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I Do, But Here's the Catch (The Wedding Ring #2)

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  154 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Four high school friends and a pact--every girl marries her ideal man by thirty, or be prepared for matchmaking.

The Bride-to-Be: Carlotta "Charli" Rossi, last of a dying breed--the thirty-year-old virgin. It's love at first sight when Grant takes her out, but is it only one-sided?

The Prospective Groom: Grant Sterling, handsome, rich and worldly lawyer--confirmed bachelor.
ebook, 224 pages
Published October 17th 2011 by Harlequin Temptation (first published January 1st 2001)
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This was definitely readable. It flowed well. The reason I didn't love it was because of the hero.

Don't get me wrong, I get a kick out of a selfish, jerkface HP hero. But, I suppose I prefer the arrogant Greek tycoon who's an ass because he thinks the heroine killed his dog or some such nonsense. The premise here was a bit less fun for me and simply not my preferred trope.

The hero is the tortured type. Abused as a child, he rose up from the street to become a powerful lawyer on Wall Street. He h
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Jul 20, 2015 Aayesha Khatri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers who love mean, alpha hole, selfish heroes and doormat-ish heroines.
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4.6 stars

The hero was a uber asshole, with such an inflated ego that I wanted to take a pin and poke it into his head and watch the ego-filled head go flat. He did not deserve someone as sweet as the heroine. But meh, I love my asshole heroes. It doesn't even make sense to me, like there's no logic in why I like em, but I do.

The heroine was so sweet, but she could have given him more grief over being such as asshole - I wouldn't have minded. I would have even liked the story better had she open
Apr 27, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Marriage of convenience, sweet heroine, brooding hero, passionate love scenes!
Mar 20, 2017 Melissa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 17, 2016 Gale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Do, But Here’s the Catch is book two in the Wedding Ring Series. This story is about Carlotta (Charli) Rossi, the second of the four friends and their teenage pact, and Grant Sterling, a clueless lawyer. When her friends pair her up with Grant, it is the ride of their lives. Charli is a 32 year old virgin; Grant is a “worldly” lawyer (as described by the author) who doesn’t want any romantic entanglements – yet he wants a “dutiful” wife. Their journey is sweet and poignant and is truly amazing ...more
Mar 20, 2017 Ronaye rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second in the Wedding Series. Four women try to find each other husbands as a result of a pact they made as teenagers. If they are not married by 30, they have to let the other three find them a candidate for marriage. Lots of character growth in this one, as both hero and heroine grow up and grow out.
Dec 17, 2016 Nancy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 10, 2016 Shelagh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Book two in Pamela Burford's Wedding Ring quartet, I Do, But Here's The Catch is just as tender, funny and heartwarming as the other books in the series. I felt for Charli from the beginning. The good girl, always ready to help anybody, a fabulous organiser, great cook and talented musician, Charli nevertheless has a major self-esteem problem. Grant took a while to grow on me. Honestly I just couldn't see what made him the perfect man for her, but Pamela Burford is clever and of course by the en ...more
This was one of the better Harlequins that I've read in awhile.. I really liked it and was surprised at the amount of angsty goodness there was.. I found both characters very likeable even though the H had his moments.. At first I thought he was very calculating and I honestly thought he would actually find other women (view spoiler) ...more
Sep 05, 2011 Xiao_nie7 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is not as hackneyed as the synopsis may make it sound
Plus, its so great to read a book that deals with emotional matters without making it tread down the over the top angst ridden path that many a Harlequin takes.Instead, it offers believable characters and a touching, well written romance.
Highly recommended!
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Pamela Burford comes from a funny family. You may take that any way you want. She was raised in a household that valued laughter above all, so of course the first thing she looked for in a husband was a sense of humor. Is it any wonder their grown kids are into stand-up comedy and improv? Oh, and here's another fun family fact: Pamela's identical twin sister, Patricia Ryan, aka P.B. Ryan, is also ...more
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