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The Bride's Baby (A Bride for All Seasons)

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The wedding of the season! Events manager Sylvie Smith is organizing a glittering fund-raising event: a wedding show in a stately home. She has even been roped into pretending to be a bride... a bride who's five months pregnant! The bride everyone is talking about! It should be every girl's dream to design a wedding with no expense spared, but it's not Sylvie's. Longbourne ...more
Paperback, 187 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Harlequin Books (first published 2008)
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The book blurb made me think this was a Secret Baby story... Well, it was but, at the same time, it really wasn't considering the fact that the baby wasn't a secret. Confusing? Yes, that's the feeling I had throughout most of the book.

Tom and Sylvie had a brief meeting when she was introduced as the wedding planner for his upcoming nuptials to her friend Candy. An unexpected attraction sparked on both sides, but considering that he was about to get married, Tom and Sylvie shoved that feeling asi
Jul 20, 2009 rated it liked it
I almost gave this 2 stars, because OH MY GOD is it brain candy, but you know what? I'm taking a stand! It was complete and utter ridiculous fluff, and I read it in approximately twenty minutes, but those were an *entertaining* twenty minutes, so three stars it is!

Mostly it gets three stars for taking one of my most hated plot devices - "if we just sat down and had a half-hour's worth of honest conversation, the entire plot of misunderstandings would crumble like the sugar-spun castle that this
Mar 02, 2011 rated it did not like it
The only reason why I finished this book is because I very seldomly set aside a book and call it a lost cause. This was definitely a lost cause in my opinion. I can't even call it a romance...more like frustratingly painful to read. I had hopes for it as it was set in London and I adore all things British, but this was just...not good. For about a good 30 pages I was pretty confused as I had no idea what in the world was going on. Both protagonists were annoying beyond belief. I enjoy a good mix ...more
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
2.5 stars...
Wicked Incognito Now
This is one of the stupidest romance novels I've ever read!!! Yet, it was written pretty well, which is why I finished the thing. Unfortunately, the entire plot is built upon one of the most tired story devices of all time--the big misunderstanding.

UGH. So groan-worthy and anti-climatic when the stupid-as-all-hell misunderstanding was worked out.

Wendy,  Lady Evelyn Quince
This was a free book and I still want my money back. The first chapter was nothing but the hero checking off items from a wedding list. And that was the highlight of the book!

This was just boring wedding porn.The characters were so DULL. If they had just a fifteen minute conversation, all misunderstandings would have been clarified. These characters are children in adults bodies, really.

This was such a painful experience, if I can prevent just one person from having to go through it, I know I've
Jan 13, 2014 rated it did not like it
Very close to the worst that can be expected from a Harlequin, even a freebie.
A self-made millionaire who did anything but work in the 7 months or so over which the story stretched. A complete lack of communication between the two leads and even those surrounding them, contributing thus to over-inflate any misinterpretation to give those molehills the proportion of himalayan summits. A plot that seemed of at first but soon turned completely irresistible.
There were a few things that bad at the e
Oct 11, 2009 rated it did not like it
This was one of sixteen Harlequin freebies I downloaded earlier this year.

I'm not the audience for this book. I made it partway through the first chapter, was happy to see that the heroine wasn't going to sit and wait further on someone who's wasting her time...and then the "hero" comes out behaving like an unprofessional asswipe, saying that if she leaves before he's ready to talk to her, he's not going to pay her bill.

At that point I deleted the ebook from my PDA.

Maybe the guy gets his comeupp
Jan 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: betrayal, own-kindle
It was bad enough to have his bride run off with a staff member of the wedding coordinator, but to receive an astronomical bill on top of it has billionaire Tom McFarlane out for blood. He cant deny his attraction to event coordinator Sylvie Smith and after a heated passionate exchange he believes she doesn't want to see him again.

He couldn't be farther from the truth, especially now that Sylvie is pregnant. What started as a misunderstanding has her running in circles as Tom reenters her life a
Jan 15, 2010 rated it did not like it
This was one of sixteen Harlequin freebies. The Harlequin romances have a recurring them misunderstanding or mistaken identity, good looks, tons of money.
This book is a "misunderstanding". Main character has a one night stand with a jerk and ends up pregnant. Trys to tell him about the baby by phone. After not being able to reach him via phone at his office, she decides instead of calling him on his cell,or sending an e-mail, she sends a letter through the post, and you can guess what happens.
Susan (susayq ~)
This was an easy little read. I wish the characters would have been honest with each other from the beginning. There was lots of miscommunication between them as well as reading things into the silences. All in all, though, it was a nice little romance :)
Susana González
Feb 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Si, ya sé que no me podía esperar mucho de una novela así... pero tan poco??? Por dios, hasta yo escribo mejor!
Mar 28, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5 stars...
***********SPOILER ALERT***********

"Then, catching a flicker of light, the twitch of a curtain from the Kennedy's cottage, she said, ‘They knew, didn’t they? They knew you were coming back.’
‘If you’d turned on your cellphone any time in the last two hours, so would you.’
‘My battery is flat. What did you say?’
‘“There will be no wedding…”’
‘Not tomorrow,’he said, reaching out and touching her cheek. ‘But soon, I hope. Very soon. Because if you think you can have my baby with
Margaret Fisk
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Not everyone enjoys romances where the main issue is a lack of communication, but when done well, this is the best kind of contemporary romance in my opinion. So often assumption and miscommunication causes conflict in real life, and the point of contemporary romance, at least to my mind, is to show people meeting real challenges and overcoming them in the name of love.

The Bride’s Baby takes a man who does not believe in love to the point of marrying for convenience and pairs him with a gold dig
Rubi Jayne
This was one of the Harlequin's free downloads that I picked up a year or two ago but have delayed reading. I was really hoping this story would be better than it turned out to be and decided somewhere around the middle that I was glad I hadn't paid for it.

Better than most "baby" romances in concept, I liked the idea behind this story (which is why I read it). The execution of the story, however, left me frustrated and by the end, I was more happy that it was over than for the couple's happy en
Nov 04, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hace cerca de un año que leí esta novela y desde entonces, leyendo la reseña que le escribí, no he podido verme reflejada en ella. Así que, adiós reseña.

No tengo un grato recuerdo de esta novela. Me aburrió más de lo que podría haber imaginado. Sus letras fueron densas, y parecía que el libro nunca iba a acabar y eso que no tiene más de cien páginas. Fue una total decepción. Yo no busco libros para pasar el rato, busco libros que me enamoren. Y esta novela estuvo muy, muy lejos de gustarme. Fue
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011-books, i-own, nook
Tom McFarlane is meeting with the wedding planner, whose staff member ran off with his bride, to pay for the cancellation fees of his wedding that didn't happen. Although Sylvie Smith had been planning the wedding for 6 months, this is only the second time he has meet with her due to the instant passion connection he felt for her when they meet the first time.

Only this time he doesn't have a fiancee to keep his emotions in check and they soon find themselves together for a night of passion. Whe
Either I've softened up, or this book was better written than most of the Harlequins I've read before, because as you can tell from the title, it's about a Secret Baby (a romance device I generally loathe), and I didn't hate it and it didn't suck. In fact, I'll go so far as to say I thought it was really well written. I'll go even further and venture that I might even re-read it one day!

There are formulaic elements to the story - Immediate, Unwelcome, Impossible But Undeniable Mutual Attraction,
Dec 31, 2011 rated it liked it
It's been a long while since I've read a Harlequin Romance, and I've got to be truthful and say that I enjoyed this book. It reminded me of why I used to devour these books as a teen. The writing is sappy and the HEA is guranteed, duh, but it was still a quick read. The main characters have evolved from what I remember. The hero, Tom, is still dark and brooding, a little bit of jerk with poor communication skills but he's not as bad as the HR heroes I remember. I think I liked the heroine, Sylvi ...more
Jun 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-books-read
I loved the strong characters in this story. Sylvie Smith is an events planner and one of her school friends uses her for her upcoming wedding to self-made billionaire Tom McFarlane. A cliché and wedding planner’s worst nightmare occurs when the bride-to-be runs off with Sylvie’s assistant. This leaves Sylvie to explain, and recoup the cancellation costs, from the groom-to-be who has a huge chip on his shoulder. Unfortunately for Sylvie, she had an instant attraction to Tom McFarlane. When she i ...more
Apr 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book so much that I had to do another post today, right away before it faded in my memory.
My memory seriously sucks lol So, here goes.

The story begins with a Wedding planner who is organizing a Wedding that's worth thousands of dollars. The Hero of the story is the Groom who she is organizing the wedding for. Instant attraction!
With many things getting mixed up and things not going quite as planned you would think this book would come to a different end. I have to call this book a p
Fiona Marsden
Nov 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I don't usually like books where the conflict is almost entirely based on lack of communication. But this worked quite well with missed letters, Celebrity headlines and just plain cussedness preventing the clarification of whose baby and what wedding.

The hero and heroine are both likeable and realistic people with flaws and failings and past histories that make much of what goes on believable.

It is a light weight book even if it does touch on a couple of deeper issues and just right for a mindle
Oct 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 1-own-it-kindle
2.5-3 stars
I have no idea why I own this. Was it a Kindle freebie or something?
This is not at all my kind of story. Billionaires are just ridiculous as romantic heroes, IMHO of course. However, the writing, while full of gaffes, had a little something special that makes me think that the author might someday write something that I'd really like--as long as she moves away from billionaires.
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, kindle
I had a problem with this book. The main characters are a billionaire and a wedding planner. The billionaire's fiance walks out shortly before the wedding and the wedding planner has gone to collect the bill. Before it's all over they end up in bed and the storyline continues from there. It really bothered me that only the second time they had met one another they ended up in bed together.
Yelania Nightwalker
Aunque no es mi tipo de lectura, y fue un poco predecible al final creo que estuvo bien :)
Dec 29, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I despise secret baby plots. Luckily this was a freebie so I'm not out anything by not reading this.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018

I'm rounding up cause I LOVE her fantasy wedding plans. I mean how AWESOME would a dedicated carnival/fair for your wedding day be!!!! I'd so go for that.

Anyway, as for the book, I really liked the characters. That got me over the mandatory 'miscommunication' sagas. I hate it when there are these ridiculously out there, it would never happen irl, miscomms that are used to keep the story ticking (who is ever going to stick with one letter and no confirmation that it was received???). There ar
Liz Fielding books are one of my favorite comfort reads and this delivered when I was too sick to stumble off the couch. I’m not a huge fan of billionaire books because the heros tend to be alpha male jerks, but not with Ms. Field’s books. And “secret” baby books can also be dicey, but not here. Just two characters thrown together who are enjoyable, who grow together as they reach that HEA, and lots of fun at an English Manor house. Worth a few hours of fun.
(Rated on romance scale 3.5/5)
A quick easy read.

A secret baby story without the secret baby... Well she did try to tell him, but he never got the message and the they both just assumed things.
I couldn't see what Tom's (and Silvia's) obsession was based on more than the fab sex. How did they go from that to love? Don't ask me...

Still easy sweetness and good for a couple of hours relaxation.
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