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The Divorce Party (The Delicious De Campos #1)

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"You threw your fifty-thousand-dollar engagement ring off the Brooklyn Bridge?"

Lilly shows up to her lavish divorce party with one goal in mind—to leave as quickly as possible minus a husband! Except he has other plans…and Riccardo De Campo isn't easy to say "no" to.

Forced back into Riccardo's glittering, gossip-fueled world, the price of perfection is still too high and
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jenny
I don't know what's wrong with these new Harlequin authors. This book has another cheating heroine and that's disgusting as far as I'm concerned.
Nas Dean
THE DIVORCE PARTY is an astounding romance from a debut author. It is a well-written tale that sparkles with emotion. Jennifer Hayward introduced us to this alluring but tortured hot hero, whom we fell in love with and a strong heroine, who wouldn’t take less than her due. A must for all lovers of romance.
Desere


Falling in love with that one special person that makes you feel secure, special and like the most beautiful woman in the world is something that yes happens to most of us but it does not always last and when the feeling fades what are you left with?

Emptiness that can drive you to the lowest point of your life with no way of getting back up, and you find yourself fighting to keep your head above water all the while knowing that the only thing that can save you is the one thing you cannot have. F
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Nancy Crocker
Reviewed by Nancy Crocker

It was very hard to believe that this is a debut novel by Jennifer. I can see why she was the winner of Harlequin's 2012 So You Think You Can Write competition.

Lilly De Campo did not walk away from her marriage to Riccardo because she stopped loving him, she walked away to save herself. Constantly being judged by high society and scandal was taking a toll on her, so she did the only thing she knew to do … Leave.

Riccardo De Campo admits he was wrong, but he never stopped
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Lynn
Author did a wonderful job, the angst, the story, the history, I only had one complaint....



The book would have gotten a higher star rating as I did like it, but I had serious issues with the hero


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goes to another womans apartment, kisses and fools around with her while having marital problems with the intent to sleep with her, but can't follow thru with it and yet does not think he "cheated" sorry big boy... you doing anything in a sexual manner is cheating (the whole love honor a
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Sasha
Wow. Debut author JENNIFER HAYWARD proves why her submission was chosen as the winner of Harlequin’s 2012 So You Think You Can Write (SYTYCW) competition

Once I started reading THE DIVORCE PARTY, I simply could not put it down. Literally. I read this book in one day and was dying to read another by Ms Hayward.

Thank God she’s planning to write sequels about relatives of the hero and heroine

Ok. What has me so excited you ask? Everything.

***SPOILERS***

There’s the journey of two soul mates who wer
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Melanie♥
This one missed the mark for me. I definitely did not like the fact that the heroine was with someone else while separated but still married to the hero. In a bit of a turn-around, the hero remained faithful to her. Other than asking the h is she was sure he was the father of her baby, the subject of her boyfriend was completely ignored.
Fiona Marsden
4.5 stars When I read the first chapter of this book as part of the SYTYCW2012 competition, I knew straight away it was a winner. It had everything. When I read the entire book I was thrilled that it met my expectations. The minor changes made between competition and publication were well done and polished it off nicely.

We start at a glittering event in New York City (tick glamour) with Lilly attending her divorce party. Riccardo (tick hot hero) has said if she wants her divorce, she has to come
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Victoria Parker
Hayward's first outing is an absolute must-read where she takes a much-loved yet often-used trope and twists it brilliantly with unique characters and a 'Divorce Party' opening that knocks your socks off!

Punchy writing and awesome dialogue brings the characters alive until they leap from the page and then Lilly and Riccardo take you on an emotional roller coaster with such intense highs and lows, one moment you laugh out loud and in the next, your throat is thick and your heart aches for them.
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Sandra
Very enjoyable "reunited lovers" romance! I really liked the New York City setting. I'm looking forward to reading Gabe and Matteo's stories!
Aemelia
THE DIVORCE PARTY's storyline and writing wasn't bad and I'm a complete sucker for the over-the-top Harlequin Presents plots that I can fit into a quick evening read. Unfortunately though, I found it incredibly hard to like Lilly and Riccardo, these are two of the most selfish characters that I've ever read. I guess in that aspect they are perfect for each other.

The idea of THE DIVORCE PARTY had a lot of merit--I could see this being a good twist of a theme that has been tackled before--and I us
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Vee Paige
There seems to be a theme going on right now of the billionaire and their estranged-not-quite-divorced wife and it's just the type of read I needed and was looking for. It has the perfect formula of uber-alpha male, bossy and possessive—Riccardo and a woman who is trying to find herself—Lilly, who used to be a small town girl thrown into the limelight of the rich and famous. I liked that Lilly had seemed to gain some backbone in the year that she was separated from her husband. She wanted a divo ...more
Laura
The author won a competion and her prize was a publishing deal. This is her debut novel. It has all the elements of a predictable mills and boon story.

Lilly left her handsome husband Riccardo De Campo a year ago after two years of marriage. Lilly has not made herself available to Riccardo to discuss their marriage so he arranges a 'Divorce Party' where he says he will sign the divorce papers. However, Riccardo has other plans and doesn't want to give up on his marriage. He asks Lilly to stay mar
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Bitten By Love Reviews
I loved this book and to think of having a divorce party as a way to keep the wife you love with you is ingenious.


Lilly and Riccardo are considered by the media the golden couple. She walks out on Riccardo and wants him to sign the divorce papers thinking that he couldn't really love her. He tells her that he is throwing a divorce party and that she needs to show up if she wants the papers signed. That is exactly what she does. Little does she know that Riccardo has other plans. He still loves L
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♡ Sassy ~ Amy ♡
Great Debut for a new author!

The descriptions in regards to the couples feelings & stresses was great! I felt the stress & anguish over the lack of communication this couple had, causing a separation leading to a divorce party.

I wished there was more to the story. More could have been embellished. I think I expected more because I felt the stress so much, I wished the storyline was thicker & explained a whole lot more. It ended too soon for me, although, there was an epilogue that s
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Brooke
Jennifer Hayward has a wonderful debut for Harlequin Presents and proves why her entry was chosen in the SYTYCW contest.

Lily and Riccardo have been separated for a year when he throws a 'Divorce Party' where he says he will sign the divorce papers he has previously refused to do. Except Riccardo has another idea and doesn't want to give up on his marriage. He offers Lilly a deal to stay married to him for another six months so his father will offer him the position of CEO in the family business
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Amaryllis Turman
Lilly wants a divorce. Riccardo is of the opinion that they are married and should just work out whatever problems they have. He has the right idea but with all the tact of a bull in a china shop. Needless to say, Lilly does not take too well to being railroaded.

I thought another name for this book could have been: Billionaire Romance - The rest of the story.

----> full review is posted on my blog Musings of An Opinionated Woman http://wp.me/p1P7gt-d8


I loved The Divorce Party because it valid
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Tory Michaels
I can see why this book won Harlequins now-annual So You Think You Can Write contest in 2012. It’s a great, quick read (typical of HP novels), but it had some depth to it that surprised me.

I have to say, I love Lilly. I mean, c’mon. Pissed off as she left Riccardo, she tossed her engagement ring off the Brooklyn Bridge. That’s just awesome, IMO. She had some emotional scars and apparently was still trying to recover from an eating disorder. That’s a topic not often covered in a category romance.
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Diah Didi
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILER.
My very first of Jennifer Hayward, and it's her debut also.
And I must say it's no wonder she won the So-You-Think-You-Can-Write competition.

The story was full of intense emotions from both characters. I really really loved the theme. At first I really hope that the whole cheating with Chelsea Tate was only an issue, a misunderstanding. But DAMN! It turned out that he DID cheating on her, no matter how hard he said he didn't cheat on her. For GOD's sake, man. You kiss
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shms
I read this cuase it was recommended on one of the amazon threads as being a decent read but it's not my cup of tea. The h no way endeared herself to me, I just found her a complete hypocrite.

She left the H becuase she couldn't handle it, and hey the thought of the H with another woman devastated her but she was happy to hook up with someone else while seperated. Not divorced..seperated.

It just left a bad taste in my mouth. I wasn't a fan of the H and while he was a cheater, by intent if not de
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Gail
When Harlequin Presents are good they can be spectacular. After reading a rather mediocre group of HPs in the last month or so it was refreshing to read this debut Presents by Jennifer Hayward. I can't wait to read the other brothers' stories, and perhaps Lisbeth's as well? Unless she ends up with Matteo? Don't know, don't really care who she ends up with, I just want her story, too.

Kudos Jennifer Hayward - this one is a keeper, and it's been many years since I've put a HP on the keeper shelf. W
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Kaycee Sapinoso
Wow! I can't believe that this was a debut book. It's so polished and beautifully written. I was hooked from page one up to the last. I couldn't put the book down that I actually read it in just one sitting. I won't go onto so much details about the plot because some of the great reviews here in GR already summed it up nicely. And I will try my best to keep the spoilers to a minimum.

As the blurb said, Lily was on her way to the lavish divorce party with one goal in mind - to leave as quickly as
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Johanna Panko
I was desperate to read this book because it sounded so good, and it didn't disappoint! Seems like the relationship had misconceptions on both sides and the book basically detailed straightening them out. Marriage has its ups and downs for everyone, and this book clearly states that. I love these small harlequin books, and the only reason I didn't give it a five star was because the book does go back and forth quite a bit, plus the whole miss a pill and get pregnant.
Sheryl
A BRILLIANT DEBUT Jennifer Hayward!!! Cannot wait to read more from you AND more of the TOTALLY YUMMY De Campo brothers!!!
Hsiau Wei
Lilly left her rich husband Riccardo when she found him having an affair and after being estranged from him for so long, her husband invited her to attend their divorce party. But she is out for a surprise because while Riccardo pretends to agree to the divorce, what he intend to do was to get her back into his life. He will do whatever it takes to get her to agree including the monetary rewards at the end of their bargain. Lilly, on the hand, still in love with him and wanting to get financial ...more
Lu Bielefeld *Book Whore Brazil*
Cópia recebida através da NetGalley para resenha honesta!

Adorei a leitura e recomendo!
Livro com enredo muito bem desenvolvido e personagens com profundidade. Cada personagem enfrentando seus próprios demônios e em decorrência disto acabam se distanciando e se separando.
Me emocionei com cada cena e fiquei torcendo para que eles encontrassem um caminho que fosse bom para os dois, que eles se encontrassem no meio do caminho e não somente cedessem aos desejos de um ou de outro.
A autora abordou temas
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Toni Davids
This is the second Mills and Boon debut I've read in the past few months though Netgalley and once again the story is top notch. Jennifer Hayward gives us an emotional tale of a marriage on the rocks with two unique characters who you cannot help but fall in love with. I was rooting for them from the start - and what a start it was! I was cheering for Lily as she strode into her Divorce Party and faced the man she clearly still adores. I found myself genuinely sympathetic to both of their situat ...more
Sharlay Author
When I first began reading this book I told myself, I'll just read the first few pages and see what it is like. Well, that idea died almost immediately! I was hooked from page one! Lilly and Riccardo had me in a trance from the very start. The idea of having a divorce party and then the reasons behind it as it slowly unravelled was so clever and so realistic of a couple like the De Campo's. Their chemistry is present from the beginning and you literally can't help but fall for Riccardo's odd cha ...more
Wanda
Lilly had to leave her married life to Riccardo, she couldn’t stay with him anymore, not because she didn’t love him but because she was losing herself. But Riccardo isn’t ready to let her go, even after a year apart. Will his plan to get her back work, or will everything fall apart…

WOW I LOVED this book!! I really can’t believe this is a debut novel by Jennifer. It is brilliant!! There really was a lot that I loved about this story; the storyline was interesting and unique. The characters were
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Grove Mama
Romance is not usually my genre of choice, so when a friend gave me this book, saying that it was a contest winner, I was skeptical. This book hooked me, thumbing its nose at my preconceived ideas of what would happen in a romance novel. Instead of fading to black as the characters move to the bedroom, it got hot without using euphemisms. It dealt with a tough and relatable issue. It got a little messy. It included supporting characters that were just compelling enough. I might not be a romance ...more
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