Series: Mercenary/Goddard Project

Anthology Review: Three Brides for Three Bad Boys by Lucy Monroe

Posted June 11, 2008 by Holly in Reviews | 2 Comments

Anthology Review: Three Brides for Three Bad Boys by Lucy MonroeReviewer: Holly
3 Brides For 3 Bad Boys by Lucy Monroe
Series: Mercenary/Goddard Project #2
Published by Brava
Publication Date: 2005
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 277
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four-stars

Rand
After tragedy struck six years ago, Rand buried what was left of his heart. But Phoebe Garrison refuses to give up on him. When nothing else gets the brooding hunk to open up, she blackmails him, offering him the coveted deed to property his company needs--if he agrees to spend a week in her bed.

Colton
Waking up in Vegas next to a naked showgirl named Fayre after a red-hot night of passion puts a smile on Colton Denning's face--until he discovers that Fayre is his new wife. What can stable, workabolic Colton possibly say to this unpredictable force of nature, a woman who expects him to love, honor, and cherish the vows he took, drunk, in a Vegas chapel?

Carter
As marriage proposals go, Carter's offer to Daisy Jackson lacks romance: Marry me and I'll give you a half million dollars. Four years ago, Carter let Daisy go for her own sake. Now, he needs a wife to fulfill the requirements of his father's lucrative will, and this could be his chance to make amends with Daisy.

 

They’re not the marrying kind—more the Do NOT Take Home to Mom kind. But these three brothers are about to meet the tempting women who have what it takes to tame their inner bad boys…

Three Brides for Three Bad Boys is a collection of stories by Lucy Monroe about three brothers who share the same father but different mothers. Each was brought up in a different way, and they didn’t know about each other until they were grown. It was originally published in 2005 and re-issued February 1, 2008. I let my cousin borrow it ages ago (I had the original) and she just got it back to me, so I decided to do a quick re-read of it. I’m so glad I did. This is one of my favorite anthologies.

RAND: After tragedy struck six years ago, Rand buried what was left of his heart. But Phoebe Garrison isn’t giving up, and she’s got an enticing deal: the coveted deed to property his company needs in exchange for one hot week in her bed. It’s an offer even the brooding Rand can’t refuse. Now, as every hunger is explored, every secret revealed, Rand knows he’ll need more than one week to indulge his fantasies with this amazing woman…

This is my least favorite of the three stories. It was well written, but the characters didn’t grab me and the story didn’t pull me in. I really liked that in the end Phoebe realizes she needs to leave Rand and he begs her to stay, but otherwise this was just pretty blah all the way around for me. Not bad, but not great.

3.5 out of 5

COLTON: Waking up in Vegas next to a naked showgirl named Fayre after a scorching night of passion puts a smile on Colton Denning’s face-until he discovers she’s his new wife. How could the stable, workaholic Colton have married such an unpredictable force of nature, a woman as likely to throw pottery as a kiss? But when it comes to tender love-and erotic war-Colton’s discovering that all is Fayre…

This is by far my favorite of the three, I think because so much emotion is packed into such a short story. Colton is a wonderful character, well drawn and complete, full of humility and responsibility. I think the best part about it is that he decides he needs Fayre and doesn’t waver from that. Despite the fact that she shows up unexpectedly, claiming to be his wife and pregnant. Once he decided she was his, that was it.

Fayre was a great character, too, though I do think she gave in just a bit too quickly. Colton needed to pay a bit more for walking out on her and treating her like a one-night-stand, but overall I enjoyed her character.

4.5 out of 5

CARTER: As marriage proposals go, Carter’s offer to Daisy Jackson lacks romance: Marry me and I’ll give you a half-a-million dollars. To fulfill the requirements of his father’s lucrative will, he needs a wife, and Daisy needs the money. But after a wedding night of absolutely explosive sensuality, Carter wants more than an arrangement. He wants Daisy, to have, to hold, and everything else…

I really liked this story. Daisy is an adorable character and one that never failed to make me smile. She’s been in love with Carter forever, so she is absolutely delighted when he offers her half a million to marry him. Basically, in her mind anyway, he’s paying 500 grand to sleep with her. I love the way she relishes the thought and constantly rubs it in Carter’s face.

He hates that she says that, because 1) he doesn’t need to pay for sex and 2) he wants Daisy to feel secure once their marriage ends. It’s cute watching him try to convince her. This is just a cute, fun story.

4.0 out of 5

Overall grade:

4.25 out of 5

This book is available from Brava. You can buy it here.

four-stars