Marry Me

Karen Stivali
Marry Me
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Ellora's Cave
Release Date
June 2012
Erotic Romance

When British drummer Ben Davis lost his childhood sweetheart, he was certain he'd never love again. He focuses on music as his band rises to stardom. A never-ending stream of groupies satisfies his needs until he meets intriguing clothing designer Julia Jones.

Julia's career rocketed from seamstress to up-and-coming designer for the A-list, but her personal life didn't fare as well. Her last boyfriend crossed from controlling to violent and she vowed never to be in that position again.

Sparks fly the instant Ben and Julia meet, but she resists his intoxicating charms, certain a celebrity romance will bring only trouble. But before long the heat between them becomes undeniable and she allows him into her bed and her heart. The more in love Ben falls, the more he fears losing her. When Julia's life is endangered, Ben's reaction terrifies her, forcing them both to confront their biggest fears if they want a chance at a future together.

Book Review by Victoria Lane (reviewer)
Oct 14, 2012   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
225 people found the following review helpful
MARRY ME by Karen Stivali is a fun, entertaining and realistic story that packs a punch. It is a quick read with the feeling of a much longer novel. This story fulfills one musician-lover's dream of marrying a rock star. If you can survive swooning with envy, this book is definitely for you. I give MARRY ME 4 stars.

MARRY ME tells the story of Julia, a fashion designer/tailor, who falls in love with Ben, a British drummer. Julia has worked on the band's clothing for video shoots and concerts for a while, and during the band's visit to New York, Ben asks Julia to marry him in a flirtatious joking manner. Julia says no because they've never even been on a date. Ben immediately rectifies that situation, and soon the relationship progresses to the point where they fall in love. They each have some baggage, though, and it collides in a violent way.

Even though it was short (83 pages), I definitely enjoyed this book. Often I find that short books, or novellas as they are sometimes called, skimp majorly on the character development, thus making the story completely unbelievable. Not so here. There is just enough time spent on character development for their romance to be believable. Still, I would have preferred fewer sex scenes and more of their time spent together. The passage of time is properly described, so the reader knows that it took more than a week for them to fall in love. This is also a minor aspect to novels that is so often ignored. The reader needs a timeline of sorts to understand the drama in context.

Here, the main characters meet each other's friends and have to deal with jealousy in the work place. We get to see the characters' interactions through dialogue instead of heavy narration. The pace is quick without feeling rushed, and it was well edited. No pesky spelling errors to distract you. It's funny; it's real, and it's an easy quick read. The ending or resolution of their issues was very well done - absolute intense emotion without being cheesy. I would have loved for there to have been an epilogue that showed their life after the ending, but that is a personal preference. Because the ending was so well done, you don't feel as if an epilogue is necessary.

Note: This story is definitely for 18+. For such a short book, it had quite a few explicit sex scenes. So out of 5, this would rate a 4 on the heat level. Remove the explicit sex scenes, and this story would easily make a great motion picture. Overall, I enjoyed this book, and look forward to reading more of Karen Stivali's work.
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