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The Marcelli Bride (Marcelli #4)

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USA Today bestselling author Susan Mallery returns to the idyllic setting of her sensual Marcelli sisters trilogy -- California wine country, where love and laughter flow, and where an unlikely couple discovers the one thing their hearts hunger for most: a place to call home.

The rebel of the Marcelli family, Joe never joined his sisters Katie, Francesca, and Brenna in ru

Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Pocket Star (first published April 25th 2006)
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Wendy S. Marcus
Jul 28, 2013 Wendy S. Marcus rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books. I read it over and over.
Dec 22, 2011 Mareli rated it it was amazing
Another 5 stars for me! I really enjoyed this story, even if some details were a bit too SF for me (like having the USA president's daughter hiding in a vineyard hacienda is strange - no hope of full protection in such a open environment).

But I loved Jo and I liked his story very much. I was with him, struggling to accept a family after so many years, the same family who abandoned him as a little child. I love his intercactions with her sisters.

A very good reading
I have been looking for a used copy of this book for a while, finally I just bought it new and I can't regret that choice. It turned out to be just as fun and engaging as the other Marcelli books.

Darcy Jensen is one of the daughters of the US President. One day while shopping at the mall she is kidnapped and thrown into the back of a van. But when her kidnappers realize that she isn't the daughter that they were after they take her back to the mall and leave her there. Bruised and confused.

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Jul 04, 2009 Erin rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
There are so many elements here that should work: the heroine is in protective custody after a kidnapping attempt, the hero is an ex-Navy SEAL, the whole thing takes place at a vineyard with a big fat Italian family. Somehow these things do not coalesce into an interesting novel. The first half in particular is especially dull. Two other strikes against this book: one of the secondary characters is pregnant and only capable of talking about how much she hates being pregnant and how huge she is; ...more
E. Jamie
Sep 14, 2015 E. Jamie rated it it was ok
Looked promising until author went into scenes in supporting character's POV's which I don't want in my romances. Just hero and/or hero POV please.
Lady Allison
Jul 23, 2011 Lady Allison rated it really liked it
Shelves: susan-mallery, epub
4.5 stars

I loved the story in this one! It had intrigue, a sweet and entertaining subplot, and a lot of family love. When (view spoiler) passed, it was rather difficult to read since my own passed so recently so I really felt those scenes, but the rest was well done as well. I loved reading about Nic & Brenna - I needed more of them! Also, when Joe finally accepted his family, especially his parents, it was quite a heartwarming moment!

Who wouldn't want a man i
Su Nita
Nov 18, 2015 Su Nita rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one
More of the same sickly, sweet, utterly unreal, super large family that doesn't actually exist in any reality except nostalgic childhood memories or day- dreams or books like these.

It's a fun read. But throwing in an adopted child who's recently discovered by his birth parents, who by the way were married for most of the child's life, and then excepting the said child to accept the family without any emotional baggage.... that's the worst possible background for a beach read.

Didn't read the prev
Tonya Warner
Th Marcelli family is warm and loving. They open their home and hearts to all around them. The only son had been given away as a new born, but now they have found him. Surrounded by four sisters, parents, grandparents and a host of nieces and nephews, Joe is just waiting for them to no longer want him. It has happened to him before, over and over. The Navy is now his family, he doesn't want to be a Marcelli.

Darcy is the president's youngest daughter. After a kidnapping where they didn't want HER
★¸. • * ° *  Kathy,Ahmazing Book Faerie*°°*•.¸. ♥★
~*~ SPOILERS~*~A real romance!No fights, feuds, Jealousies, or revenge anywhere, just a really lovely ,funny romantic story about two people who meet and fall in love under the weirdest circumstances.
Poor Joe has been hounded by his birth family, since he met them three years ago,about getting married and starting a family., Something he has so far apparently avoided. he's convinced himself he's not the marrying type, he has his job as a navy SEAl and that's the only family he needs.
I loved rea
Sep 13, 2010 Maria rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Joe has been sent to guard the president's daughter. She's been sent into hidding at his family's winery. The problem is that he's not exactly close with his family and doesn't want to spend time with them. Not to mention that he has no time fall in love with the heroine.

Why I picked up this book: I love Navy SEAL books... those that are written by Suzanne Brockmann. I'm on the hunt for more books like hers and I thought that I would give Mallery a chance.

Why I finished the book: Mallery is a gr
Kim Beck
May 08, 2014 Kim Beck rated it it was amazing
This is the fourth book in the Marcelli series by Susan Mallery. I know originally it was only suppose to be the three girls am glad that the author decided to bring us Joe's story. He was an important character. A lot of the last book hung on him joining the family, I am glad he finally did and that he finally allows himself to love. Sad to see the death of a character so strongly shown in a the previous books. Very much looking forward to reading Mia's story next.
Sonia Cristina
Jan 04, 2015 Sonia Cristina rated it really liked it
Shelves: english-books, 2015
4.5 estrelas para este livrinho!
Que livro fantástico e surpreendente! Primeiro, fui completamente apanhada de surpresa com o facto de a protagonista ser uma das filhas do Presidente dos EUA, que parecia uma coisa mas se revelou outra muito diferente. Adorei Darcy e toda a sua história.
Também gostei muito, muito de ler sobre Joe e perceber melhor os seus motivos para não se deixar envolver pela família Marcelli, a sua família. São compreensíveis os seus receios de ser novamente rejeitado.
A outra
May 16, 2014 Emily rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: women
Recommended to Emily by: found at local discount store
Wonderful book. I love Mallery's work, and read her books whenever I come across them. I just happened to be perusing my local Dollar Tree, and there it was. A shining beacon, saying,"BUY ME." How could I possibly resist? A Susan Mallery book for $1...yes please. Her talent is amazing, and THE MARCELLI BRIDE didn't disappoint.
May 20, 2014 Dawn rated it really liked it
It surprised me. I read it on recommendation of an acquaintance thinking it was just another romance like she usually reads...I laughed in spots, I cried in spots, I read late into the night. Yes, the end is obvious as soon as the main characters appear, but getting there was an enjoyable ride.
Pr Latta
Classic Susan Mallery, a reluctant upstanding (former Navy Seal but I just couldn't add a military tag) man, a lovely "nice" but not too nice woman, great location (California wine country), upscale lifestyle, and of course, they live happily ever after.
Peggy Parsons
Oct 17, 2014 Peggy Parsons rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance
Around page 80 the hero and heroine gave slight nods each other. No chemistry, no cute lines, nothing of interest happening before that. Stopped reading. One review said the last 50 pages were action-packed. What about the 250 pages before that?
Vivian Hollidee
Sep 04, 2012 Vivian Hollidee rated it really liked it
One thing I love about this story is Joe and the Marcelli family. And one thing I hate about this story is Joe's resistance to be one of the Marcelli's. His family is clearly loving and accepting. They may be very nosy but the love is there. I belong from a very small family, and when I say small it's just me and my mom. When I started reading this book it actually made me feel as though I'm a part of such a BIG, LOVING family.

As for Darcy and Joe's love affair, I had to give a 3 or 2 stars. I
Tam B.
Nov 17, 2014 Tam B. rated it liked it
I've only read Brenna's story prior to reading this, so I had some experience with the family.

I liked Darcy. I liked Joe. And I enjoyed visiting with the Marcelli's.
Diane Wachter
Mar 01, 2016 Diane Wachter rated it liked it
PB-B @ 2006, 5/12. Long lost brother Joe must protect the President's daughter while she is in hiding at the Marcelli winery, and he falls in love with her. Okay.
Laurel Horner
Dec 09, 2014 Laurel Horner rated it really liked it
Want a nice love story and everyone learning what they need to to be better people. And the bodyguards falling in love with each other just an added love bonus.
Christa Sigman
Oct 12, 2014 Christa Sigman rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
This series is perfect for relaxing and escaping. Not deep, not earth shaking literature, but entertaining stories me characters to escape to the beauty of wine country
Jun 11, 2014 Sally rated it it was amazing
Oh, Joe. Exactly the kind of book that's my favorite. Trash but with great characters and a great story.
Louise Schaefer
Jun 11, 2016 Louise Schaefer rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book about the lost brother!!! But it was hard to wrap my head around the 2nd kidnapping!!!
Oct 25, 2015 Christine rated it it was amazing
Susan Mallery writes a fun story! Really love her characters!
Mar 25, 2012 Carrie rated it really liked it
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
Another good one in this series. Both Joe and Darcy worked for me as main characters. I enjoyed their banter (Mallery always seems to get this right). The plot worked for me for the most part (though why the first set of kidnappers would let Darcy go even if she was the 'wrong' sister baffles me). Since Brenna has been a favorite of mine throughout the series, I was glad to see her used as a more involved minor character again. I could have done without the secondary love story with Paige and Al ...more
Oct 08, 2014 Kristina rated it really liked it
Love the writing, made me laugh out loud a couple times.
Apr 14, 2010 Netha rated it it was amazing
Joe, the navy seal, after years raised in foster homes suddenly the Marcelli's appeared in his life and wanted to claim him as their son, grandson, and brother he's understandably unwilling to give them the opportunity to have a chance after they threw him away.
when the President's daughter is kidnapped and needs a "safe house", Joe is asked to assist her security team and take her to the family winery for safe keeping.
Darcy, the president's daughter, she was insure within her own family and af
Oct 14, 2012 Latte rated it liked it
The pace picks up toward the end and is generally more interesting. I found the beginning a bit dull. It's three years since the last story in the series and Joe is just a butthead. I just wasn't finding him to be a very sympathetic hero in this story. Luckily, the rest of the crazy Marcelli family is still there for comic relief.
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