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A Madaris Bride for Christmas (Madaris Family & Friends #19)

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IN HER 100TH BOOK, NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLING AUTHOR blends heated sensuality and drama into a dazzling new novel featuring one of her most unforgettable Madaris heroes yet…

One by one, Madaris men have surrendered to the matchmaking schemes of Felicia Laverne Madaris, matriarch of the family. But Lee Madaris isn't letting anyone else control his destiny. He'l
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 29th 2013 by Harlequin Kimani Arabesque (first published January 1st 2013)
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Oct 16, 2013 Love2readtoo rated it it was amazing
This is a Brenda Jackson classic at it's best, it has all the great elements of a good story - passion, romance, suspense, drama, family issues and great secondary characters. Lee Madaris is the epitome on a gentleman. He has the ability to spark fire to the flame just by entering into your presence. He was such an intriguing man in this story. He wrote the book on "courting" - WOW - he has the power to make you loose your mind with all the wonderful and special things he does to let you know ...more
Oct 17, 2013 Tamara rated it it was amazing
Sometimes you see a person and there is an instant attraction. An attraction that can not be described in words but that takes over your whole body. That is the type of attraction that Lee Madaris & Carly have. And once they shared an unexpected kiss, Lee knew he would never forget this woman. A second meeting is a sign that this is the woman for him. Couple that with his desire to outsmart the family matriarch and you will be in for a great ride.

Lee decides to use their attration to solve h
Arlene Watson
Oct 22, 2013 Arlene Watson rated it it was amazing
I think that Mrs. Brenda Jackson have done It this time, I loved this book. Lee Madaris and Clay Briggs story Is one of the best of Mrs. Jackson books I will be reading this book over and over again. When Lee first saw Clay he knew she was the one, he wanted to get ahead of his great-grandmother Mama Laverne, because she was fixing up all of her great-grandchildren so Lee decided that he was going to pick his own bride. Carly was reluctant to start a relationship with Lee because she had been ...more
This has turned out to be one of my favorite Madaris series books, coming in behind the Midnight Hour. Brenda Jackson continues to amaze me with her excellent writing style. All I can say is Mama Laverne strikes again. Lee thought he was putting one over on the Madaris matriarch and bless his heart for that. This story between Lee and Carly is wonderful. Lee most definitely lives up to the Madaris name with his fierce protectiveness, overwhelming passion and unconditional love for his woman. It ...more
Nov 14, 2014 Susan rated it it was amazing
This was the first Madaris book that I read, but it won't be the last. I've been hooked on Ms. Jackson's Westmoreland series for a long time and this was even better because it was longer and more involved. It also included some of the Westmorelands in the story, which was really great. Lee is the owner of two big hotels, one in Dubai and one in Vegas, with plans for a third in Paris. He has been very busy so he hasn't made time for any women in his life. His great-grandmother has been very busy ...more
Title: A Madaris Bride For Christmas
Author: Brenda Jackson
Published: Harlequin Kimani Arabesque
Series: Madaris Family & Friends #19
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Genre: Holiday, Romance
Age Recommended: Adult
Rating: 5

"A Madaris Bride For Christmas" by Brenda Jackson was another one of this authors wonderful amazing reads. This story was one of 'family, love, drama,romance and a suspenseful' all wrapped up into one. Did Lee think that he could pick his bride without any help from Mama Laverne
Rhea Alexis Banks
Dec 12, 2013 Rhea Alexis Banks rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Romance and Suspense Readers
Recommended to Rhea Alexis by: I follow this author's work
A Madaris Bride for Christmas by Brenda Jackson is an intriguing read from the onset. It captures ones attention and has you wondering what's next. Great Grandma Laverne has been "match making" with her grandchildren and now great grandchildren. At around 95 years of age, she is determined to see a wedding for each of them and she's getting it done. Well some of her lineage, won't accept that and are determined to best her by picking and marrying their choice. Well Lee Madaris is one of them and ...more
Jackie Roberts
Nov 26, 2013 Jackie Roberts rated it it was amazing
I love stories that have an intermingling of romance, suspense and intrigue. It brings something magical and inviting to the storyline.
A Madaris Bride For Christmas by the exceptional Brenda Jackson was a wonderful addition to the Madaris Family Series.

Lee Madaris and Carly Briggs' love was displayed and felt throughout the book. As always Mama Laverne was on the money when it came to picking a bride for her great grandsons. She was truly a delight.

Thank you Mrs. Brenda Jackson for sharing your
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Miniseries: Madaris Family Saga, book 21

"All of the Madaris stories are great but this was by the best Madaris story yet!! Keep Writing Mrs. Jackson and congratulations!!!!" from a review written by an member, to read more reviews, go HERE.

"Once a Madaris man makes up his mind, the lucky lady should just pick out her wedding gown. This entry also comes with a bit of intrigue, and the disparate storylines are woven together successfully. Although Lee Madaris is convinced he's in co
Tanya Mayes
Jul 20, 2014 Tanya Mayes rated it it was amazing
I love it. I just read it straight through. It was a all nighter read for me. Lee Madaris and Carly Briggs is another combustible couple. Super Sexy love scenes. The story took me through many emotions. Sometimes I laughed and then there was Times I wanted to cry. Awesome job to Brenda Jackson. A very worthy 100th book. Can't wait to see what happens next in the Madaris Family. Let's just say I love me some Mama Laverne.
Oct 21, 2013 Angela rated it it was amazing
100 never looked better, Brenda Jackson did not disappoint with her 100th novel. Lee Madaris display passion to the utmost. Carly is running scared from love, when Lee tries to outsmart his grandmother, he never thought he would find love. Brenda combines the right amount of love, drama and suspense in this one. It was great to be reacquainted with other family members and friends.
Absolutely loved Carly and Lee's story. Momma Laverne had me laughing and I could just imagine Lee's face (Priceless) when she met Carly. I got a chance to catch up with fantastic 4. Loved hearing from Ashton, Uncle Jake and the others.
Nov 04, 2013 Brandi rated it it was amazing
What a way to celebrate. With every book, I have to go back and read at least three from the backlist. Revisiting with the Madaris men is always a good read.
Les Romantiques
Jan 22, 2014 Les Romantiques rated it it was amazing
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Reviewed by Fabiola
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A Madaris bride for Christmas is the 100th romance from the author. To mark the occasion, Brenda Jackson wanted to write about one of the members of the family with which her career began. This volume is the 19th of the series and sincerely, I won’t list all the other titles. LOL You should only know that two of my favourite novels by the author are part of that series: One special moment and Unfinished
Nov 12, 2013 Tea rated it it was amazing
This is a fun read for the Christmas season. It's wonderfully romantic as well as full of suspense. The magnetism between Lee and Carly took my breath away. Their love travels from Vegas to Dubai. I especially liked the idea of Lee's grandmother Laverne. She is the matchmaker in the large Madaris family. However, the grands and great grands want to find their own loves. So Lee ducks away to find the perfect woman on his own without any help from his great grandmother.

I enjoyed reading about Carl
Nov 01, 2013 Tamika rated it it was amazing
Brenda Jackson does it again. This book was definitely worth 5 stars and I promise that the 100th book will not disappoint you. I love this time of year because it's all about love and it never fails reading a Brenda Jackson book always renew my faith in love and have me excited. Lee Madaris whew he almost made me love him more than Clayton lol. Lee thought that he would choose his own bride but turns out that him and Mama Laverne had the same thought you could say it was just fate. Lee believes ...more
Dec 19, 2013 Christine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
This was her 100th book and the first I read. I can say with certainty that it wont be the last.

I love a "good romance" and A Madaris Bride for Christmas had all the necessary components of a good romance.

I had a bit of a hard time sorting out all the Madaris characters and I'm sure I will learn more about most of them by reading more of the books.

Lee Madaris is a typical male romance lead. He's not looking for love but is open to passion. He finds it in a chance encounter with Carly Briggs. C
Feb 23, 2014 KBeautiful1 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Those hot, sexy, smart, gorgeous, loyal and rich Madaris Men (Lord Have Mercy) I just love reading about them so much.

Lee Madaris saw Carly and immediately was captivated by her. But what he thought was just lust was actually love at first site (men can be quite slow in recognizing that).

This amazing story had all of the right elements to make it amazing. It was wonderful seeing some of the family and friends from previous stories.

Lee Madaris is a man that protects his own and Carly who knew a
Sherilyn E Jones-Neal
Mandaris Legacy Lives On

Just like in all the other great Madaris stories has all the love and mystery of how Great Grandmother Felicia Laverne Madaris always finds just the right person for each member of her family to marry will continue to be so. Just as before Brenda Jackson has done it again so get ready for her next Madaris novel to see who will be for Nolan Madaris. I can't wait and neither will you. I truly recommend all of the Brenda Jackson Madaris series books enjoy the read.
Mar 27, 2014 Natalie rated it it was amazing
Loved this book ,looking forward to starting this series in the beginning. Not sure how many books are in it yet, but if I could go back and start at the beginning of the J.D.Robb in Death series, then this one should be no problem. The way this was written was a wonderful love story. This was a hard one to put down.
Roberta Moore
Jul 17, 2014 Roberta Moore rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was as I had expected it would be Brenda Jackson has a way of writing books that keep you onh reading it

just finished reading this one it was excellent as always Brenda Jackson is a very good writer I have been reading her books through the years.Love the Madaris sagas
T.R. Horne
Dec 31, 2013 T.R. Horne rated it liked it
* Received this book as a Goodreads First Read*

Hmmm...just finished the book and I feel... Meh...

Okay, so this book has a very consistent theme and repetitive feeling from the main characters, Lee and Carly. They are marrying for convenience and passion and not love...then by golly...they fall in love with each other. Didn't see that coming, huh? I knew exactly where this book was going before I got there and that killed the thrill for me.

I think the author really spent a lot of time convincing
The Book Tart
Nov 14, 2013 The Book Tart rated it really liked it
Originally posted on

A Madaris Bride For Christmas is Brenda Jackson’s 100th novel! I’ve read and enjoyed her before but somehow I’d missed her Madaris Family series… I didn’t feel left out (too much :P ). There were many characters I could tell had been in other stories, but the warmth and family bonds were apparent even to a newbie like myself. Besides, this is Lee and Carly’s story.

Intrigue, danger, passion, heart and humor are layered in Carly and Lee’
Beverly Diehl
This was my first (but will not be my last) Brenda Jackson Madaris book.

Strong sexy alpha male hero Lee Madaris, independent gorgeous woman Carly Briggs, and in the background, "managing" matriarch Felicia Laverne Madaris.

Carly's switching jobs - and towns - after hearing a murder from the stockroom of the Miami restaurant where she works. She calls it in to the anonymous tipline, and then... nothing. No body, seemingly no investigation. Kind of creeps her out, and then, her best friend and room
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Lori
Book provided by NetGalley for review
Review originally posted at Romancing the Book

This was a continuing story based on the Madaris family. It’s not necessary to read the other books prior to this one as each book is a stand-alone, but I highly recommend reading the other books based on this family as its members are mentioned frequently and it can become confusing. I had a hard time keeping up with Lee’s various cousins and their spouses.

I had never heard of Brenda Jackson befor
Dec 27, 2013 Maria rated it liked it
Normally, I'm a love it or hate it kinda girl. If you look at my reviews, I'm either a 5 star or a 1 star reviewer. But this book has me so torn. There are moments of it I absolutely adored, and moments that made me cringe. Let me tell you about both...

First off, Im disappointed in the title. I understand that the premise of the book is that Lee will have his bride before he goes home for Christmas. But at the same time, the novel gives you the impression that it's about Christmas. And that's wh
Oct 31, 2013 Judith rated it really liked it
Another delightful romance from an author who has proven she knows how to tell a really good love story. Full of spice and hot loving, this novel continues the Madaris family saga and is built around the determination of the family matriarch to see her unwed sons, grandsons, and great-grandsons married and happy. It is a story that embraces the experiences of two people who have lost their joy for life due to overwhelming personal disappointment or because of the pressures of a highly successful ...more
Nov 01, 2013 DivasoftheSerengeti_Lioness rated it it was amazing
This has turned out to be one of my favorite Madaris series books, coming in behind the Midnight Hour. Brenda Jackson continues to amaze me with her excellent writing style. All I can say is Mama Laverne strikes again. Lee thought he was putting one over on the Madaris matriarch and bless his heart for that. This story between Lee and Carly is wonderful. Lee most definitely lives up to the Madaris name with his fierce protectiveness, overwhelming passion and unconditional love for his woman. It ...more
Carrie Terrell
Dec 08, 2013 Carrie Terrell rated it really liked it
I've not been in the loop with The Madaris Family saga, nor the writings of Brenda Jackson, but I can tell you that you don't have to read prior books to enjoy this one.

Do you believe in love at first sight, a love that will last over time? Having experienced that myself was a plus as I journeyed with Carly and Lee along their course of lust, passion, love, honesty and suspense. Carly was a "throw away" child who endured broken promises and a broken heart thinking that she could never trust aga
Mariana Bezerra
This is my first book from this series and I adored the Madaris family, especially the great-gradma and her nosy past time of matchmaker. Lee was a perfect guy with faults and trying his best to control his own love life. He tried to pull a fast one, but didn’t make it. So this book was a romance with a little bit of suspense and enjoyed the action scenes.

Carly was a nice girl, she suffered a lot in life with awful mother, but she made a great life for herself and witnessed a murderer that month
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