than anything: from Felicity doing what she did to spare her mother pain and save her father to Rico kidnapping her to save his sister's sanity and possibly even her life. As a daughter and sister I can understand the love that drove Felicity and Rico to do what they did and as a romantic at heart it brought a smile to my face that life came full circle and brought them right where they deserved to be -- together. Let Rico and Felicity take your heart hostage with Kate Walker's newest release