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Husband for Real

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Wedded for convenience... or married for real?

Rose was shocked when James turned up... long after their wedding of convenience. She'd loved James when they'd hastily married, and she'd fought hard to put their subsequent -- and just as hasty -- separation behind her.

After all these years, Rose never expected James to arrive in person to tell her that he wasn't prepared to
Paperback, Harlequin Presents #2225, 187 pages
Published January 2002 by Harlequin Books (first published 2001)
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It’s hard to pull off a romance in which a couple have a fight, separate for years and then find themselves getting back together when one finally asks for a divorce: they’re usually too implausible, too sad, or both. This is one of the good ones -- in fact, in basic plot outline it’s quite similar to Private Arrangements, the all time great of this trope.

Rose and James fell in love in college, a relationship cunningly brought about by Rose’s friends as a joke. But it was no joking matter when
Sep 13, 2011 Mareli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked it yesterday night and I was up till 2 in the morning to finish it.
I liked both of them but as usual I'm more into h. I love her independence as adult as I love her insecurities as a girl, trying to make the aloof hero fall in love with her.
The book had a lot of flashbacks, I totally loved them. I love the fact they were giving a different perspective because they were in the past. I liked that they circumstances of their breaking up was in the past because I was given her point of view
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Dec 20, 2016 Lakshmi C rated it liked it
3.7 Stars

This was a sweet, second chance romance between James and Rose. They met in college and are an estranged couple now. Their courtship is shown through a flashback and it portrays young love well. But James is furious when he learns that Rose dated him as part of an experiment.
Rose and her friends sketch out an experiment to make guys fall in love with them. What starts out as a harmless experiment turns into a serious relationship.
Rose is forced to contact James when she decides she need
Sep 26, 2011 Vanessa rated it really liked it
Ten years ago Rose played a game w/ James Sinclair, a game where the young 18 year old endeavored to make James Sinclair fall in love w/ her. She began her game and played it well because soon James fell in love w/ the younger girl.

James was a serious student who didn’t really go out w/ the girls at school and Rose didn’t want their relationship to become public. This bothered James even though she told him she didn’t want to have everyone there speculating on what they were doing and making be
Sep 19, 2011 EeeJay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was lovely in the beginning if only cuz I love the name Sinclair (cuz one of my most fave hero's named that: (Etienne SinClaire - Anna & The French Kiss ))
Also the young-adult portion was well-written.CG can definitely write young-adult novels.

It got confusing in the end for me though - what with the 'oh, actually I wanted revenge' from James. That was weird.
Jun 01, 2012 Leona rated it liked it
Shelves: hqn-presents
Rose and James fell in love while in college. He is four years older and a dashing heartthrob on campus. Rose is a sweet innocent 18 year old with a super big crush on James. She lives with two other roommates. One night they select a man's name out of a hat and dare each other to get that man to fall in love with them. Supposedly this was some kind of scientific project. Of course, Rose picks James and her friends set out to coach her on how she can get good ole' James to notice her and fall in ...more
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Oct 27, 2014 ⚓ Basil ⚓ rated it it was ok
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Aug 07, 2012 sbf20112011 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. I LOVE stories where the heroine actually wronged the hero in the past rather than just having a misunderstanding where the hero erroneously thinks she did something wrong. I like seeing a hero who loves the heroine in spite of her flaws, rather than one who waits until the heroine is exonerated to profess his love. So I thought the set-up of this one was good.

What I didn't like was the 10-year separation. The hero gave up too easily and it didn't sit well with me -- wouldn't he try a
Wonderful Emotional Read,it had me glued from start till the end.The first thing that had me glued was Rose was the trouble maker here,have read so many books where Hero is the trouble maker,this was a nice change

I really liked the way we are shown how both James-Rose grew over the years,they both are now more mature,whatever happened instead of jumping to conclusions they talk it out and face the past together,both still loved each other but cause of whatever happened there's lack of trust,past
Feb 11, 2017 Desirée rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporanea
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3.5 stars -- enjoyed the fact that it was a little bit different with the mix of present day and past...and that James and Rose were unique characters. But the constant anger and animosity between them was kind of a put off...
May 30, 2013 Carmela rated it really liked it
cute i really love this romance...yes i believe that if you love someone in a way so strong, like Rose loves James, you will never forget also if there are some understading or heart will always beloved to this person..
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