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Grounds for Marriage

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"Too handsome, too clever, too sure of himself, too everything."

Lacey Kerr, at seventeen, had thought that of Tully Cleaver, before she'd made the mistake that had altered her life. And in ten years she hadn't changed her mind. For her daughter's sake Tully was welcome in their lives, and he had surprised Lacey by becoming a good father who wanted to be involved in Emma's

ebook, Harlequin Presents #1866, From Here to Paternity #2, Harlequin Treasury 1990s, 192 pages
Published August 2011 by Harlequin (first published June 1996)
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I really enjoyed this one. It was so different than any other HP I have read. Lacey is a single mom raising her daughter after having got pregnant when she was 17 years old with her sister's drunken boyfriend. The story opens 12 years later, where they share custody of the daughter and have built an amicable relationship. The book opens with Lacey telling Tully that she has decided to marry someone else. From there the sparks fly.

What was so intriguing about this book was nothing fit the mold. T...more
2.5 stars
This one had a hero that was difficult to love. He was only 19, intoxicated and upset about a girlfriend and used the heroine as a means to make himself feel better. The result was a pregnancy at 17 for the heroine. She keeps the baby and becomes a single mom and although the hero provides for them and spends time with his daughter, it takes 10 years before he confronts her about growing to love her over the years. Of course, he has had other relationships over the intervening years, wh...more
At age 17, Lacey shared an unexpected encounter with Tully and wound up pregnant; she refused his offer of marriage, believing him to be too immature and untrustworthy, and kept the baby. Ten years later, the two of them amiably share parental rights. But when Lacey announces that she’s getting married, the dynamics of their relationship abruptly change.

This is more serious and realistic in tone than most Harlequin Presents, but Clair is a good enough writer to pull it off, weaving in small thre...more
May 21, 2014 R rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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So far the ebook has so many misspelling of the hero's name it is not funny. I wonder if the original book had the same issues with the hero's name as this reprint did.

After I read it, I could not figured out if they love each other. He fathered her child when he was 19 and she was 17. He did the weekend father thing which gave him more money of course. He did buy a nice house for the heroine and their child to live in.

He basically after fathering the kid without marriage acted like a male slut...more
i liked it very much ! but they shared more or less a platonic relationship all through the book. n it was unbelievable how they took 10 years 2 realise what they meant 2 each other. i guess julian's appearance gave tully the impetus he very much needed or a jolt shud i say !? after all, u dunt sit around n go out wid other women while u're in love wid one. he was such an ass n did not no what he wanted. but the ass part was before the book becoz in the book, he was the most kind, considerate n...more
This one moves along slowly at first, building on the type of relationship they have and then she is trying someone else for safety - a very dull sort, but about halfway through the book things pick up, she ditches the other man, and while there is no A-HA revelation moment, Lacey has always been attracted to Tully. It just took them some time to grow up and decide to make a commitment to each other. It takes her some time to see he has actually grown up and is capable of making mature decisions...more
Feel good story with a wonderful hero who is unbelievably understanding, mature and engaging. Uhhhh!
loveable characters. i enjoyed it greatly.
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