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Once a Ferrara Wife... (Ferrara #1)

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For better...or for bedding?

Laurel Ferrara wouldn't know a happy ending if she fell over it - of course her whirlwind wedding was always going to end in disaster. But it wasn't as simple as just walking away. From the moment she is summoned back to Sicily, the shivers of unease set in....

The command comes from legendary billionaire Cristiano Ferrara, the husband she can't

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Mass Market Paperback, Harlequin Presents #3043, 192 pages
Published February 2012 by Harlequin (first published November 1st 2011)
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Booklover
Wonderful heart wrenching intense emotional second chance at love story,its now on my "THE MOST FAVOURITE "shelf,the story progressed really well,all the characters were well developed ,adored both Cristiano-Laurie,you can really feel their love in their tension,anger,contempt.What really made this book extra ordinary was we have Hero who is not shy to express his emotions,it was Laurie who has problems,we have so many books where H has problems with expressing his emotions it was a nice change, ...more
Saly
Rating 4.5

Really enjoyed the heck out of this. I enjoy a good re-union story and this one had that in spades, loads of anger but beneath it all love and those three words don't come at the end and a hero who fights and grovels for the heroine. And a heroine with trust issues. Really enjoyable.

And guess what the hero and heroine are celibate and actually respect their marriage vows.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
This book packs an emotional punch. From page one, I was fiercely involved with the story. I have been an admirer of Sarah Morgan for several years, and she continues to meet my expectations. In this case, she's exceeded them. Sarah has created a story of a marriage that self-destructed, and the aftermath when this couple gets reunited by a family wedding.

I really liked the fact that the characters' emotional problems aren't solved by their love for each other. In fact, they have to work them th
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Marajean
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Ridley
Funny story with this one. I tweeted DA's Jane to ask if she had any semi-recent Presents to recommend when Sunita suggested this book. Next thing you know, Sarah Morgan tweets "Noooo I'm not ready to be creamed in #dabwaha and by @_ridley_ in the same week."

I had no idea I was so terrifying.

Long story short, she offers me a free copy of the book to show she was only kidding, and I happily accepted. Good thing too, as it was a great source of vitamins A(ngst) and D(rama), and I like to stay hea
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Kate
Overall, this is a great book. I really love HPs that allow the hero and heroine work out and overcome problems because that's what real life is about.

However, I had a big problem with one issue that kept this from being a five-star read for me. (view spoiler)
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Mandi Schreiner
Favorite Quote: Slowly, she turned her head and looked at him.
He turned his head too and his eyes fixed on hers.
Both should have looked away but neither of them did.
The inevitability of it was as sweet and sharp as the desire that stabbed through her body.

Laurel Ferrara is going back to the one place in the world she has no desire to be – Sicily. And she is going to see the one person in the world she has no desire to see – her husband. Two years ago, after a devastating miscarriage, Laurel wal
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RLA
The heroine Laurel arrives in Sicily a bag of nerves, to attend her best friend's wedding. She hasn't been back since she walked out on her marriage to Cristiano, the hero. Cristiano has never forgiven Laurel for giving up on them, and when they meet again he doesn't give her an inch. Laurel was deeply hurt by Cristiano's actions, or lack of, when she went through a very difficult experience. Laura grew up in care and having to look after herself, never wanting to be emotionally vulnerable to ot ...more
willaful
4 1/2 stars. Usually when a couple in a Harlequin Presents each think the other did them wrong, there's an external reason -- an Evil Other Woman led them astray, or a letter didn't get delivered, or a phone call was misunderstood. This story was interesting because, realistically, both parties are right -- or wrong, as the case may be. It was also interesting as a turnaround of the usual scenario: Laurel, who grew up in foster care, is the one who is emotionally closed off, while her husband Cr ...more
FeliciaKarenB
The heroine was incredibly unlikeable.I couldn't believe one of the best heroes of Sarah Morgan ended up with this annoying heroine.
Alex is The Romance Fox
Sarah Morgan is one of my favorite Mills and Boon’s authors and I enjoy most of her books.
I loved the story of Once a Ferrara Wife and would have given it a 5 star review except for one thing that really irritated me (more about this later on).

This is a very intense, compelling and emotional story about Cristiano and Laurel Ferrara and I was captivated from the moment I started page 1 and I was so engrossed in the story that before I realized I had finished the book in one reading.

You are total
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Ruthie Knox
Great "reunited marriage" story! I loved that they were both furious at each other and certain the other was wrong, and they turned out both to be right about the other and wrong about themselves. Nice setup for emotional growth on both characters' part. I also like that the sexual chemistry was not allowed to take over the story. Both characters knew sex had never been their problem, and Morgan kept it largely at the margins of the story.
Becky
Exciting opening scene. Great heroine, very real person, difficult childhood, rightfully mistrusting based on her husband's insensitivity to her needs. But she loves him and forgives. Hero loves his wife and learns about values through understanding how he wronged her. He is an alpha male but one who is very faithful and recognizes that he truly wronged heroine and must prove himself.
Fiona Marsden
Apr 28, 2012 Fiona Marsden rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who love reunion stories
Recommended to Fiona by: Author Preference
Well I should probably give myself breathing space before I write a review on Once a Ferrara Wife. Yes. it was that good. I'm still smiling stupidly at the thought of it. I've had this book sitting here for weeks after reading the first few pages and getting dragged away to other things. I've always loved Sarah Morgan's stories so I decided today was the day. Even if it killed me. It nearly did. A sinus attack forced me to put the book down halfway through so you can imagine my angst. A vapour i ...more
Tishke
A second chance story about being let down by the man you loved who happened to be the only person in your life you trusted to be there at the most crucial time in your life, a workaholic husband who had no idea all his wife had to face and depended on the ill advise of a doctor. If we take the epilogue away, the story takes place in a span of three weeks but the pacing was fine and didn't feel rushed. The characters were likable and the plot was realistic.
Carrie
3.5*
Grade B

While I didn't absolutely love this book, I did like it. It was a pretty standard HP, but the author managed to do something I've rarely seen in HP's or full-length novels. She has her characters actually struggling to communicate, but they keep at it until they get it right! I was about to get irritated at how often the hero and heroine start conversations only to have them flame out. But they persisted, and they finally ended up really communicating. The author has them talking for
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sbf20112011
4.5 stars. This one was really well done overall -- great emotional angst, good characters -- but it was one of those stories that was sad to read and left me feeling a little down, even after the end. Even though it ended happily. That's why I took off a half star. It also deals with a subject -- (view spoiler) -- that I don't really enjoy reading about in an HP because it's too much of a downer. Overall though, this was a good rea ...more
Lizzie
Underwhelming. Most reviews seem to harp on the heroine's "unreasonable" behaviour; I was more struck by the hero's early use of his wealth and influence to steamroll over the heroine's desire to avoid contact. This was a wannabe angst novel- a very Big Mis was set up but I felt oddly detached from the leads' struggle.
Jenny
As another reviewer said the heroine was so unlikeable I couldn't help but feel sorry for the super amazing hero who ended up with her.
Desere

Review by Desere

This was the first book of two about two absolutely incredible powerful and handsome brothers as created by the very talented Sarah Morgan.

We meet the somewhat weak in her own unique way Laurel ,she left her marriage and life she once knew behind to move on from a terrible miscarriage and the husband who she believed would be there for her when she needed him the most.

Now she is back as a favour to his sister and the man himself is more than persistent in proving that not only c
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My Reviews: HarlequinJunkie

‘Once a Ferrara wife’ is an incredibly wonderful reunion story, Laurel Ferrara and Cristiano Ferrara marriage fell apart when Cristiano let Laurel down badly and she ended up walking away from their Marriage. Now 2 years later she ruturns briefly to Sicily to stand as Maid of Honor for Cristiano’s sister’s wedding and settle their divorce, this is where the story picks up.
Once a Ferrara wife is compelling read; full of tension, drama, conflict and angst. There was gr
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Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
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This is a romance that’s a real nail-biter. It comes from not knowing who is going to say the one thing that will get these two emotionally bruised lovers to finally be truthful to the other. The author chose the most diametrically opposed people to fall in love; he’s uber-rich and commanding, she’s hard-driven, independent and trusts no one – with good reason. Really dramatic and heart breaking good reasons.

As first, the story start
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Giovanni
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Kat Morrisey
This was the perfect book to read when I had a couple hours to fill. It was sweet, sexy and I loved the hero. I liked the heroine too, though waiting for her to finally drop all her walls and let her hero in was almost a bit too much. Thankfully, when it reached that point though, everything was resolved. And the moment when Laurel called Cristiano towards the end, before he went into his meeting? God, his reaction had me melting into a puddle of swoons. This will definitely be added to my list ...more
Mareli
OKay, I have just to skip some wrong Italian words here and there and then 4 stars.

For once the Ferrara wife is smart and not whiny, she's determined and even if she still loves her husband (soon to be an ex-husband) she keeps her ground and she talks.

I think he did something very wrong in the past but it's true that he doesn't know the extent of what he did because she never explained everything to him.

A good story :)
Susanna Carr
Feb 03, 2012 Susanna Carr added it
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Laurel Ferrara walked out of her marriage two years ago because Cristiano failed her when she needed him the most. She reluctantly returns to Sicily for a family wedding and must face Cristiano. Their divorce is still being finalized but Cristiano decides he wants to stay married.

Cristiano has no problems showing his emotions, but Laurel does. Abandoned as a newborn and struggling to survive in the system, Laurel has learned to trust no one. She has never relied on anyone but herself. The one ti
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KatieV
This was well written and angst ridden, but was only a "like" for me. I think it's simply a matter of taste. Just wasn't my favorite flavor of angst. The subject matter isn't what I typically seek in an HP. I prefer more crazy.

This was all about a marriage that fell apart due to faults on both sides and much of the angst is centered around miscarriage and fertility.

I felt the heroine contributed the most to the demise by refusing to communicate. Her past explained it, but I still found her frus
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Bukola
I love difficult heroines but I gotta say.. This Laurel character got me mad at one point! Argh!! The Chemistry was perfect. Not my favorite SM book, but it was quite enjoyable!
Dabney
In so many ways, this book was not for me.

Though this novel is only 192 pages, had it been fifty, I'd have liked it better. As is the case in so many Harlequins, the couple's HEA is so obviously charter and fated I was ready for Laurel and Cristiano to have quarreled, kissed, made love to the sound of the sea, and wept as they discovered they'd be parents by page thirty-five. A common complaint about romance is that an HEA equals marriage and babies. Given the issues Laurel struggles with it se
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Kaycee Sapinoso


It's been a while since I read any Harlequin Present. In fact, this was my first this year. And I'm glad I decided to pick it up and read. It made me remember how much I used to love and enjoy them. Once a Ferrara Wife.. was a emotional, romantic and steamy hot read with a possessive Sicilian alpha male hero and strong but vulnerable heroine.

I won't go into so much details since some great reviews here on Goodreads already summed it up nicely plus I don't want to spoil the book for those who h
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USA Today bestselling author Sarah Morgan writes hot, happy contemporary romance and her trademark humour and sensuality have gained her fans across the globe. She has been nominated four years in succession for the prestigious RITA Award from the Romance Writers of America and has won the award twice, in 2012 and 2013. She also won the RT Reviewers' Choice Award in 2012 and has made nu
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