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The Trouble with Valentine's (Bennett Family #1 revised)

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  105 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
The perfect Valentine’s gift?

As far as women’s fashion accessories went, he was spectacular. A black-haired, cobalt-eyed, dangerous- looking toy who no doubt warned you outright not to bother playing with him if you didn’t like his rules. He was like a Hermes handbag; women saw and women wanted, even though they knew the price was going to be astronomical.

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ebook, 384 pages
Published January 4th 2013 by Harlequin (UK) Limited (first published January 1st 2013)
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Sep 23, 2014 Tati rated it really liked it
The book begins with Hallie working in a shoe shop, when Nick comes in with his mother, Clea. While Hallie helps Clea to find a shoe, Nick asks her to go with him to Hong Kong for a week and, while there, pretend to be his wife. Because Hallie needs the money, she takes the offer. When they get to Hong Kong, we are introduced to Jasmine, John and Kai. John is a very overprotective father to Jasmine, due to an incident in the past, and Kai is Jasmine's personal bodyguard.

I have to say the beginni
Jan 20, 2013 Estara rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of contemporary romance with Asian influence, who can forgive one truly horrible goof-up
Recommended to Estara by: Li
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2013
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Jan 18, 2013 Desere rated it it was amazing
Ladies after reading this book from the absolute queen of romance, sizzle and sensual passion I will never be able to look at another fictional hero in the same way.

The character of Nick was incredible and I loved him to the point of distraction. Seriously ladies I am still wiping drool away from my lips, the man was simply delish!

The plot was one that the stuff "pretty woman dreams" are made of. Hallie loves to flirt with danger and when drop dead good looking, make me weak in the knees, take
I'm going to write a detailed review later, but for now I'll say that I loved this book! The writing was superb, the humor intelligent and well placed, both main characters were likeable and just imperfect enough so that the reader could feel them as real people and not fantasy creatures. The plot, especially in the beginning, was a bit unrealistic, but in this kind of book, it did not bother me in the least. The first half was decidedly more humorous than the second half, but it's a book that ...more
Sep 15, 2013 Li rated it really liked it
Having read the previous (shorter) version (Wife for a Week), I admit to being massively distracted while reading this book, and probably spent more time figuring out what had changed than actually settling back to enjoy the story. Which is a shame, because it's a lovely and witty romance - the hilarious exchanges between Hallie and Nick still made me smile, their chemistry is still off the charts, and expanded length gave room for the Jasmine/Kai secondary romance to have so much more depth. I' ...more
Diah Didi
My very first of Kelly Hunter. And I got this book as a birthday present from one of my BFF: Nurmawati Djuhawan aka Chiko. Well, she offered me to pick any book and I just picked this one. Merely because I looooooooved the cover. Little did I know that it's the same book as Wife for a Week. Ha! Not that it matters.

What I loved:
- The Cover (obviously)
- Nick
- Kai
- the theme
- Hallie
- Jasmine

And I can't wait to read the rest of the series for I want to know more about Hallie's brothers. :D
*more rev
Syeda Afifa
Mar 31, 2014 Syeda Afifa rated it it was amazing
One of the most cutest book i've ever read <3

This relationship is perff and i read it nonstop.
I couldnt take my eyes off the book.
Its a bit oshlil but still man the storyline's is just fab!
First ever review i've ever written in goodreads because its just THAT good<3
Kathy Hamilton
Nov 22, 2013 Kathy Hamilton rated it liked it
I actually really enjoyed this book. Mills and Boon gets a bad reputation for producing formulaic trashy fiction, but I think you should look passed this. In my experience Mills and Boon usually produces some really well written escapist literature, far from trashy. Yes, this book is undoubtedly a romance and yes, it’s sometimes a bit cheesy- “blazing looks” anyone? But having tried hard to diversify my reading habits recently, I have come to realise that these stock phrases and occasional ...more
Aurian Booklover
Jan 05, 2016 Aurian Booklover rated it it was amazing
Hallie is an Australian girl, living and working in London. She is working on her Sotheby’s diploman in East Indian Art, and she needs 10,000 for that. So when a gorgeous man walks into the expensive shoe store she is working at, together with his mother, and proposes to her, she is sorely tempted. To play his wife for a week in Hong Kong, and receive that much money? As well as a suitable wardrobe to play his rich wife?
No surprise she is on that plane the next day. She is not comfortable with
Feb 25, 2013 Yazmin rated it it was amazing
The Trouble With Valentine’s by Kelly Hunter is a fun romantic read with a bit of mystery.

Hallie Bennett believes that good things happen on Valentine’s Day, or at least she wants to believe it. She needs to sale more shoes and Hallie hopes that the displays and decorations she did for Valentine’s Day will attract more customers. But no one has come in to buy their special someone shoes, until a handsome a young man steps in followed by an older woman.

Nick is at the shoe store only to find his m
Fiction And Fashion Book Blog
Feb 13, 2013 Fiction And Fashion Book Blog rated it really liked it
Brittany’s Review: 4 Stars

The Trouble with Valentine’s was exactly what I thought it wouldn’t be. Originally I was like, OK, book hating men, nope. This book gave me one of the most perfect men to drool over.

Hunter’s book introduces us to 2 unique stories of chance, love, and fabulous clothing. Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Any book that starts with “He was like a Hermes handbag; women saw and women wanted, even though they knew the price was going to be astronomical, totally has my attention! Um,
Sassy, sexy and stylish this lush Valentine’s treat is fervently romantic with an unexpected and exciting twist!

Worldly recognized as leading romance novels “Mills & Boon” have once again added another classic to their extensive list, by an author whose writing is distinctly original and classy. Unlike romance novels without any substance to the plot, Kelly Hunter has not only produced a most enjoyable tale of star-crossed lovers but with a dramatic, astonishing element. Interesting charact
Jun 10, 2013 Liz rated it really liked it
Shelves: re-read-worthy
I thoroughly enjoyed The Trouble with Valentine's by Kelly Hunter. The novel follows the journey of Hallie Bennett and Nicholas Cooper who make a business deal with each other. The deal is simple, Hallie pretends to be Nick's wife for his business trip to Hong Kong in exchange for 10, 000 pounds as well as all her other expenses covered. Although the premise of the novel may be simple, the journey Hunter takes you on is awesome. You actually feel what the characters are feeling, laughing at thei ...more
Mar 13, 2014 Elisabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is and "author's cut" book. It was originally published as Wife for a Week but I think this version probably has extras because it was longer and far more involved than I expected.

Nick Cooper walks into a shoestore with his mother and when he walks out he's offered Hallie Cooper, the salesperson the following preposition: he'll pay her 10.000 to pretend to be his wife for a week in exotic Hong Kong.

The characters are what I've come to expect from Kelly Hunter, funny, smart and fully
So, I have a little extra insight here because a few years ago I read Wife for a Week, of which this book is an expansion.

This was a great story and had everything extra the original was missing. Hallie is a fantastic character and I see much of myself in her, that might be why I love her so! The shoe shopping is one of my fav scenes! She is just so flighty and feisty and fun!

And I must say my book crush on Nick has only grown!! He is just so delicious!! Sigh...why can't I find a millionaire who
Jul 04, 2013 Sue rated it it was amazing
Hallie works in a shoe shop in Chelsea, London. Nick stops by with his mother on Valentine's day. They have an instant rapport and Nick propositions Hallie to be his pretend wife for a week whilst he is on a business trip to Hong Kong.
The last time Nick had dealt with this particular associate his daughter had tried to seduce him. Nick had not wanted to offend her or his business associate, so he had told the young woman he was married. Now he was about to embark on yet another business trip to
Feb 01, 2013 TashNz rated it really liked it
The Trouble with Valentines is a sunny and bright chic-lit story with drama and suspense carefully woven carefully thru the pages.

Hallie is witty and adorable, Mike is amazing. They are thrown together when they meet randomly and Hallie agrees to be Mike's pretend wife. Before she knows it she's winging her way to Hong Kong with Mike to help him secure an important deal. Once they land in Hong Kong they are caught up in what seems to be a plot against Mike's life. While we're in Hong Kong we me
Nov 22, 2014 Z rated it did not like it
Shelves: chick-lit, crap, read-2014
Hallie is asked by a man she's never met before to spend a week with him in Hong Kong on a business trip in exchange for money after he lies about having had a wife to people he is finalising a contract with.

First problem for me was right here, that she even considers the option. I'm guessing because he's good looking rich and kisses her for 'chemistry' purposes. She decides to go because the two of them win the video game they play. You know...cos that's how I decide jetting off to foreign coun
Jun 16, 2013 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
I loved the shorter version of this book Wife for a Week so I was a bit hesitant to read this one. But a friend told me that there can never be enough Kelly Hunter books in the world so I bought it and I am very glad I did.

I really enjoyed the expansion of the relationships between the characters. It was great to delve further into Nick and Hallie's relationship but I think the expansion of Kai and Jasmine's relationship was wonderful. I appreciated the backstory that we were given into their l
Sep 01, 2014 Roshan rated it liked it
I was very hesitant to continue reading after the first chapter because the way she straight away jumped into traveling to a different country with a total stranger with no desperate reason felt odd. And who hires a total stranger from a retail shoe shop to be their wife?!?!
None of the above sounds logic and the way the hero said that he expects that this is a business contract also is weird cuz how is he to know enough to assume that she will not have any feelings for him later.

Nevertheless, si
Krithika Sundar
Dec 01, 2015 Krithika Sundar rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit

A hot guy asking a normal woman to pose as his wife.... Read it or seem familiar? Yeah this book is not new to the genre but it was awesome.

Hallie Bennett is this feisty women, she sells shoes but she's strong willed and has got some high minded opinions. Takes no shit from anyone.

Nick comes into her shop, hot, rich as hell and irresistible and tells her he needs a wife to make his point to a women of a client that tries to seduce. Hallie is uncomfortable but his mom tells him
Oct 10, 2014 Readerneeder rated it it was amazing
I loved it. Wonderful light read, adorable characters, bit of mystery, forbidden star crossed lovers, funny banter and just the right amount of SiZZle...Perfect!!

The perfect Valentine’s gift?As far as women’s fashion accessories went, he was spectacular. A black-

haired, cobalt-eyed, dangerous- looking toy who no doubt warned you outright not to bother playing

with him if you didn’t like his rules.
Hallie Bennett likes a challenge, though – and his offer is tempting: $5,000 if she pretends to be
Debby Brailas
Feb 20, 2013 Debby Brailas rated it it was amazing
Raised by 4 brothers, Hailey Bennett is a bright, witty, beautiful, unpredictable woman. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious and charms everyone who meets her. When Nick walks into her shoe shop and offers an all-expense paid trip to Hong Kong if she'll pretend to be his wife, she decides to accept his offer with a few ground rules. Mixing romance with a bit of suspense, this book is as irresistible as a box of chocolates. Hailey and Nick are enchanting – even the minor characters such as ...more
Suzy Wilson
Mar 16, 2013 Suzy Wilson rated it really liked it
Harmless and fun, this is a good read. Kelly Hunter is a lovely, smooth writer and her prose flows. It is easy to read and the characters, while predictable, were well fleshed out and fun. The switching between the two female protagonists was a clever artifice - a kind of revolving first person feast. I enjoyed it. A flummery of a book - light and entertaining. Thanks NetGalley for the opportunity to read and enjoy this one. I don't read a lot of romance, but this was a fun way to while away an ...more
Zanna Mackenzie
Jan 24, 2013 Zanna Mackenzie rated it really liked it
Loved this book; could not put it down. Romance, humour, mystery and very likeable characters. Always good when you get some unexpected plot twists as well. Enjoyed learning all about Hong Kong where the book is set too. Have just ordered 2 of Kelly's other books, one of which includes some characters mentioned in The Trouble With Valentine's and am looking forward to reading them too.

The only reason I gave this book four stars instead of five was because I felt that some subplots in it were not
Mar 22, 2015 Bharti rated it really liked it
The trouble with Valentine's was like a roller coaster ride. Drama, action, love, sex, few lies, lots of smart. I thoroughly enjoyed the ride from London to Hong Kong. The story showed it's character's falling in love all too soon and willingly however it's fun since its fiction. The title was a bit off though the ending kind of made it OK but still. Read this one to have quite a few laughs, a little swooning and lots of warm fuzzy feelings.
Romantic Reads and Such
Mar 30, 2013 Romantic Reads and Such rated it really liked it
The Trouble with Valentine’s is full of humorous dialogue, irresistible characters, and heartwarming romances, which all combine to make one engaging story. Once you pick it up, you’ll find it hard to put it down. - Full review available at http://romanticreadsandsuch.wordpress...
Mar 07, 2014 Sally rated it it was amazing
What fun! What great characters, and the interaction between them all made for a delightful and fun story. This is the first of Kelly's books I've read and will definitely not be the last
Chutima Honsakul
Sep 12, 2013 Chutima Honsakul rated it it was amazing
i don't normally read... and this was the first book i bought in years and I really enjoyed reading this and would love it to be a film!
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