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The Manning Brides (Those Manning Men #1-2)

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Rich Manning and Jamie Warren have always been friends—and nothing but friends. However, that changes when she asks him to father the child she so desperately wants. Rich agrees—if she'll marry him. Because he thinks their Marriage of Inconvenience could become a real marriage instead.

Paul Manning, a grieving widower with three small children, turns to Le
Paperback, 475 pages
Published August 1st 2008 by Mira
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Jonel Boyko
Aug 01, 2015 Jonel Boyko rated it really liked it
The cynical views of relationships that Macomber starts these stories with are akin to those faced by many of us on a daily basis. At the same time, she overcomes them in a realistic and promising manner that gives hope to those of us reading the stories. They’re the kind of stories that make you cry happy tears, living alongside the characters as they come to grips with their new realities. The well written, intricately crafted tales are fantastic alone, but unforgettable together.

Rich is a fan
Oct 23, 2013 Cecelia rated it really liked it

In Stand-In Wife, Leah Baker’s sister, Diane, dies. Diane leaves behind her husband, Paul, and three small children. Paul struggles to care for his family while working full-time. Leah steps in, helping whenever she can. Leah finally decides to quit her job and move in with Paul and his family. She wants to do this because she wants to care for her sister’s children. Since their mother is gone, they are struggling to adjust to their lives without their mom
Jan 03, 2013 Christine rated it liked it
'The Manning Brides' picks up where 'The Sheriff Takes a Wife' leaves off with 'Marriage of Inconvenience' and 'Stand-in Wife.'

'Marriage of Inconvenience' follows the 3rd son of the Manning clan, Rich. Described as the best looking brother, Rich is known as a ladies man but has never settled down. When his best friend from high school, Jamie, asks him to be a sperm donor so she can have a child, he decides marriage, then divorce after the baby is born, is the best option. Jamie agrees and then q
Mar 27, 2014 Julianna rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Sweet Contemporary Romance
Reviewed for THC Reviews
*newest review for this anthology

Marriage of Inconvenience - Marriage of Inconvenience was a nice start to The Manning Sisters spin-off series, Those Manning Men. It is a sweet story of two best friends who've had one too many bad dating experiences and have given up on traditional love and marriage. However, both of them badly want a child of their own, so they agree to enter into a marriage of convenience with the intention of producing one via artificial insemination
Sep 08, 2008 Kim rated it liked it
Recommended to Kim by: Saw it at Costco
This book was an easy read. I really liked 21 wishes so I thought I would try some other books. I liked the stories. Definitely a romance novel ...however not every chapter is about sex. Don't get me wrong, there are some intimate scenes but not explicit. I liked the two stories in this book. I really developed a liking for the male characters. The women were a little nuts at times and I wondered if people are really like that. All in all, it was a nice love story and .... had two happy endings! ...more
Oct 29, 2009 Jen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit
Of course I'm partial to this book--it features my last name! Two stories contained in one book. A school teacher moves to Montana specifically to lick her wounds after a bad relationship. Instead, she meets a handsome stubborn rancher and the sparks between them fly both in temper and romance. The second sister comes to Montana to help her sister after the birth of her first child. While she is engaged to a guy who her parents adore and she cares about, she finds herself attracted to the sherif ...more
Oct 17, 2014 ceecee rated it liked it
This book included in the series 1-2.

The first book was a story about Rich Manning the youngest of the three men and Jamie his long time friend. After years of dating the wrong men Jamie has decided to have a baby and not just anyones baby. She's decided that if she's going to be artificially inseminated she might as well know the downer. She asks Rich if he'd be willing to done his sperm to father her child. After much thought Rich agrees, I mean after dating women after women and having them
May 13, 2009 crayolaab rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, 2009
This is one of those books I'll only read when there's nothing better. It wasn't horrible, but it certainly wasn't great either. Unlike some of Debbie Macomber's other books, this one doesn't have much to offer in the way of interesting location or characters. The premise of both of these stories is pretty weak, especially the first one. This book has two out of six stories related to the Manning family, and I am just interested enough in the Mannings to pick up the other two books when I see th ...more
Anne Holly
Aug 12, 2015 Anne Holly rated it it was ok
Two short old romances from the 90s repackaged. These were okay, though dated and short (making for pretty convenient and speedy wrap-ups and faintly implausible situations).

The first one, "Marriage of Inconvenience" worked better for me, since I do like a bit of friends-to-lovers romance, but I never quite bought their friendship completely. (view spoiler)
May 31, 2010 Carol rated it it was ok
"The first story (Marriage of Inconvienence) was rather contrived. Too many times, this couple was mad at each other for not calling, when they had both called but not left messages. If ever anyone needed caller ID it was these two!" The second story (Stand In Wife) was better than the first. At least these two had some legitimate concerns. Happy endings all around.
Jun 20, 2015 Tina rated it liked it
Shelves: own
I've always been a big Debbie Macomber fan. I started reading her books when I was younger and she was one of the first authors to introduce me to the world of romance novels. I fell head over heels in love with her characters, so every time I come across one of her books, I love picking it up.

Both of these stories were good and a lot of fun to read. Rich and Jamie have been friends for years. She asks him to be a sperm donor because she wants a child so badly. Their relationship takes a differ
Sep 10, 2008 Michele rated it liked it
Good light hearted read. I'd read the Manning Sisters, so I thought I'd try this one out too. Love a continuing story. The 2nd story in the set was a little far fetched, but still an easy & enjoyable read. I'll still buy the next one in December.
Glenda L
Apr 07, 2013 Glenda L rated it it was ok
I have only read the first story in the book ... didn't like it as much as Debbie's other books ... too much repetition. I'm going to put it down for awhile and come back later to read the second story.
Feb 04, 2011 Marie rated it it was ok
while i enjoy the cedar cove and yarn shop books....this series and her christmas ones are horrifically cheesy, even for me
Jul 21, 2009 Lynn rated it it was amazing
Two books in one......I like Debbie Macomber's books.
Dixie-lee Campbell
Nov 16, 2013 Dixie-lee Campbell rated it it was amazing
Kept my interest ! Great book.
Steph Moyer
May 10, 2015 Steph Moyer rated it it was ok
This was two books in one, "Marriage of Inconvenience" and "Stand-In Wife".
In "Marriage of Inconvenience", you get Rich and Jamie, friends since high school. The story starts out with Rich helping Jamie get over a break up. Which leads Jamie to decide she is done with men, but she wants a baby. So, Jamie asks Rich to donate some sperm so she can have a baby. He declares that they have to get married, then he will donate sperm, then after the baby is born they will get a divorce. Oh yeah. That al
The book, The Manning Brides, has two stories within it. I have finished the first story called The Marriage of Inconvenience. The story was a modern day romance with two people who could not seem to communicate with any openness about their wants. Both were trying not to push the other one into something that they might not want, especially after being friends for so long. It was laughable if they were not so obviously in love with each other. I will read the second story called, I think, The S ...more
Jun 08, 2012 Melissa rated it it was ok
I had never read a Debbie Macomber novel before this set of books, which I happened across our local independent bookstore several weeks ago. I decided I wanted to start a light read last night and, well, that's pretty much exactly what I got and so I'm writing just one review for both stories. I've read a few romance novels, and I actually have to say I appreciate the fact that Macomber does not go into graphic detail when it comes to sex, though there are certainly enough innuendos.

In the end,
May 07, 2011 Marianne rated it really liked it
The Manning Brides contains the 3rd and 4th stories in the Manning series by Debbie Macomber. In A Marriage of Inconvenience, Rich Manning is asked by his long-time good friend, Jamie Warren, to be a sperm donor so she can have a baby. After due consideration, Rich decides, yes, but only if she marries him. What follows is an assortment of messages not left, conversations at crossed purposes, and misunderstandings as Rich and Jamie independently realise they have always loved each other. Plenty ...more
Jan 28, 2012 Rob rated it liked it
This was my first book by Debbie Macomber and chose it because I love "Marriage of Convenience" reads.

The first story was frustrating to get through. I felt bad for Rich whenever he tried to communicate with Jamie, his was a classic case of "he's damned if he does, and damned if he doesn't" which is why I had to wonder throughout most of it if Jamie's severe mood changes were indeed hormones, or if she just needed to be on some serious medication. It did however have a great ending.

I actually
May 29, 2014 Dineall rated it did not like it
There are very few books I don't finish. This was one of them. I couldn't get past the first few chapters. I'm used to cheesy romance novels, but this one is just awful. Needless and senseless drama, and hello, where are the cell phones in this book? As if anyone only has a land line these days.
Jan Mcleod
Jan 15, 2013 Jan Mcleod rated it liked it
The first novel in this book was really cute. Rich Manning and Jamie, a single woman, are old friends. She wants a child, but wants him to be the sperm donor for artificial inseminaton. They marry to give the child his name, but also plan to divorce as soon as the child is born. However, things just don't turn out like they'd planned!
The second novel is about Paul Manning and his wife's sister, Leah. (His wife had died due to complications in childbirth.) The story line is different, but charact
Nov 29, 2014 Beth rated it liked it
Two stories of unlikely and unexpected romance; an marriage of convenience between two long-time best friends takes the predictable turn toward love, and a widower falls for his late wife's sister. Solid stories; nothing exceptional.
Apr 04, 2011 MountainKat rated it liked it
Shelves: ebook
*3.5 stars*

The first story in this two pack, Marriage of Inconvenience, annoyed me. Both the hero and the heroine made stupid assumptions and jumped to conclusions. Misunderstandings ran rampant through the whole thing. What this author usually does so well, the romance and emotions, were missing. In the second, Stand-In Wife, the emotions were back. I enjoyed this story much more than the first one.

You aren't going to find a lot of heat in books by Debbie Macomber, but you can usually count on
Mar 05, 2015 Karen rated it liked it
Rich and Jamie are getting married and then divorced so that Jamie can have a baby...

Paul and Leah get married after Leah's sister Diane, Paul's wife dies...
Aug 19, 2014 Cathie rated it it was ok
Both stories very predictable. Not much storyline to either one. Never did finish reading the 2nd as I knew how it was going to end. Disappointed as I like Debbie Macomber as an author.
Dec 26, 2015 Cnelsonquilt rated it it was ok
typical and predictable romance book. clean and wholesome with strong family morals which is typical Debbie Macomber
Jan 17, 2014 Jeanne rated it really liked it
This is another one of Macomber books with 2 stories in one book. Number one: Rich Manning and his best friend Jamie Warren decide to get married so Jamie can have the baby she's always wanted. Number two: Paul Manning and his sister-in-law decide to live together so she can help with her deceased sister's children.
Jaycee Limutau
Apr 09, 2014 Jaycee Limutau rated it really liked it
2nd book of the trilogy.
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Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of today’s most popular writers with more than 200 million copies of her books in print worldwide. In her novels, Macomber brings to life compelling relationships that embrace family and enduring friendships, uplifting her readers with stories of connection and hope. Macomber’s novels have spent over 770 weeks on the New York Times ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Those Manning Men (4 books)
  • Marriage of Inconvenience (Those Manning Men, #1)
  • Stand-In Wife
  • Bride on the Loose (Kesempatan Kedua) (Those Manning Man, #3)
  • Same Time, Next Year (Silhouette Special Edition, #937)

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