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Jilted at the altar! Shaan Saketa has heard the words before but never thought they would apply to her. Humiliated and alone, she stands facing a thousand guests when her boss, ruthless tycoon Rafe Danvers, makes a shocking proposal. Suddenly she finds herself married to the wrong man and whisked away on a honeymoon! Rafe has always suspected that there was more to his mousy Jilted at the altar! Shaan Saketa has heard the words before but never thought they would apply to her. Humiliated and alone, she stands facing a thousand guests when her boss, ruthless tycoon Rafe Danvers, makes a shocking proposal. Suddenly she finds herself married to the wrong man and whisked away on a honeymoon! Rafe has always suspected that there was more to his mousy secretary than meets the eye, and he’s right. But as he indulges in exquisite nights little does he know that Shaan is wondering just how ruthless he really is and just how far he went to have her in his bed!


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Jilted at the altar! Shaan Saketa has heard the words before but never thought they would apply to her. Humiliated and alone, she stands facing a thousand guests when her boss, ruthless tycoon Rafe Danvers, makes a shocking proposal. Suddenly she finds herself married to the wrong man and whisked away on a honeymoon! Rafe has always suspected that there was more to his mousy Jilted at the altar! Shaan Saketa has heard the words before but never thought they would apply to her. Humiliated and alone, she stands facing a thousand guests when her boss, ruthless tycoon Rafe Danvers, makes a shocking proposal. Suddenly she finds herself married to the wrong man and whisked away on a honeymoon! Rafe has always suspected that there was more to his mousy secretary than meets the eye, and he’s right. But as he indulges in exquisite nights little does he know that Shaan is wondering just how ruthless he really is and just how far he went to have her in his bed!

30 review for Marriage on the Rebound

  1. 4 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)

    One cannot imagine how devastating it would be to find yourself left at the altar. That's what happens to Shaan in this book. And the person who delivers the news is the man who thought Shaan was unsuitable as his brother's bride, Rafe Danvers. Yet Rafe is there to pick up the pieces, and support this jilted bride. Surprised isn't the word for how Shaan feels when Rafe suggests she marry him instead. But she says yes. This is a slightly older Harlequin Presents, with the mood and the content that One cannot imagine how devastating it would be to find yourself left at the altar. That's what happens to Shaan in this book. And the person who delivers the news is the man who thought Shaan was unsuitable as his brother's bride, Rafe Danvers. Yet Rafe is there to pick up the pieces, and support this jilted bride. Surprised isn't the word for how Shaan feels when Rafe suggests she marry him instead. But she says yes. This is a slightly older Harlequin Presents, with the mood and the content that really makes these books pop when used effectively. Rafe is one of those heroes that comes off as slightly domineering, but for some reason it works. I think it worked for me because I could see that caring was behind his bossy ways. He is the type of hero that's all man, despite being a businessman type. You wonder how Shaan could fall for his brother, who is like a paler shadow of Rafe, lacking many of Rafe's good qualities. Yet, it's about proximity. But now is the time for Rafe to show he is the right man for Shaan. And he does quite the job. Of course, there is the misunderstanding, as always. Shaan ends up seeing Rafe making goo goo eyes at Madeline, the woman that Piers jilts her for. But all is not as it seems. This book reminded me that I really like Michelle Reid's books. They are intense and emotional. You get involved, and in the hours you spend reading the book, you don't want to put it down. I can't say this is my favorite of hers. That would be Price Of A Bride. But this was a very good book, and it will go on my keeper shelf. I found Rafe irresistible, in all his bossy ways. He reminded me of fellow HP writer, Susan Napier's heroes, whom I go gaga over. Although he's a good few years older than Shaan, I think he is the right man for her. He knows how to keep her happy and would move mountains to do just that. But he will challenge her to be her best. And he loves her so much. Who can resist that in a hero?

  2. 4 out of 5

    boogenhagen

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Re Marriage on the Rebound - Michelle Reid brings the wrecki drama to the keepin' it in the family trope. This one starts with our 22 year old orphaned, half Lebanese h being jilted right before she is to leave for the church on her wedding day. The H is the 34 year old brother of the groom- who ran off with another woman, leaving the h to sink or swim alone in front of the upper echelons of London society. The h and her elderly aunt and uncle are in utter shock when the H comes to break the bad n Re Marriage on the Rebound - Michelle Reid brings the wrecki drama to the keepin' it in the family trope. This one starts with our 22 year old orphaned, half Lebanese h being jilted right before she is to leave for the church on her wedding day. The H is the 34 year old brother of the groom- who ran off with another woman, leaving the h to sink or swim alone in front of the upper echelons of London society. The h and her elderly aunt and uncle are in utter shock when the H comes to break the bad news, but the h quickly realizes that the H must have somehow pushed his brother into dumping her. The h suspects that the H doesn't want a girl of mixed heritage 'sullying' the H's family name, as the H has been very antagonistic to her from the first time they were formally introduced. The h soon lapses into mental horror and despondency. Her elderly relatives are not helpful in that regard, they seemed to be more in danger of collapse than the h is. The H boldly leaps in the fray and soon has bullied the h into agreeing to marry him in place of his brother. Ostensibly the H and h are to marry in order to help the h save face after being publicly humiliated, but the way the H announces it and plays it off to both her friends and family and the tabloid press, the h just comes off looking like a gold digging tart. The H is very autocratic as he sweeps the h off to Hong Kong and decides that the emotionally exhausted h needs to subjected to his boring friends that have nothing in common with the h and that she has to stay awake for over 24 hours to escape jet lag. There is lots of H ordering about, (he even puts her to work a few times as the h was formerly a secretary,) shopping and some HK market bargaining as the h manages to score a fake Minnie Mouse watch. The h is gradually working through the grieving process of learning that the man she thought she loved is not the man he turned out to be, while also becoming more aware of the H on the purple passion lurve force mojo level. As the H and h are sharing a room and a bed and the h is pretty much berated by the H whichever way she turns, the big lurve club event is hardly unexpected. What is unexpected is the h's physical response to the H. Tho once again she is mocked by the H because she protests lurve club events done in the name of lust, then she is berated because she does respond and the H tells her she should be thinking more of her love for his brother. All of this is really H gaslighting garbage to manipulate the h. Because in reality the H is fascinated by the h and has been wanting to test out tower of power rides with her for some time. But his little brother and he have a running battle and to score points, the H's little brother tried to grab the h first. The only reason the little brother jilter did not make it to the finish line with the h is because his older flame showed up to fight for her man. The h overhears a phone conversation the H is having with someone-we never learn who-and she takes exception to being labeled as 'leftovers' in reference to the H's statement that he was in love with the woman that is now his little brother's bride. So the h becomes convinced that the H is in love with his little brother's girl and that he too is using the h to save face. But what the h has a hard time articulating is that her agreeing to marry the H was done in a moment of shock and the H pretty much force marched her to the altar and gave her enough tranquilizers to keep her compliant. What the H did was an underhanded, deliberately deceitful maneuver. His marriage proposal was done under the lie of the H wanting to do a good deed to help the h, but really it was more that the H wanted to score points against his brother and punish the h because she went for his brother first instead of him. He accuses the h of being childish, but his egotism and selfishness are more in the line of a pot calling a kettle black. There is also a serious question of just how involved he was with the little madam who ran off with his brother. But the more serious problem is that the H uses the very deep trauma the h endured to manipulate and maneuver her into becoming a borderline tart. In fact the h decides that since she has nothing of inner worth left that anyone would want anyways, she may as well base their relationship on exploring all the lurve club positions she can, as it turns out she is really good in bed. So there is a LOT of purple passion moments throughout their HK tour. (After the H and h have a fight when she runs off with an American tour group for the mandatory HP travelogue afternoon and when the H wants to drag her to another boring dinner meeting, the h seduces him in the elevator to get him to change his mind.) Eventually we all go back to London and there is more purple passion and a lecture from the h's pretty blunt BFF. Then the bleak mopey moment strikes, the h and her BFF see the H coming out of a hotel with the OW. They look fairly intimate while embracing in the street and the h realizes that she has been played not once, but twice and by two nematodes in the same family. The h finally gets herself together and leaves the H, only to have him show up and semi-forcibly roofie lurve club her to drag her back to the marital home. Where we meet the nematode little brother for the first time. The little slime pustule insists that the H went to him the morning of the abandoned wedding and begged him to run off with his first flame because the H was too in love with the h to give her up. The little slime slurper admits he has always been jealous of his big brother H and when his former flame preferred his big brother over him, (even tho supposedly the H wasn't preferring her back,) the little snot just had to get some of his pride back and he chose the h as his object of revenge. Little slime slurper and MR want us to believe the H has been in love since he first met the h, after one of his executives bowled her over in the hallway at work and he helped her back up. (The nematode brother insists that everybody but the h knows it and have had themselves a good laugh about it.) That statement is enough of an excuse for the h, who can now fool herself that her lust for the H is really true love. Continuing on in the h's new manipulative sex kitten antics, the h goes back to the H and they make some mutual love noises after the H asks if his little brother explained everything okay. We leave them once again adjourning to the bedroom to continue practicing their boudoir bouncing moves for the purple hazed MR HEA. I rate this book pretty highly, but not because I really believe in the HEA or believe that these two people really love each other. They are too entranced with each other physically and too distant and different mentally for Real HP True Love in my view. I think the H saw the h and fell into a major obsession. But he doesn't ever get to know her as a person, he just uses her trauma and some drugs to mold her into the walking, talking sex toy he wants her to be. MR definitively spells out that the H took a mentally broken down girl and carefully crafted her into the woman the H wanted her to be - the h even acknowledges it herself. Then there is the fact that the naive h was grooming unicorns, tho she did have some passionate kisses with the nematode little brother during their courtship. So when MR has the h wondering if she is really in love or just finding out about her own personal passion, the scales coming down on the h learning her sexuality side seem to be much heavier. I don't think these two will last the distance, what is the h going to do when the H gets older and slows down and she finds herself struck by the lurve force mojo for someone else? If that new passion inducer has a bossy tone of voice, is the h just going to meekly follow as she can't resist her treacherous body syndrome? Also, I think that MR deliberately destroys the h's inner integrity too much to for us to rely on her personal moral compass to stay in a marriage that is no longer so physical. The h mentions several times that she feels she has nothing else to offer. Plus, the h's willingness to let her personal belief that sex should be practiced with caring and love be set aside in the face of the H's angry insistence that of a lot of excellent purple passion moments makes everything okay doesn't auger well for future staying power or integrity. (Tho it could be argued that the h only started using sex as a tactic to show her love, and that would have been fine if MR had actually written it like that. But she did not, the h was using sex as way to retaliate against the domineering demands of the H and it sets a bad precedent for future marital tribulations.) By choosing to have the h rely on manipulative sex kitten tactics in retaliation against the H's domineering autocracy, MR doesn't convey the sense that there is a deep emotional commitment to build a bedrock foundation in this marriage. But all of this doesn't mean that I don't like the book. I rate this one in the four star category because it is just so emotively intense it takes my breath away. MR does a fantastic job of conveying every ounce of the h's emotions from devastation to bliss and it is one of the most evocatively emotional books she ever wrote. I am not one to project myself into a book's heroine, but I was definitely swept up into the emotionalism of this one. Reading this one is like being on a roller coaster blindfolded, you have no ability to discern your position to the real world, but you feel all the twists and dives and bends and it makes for an exhilarating HP outing and worth a read or three if you run into it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    StMargarets

    Third reading: Enjoyed the tour Hong Kong this time around. So much has changed in the world 🌏 since then. 😢 Second reading: I liked this one, but I can see how some would find the hero's actions hard to take. He really does ride roughshod over the heroine when she is jilted. Plus he isolates her and doesn't give her a moment to think her own thoughts. However he's crazy about her (unlike the cad who jilted her) and that makes it all better in HP land. First review: Another jilted story with the groo Third reading: Enjoyed the tour Hong Kong this time around. So much has changed in the world 🌏 since then. 😢 Second reading: I liked this one, but I can see how some would find the hero's actions hard to take. He really does ride roughshod over the heroine when she is jilted. Plus he isolates her and doesn't give her a moment to think her own thoughts. However he's crazy about her (unlike the cad who jilted her) and that makes it all better in HP land. First review: Another jilted story with the groom’s brother picking up the pieces. I really liked this one. Heroine was in her wedding gown ready to go to the church when the hero’s brother brought her the rejection letter. MR does angst so well. It’s apparent from the very beginning that the hero is crazy in love with the heroine and that something was fishy with the brother. The hero proposes so she can “save face.” The rest of the story is their trip to Hong Kong and the heroine showing her true personality and resilience. I enjoyed seeing the heroine recover and fall for the hero, all along wondering just what was going on. There was an interesting twist at the end and it was the evil bro who had to man up and confess. Finally the person who wronged the other actually had the discomfort of admitting their sins! (view spoiler)[ Turns out the hero fell in love at first sight when someone ran into the heroine at work and she dropped papers all over the floor. The hero helped her pick them up, but he couldn’t do anything else because he had a plane to catch to Hong Kong. The evil bro, who was jealous of the hero, moved in and swept the heroine off of her feet and planned to marry her to spite the hero. The hero begged him to jilt the heroine knowing how he felt about the other girl he had on a string – who he was scheduled to marry later that afternoon. (hide spoiler)] Luckily, he’s moving to Chicago and leaving the H/h in peace in the UK.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jasbell76

    I read this book because I have postponed to read it for years! So, last week a Goodreads' friend suggested me to read it, and it was when I finally decided to do it. The conclusion is... I didn't like it, this romance was awful IMO, it is not the best book by MR, there are other books better than this one, I didn't believe their chemistry, if there was any because I didn't feel it. I didn't think they fell in love either. There are many spoilers in my updates of this book. I was desesperated to f I read this book because I have postponed to read it for years! So, last week a Goodreads' friend suggested me to read it, and it was when I finally decided to do it. The conclusion is... I didn't like it, this romance was awful IMO, it is not the best book by MR, there are other books better than this one, I didn't believe their chemistry, if there was any because I didn't feel it. I didn't think they fell in love either. There are many spoilers in my updates of this book. I was desesperated to finish it! Definetily, this is a book I won't re-read again! It wasn't memorable in my opinion, Rafe, Shann, Piers, Madeleine, Jemma, Addio! While I was reading this book: The first half of the book... The second half of the book... At the end... The conclusion... [I didn't like it]

  5. 5 out of 5

    SandraIsAMoodyCowWhenSheCan'tRead

    Must give due credit to Reid when she can take one of my most hated tropes, 2-brothers-1-vagina* and make it work. Heroine is technically a virgin but she had “passionate interludes” with her fiancé, the Hero’s brother and begged him to make love to her before the marriage so it was clear she enjoyed some physical intimacy with him. This should have raised the gag factor but Reid salvages it by making Piers, the brother, the bad guy from the first page as he dumps the heroine at the altar in fav Must give due credit to Reid when she can take one of my most hated tropes, 2-brothers-1-vagina* and make it work. Heroine is technically a virgin but she had “passionate interludes” with her fiancé, the Hero’s brother and begged him to make love to her before the marriage so it was clear she enjoyed some physical intimacy with him. This should have raised the gag factor but Reid salvages it by making Piers, the brother, the bad guy from the first page as he dumps the heroine at the altar in favour of his ex-girlfriend. Reid focuses immediately on the anguish of the heroine at his betrayal and the charisma and strength of the Hero as he steps up to save the day by taking charge of the situation and turns it around neatly to protect her from further embarrassment and distract her from her own pain. H is a bit heavy-handed but Reid redeems him by making his love for h transparent as he patiently and sometimes impatiently waits for her to become aware of the weakness of the man she thought she had loved. She in turn, can’t help being drawn to the bold, decisive, dependable character of H. I enjoy romances that centre solely on the MCs and this one delivers superbly on that front. It was also a delightful surprise that part of the book was set in Hong Kong and having visited pre-China HK a few times, for me, she captures the essence of HK perfectly, from the nerve-wrecking landing at the narrow strip of the airport, to the markets, the bay and yes, the over-crowded tube stations. Yes, people, no pretentious cars or limousines, they take the tube like seasoned travellers. But sadly, Reid could not sustain the momentum and the last quarter of the book dragged (view spoiler)[ into a love quadrangle between H, h, Piers and his wife though it was a nice touch to bring Piers towards the end to explain his actions (hide spoiler)] . In the end, it felt more like she was bullied into a rebound marriage and great sex equals HEA. Her own doubts about her fickle feelings rang more true than the declarations of undying love. Overall, a nice read though I must put up a minor quibble. H employs a local sales director in his HK office. Obviously, I can’t claim to know all women in higher management positions in HK but I’ve had the privilege of knowing a few and believe me, they can have men’s balls for breakfast. So when Su Ling showed up with her “lovely eyes” speaking in a “soft, sensuous voice” and bowing, it grated a little. She may as well have been in a geisha costume. Aside from that and H’s bull-headed insistence on how to handle jetlag , it was a good read. Reid is a consummate story-teller and I adore her writing style. *thanks to KC for that :)

  6. 4 out of 5

    bookjunkie

    Didn't think I was gonna like this at first. Book opens with the heroine being jilted at her wedding and she's just a sobby, helpless, bitter wreck for pages and pages. Enough to make you roll your eyes and tell her to please get a grip. I prefer my heroines not to be teary Jello. And then... she turned into a total sex kitten, which was actually awesome. She deliberately seduces her new husband away from an all-important business meeting that she doesn't want to attend by crawling all over him i Didn't think I was gonna like this at first. Book opens with the heroine being jilted at her wedding and she's just a sobby, helpless, bitter wreck for pages and pages. Enough to make you roll your eyes and tell her to please get a grip. I prefer my heroines not to be teary Jello. And then... she turned into a total sex kitten, which was actually awesome. She deliberately seduces her new husband away from an all-important business meeting that she doesn't want to attend by crawling all over him in the elevator as they're heading to it, breathing please-please-please between hot wet kisses, forcing him to abruptly take her back to their room and no-show on the business people without any explanation or notice. Teehee! This is what I like to see: a heroine just taking utterly shameless advantage of her sexual power over the helpless-in-her-thrall Hero. Enough of the innocent, you can't possibly want little ol' me, you can't stand touching me, I must disgust you! crap. I want me some more of this C'mon big boy, you know you don't wanna go to that boring business meeting when you could have me bent over on the couch instead, hmm? confidence. I went from irritated by Shaan to totally cheering her on. They did have record amounts of sex, as they decided (well she did anyway) to use sex as a basis for their relationship. You might say they put the sex in sexcessive. Or you might not, but anyway the sexual heat between them was very well-written. You had to like Rafe from the start, because domineering pushy bossypants that he is, it's still obvious from the very first that he's eating his heart out for her, and he's not the cruel type of Alpha. Shaan never quite gives up on being just a little on the wrong side of average intelligence, but she makes up for it by being impish, kittenish, and giving Rafe a couple of very sweet gifts. Quite an enjoyable read if you can get past the messy start!

  7. 4 out of 5

    KC

    4.5 stars I loved it when Rafe swooped in like a knight in shining armor to save the day and help Shaan recover after being jilted. He did play a major part in foiling her marriage plans, but I forgave him because 1) I love a smitten hero who will do anything to get his woman, and 2) Shaan's ex was a turd, so she definitely dodged a stinky and slimy bullet. Helping to convince me this was a match made in HPlandia Heaven was the intense sexual chemistry, passion and tension which vibrated between 4.5 stars I loved it when Rafe swooped in like a knight in shining armor to save the day and help Shaan recover after being jilted. He did play a major part in foiling her marriage plans, but I forgave him because 1) I love a smitten hero who will do anything to get his woman, and 2) Shaan's ex was a turd, so she definitely dodged a stinky and slimy bullet. Helping to convince me this was a match made in HPlandia Heaven was the intense sexual chemistry, passion and tension which vibrated between the two. Vroom, vroom! One thing that could have made this a more perfect read was if Rafe's brother, Piers, had suffered for his part as the antagonist of the story. I also would have liked more exploration into why and how Shaan fell in love with Rafe. (He was wonderful, but still.) She'd waffled so much over her feelings, so when the realization that she loved him finally lit inside her it seemed less convincing than it could have been. One moment she's not sure, then literally in the next scene or two Shaan now knows because she sees Rafe with her supposed rival. Despite these quibbles, this is still one of my favorite romances by Michelle Reid!

  8. 4 out of 5

    AvidReader

    A very good book with se*y alpha Hero and somewhat doormat/sweet heroine. A very emotional read where hero knows what he wants and is not afraid to go after that. Recommended.

  9. 5 out of 5

    RLA

    4.5 stars. It is the heroine Shaan's wedding day, but instead of being newly married she is in emotional termoil after he would-be- brother-in-law Rafe, the hero, tells her that her fiance has left with other woman. Not really knowing what to do, Shaan let's Rafe take her away from all the confusion, but she is shocked out of her reverie when Rafe asks her to marry him instead. Shaan has always thought that Rafe disapproved of her, but he makes a good case for them both marrying in order to save 4.5 stars. It is the heroine Shaan's wedding day, but instead of being newly married she is in emotional termoil after he would-be- brother-in-law Rafe, the hero, tells her that her fiance has left with other woman. Not really knowing what to do, Shaan let's Rafe take her away from all the confusion, but she is shocked out of her reverie when Rafe asks her to marry him instead. Shaan has always thought that Rafe disapproved of her, but he makes a good case for them both marrying in order to save face and for companionship. After they marry, Rafe takes Shaan to Hong Kong, their getting to know one another is tumultuous at best with neither of them knowing what the other one feels. However, there is an undeniable attraction between them and they act on it. Even though it seems like they are both in love with other people, Shaan and Rafe grow closer and closer, but Shaan fears that their fragile relationship won't survive once they are back to their real lives. I expected to like this book, but not as much as I actually did! This is a brilliant book - one of the best of Michelle Reid's books that I have read. Every thing in this book is very subtle, and it totally works. I adored the hero, I knew straight away that there was something else behind his alpha male veneer - the little glimpses of his POV that Michelle Reid adds in really whet your appetite and leave you wanting to read on to find out more. Even though elements of this story are a little over the top and clichéd, I think that the love story between the hero and heroine is believable. There is so much emotion and intensity to this story, and it is perfectly executed. Very, very good. Originally posted at http://everyday-is-the-same.blogspot....

  10. 4 out of 5

    Leona

    The story opens with the bride in a fit of hysteria after being jilted at the altar by her betrothed. (Who could blame her) The brother steps in to salvage the situation and offers her marriage to save face. She is in such a stupor and agrees to his proposition even though she is not sure the Hero even likes her. In fact, she accuses the Hero of not wanting her to marry his brother because she is of mixed race. Her father being from the middle east and her mother being English. Of course, they ma The story opens with the bride in a fit of hysteria after being jilted at the altar by her betrothed. (Who could blame her) The brother steps in to salvage the situation and offers her marriage to save face. She is in such a stupor and agrees to his proposition even though she is not sure the Hero even likes her. In fact, she accuses the Hero of not wanting her to marry his brother because she is of mixed race. Her father being from the middle east and her mother being English. Of course, they marry and he takes her to Hong Kong for a first class seduction! Michelle Reid is definitely one of those authors who can write one heck of a love..I mean.. sex scene. The pages certainly sizzled. There are twists and turns to the plot. Some surprising, some not, but they kept me turning those pages into the wee hours of the morning!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline J

    I was loving this right up until the end. The author chose to make the hero have someone else do his explaining/groveling for him. You could tell all along that he was crazy about the heroine. I wanted to see him go all out and persuade her of his love. And then after that cop out, he is still mad at her and makes her basically crawl to him. So the last 10 pages sucked. We didn't actually get to experience the anguish he felt as he explained and the hope that he could persuade her and all that o I was loving this right up until the end. The author chose to make the hero have someone else do his explaining/groveling for him. You could tell all along that he was crazy about the heroine. I wanted to see him go all out and persuade her of his love. And then after that cop out, he is still mad at her and makes her basically crawl to him. So the last 10 pages sucked. We didn't actually get to experience the anguish he felt as he explained and the hope that he could persuade her and all that other mushy stuff that I read HPs for. Maybe I should even knock it down another star? But still the love scenes were very hot and believable so I guess I leave it at 4 stars.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Booked

    Instant bridegroom... Shaan had been jilted! She'd been left at the altar by Piers Danvers...but Rafe Danvers was waiting to step right into his half brother's shoes. Older, darker, stronger and head of the Danvers business empire, it was Rafe who had persuaded Piers to abandon Shaan. Now, with the same ruthless determination, Rafe insisted that she become his bride instead! Dazed, Shaan accepted his proposal, but she was also confused: until this moment Rafe had acted as if he despised her. Sudd Instant bridegroom... Shaan had been jilted! She'd been left at the altar by Piers Danvers...but Rafe Danvers was waiting to step right into his half brother's shoes. Older, darker, stronger and head of the Danvers business empire, it was Rafe who had persuaded Piers to abandon Shaan. Now, with the same ruthless determination, Rafe insisted that she become his bride instead! Dazed, Shaan accepted his proposal, but she was also confused: until this moment Rafe had acted as if he despised her. Suddenly he wanted to proclaim her to the world as his wife and, behind closed doors, to have her in his bed!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jenny

    The angst was delicious and u could cut the tension between H/h with a knife! I couldn't put this book down! I'm not a fan of love triangles but MR sure knows how to engage a reader! The angst was delicious and u could cut the tension between H/h with a knife! I couldn't put this book down! I'm not a fan of love triangles but MR sure knows how to engage a reader!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kiki

    Did I have brain transplant or something???????? I now MUST re-read!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Treece

    Rating: 4 1/2 stars As well written as this story, plot, and characters- *rolls eyes* Here is my ish- You would think the author (after making the h bi-racial) would be well informed enough to NOT use the word "oriental" to describe a person of Asian descent. I don't care how beautiful the person is described, it is a racially offensive word. There, I said it. It was what kept me from giving this story 5 stars. Ignorance is no excuse. Especially willful ignorance. Same of the editor, too. Okay, now w Rating: 4 1/2 stars As well written as this story, plot, and characters- *rolls eyes* Here is my ish- You would think the author (after making the h bi-racial) would be well informed enough to NOT use the word "oriental" to describe a person of Asian descent. I don't care how beautiful the person is described, it is a racially offensive word. There, I said it. It was what kept me from giving this story 5 stars. Ignorance is no excuse. Especially willful ignorance. Same of the editor, too. Okay, now with that off my chest. Rafe rocked my world. Bossy, bossy, bossy. Dominate, dominate. Freaking take charge while being mostly respectable. He is the ultimate alpha bad a--- hero who takes charge, comes through and cares for his stupid woman. I realize Shaan was in shock for most of the story, and had little to no experience with men (she did fall for that lame loser Piers). In the end, I grew to like her alot. She evolved all around. It was obviously a HP take on Pride and Prejudice, with Rafe as Darcy, and Pierce as Wentworth. I get it. All in all, I loved how it all came together from beginning to end. I didn't like the end where Rafe left the room. That moment should have belonged to him. Otherwise, this was a great story with the descriptions of how the elite live in Hong Kong (on my bucket list) rubbing elbows with the working class masses, along with the total pulse, eclectic old world meets new world synergy. It was the perfect setting to ignite the chemistry between Rafe and Shaan, and watch things get more out of control until they were forced to come back. I recommend this HP as a fab story for anyone new to this genre and series.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gege86

    Update: 10/12/2016 re-read ****** Update: 4/4/2015 re-read it AGAIN! ****** I just finished reading this story for maybe the one thousand time so I thought to give it a review. This novel really, really tops every thing I've ever read in my entire life and I've read a lot, the hero 'Rafe' is my idol, I really adore him he's such a strong character. And the most amazing part of this novel is the little bits in it, the way the writer dive into the emotions and feelings that goes about in this wonderful n Update: 10/12/2016 re-read ****** Update: 4/4/2015 re-read it AGAIN! ****** I just finished reading this story for maybe the one thousand time so I thought to give it a review. This novel really, really tops every thing I've ever read in my entire life and I've read a lot, the hero 'Rafe' is my idol, I really adore him he's such a strong character. And the most amazing part of this novel is the little bits in it, the way the writer dive into the emotions and feelings that goes about in this wonderful novel. The phrases that she used to describe what's going on, the characters reaction, everything perfect to the last letter. Wonderful read…

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jac K

    3.5-ish stars I don’t find many HP’s on KU, especially M.R.’s, so I snatched this one up despite the lukewarm reviews. The book starts with Shaan being jilted by Piers Danvers, and his older brother Rafe steps into his place. This we know from the blurb, and it takes quite a hunk to get through it, and moving forward. As a result, I found the first quarter tedious and had to push to keep going. The good news is when they FINALLY go to Hong Kong for the honeymoon/business trip, it picks up. Once i 3.5-ish stars I don’t find many HP’s on KU, especially M.R.’s, so I snatched this one up despite the lukewarm reviews. The book starts with Shaan being jilted by Piers Danvers, and his older brother Rafe steps into his place. This we know from the blurb, and it takes quite a hunk to get through it, and moving forward. As a result, I found the first quarter tedious and had to push to keep going. The good news is when they FINALLY go to Hong Kong for the honeymoon/business trip, it picks up. Once it got going, I was in, and frustrated that I had to put it away to do “real life” crap…I’d prefer to hide away in my fictional bubble most days. 😊 Rafe (34) is the strong broody type, but not cruel. It’s obvious he’s in lurve with the h. He’s actually a pretty good dude with major lovemaking mojo. My only complaint is that he doesn’t have a private plane, and they flew commercial to Hong Kong. Shaan (22) was a hot mess at the start. She’s so damn dramatic about being stood up… like it’s worse than rape (her words) and she can’t walk, or think, or speak. I’m convinced her spirit animal is an ostrich. Surprisingly, she didn’t annoy me though. 🤷‍♀‍ Her aunt and uncle take it about as well. Much of the time, I just “read over” grammatical issues, but there were enough that I noticed… which is unusual for her books. Numerous typos…Rafe is called Rate several times; ber rather than her; yon instead of you; many for marry…to name a few. Enough that is messed up my flow several times. Bottom Line- This had a different “feel” it was very drama-llama with Shaan’s very DRAMATIC reactions/musings/feelings, but there wasn’t much angsty goodness. I suspect much of your enjoyment will depend on your tolerance for Shaan’s quirkiness, and if you believe in their HEA. (lust not love, or love built from lust) Personally, I could buy into the love growing from great sex, because I accept insta-love growing from mid-air all the time. 🤣

  18. 4 out of 5

    Mtve41

    Wow. Yet another 5 star, book-husband read for me from Michelle Reid. I started it and could barely just put it down middle of the night and picked it back up a few hours later to get it out of my system. Like everyone else says, this hero may not be likeable to many women today but he was a total dreamboat of a man for me. He was one huge possessive, dominant alpha male and he completely took charge of the h, right from scene one. Also, the sweet twist at the end of the book was not something I Wow. Yet another 5 star, book-husband read for me from Michelle Reid. I started it and could barely just put it down middle of the night and picked it back up a few hours later to get it out of my system. Like everyone else says, this hero may not be likeable to many women today but he was a total dreamboat of a man for me. He was one huge possessive, dominant alpha male and he completely took charge of the h, right from scene one. Also, the sweet twist at the end of the book was not something I could've guessed, but my knees went jelly. I just didn't connect with the h's name and her background. For a fact her name and her family's name mentioned is certainly not Lebanese and rather it is Indian/ South Asian. I kept getting distracted because Tariq/Saketa/ Shaan are all Indian/ Pakistani names and NOT lebanese/ Arab names. To top it all off, Shaan is a common male name in these regions and despite the sweet disposition of the h, it just kept striking me as a men's name. However, I adored the high handedness of Rafe and he has certainly landed a soft, forever spot in my heart. Loved this book!!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sruthi

    I like those H's who are in love with h throughout , and Rafe is one of them . He is crazy for Shaan , the way he takes his half-brother's place and isolating Shaan , not giving her a chance for second thoughts , he sure is a hard business man . Some may find him aristocratic but he loves her madly which makes it all the better. I like those H's who are in love with h throughout , and Rafe is one of them . He is crazy for Shaan , the way he takes his half-brother's place and isolating Shaan , not giving her a chance for second thoughts , he sure is a hard business man . Some may find him aristocratic but he loves her madly which makes it all the better.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Penny Watson

    4.5 stars, rounded up Wow. I adored this one. It's gonna be on the reread shelf. 4.5 stars, rounded up Wow. I adored this one. It's gonna be on the reread shelf.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Vee

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 3 stars The H has been in love with the h since the very beginning, a love at the first sight. The h 'thought' she was in love with H's brother instead. The day when they were about to get married, the brother jilted her and the H proposed to her and they were married the next day. As usual, the h was blind and kept pining for her ex and she thought H was in love with the girl that his brother dumped the h for. Some misunderstanding here and there until the final misunderstanding resolved by the 3 stars The H has been in love with the h since the very beginning, a love at the first sight. The h 'thought' she was in love with H's brother instead. The day when they were about to get married, the brother jilted her and the H proposed to her and they were married the next day. As usual, the h was blind and kept pining for her ex and she thought H was in love with the girl that his brother dumped the h for. Some misunderstanding here and there until the final misunderstanding resolved by the confession of her jerk of an ex. The ending lack baby/ies but it was quite enjoyable. Just a bit annoyed when the h was moaning about her ex over and over again at first. She claimed that 'maybe' she was actually in love with the H since the very beginning too but I just didn't buy it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Diya

    Reread 2/9/18 This was good read but the kind I want to reread not so soon. The story was unique and not forgettable so has been fresh in my memory for log time. One of my faves by Michele Reid! Keeper for sure !

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mou

    Second Read: 5.12.2020 3.5 Stars. I liked it more this time. First Read: 22.02.2016 3 stars.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Chitra *CJ*

    "Marriage on the Rebound" is the story of Shaan and Rafe. Basically, our OTT dramatic and filled with emotions heroine Shaan is abandoned by her groom Piers on her glorious wedding day. She literally has a sensational breakdown in-front of the source of all her misery, Piers's half brother Rafe- who is ultimately responsible for the breakup. Rafe then swoops in, coerces a stupefied Shaan into marrying her and then slowly bangs his way into her heart. Honestly, this had a potential to be a good read "Marriage on the Rebound" is the story of Shaan and Rafe. Basically, our OTT dramatic and filled with emotions heroine Shaan is abandoned by her groom Piers on her glorious wedding day. She literally has a sensational breakdown in-front of the source of all her misery, Piers's half brother Rafe- who is ultimately responsible for the breakup. Rafe then swoops in, coerces a stupefied Shaan into marrying her and then slowly bangs his way into her heart. Honestly, this had a potential to be a good read because the hero seemed super obsessed- but it wasn't! The part after the marriage is where things go haywire- with the heroine constantly thinking of OM, being jealous of supposed OW, the whole confrontation and ultimately the confusing finale. I didn't feel anything resolved at all, and the story was very anticlimactic. Safe??? 1.5/5

  25. 4 out of 5

    Akina

    This book started off in a very emotional way. The h is jilted on her wedding day, minutes before walking down the aisle. She finds out that she was jilted from the H who is her fiancé's brother. The author does an amazing job of describing the wedding day. You feel every bit of the brides pain. You can comprehend her disorientation and displacement of her anger. Does the H take unfair advantage? I think not. He knew he was the right man for the job and acted accordingly. I will reread this book This book started off in a very emotional way. The h is jilted on her wedding day, minutes before walking down the aisle. She finds out that she was jilted from the H who is her fiancé's brother. The author does an amazing job of describing the wedding day. You feel every bit of the brides pain. You can comprehend her disorientation and displacement of her anger. Does the H take unfair advantage? I think not. He knew he was the right man for the job and acted accordingly. I will reread this book many times over the course of my life. It is that good!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Hasnamezied

    Yes This is the old Harlequin that we all fell in love with not the new which had no story or even plot. It was an enjoyable read reminded me by my teenage when I used to read and enjoy Harlequin alot. It is the story of Shaan a mixed race heroine who is jilted in her wedding day by Rafe's brother so to save the family face , he steps in or it seems so . I admit , in many times I hated Rafe's possessiveness and Shaan 's dependency on others,but at the end, we are humans and imperfect . Love it. Yes This is the old Harlequin that we all fell in love with not the new which had no story or even plot. It was an enjoyable read reminded me by my teenage when I used to read and enjoy Harlequin alot. It is the story of Shaan a mixed race heroine who is jilted in her wedding day by Rafe's brother so to save the family face , he steps in or it seems so . I admit , in many times I hated Rafe's possessiveness and Shaan 's dependency on others,but at the end, we are humans and imperfect . Love it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Megzy

    3.5 stars It was different than what I anticipated . Shaan was really clueless when it came to Rafe or Pier. I highly enjoyed the setting, Hong Kong in 1970's. Shaan's and Rafe's insecurities is what made this story enjoyable. 3.5 stars It was different than what I anticipated . Shaan was really clueless when it came to Rafe or Pier. I highly enjoyed the setting, Hong Kong in 1970's. Shaan's and Rafe's insecurities is what made this story enjoyable.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alexis-Morgan Roark

    Just, ewww! Okay, it wasn't that bad, but marrying one brother after being jilted by the other? I don't know. These people are "touched" and a bit TSTL. Just, ewww! Okay, it wasn't that bad, but marrying one brother after being jilted by the other? I don't know. These people are "touched" and a bit TSTL.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tmstprc

    Sexually compatible = forever love.

  30. 5 out of 5

    MaryD

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I got roped in right away with a major angst-fest, but it soon got too creepy for me. For the so-called H to control the hurting h through drugs and mind-controlling her was just unacceptable for me. I wanted to give it one *, but it was well-written. If you want to read a review that sees the same issues, but comes to a different conclusion, read Boogenhagen's excellent review I got roped in right away with a major angst-fest, but it soon got too creepy for me. For the so-called H to control the hurting h through drugs and mind-controlling her was just unacceptable for me. I wanted to give it one *, but it was well-written. If you want to read a review that sees the same issues, but comes to a different conclusion, read Boogenhagen's excellent review

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