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Married by Mistake (Harlequin Super Romance #1414)
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Married by Mistake (Harlequin Super Romance #1414)

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by Abby Gaines

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Do not adjust your set. That really was Casey Greene being jilted by her fiancé on live TV! And that really was Memphis's most eligible bachelor who stepped in to marry her instead.

Millionaire businessman Adam Carmichael wanted only to help Casey save face. He isn't prepared for the news that their "fake" wedding is legal and binding.

While they secretly


Do not adjust your set. That really was Casey Greene being jilted by her fiancé on live TV! And that really was Memphis's most eligible bachelor who stepped in to marry her instead.

Millionaire businessman Adam Carmichael wanted only to help Casey save face. He isn't prepared for the news that their "fake" wedding is legal and binding.

While they secretly wait for an annulment, media and family scrutiny forces them to put on their best loving-couple act. Except by now, neither one is quite sure who's acting….

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Harlequin Super Romance Series , #1414
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4.20(w) x 6.60(h) x 0.90(d)

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The bride wore A long white dress and a look of utter despair.

Adam Carmichael saw her through the glass wall of the Memphis Channel Eight boardroom, scurrying down the corridor as fast as the full skirt of her dress would allow, flicking furtive glances over her shoulder.

Damn, a runaway bride. Could this day get any worse?

He stepped out of the boardroom, and she saved him the effort of stopping her when she cannoned into him, preoccupied by one of those over-the-shoulder checks. Soft yet firm breasts pressed hard against Adam's chest; honey-gold hair tickled his chin.

He steadied her with his hands on her upper arms. And saw tears welling in her eyes. Instantly he released her, took a step back.

She brushed at the tears with short, impatient movements. "I'm sorry, I didn't mean to—" She looked behind her again and said distractedly, "Anyway, it was nice meeting you, but I really must."

She gathered up her skirt, ready to run, giving Adam a glimpse of slim ankles above a pair of silk shoes.

Overhead, the PA system crackled to life, and Adam recognized the voice of Channel Eight's senior producer, unusually agitated. "Would Casey Greene please return to makeup immediately. Casey Greene to makeup." There was a pause, then the producer said, " Now!" more ferociously than Adam had ever heard her speak before.

There was no mistaking the whimper from the runaway bride, nor the flare of panic in her eyes, which were the gray-green of the Mississippi when a storm was brewing.

Adam clamped a hand over her forearm. "Sounds like they're looking for you."

"I can't go back." She tried to tug her arm free. Fleetingly, he considered letting her go. But much as he hated this wedding show, he wasn't about to sabotage it.

They were due to go live in an hour, so it was a safe bet people would be scouring the building for the missing bride. In her panic to get away, she'd obviously taken the elevator up instead of down. It might take awhile for the search party to reach the top-floor boardroom, but they'd get here in the end.

"You can't leave like this," he said. "You look terrible." Oops, that wasn't the most tactful thing to say to a bride. "I mean, you look great—fantastic." He ran a quick eye over her to check if he'd made a fair assessment. She was a little on the short side, around five-four in her shoes, he estimated, but the dress hugged some very attractive curves.

He pushed open the door to the boardroom. "Why don't you take a minute to pull yourself together?, He gave her no chance to refuse, shepherding her in, then steering her to one of the black leather couches arranged along the far wall. He turned a chair from the boardroom table around to face her, and sat down. "I assume you're Casey Greene?"

She nodded. Someone walked past the board-room, and she shrank down in the couch.

"It's only my secretary," he assured her. But she looked jittery, as if she might spring up at any moment. Adam estimated it had been a minute since that call over the PA, probably several minutes since she'd left her minders. Where were those guys? He said chattily, " So you're a guest on Kiss the Bride?"

"I was."

Uh-oh. This was just what he needed, after he'd worked through the night to get this show into some semblance of order, tying up the loose ends his cousin Henry, the show's creator, had overlooked. Except Adam hadn't had time to check if Henry had lined up a replacement bridal couple in case someone pulled out. he'd bet money the answer was no.

Any minute now, representatives of the show's sponsor, New Visage Cosmetics, would arrive at the studio to see the debut of "their" show. New Visage was in a different league from Channel Eight's other sponsors; having them on board would bring the station to the attention of the major players. Adam couldn't afford for anything to go wrong.

He wanted to haul this woman back to the production suite—anyone dumb enough to sign up for a surprise wedding show deserved whatever she got. "It's understandable you have cold feet. Just remember, this is the happiest day of your life."

He couldn't have sounded very convincing, for she shot him an unbridelike glare.

"Oh, sure," she said. "I dupe my fiancé into coming to the TV studio, and he won't find out until we're on air that he's here to get married. Happy days."

Adam should never have left Henry in charge while he was in New York. His cousin must have had this crazy idea in mind for months, to have set the show up in just four weeks. Adam had come home two days ago to find the station abuzz with excitement about Kiss the Bride.

He could have canned it. But then the family stockholders would accuse him of being high-handed again. Better to let tonight run its course, then convince New Visage to put their money into a higher quality program.

The muted sound of the PA system drifted in from the corridor. "Paging Casey Greene. If anyone has seen Casey Greene could they please notify Production immediately."

Adam eyed the telephone on the boardroom table. Casey stiffened. "You wouldn't."

He would, if he didn't think it would scare her into resuming her escape. He had an hour of live TV to fill, the viewers had been promised a wedding show and that's what they would get. A show delivered to the highest possible standard. Which meant no empty seats on the set. "How about we let the crew know you're okay?"

Her eyes narrowed. "Who are you?, "Adam Carmichael." There was no flash of recognition—he had to assume she didn't read those magazines that voted him Memphis's Most Eligible Bachelor. "I run this place."

"So you can get me out of here? Off the show?, She stood in a flurry of excitement, a hopeful smile curving her mouth, crinkling the corners of those gray-green eyes, hinting at a dimple in her right cheek.

"Why don't you tell me," he hedged, " exactly what the problem is?"

Her smile faded and she sat down again. "you're not going to help, are you? Don't worry, I'll figure it out myself."

Adam hadn't missed the vulnerability that shadowed her eyes.

The vulnerability that made her not his type. "Have you changed your mind about the wedding?, Maybe he could find someone—a woman, someone happily married, anyone but him—to talk her around.

"Not exactly. I'm desperate, or I wouldn't have resorted to coming on Kiss the Bride."

She didn't look desperate. With her eyes still bright with moisture and her cheeks flushed at the personal nature of the conversation, she looked more than ordinarily attractive, like the kind of woman who would have potential bridegrooms lining up on her doorstep.

"Is your fiancé giving you trouble?"

Casey shook her head. "Joe is pretty well perfect. Kind, good-looking, honest—fun to be with."

"He sounds great," Adam said heartily. "How about we get you to the studio so you can marry him?"

Okay, so that wasn't subtle. She fixed him with a stung, accusatory expression. "But what about love?"

Adam felt the kick of a headache at his left temple. He looked through the glass, out into the empty corridor. How the hell could the production team be doing such a bad job of finding this woman? "I don't know," he said cautiously. "What about love?"

Casey eased back into the cushions, as if he'd hit on her favorite subject. "I love Joe, and he loves me." She spread her hands, palms up. "We wouldn't have got engaged otherwise, would we?, "I suppose not," Adam said.

"But sometimes, people love you for what you can do for them, as much as for who you are, and it's hard to tell the difference. I always wanted a husband who'd adore me just for myself, and someone I adored back. Real love, no strings attached." Her finger traced the piping that edged one of the cushions. "If I'm honest, that's not what Joe and I have."

Adam groaned. Poor Joe, expected to "adore" this woman for the rest of her days, when, if he was anything like most guys, all he wanted was a quiet life.

Her eyes sparked in annoyance. "Don't you think people should hold out for their dreams?"

"I think people should figure out what they want, then go for it," Adam said. "But—a guy who adores you? No strings?, He shook his head. "Those are teenage daydreams."

She thought that over. "You mean, you used to dream of marrying a woman who adored you, but you grew out of it?"

Adam cast another longing glance at the phone. "The last thing a teenage boy wants is to be adored by some woman for the rest of his life." Some of us never grow out of that. "Boys dream about NASCAR racing."

"Did you?"

If sharing that misguided ambition would get her back on the show, Adam would do it. He nodded. "Believe me, I never regretted joining the family business instead."

Even if he had run off to Charlotte, the racing capital, he'd probably still be on the receiving end of constant demands from his grasping relatives.

"Are you married?"

Did he look like a sucker for punishment?

She rushed on without waiting for him to reply, as if it was a relief to be revealing her doubts. At least someone was enjoying this. "Joe and I started dating in high school. We drifted into our engagement at graduation—that was seven years ago. We said we'd wait until we could afford to buy a house before we got married."

"Good idea," Adam said. He inched his hand toward the phone.

"Every time we set a wedding date, something happens to change our plans," she said. "But now I need to hurry things up. Now, I have to get married."

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Married by Mistake 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 653 reviews.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Review by Jen: Casey decides to surprise her fiancée' on a reality show with a wedding. But when he jilts her on live TV, a local businessman steps in to marry Casey instead. Adam thinks the wedding is fake and isn't prepared to learn that he's really married to a stranger. As they wait for an annulment, they play the loving couple... but are they really acting? I picked up this book because the plot sounded interesting. And I'm glad I did. The characters were real and the plot kept me reading. Abby Gaines is a new-to-me author and one that I will read again if her other books are as fresh and unique as this one. I highly recommend trying this book if you want a classic romance with a little twist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Two troubled people coming together and making it work kind of story. No graphic sex. Just an easy read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So good. I would have paid for it. Its a bonus that it was free.
StorytellerKL More than 1 year ago
A well developed and smart read. I read this book on the beach while on vacation, and I found it quite enjoyable and relaxing. Abby Gaines masterfully introduces conflict that keeps you guessing on how she will bring the characters' angst to a happily-ever-after. Her characters are believeable and real, which completes this novel as not only plot driven but character driven as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a great book! I couldnt put it down. Short but great! 170 paged.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a good book to read. The characters meshed together nicely. At 170 readable pages, it makes for a nice quick read. Will read more by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet book about finding love where you least expect it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great Book!
ShellyBF More than 1 year ago
I loved the story. The theme of not settleing for less than equal love is spot on. The fact that Casey decides not to settle when Adam offers to marry her is awesome. Yes it has some angst both when she is jilted by her fiance on the TV show and when she leaves Adam. The story continues to flow. I love both the hero and heroine of the story and think that Sam and Elloise need thier own story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a great read. Love love love!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have to read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love characters are real and actually communicate with each other, refreshing !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very nicely done
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Compared to other free books - this book is great! I dont know why people are complaining over a free book. I would recommend this to other people who want a cute romance book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Altough the beginning was a bit rough for me to get into, I really enjoyed this book. Got a little misty eyed at the end but held it together. Good to see oposites attract.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It looks like a good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not well written at all. It is constantly boring and so predictable that its sad. Also, the author must be British and I am tired of British authors writing about American characters but using British lingo and phrases. Do your homework, authors! I made it through three chapters before I gave up and skimmed my way through it.
avid-mystery-reader More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable and interesting with twist and turns
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hadn't read a romance in a while. Loved this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very interesting twist to a romance but very enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Glad that it was free. It was ok.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a little difficult to get into. I couldn't suspend disbelief enough to get past a millionaire mogul who is against marriage and very much a control freak stepping in and saving the "damsel in distress" and marrying her on live TV. Interesting plot idea, not well thought out. Characters were also a little stale and not very dynamic. I was hoping for some real character development, not a sudden realization in the last chapter. This guy would never have let her drive the car, definitely wouldn't have let her hang onto it for several weeks. Even if the car is a metaphor, still not very believable. Also, not very subtle. If you're looking for a light read to pass the time on an airplane trip or day at the beach, this book is a great choice. Don't hope for much else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. Had a hard time putting it down. Also liked that it was not all heavy in the sex department. Would recommand this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun book, enjoyed reading it, nice, sweet, worth reading
Anonymous More than 1 year ago