Her worst enemy is the one man she can't resist.
Maria Martinez thought it was a dream come true when Ritchie Perez - a sweet and sexy guy she met volunteering at a soup kitchen - took her delinquent little brother Joey under his wing. But her dream becomes a nightmare when she discovers Ritchie is the same man who put her twin brother Tito in prison for 10 years. Now Joey's in trouble, and Ritchie's been appointed his temporary guardian. He'll be moving into Ritchie's luxurious waterfront Miami home - unless he'd prefer a juvenile detention facility.
And if Maria wants to be with him, she'll be moving in too.
Now a hugely successful attorney in private practice, Ritchie made his reputation as a tough prosecutor who didn't make deals with drug dealers and gang members. But that history comes back to haunt him when the woman he's falling for believes he's responsible for convicting an innocent man, and destroying her family. Ritchie wants to stop Joey from making the same mistakes his brother did. And he wants Maria in his bed. But as desire heats their blood, will the past reach out and destroy their future?
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The Millionaire's Unexpected Proposal
"Jane Peden gives readers exactly what they want -- plenty of sass, sizzle, and surprises on every page!"
-- Roxanne St. Claire, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
"The conflict here is rich and deep. There's no greater grist for the gut than two scarred lovers trying to find a way back into each other's arms." -- Julie Leto, New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author
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Jane Peden is a new author to me and I enjoyed her style of writing. When Maria meets the handsome and sexy Ritchie whilst volunteering at a soup kitchen, she has no idea how her life is about to change. In fact Ritchie is determined to swoop in and save the day and in doing so ensure that Joey, Maria’s troubled younger brother is taken under his wing and does not follow the path of his older brother Tito. . Both Ritchie and Maria are determined, strong willed characters but at times they both really annoyed me for various reasons. It was obvious that Maria had struggled in her life and the fact that she was looking after her younger brother was a credit to her When Ritchie is appointed guardian of Joey, the sparks begins to fly. Complications also arise when Maria finds out that Ritchie is the same man who sent her twin brother Tito to prison for 10 years. Can they both get over the past and move towards a future or will it destroy them? Will Maria’s need to argue and her insecurities ruin her chance at finding happiness? Although both Maria and Ritchie grew on me, I just couldn’t warm to these characters as much as I would have liked. Having said that, the beauty of reading is that we are all different and it does not mean that others will not connect to these characters more strongly and look forward to reading more from Jane Peden.
I voluntarily reviewed this ARC from Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.I found this book to be quite sexy read,I loved this cover.It's what attracted me to it in the first place,didn't want it to end.
Recommended for those who like their romance with a sprinkling of billionaire. So, hands up, I am not really a fan of any book which contains the words "millionaire" or "billionaire" in the title. It's not scientific but generally I find the believability quotient to be low and there seems to be a requirement to name check all the billionaire's possessions so that on occasion it can feel like a weird version of the TV show The Generation Game (for those too young or in countries that didn't have this show, the finale was for the winning couple to watch a conveyor belt of prizes go past and then have to name as many as they remember). Therefore, read this review with that caveat in mind. Ritchie Perez is a Miami lawyer. He and his two friends have set up their own law firm and he is now a gazillionaire, which probably reflects on the US legal system - but I digress. In his spare time from pursuing personal injury claims on behalf of his clients he also volunteers at the Wednesday night Soup Kitchen at St Theresa's. Maria is also a volunteer at the Wednesday soup kitchen along with her 13 year old brother Joey. Her twin brother Tito is in jail for 10 years, unbeknownst to Maria Ritchie was, at the time, the State Prosecutor who put Tito away. Since then, Maria has been trying to raise Joey alone but he is getting into trouble and she is at her wits end. When Joey gets picked up by the police Maria calls Ritchie's for help, the Judge overrules the agreement between Ritchie and the prosecutor and makes Ritchie personally responsible if Joey steps out of line in the next six months. So Ritchie inks it's that Joey, and by extension Maria, move into his mansion for the six months. When Maria finds out the truth she is torn between her attraction for Ritchie and her loathing for the man who put her innocent brother away. Ritchie and Maria are both characterised as strong willed and stubborn, I clearly identified more with Maria because I found Ritchie to be a bit of an arrogant arse for most of the book. His superior belief that he alone could, by his very presence, save Joey form getting into a life of crime - not because he could put him into a private school and living in a different neighbourhood, no, just by having a peen got right on my tits. But that's just me. Otherwise it was a Cinderella tale of a girl who gets lifted out of poverty and effectively being a single mother and can pursue her artistic dreams. I enjoyed the fantasy but I didn't love it.
Ritchie kept asking Maria out and she said kept saying no. Ritchie had met Marie at a soup kitchen where her and Joey volunteered. When Marie finally did agree to go out with Ritchie he acted like a jerk to her. But there was an attraction between them. Maria really didn’t have time for anything more in her life as she already had two jobs and raising her thirteen year old brother joey and keep him out of trouble. Maria’s twin brother Tito had been in a gang and was now in prison on some drug related charges and Maria didn’t want Joey to end up like Tito even though she believed Tito was innocent. Maria’s mother had died and that is why Maria had been raising Joey to the best of her ability. But Joey seemed to be heading down the same road Tito had went down. Ritchie was a lawyer and rich but he also was the lawyer who put Tito in prison. When Joey gets in trouble Maria turns to Ritchie she has no other choice . The judge gives temporary custody of joey to Ritchie and he is to move in with Ritchie as he is to keep Joey out of trouble. If Maria wants to be with Joey she must also move in to Ritchie home. I liked how you saw Ritchie’s and Maria’s relationship grow and it wasn’t just an inst lust kind of story and I really liked that. I really liked Maria’s character and came to like Ritchie after a while. I did like how Ritchie stepped in. this story had a good plot and i enjoyed the characters lot. I liked the ins and outs of the story and i recommend.
3.75 Stars! I liked that this wasn't your typical Millionaire story where he falls inlove at first site and they are on a fairytale journey. Ritchie a/k/a Prince Charming wasn't so charming. There wasn't love at first site but there was attraction and he kept asking Maria out. Maria kept turning him down. She didn't have time to date. She was holding down two jobs, trying to raise her 13 yr old brother and keep him out of juvie. When she finally agrees to go out with Ritchie he was a bit of a jerk, telling her she was doomed with her brother cause the odds were stacked. Ofcourse, this is were Joey does get into trouble and Maria is forced to call Ritchie to help out. Ritchie, being a lawyer, had to promise the judge he'd keep Joey out of trouble in effect inserting himself into their lives fully. The author made this story more believable. The characters had flaws and it wasn't smooth sailing just because Ritchie was rich. Ritchie was bossy and determined. Maria was bullheaded and prideful. Joey was a good kid but lost and troubled. It took work to get these three to be a family. I did wish Maria wasn't so bullheaded. She argued constantly and refused help a little too much when that help would have put her and Joey in a better place. Good thing Ritchie was just as determined. The ending really made this story for me. ARC provided by NetGalley.
Ms. Peden made exceptional use of her God given talent for words by writing an eloquent missive about the power of forgiveness. Maria loves deeply and trusts somewhat blindly. Her heart is in the right place but when it comes to family her views are misconstrued. With one brother in jail and another breaking all the rules her life is anything but easy. When trouble comes calling, can a handsome stranger save the Day? Or will the secrets of the past destroy any hope of a future? Ritchie could be a sanctimonious jerk at times but I do believe he cared. Maria needed a wake up call. When you love someone, it's hard to see things clearly. The Millionaire's Convenient Arrangement ending up taking me on an emotional journey that was a little preachy at times but left a powerful impact in it's wake. 3.5 stars