Review: His Fantasy Bride (Things to do Before You Die… #3) by Nina Croft

Title: His Fantasy Bride
Author: Nina Croft
Series: Things to do Before You Die… #3
Rating: 4 stars
Genres: Contemporary Romance

I can’t marry you. You don’t love me.

Two sentences, that’s all Gabrielle Harper left Vito D’Ascensio when she vanished the night before their wedding. If he wants his bride back, he’s going to have to hunt her down and prove his love. But when he searches for Gabrielle, he finds Gabby instead; it seems his perfect bride is nothing but a fantasy.

After six months, Gabby presumes it’s over, an episode in her life she’s totally ashamed of. But now Vito is back. He’s the one man she can never have, but as desire explodes between them, she has a tough time remembering why they shouldn’t be together. Oh, right, her family hates him, and he’s done terrible things. Or has he? But it doesn’t matter. When he finds out the truth about who she really is…he’ll never want to see her again.

My Review:
Nina Croft delivers a well-paced contemporary read with great dialogue and plenty of romantic moments.

I was intrigued by the premise of this book, and I loved the little note that the author inserted at the start of the book to put it into context.

This is a book about second chances and learning to open up before a relationship can really mature into something long lasting.

Gabby fled Vito’s arms on the eve of their wedding six months ago, but she can’t forget the sultry hottie who is supposed to be her arch-enemy.

On the eve of the six-month anniversary, Vito reappears in her life, determined to get answers, and to win back “his fantasy bride.”

What he discovers blows him away. Gabrielle is now Gabby and not entirely like he remembers her. With lies and deception still driving a wedge between them, can he tell who is the real Gabby and more importantly if she is the woman for him.

Vito was a great leading man and I thought he was very understanding, all things considered. I felt for Gabby even if her cowardice irritated me. She made a mistake, but she didn’t actually betray him other than keeping the real reason for their meeting a secret for so long. She should have grown a pair and told him the truth. But, if she had we wouldn’t have had any story.

The writing was great, the sex scenes were tastefully structured, and characterization was decent.

Overall, this was a great, quick read and one I recommend.

Thanks to the publisher for providing a copy of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for my honest review.

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