Saturday, April 24, 2010

Review: The Marcelli Bride by Susan Mallery

First line: If Darcy Jensen had known she was going to be kidnapped, she would have worn better shoes.

From the back cover: The rebel of the Marcelli family, Joe never joined his sisters Katie, Francesca, and Brenna in running the winery business. Instead, he chose a life of military service. But now that this handsome, headstrong, former Navy SEAL has received a new, undercover assignment - protecting none other than the commander in chief's daughter - he finds himself stationed back at the California vineyard he defiantly left behind. First-daughter Darcy Jensen has been placed in hiding at the Marcelli Winery after surviving a kidnapping attempt...and now it's Joe's job to keep the fearful, fiery beauty out of harm's way. Begrudgingly, Joe heeds his presidential order - until "babysitting" Darcy proves to be the greatest pleasure he's ever known. How can Joe protect Darcy from danger, when he's falling dangerously in love? And can Darcy trust that Joe's intentions are true - when no one else's have ever been?

My thoughts: This is the fourth of the Marcelli series and it tells Joe's story - the brother that no one knew existed until just recently. Joe is the heir of the winery and yet, wants no part of it. Darcy is dealing with her own personal issues, while in hiding at the Marcelli family's homestead. While this is a great stand alone novel, it helps to have a little family background to understand why the grandfather, Lorenzo, is so set in his ways about a male heir. Adding tons of comic delight is sister Brenna - in all her pregnant glory. This was a quick read and left me wanting more of the Marcelli family!

1 comment

  1. mthorvaldsen@netscape.netApril 24, 2010 at 5:27 PM

    Sounds interesting,,will have to put his on my list....Marianne


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