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A Bride for a Billionaire (A Virgin, A Billionaire and a Marriage #1)

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Matteo Benenati has spent his life wrapped in wealth and privilege. He is shallow, selfish, jaded--and he likes it that way.

When bold American art student Riley Tremaine crashes into his life, her light forces him to examine the dark places inside of his soul, the ones he thought he'd buried with his father. He knows he should let her go... but he's never claimed to be a g
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Kindle Edition, 143 pages
Published June 1st 2014 by Calluna Vulgaris Books
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Brandy
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was ok
Lately, I have been reading a lot of serious books, so I took a break to read this romance. I got it for free on my Kindle, and as a writer, I know a lot of people are self-publishing these days, which is great for those people who want to get their work out there. Now, when it comes to romance novels in general, I know I am not getting Hemingway or Faulkner, but I find it disheartening when writers do not take the time to revise and/or edit their work. Sadly, I have found this to be an issue wi ...more
Kimme
Feb 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the fast moving story. The crazy step sister added the twist and turns that the story needed. Matteo and Riley were made for each other. Both with baggage and a little blah for my taste. I did like the story.
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Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup. (posting to blog 7/9/18)
Amazon: https://amzn.to/2EpKWEb

Eh. A Bride or a Billionaire was okay. It was a quick read and entertaining enough though nothing all that special.

The Gist: Matteo finds himself suddenly in need of a wife. And the perfect 'fake wife' is right at his fingertips...a girl he's just rescued from an airport scuffle that left her injured. She's desperate for money so...why not? They'll spend a month married, both get what they want t
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Andrea
A Bride For a Billionaire read like a bit like an old school category romance. You have a European billionaire with daddy issues, who needs a bride to inherit his fortune. A fresh, innocent young woman with mommy issues, who really needs the money. And a marriage-of-convenience. A villain in the unhinged step-sister who's out to seduce him out of his fortune and will go to any means necessary to do that. These elements combine to form a twisty, seductive, over-the-top story. Despite that, or may ...more
Andi Rahmat
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I confused to give 3 or 4. a very simple story, all felt short because this novella. all conflicts resolved with good and I can feel the story but there are a few mistakes about editing -_- it's ok.
Jasmine Roman
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romance lovers
Recommended to Jasmine by: Lauren Hawkeye
You get sexy, laughter and suspense out of this book it's that what makes a book so good because I'll tell you this book is so amazing. Lauren is one of my favorite authors and I've read most of her books and this one is at the top. Riley is a sweet innocent Virginia who is broke with her bags and a plane ticket home is all she has. If she doesn't go on the plane it is not refundable. So when a lady gets her purse stollen Riley's fist instinct is go after the person who took it so when she got t ...more
Jade Onyx
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
OMG! Lauren is such a master in having sweet Happily Ever After stories that are as short, complex and to the point as possible! Yet, twists and turns happen one right after another, so much that I wondered if this couple would "make it." Yet, the characters are irresistible, the love scenes sensual, the pacing quick and suspenseful at times, and the ending tight with wedding and honeymoon and resolution.

Riley is a recent graduate from art school who scrambled for a one-way, nonrefundable ticke
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Amelia
A whole heap of tropes that I don't like:

- billionaires (a man can be appealing without being rich people, seriously)
- speedy marriages, especially involving characters who have seen relationships go sour which you'd think would make them more cautious
- virgins; or, rather, idealisation of virginity (I hate the idea that a woman's worth is measured by her purity even more than I hate a man's being measured by his bank balance)

That said, though, the characterisation is decent and the plot arc is
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Sarah
Feb 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
At least it was free

The basic premise of this book is a common one-billionaire needs a wife to inherit so he finds an innocent, broke girl to marry him for a period of time and a lot of money. The twist with the literally crazy stepsister was unusual, but certainly not enough time was spent on the real issue here-abuse. Too much happened in this book in too short a period of time, nothing was developed to the extent it could be. Thankfully it was a quick read and free so I don't feel like I lost
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Dirty Dayna
this was so fated to be a four but a 2 page pretty little wrapped up plot twist killed it for me. this book is a standalone part of a series but I don't think I'll follow it book 2 appears to be different characters from what I see. dammit the heroine and hero were freaking perfect and I was let down
Vashti
Jul 08, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay read,the stepsister creeped me out .
2.5***
CC
Jan 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty entertaining. Quick, with some intrigue.

Hillary Hurst
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good

I read 1 review that this was a really explicit book in the first few pages. Yeah it has some steam but not overly naughty. It was a quick fun read.
Mauaqui
Jul 29, 2017 rated it liked it
What a Wild Ride

Matteo must marry and stay married 1 month to keep his inheritance. Riley is an art student with debts and no money. A bargain is set and the 1 month marriage is on. But, his step sister knows, if Matteo cheats on his one month wife, he loses everything and all goes to her. She wants all and she will do everything to get it. The battle is on. Who will win?
Beth buswell
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: billionaire
More please!

Oh man did I love this story. I ate it up. I want like twenty more chapters and two epilogues. This book is full of action, lust and true love. If your looking for a steamy romance with a bit of action and suspense thrown in while you kill a few hours at the beach look no further then this book. Happy Reading!
Lexi Divan
This book was kind of a mess. It started of alright but ended up kind of crazy. Not what I expected at all.
Brenda Millet
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Good book

Easy reading. Good plot. Has some typography errors. Wanted the story line to continue so see how they did after.
June Sheppard
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow

The book had everything my emotions were all over the place. Love,hate,sad,happy. Was so Happy that Matteo and Rielly got their HEA
Eliza Leone
A delightful read full of surprises!
#romance #adultfiction

2 Stars
Series: book 1: A Virgin, A Billionaire and a Marriage
Characters: Matteo Benenati and Riley Tremaine
Setting: Italy & Greece
Mature Themes: violence, sexual abuse, attempted murder & sex

Recommendation: This is an adult book with adult themes, not suitable for the soft of heart or young adults. If you're looking for a quick romance, some dark themes, and far away places, then you may want to give it a read, it is short, so not
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Carly
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amazon
Matteo and Riley couldn't be more opposite if they tried. He's a billionaire and she's an unemployed artist in debt up to her eyeballs. He's selfish, calculating and heartless. She's innocent and honorable. The only thing they have in common is that they were both raised by negligent parents... and the undeniable sexual chemistry that sizzles between them.

When Matteo discovers that his Father left a marriage clause in his will, preventing him from inheriting if he doesn't marry within 30 days of
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Zoey Brown
Aug 08, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a believer that writers love their works and would never see the bad things that we see, so, I hate to talk badly about books, and I usually never give books a one star, but I just couldn't find it in me to say that this book was okay-it was not. I didn't like it.

The build up is very poor, the language is lacking, and there is no character build up at all. You know nothing about these characters, they don't know anything about themselves, and you find yourself thinking: 'Whaaaat?!!!' They sa
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Margie   'CSR' Fite
Sep 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
That is one way to get a bride! Wow

This was defiantly a fun and full of surprises kind of book... It was short and kept me completely interested until the very end, I even couldn't wait to read the next...
These are series - yet can are stand a lone..
This is a story about Matteo Benenati (rich billionaire who's father passed away and he is to inherit his company) and Riley Tremine - tough and fiesta girl that fought her way out of trailer park w a trash prostitute of a mother to get her degree -
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Bonnie Rediske-
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: erotic, contemporary
Riley is a poor american girl who has the inner strength that would be hard to match. She is strong willed but inexperienced in areas of love. She has vowed not to turn into her mother, a true life whore.

Matteo is a billionaire heir, but before he can get his inheritance, his controlling father has left one stipulation. He must marry within 30 days of his 25th birthday and stay married for thirty days after, remaining faithful to the woman in question. If he fails, he loses it all to a woman who
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Lauren
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
Dissatisfied with this book

Plot: C
The plot was somewhat unoriginal. Billionaire playboy has to get married to keep the company. Throw in some crazy chick who wants to be the wife. The story would have been better if Matteo had been older than 25; more believable. Also, it is hinted as to what type of man his father is, but I would have liked more background. Then throw in the almost rape, and I was over it.
Characters: D
I didn't like Matteo. He came off as a cold, unfeeling jerk. There was nothin
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Tracy Buttles
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ms. Hawkeye does it again--a fantastic start to what promises to be a titillating, heartwarming series. A Bride for a Billionaire (A Virgin, A Billionaire and a Marriage #1) tells the love story of Matteo and Riley. The story is told alternately in the voice of Matteo and Riley giving the reader the opportunity to know and understand the feelings of the main characters. The reader gets to experience everything right along with the characters. Feel the sparks of their first meeting; the frustrati ...more
Muriel
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Normally, I don't give low ratings to books unless they're really, really bad. But poor/non-existent editing will get it every time. When I am constantly distracted, page after page, by writing errors, there's no way I can give a good rating. In fact, there were so many errors from the very beginning that I seriously considered not even finishing the book. The use of women when it should have been woman and woman when it should have been women nearly drove me crazy, in addition to numerous other ...more
Alexia
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A Bride for a Billionaire" by Lauren Hawkeye is my first read by this author, nut will not be my last. This is the first book in her series 'A Virgin, a Billionaire and a Marriage Book 1.'

In this story we have Matteo Benenati who just buried his over controlling, cheating father. We also meet Matteo's step sister Emilia who is hungry for power and Matteo. The only problem is that he is falling for Riley Tremaine and the attraction is mutual. Matteo finds out that he must marry, and be faithful
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Kristy Dean
Jan 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle
Loved it

I wish this story was not so short. The author does a good job with the scenes and the characters descriptions. I love the story but would of loved to have expanded and longer.
Overview. Matteo is a billionaire that has been given everything. He is getting ready to inherit the family business. But the will states that he has to marry someone and last for 30 days and be faithful or the company goes to his step sister Emilla.
Riley is leaving Italy and heading back to the U.S.. She is a br
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Nessa
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
We all have dreams of finding our own billionaire, or why else would we love to read these kinds of books? I know that each time I read one, I always find something new and interesting, a different take on a Cinderella story. And that's exactly what this is, a Cinderella story that had me turning the pages without putting the book down. Riley Tremaine just graduated art school, and like most student graduates, is broke and spent the last of her money trying to get back home. A purse thief wieldi ...more
Jimnlori
Matteo and Riley marry purely for convenience and even though their attraction for one another makes it easier, it also brings complications when the thoughts of a divorce intercedes for when they will no longer need to be married.
Matteo's plan is to meet legal requirements to qualify for his father's estate and Riley doesn't want to have to worry about money while going to school so it's a win win situation. Little do they realize how much Emilia wants the estate and all that she will do to mak
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