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Blackmailed into Marriage

3.73  ·  Rating Details  ·  376 Ratings  ·  32 Reviews
Lia had turned her back on her rich aristocratic family. But now she needs their help to save her daughter. Their response - to sell her off to the highest bidder. Damian Marquez prizes Lia’s blue blood – he was stripped of his own title at birth. Lia is the perfect brood-mare, who can provide him with an heir – and a spare!

But, as the wedding night looms, Lia knows the t

Paperback, Harlequin Presents #2484, 187 pages
Published August 2005 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2005)
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Val⚜Shameless,  Bitchy, Skanky, & Not Sorry⚜ Mrs. ClayDanvers/RemingtonTate
4 Stars...

...and they were all for the hero.

Review to come later when I don't feel so shiteous.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Lia suffers from a secret shame that has stolen her womanhood, and made her unable to enjoy sexual intimacy. It destroyed her marriage, because her husband couldn't stand not being able to make love to his wife. All Lia has left is her beloved daughter, whose heart condition, could shorten or end her life. She swallows her pride, and asks her grandfather, a proud, Spaniard noble, for the money to pay for her daughter's surgery. He gives her an ultimatum, she can marry the man he's selected for h ...more
Preeti S
Generally I avoid books with sexuality issues as there is usually some history of sexual trauma and I am not comfortable reading about that. So once started I wasn’t too sure about continuing but it was the H who prodded me on.

This H is somewhat unique, enthusiastic about the upcoming moc and clear in mind what he wants from the match – respectability, alliance with a noble family and a title. He is also quite taken with the h and her daughter. So no grudging consent, resentment or hiding behin
Mar 02, 2012 Leona rated it really liked it
Shelves: hqn-presents
Lia turned her back on her family years ago eloping with a young man and going to the US to live. Her husband dies and she is forced to return to Italy and ask for help from her grandfather to save her daughter from a congenital heart condition. Her first marriage was not a happy one because she suffers from a medical problem which prohibits her from enjoying the physical aspects of marriage. In order to get the money she needs to treat her daughter's medical condition, she must marry her grandf ...more
Wow, a wonderful man. So hard to find an actual "hero" as the hero in an HP! So many are actually backward cavemen who don't really value women for themselves, just as commodities filling the traditional role of pure, untouched, non-working devoted slave-doormat-wife. This hero values heroine as a person...his devotion and patience and intelligence made him so strong and powerful. And incredibly sexy. It helped his likeability that the blackmailing (which was particularly egregious here) was don ...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
I enjoy Lucy Monroe’s books, so decided to read Blackmailed Into Marriage when I was going through my Mills & Boon/Harlequin bookcase – yes I have one dedicated to my favorite books…in my bedroom. Nothing like getting a “dose” of romance before falling asleep!!!

Halfway through this book and I’m thinking…no, this is too ridiculous…I do not like this story at all!!! Let me tell you some of the things that just “grated”:

The hero – Damian Marquez is handsome, rich and always gets what he wants a
I read this book after it was mentioned in a discussion thread. Although I dislike stories about rich, arrogant tycoons, I knew that the heroine, Lia, struggled with a real and difficult sexual problem. I was curious to see how the hero, Damian, would handle it. I was SO happy with the way this story and the love between the two played out. Damian, truly embodied the word, hero. The way he stood by Lia, and helped her face her difficulties, was very heartwarming. The sex scenes were really nice ...more
Nov 22, 2010 Melanie♥ rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book
Nice change of pace for the hero. He was actually a good guy almost from the start.
Feb 05, 2012 Kay rated it it was amazing
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Cady Lorenzana
Apr 09, 2015 Cady Lorenzana rated it really liked it
Wow. What a hero. I salute you, Damian!

Fantastic read. It was nice to know there is something "medical" in this book. I just knew about that dysfunction. This book reminds me why I love reading---it also gives me knowledge and learning.
Jan 24, 2013 Katya rated it liked it
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Oct 20, 2014 Shanelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story. Especially the way it deals with sexual dysfunction. So many woman suffer from various forms of sexual dysfunction and our society, especially in more religious sectors does not want to know or talk about it and the woman is pretty much blamed for everything. Lucy is so right, the silence must not continue.
Oct 04, 2014 Baseballmom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous Read.... d:)

Kudos to Ms. Monroe for tackling such a sensitive subject. I think she portrayed the h in a realistic manner, most woman who suffer such issues, do indeed, feel a sense of shame and how it can erode confidence and self-esteem. I absolutely loved the H, his patience, and caring encouraged the h to be open with him. I loved that he took the initiative to find as much information as he could, never made her feel less of a woman, and considered "the treatment" a form of true int
Nov 27, 2015 Jane rated it really liked it
I've a confession to make. From the beginning I'm kinda turn off by this book. Cos I'm turn off by Lia's grandfather who blackmail her by using her daughter's health into marrying Damien. And Damien acted the whole marriage as a business proposal. I totally hated this type of story. But suddenly it hooked me. Cos Lia kept saying that she can't be the woman that Damien want. So I'm thinking is it she's going to fight? Or what. Then the author started to reveal the reasons why she can't stay marri ...more
Tonya Warner
A very touching story dealing with a very delicate subject matter. The fear of admitting she had a problem to Damien was almost as bad as the issue to Lia. Dealing with a sexual dysfunction with a sexual intriguing and desirable man mad it seem worse. The fact that he was willing to help work with her and deal with it together made him a truly honorable man.

Lia Kennedy has turned to her grandfather for help in raising the money needed to treat her daughter's damaged heart. The price for the sur
Sep 27, 2013 Amélie rated it liked it
This novel is interesting. I love the fact that the heroine has an unusual medical condition (vaginarimus or something like that, which prevents her from having intercourse) and that we get to see how it has affected her psychologically (it has destroyed her previous marriage and her vision she has of herself and her femininity and sexuality). However, I got the impression that it was just there to create angst and a good reason for the heroine to oppose the marriage of convenience so violently ...more
Jan 22, 2013 Tpring rated it liked it
This is half sweet and mellow romance half after-school special.

To like: A considerate, caring hero who actually likes to talk about things; real conversations; no big misunderstandings, after the initial one gets cleared up rather quickly; a tad unusual and different sex scenes due to the heroine's medical condition.

Not to like: the heroine is nice and pleasant and comes to her own at the end, but is just a tiny bit pale; it's once again the hero who saves the day knowing more about the women'
Apr 21, 2012 Helen rated it it was amazing
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Blackmailed into Marriage by Lucy Monroe is a story surrounding Lia, a single mother trying to deal with her daughter's illness, and Damien, a Spaniard rejected by his father for being illegitimate and desperate for a title so society will finally accept him. Together, they can give each other what they want. Damien has the money to help Lia pay for the surgery her daughter requires and Lia can give Damien the title he desires. Blackmailed into Marriage is your typical romance story where two ch ...more
Apr 08, 2012 thadine rated it it was amazing
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Anna Goerlitz
Jul 25, 2015 Anna Goerlitz rated it liked it
Way too much purple prose, but hats off to the author for tacling a subject such as sexual dysfunction in a romance novel... But the purple really drags it down... "Feel the pleasure of our joined bodies" who says that in the throes of passion?
May 04, 2016 Rachel rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-f
It's a harlequin ... you know what you are reading it for, and for that it delivers ... decently. Nothing original here, same song, same dance, different names. Another cookie cutter romance sure to mildly satisfy.
Sep 20, 2012 AelixRage rated it it was amazing
This was a good read. I really liked the way the story was shaped around a sensitive subject.

Damian was every bit a man confident in his sexuality, but was patient and understanding enough to meet the needs of his wife. It was wonderful how his actions made Lia appreciate herself and therefore, give herself more fully to her husband.

Lia is a glimpse to the insecurities plaguing a woman who has sexual dysfunction and the strain it makes on her confidence and self-esteem. It was a good thing that
Jennifer Moss
Dec 26, 2015 Jennifer Moss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great read

I loved this book for the understanding the H showed h and also though he was macho for most of the book, we saw love and caring no miscommunication.
Sep 28, 2013 Mlleelizabeth rated it really liked it
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Melissa Maxwell
Oct 17, 2013 Melissa Maxwell rated it it was amazing
I loved Damian and Lia's story and the journey they took to get their happily ever after. I like how they took on a female issue so delicately and respectfully that it made the story so much better because of it. i just loved the book from beginning to the end.
Lenore Kosinski
Feb 14, 2012 Lenore Kosinski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, harlequin
4.5 stars -- I don't know why exactly, but this one just struck me right where I needed it today. I loved Lia and Damien together....loved the way Damien cared for his girls. And I even learned a lot, how often do you get to say that?
Aug 01, 2013 Jillian rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. There was good communication between the protagonists and I commend the author for including a heroine suffering from sexual dysfunction.
So, I only wanted to smack some of the people some of the time.

Actually, I enjoyed this book. Nobody behaved too awfully, and it was very emotional.
Lexy Harper
Jun 08, 2008 Lexy Harper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My favourite Lucy Monroe Modern Romance. I love the challenges they both overcome to finally find lasting love.
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Award winning author Lucy Monroe had her first book published in September 2003. Since then she has sold more than 50 books to four publishers and hit national bestsellers lists in the US and England. She writes sexy category romance for Harlequin Presents including her own ongoing mini-series, The Royal Brides. If you prefer a longer book, but want to keep it steamy, try her Mercenary trilogy or ...more
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