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Stop the wedding�she's pregnant! When Lucy Bates caught herself falling too hard for Chicago businessman Tony Caroselli, she ran. How could she measure up to his wealthy family's standards? But now she's pregnant and back to tell the truth…only to see Tony marrying another woman before her very eyes! Lucy always had impeccable timing�especially interrupting a wedding Tony Stop the wedding�she's pregnant! When Lucy Bates caught herself falling too hard for Chicago businessman Tony Caroselli, she ran. How could she measure up to his wealthy family's standards? But now she's pregnant and back to tell the truth…only to see Tony marrying another woman before her very eyes! Lucy always had impeccable timing�especially interrupting a wedding Tony never wanted. And if she produces a male heir, Tony stands to inherit a fortune. Plus, the real payoff is having Lucy back where she belongs�with him. But when she finds out about his inheritance, will she feel like a pawn and run again?


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Stop the wedding�she's pregnant! When Lucy Bates caught herself falling too hard for Chicago businessman Tony Caroselli, she ran. How could she measure up to his wealthy family's standards? But now she's pregnant and back to tell the truth…only to see Tony marrying another woman before her very eyes! Lucy always had impeccable timing�especially interrupting a wedding Tony Stop the wedding�she's pregnant! When Lucy Bates caught herself falling too hard for Chicago businessman Tony Caroselli, she ran. How could she measure up to his wealthy family's standards? But now she's pregnant and back to tell the truth…only to see Tony marrying another woman before her very eyes! Lucy always had impeccable timing�especially interrupting a wedding Tony never wanted. And if she produces a male heir, Tony stands to inherit a fortune. Plus, the real payoff is having Lucy back where she belongs�with him. But when she finds out about his inheritance, will she feel like a pawn and run again?

30 review for Caroselli's Accidental Heir

  1. 4 out of 5

    Melody Cox

    I finished this book on 9-19-19 for the eighth and final time. I do a lot of rereading but I have decided not to put myself through this again. I loved it and I strongly disliked it all it at the same time. It was a very conflicting book for me because I struggle with non-celibate heroes and in this book we have a blatantly non-celibate hero who strongly suspected something was wrong with his heroine to have abruptly left him and something continually nags at him to go and check on her. He decid I finished this book on 9-19-19 for the eighth and final time. I do a lot of rereading but I have decided not to put myself through this again. I loved it and I strongly disliked it all it at the same time. It was a very conflicting book for me because I struggle with non-celibate heroes and in this book we have a blatantly non-celibate hero who strongly suspected something was wrong with his heroine to have abruptly left him and something continually nags at him to go and check on her. He decides not to...got to be a big tough alpha male showing his strength and not go chasing after the woman he loves! During this brief separation not only was he not celibate but he quickly got engaged and when the heroine returns to tell him about her pregnancy and why she left she actually walks in on his wedding with a super model. I'll be right upfront. I can't actually tell you why I have read this eight times now. Part of the book I loved but part I disliked greatly...almost hated. It gets off to a bad start when he quickly gets engaged in a business-like marriage arrangement to only produce an heir then divorce one year later. I guess you could say I have a love-hate relationship with this book. I usually do re-reads with book that I dearly love and have touched me deeply. It wasn't until my third or fourth time through that I realized it was the third and final book in a series. I just happened to see it at our local online library and had no clue there were other books as they were not listed together like many in a series are. So, here are a few things that troubled me once I learned this was the final installment in the 'Caroselli's' series. First of all, I thought Tony was degrading to Lucy when he addressed her at the wedding, saying she was no one of any consequence. That was uncalled for. Then there is my deep disappointment in Tony once again for moving on so quickly and thinking about the adequate, but not great, sex with the now ex-fiancee while sitting in the car with Lucy (his love) after the wedding interruption. Have mercy, Tony!! Tony also had that gut feeling that something was wrong when Lucy left so suddenly but he was too cowardly and prideful to go after her. The wicked witch, Carrie - sister in-law of the hero - was horrible, as well. She single-handedly ruined what should have been the happiest day of Lucy's life, her wedding to the hero. After reading what Carrie did at the wedding I refused to read the other books in the series because I won't take any chance of running across Carrie again. Near the end, we have what I felt was a betrayal from Nonnie (hero's grandfather) who let Lucy know she was no one special. After reading my friend, Maura's, review on this book is when I really understood that this was a series and this was how the author chose to end it. My re-read with this book is at an end. I won't put myself through it again! Now onto the summary of the story! Lucy Bates had a year long relationship with Tony Caroselli, a friend with benefits affair. She had grown to deeply love him during this time which was, in essence, a breaking of their original rules and agreement. She discovered that after careful precautions she was pregnant with his child. Tony was very outspoken about his desire to remain single and avoid marriage. Having a family and a committed relationship was not on the menu...ever! But after a year she thought surely he returned her feelings but he had not taken any of the numerous opportunities to move their relationship into something more which broke Lucy's heart. She wanted a life with him but he was mute about his feelings for her, leaving her to feel she wasn't enough, that he could never want or accept her with the horrible past she lived through with a horrifically abusive mother. She loved him so much that she was worried she was holding him back from his dreams so she felt forced to leave and let him move on with his life since it appeared he didn't want her for the long term. I have to say I felt so sad for her. I actually felt sad through a lot of this book. That is not why I read. This broke my heart and angered me because of this thoughtless jerk of a hero. She chose not to tell him about the baby because she knew he would offer her marriage for the sake of the child, not for the love she so desperately wanted and needed from him. She was certain he would feel trapped and his wealthy family would think she had planned the pregnancy to get to his money. As Lucy planned her departure her one ardent desire was for him to follow after her and finally declare his love for her. After all, if his feelings towards her had not developed in a year's time they probably would not develop at all. Now we have the insensitive, cowardly Tony Caroselli who was surprised at how much Lucy's leaving hurt him. His family noticed the changes in him but they never knew why nor did they meet Lucy during the year they were together. She was never invited to go with him to their monthly family dinners and he did not speak of her...ever...so apparently he did not care for her very much or that would have changed. I viewed him as a self-centered, self-absorbed man. He admitted multiple times that he knew in his gut that something was wrong with Lucy to have caused her to leave or that she was in need for whatever reason, or even that she was in some kind of trouble and yet he ignored the situation with his heart and gut telling him to go to her. The question remains 'What kind of man does that make him?' A difficult one to like for the first half of the book. Let me clarify that Lucy was gone only four months. Two months after she left he was already engaged to and sleeping with a super model he didn't love, in fact, it is made clear he didn't even like her. He and his fiancee had a business arrangement. She wanted a child and he needed a male heir. One year later they would split if they were successful in their 'breeding program' or something close to that. Lucy receives an anonymous email telling her he was planning to marry another. Wow, how low could she feel being replaced so quickly when she gave him a year of her life. So along comes this gal and after a month of dating, he is engaged to be married. Why not just go to Lucy reach in and rip her beating heart out then stomp on it with cleat-ed feet. She felt guilty that he knew not of his expectant child and she flew to break the news to him, not knowing it was his wedding day. She did not intend to try and stop the wedding. She wanted him to have the facts before he married. When she arrived at his family's home no one answered the door and it was unlocked so she walked on in and to her surprise she walked in on their wedding ceremony. This is where the book really begins. She was not well-received by him and the bride was a real piece of work. When they see she is six or seven months pregnant the bride walks out and he goes to talk to Lucy. They need to get the heck away because his family is very nosy and everyone is asking for details. He puts her in his car and as he is thinking over the day....going through his mind are thoughts about his fiancee. He was so relieved he did not marry her but yet he is sitting there in the car with Lucy and her pregnant belly thinking his ex-fiance was very pretty, exotic looking even and the sex was good/adequate but not as good as with Lucy. Wow, he sure grieved a long while over Lucy, his lost love. He was also getting married because that would really show Lucy, as though that was her punishment for leaving him, her comeuppance if you will. Things improved but I still feel strongly that Tony had a lot of groveling to do. That would have gone a long way in redeeming him in my eyes instead of a 75% redemption. There were those niggling things that ate at me...every time I read it which goes to show me that I should have stopped after the first or second time. It would have definitely been a five-star read if he had not been sexually intimate during their four-month separation and I would have been so happy and relieved. That is always a killer for me even though technically it was not cheating. In my heart, it was because he clearly knew he should have gone after her and chose not to. He was a bit hell bent on proving to her that he had moved on and she wasn't important to him. Okay, so what is wrong with me that I have the desire to read it again. Do I think the details will automatically change. No! I will love it and hate it then be angry I read it again because there wasn't enough to overcome his moving on almost overnight. Had he remained celibate during the separation I would have given it five stars. I have to say the hero loved her so sweetly but he thought she was gone for good without a goodbye or fare-thee-well. We find out later he didn't know what to do with himself without her but he waits until the very end to tell her and us! A case of too little...too late! Goodbye Caroselli family. I'm done!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    My favorite book of the series. It all started when the Caroselli grandfather, Nonno, was afraid that his grandsons would never marry and have kids. So he decided to motivate them by offering millions to the first one to marry and provide an heir. In the first two books Rob and Nick made their runs for the prize, but end up choosing love over money (of course) after learning what is most important. In this book, Tony and Lucy had been together, sort of, for about a year when Lucy suddenly left w My favorite book of the series. It all started when the Caroselli grandfather, Nonno, was afraid that his grandsons would never marry and have kids. So he decided to motivate them by offering millions to the first one to marry and provide an heir. In the first two books Rob and Nick made their runs for the prize, but end up choosing love over money (of course) after learning what is most important. In this book, Tony and Lucy had been together, sort of, for about a year when Lucy suddenly left with no explanation. She and Tony had had a friends with benefits thing going on but kept it private between the two of them. Tony is sad and misses her but never went after her because she had made it clear that there would never be anything more between them. He had never been much interested in relationships either until his grandfather's challenge. But Tony has plans for his future and that money would be useful, so he enters into a business arrangement with another woman, which is where this book starts. Lucy had left Chicago because she realized that she had fallen in love with Tony. Because of her horrible childhood she knew that she was not a suitable candidate for a wife and thought it would be better to leave. She knew she was pregnant and that he would insist on marriage and she didn't want to ruin his life. But when she receives a letter telling her of his upcoming marriage she knows she has to tell him of the baby before he marries. She didn't expect to show up just as the wedding began. Tony was actually relieved at Lucy's appearance. He had realized almost immediately that marrying that other woman was going to be a huge mistake, but he couldn't figure out how to get out of it. Lucy's arrival took care of the problem for him. He had missed her so much that all he wanted to do was hang on to her. She had been the only person that he ever felt he could talk to about what he really wanted out of his life. He couldn't believe that she was planning to leave again once she told him. I loved seeing him work to get her to agree to stay and let him take care of her. I found Tony to be absolutely adorable. He wasn't arrogant or conniving, in fact he was pretty darn clueless. He has a terrible habit of putting his foot in his mouth because he doesn't always think before he speaks. But his heart is definitely in the right place and it shows with everything he tries to do for Lucy. Tony also gets frustrated with his big Italian family because he feels like they are always interfering in his life. I loved seeing first his mother, then his grandfather, take Lucy to their hearts, especially because they and the rest of the family had hated that other woman. Tony was so afraid of driving Lucy away, because of their earlier friendship only pact, that he never told her how much his feelings for her had changed. Lucy was a young woman with terrible self-esteem issues. Her mother is a self-centered drug and alcohol addict that made Lucy's life miserable. Because of it, Lucy feels that she is nowhere near worthy enough to have any expectation of a life with Tony. She was so in love with him that she couldn't stand the idea of bringing trouble to him, which is why she left. But guilt brought her back so that she could tell him about the baby. She couldn't believe he wasn't angry with her. Those same guilty feelings made her agree to stay in Chicago so he could look after her, but she still cared too much about him to say yes to marrying him. He had made it clear before that he didn't do relationships and she didn't want to be an obligation. I loved Tony's family. Lucy was so sure that they would all hate her that she was completely surprised when his mom showed up that first morning and was so nice to her. It was really great to see Sarah tell her about her own experiences as a newlywed. I also liked the way that she fussed at Tony about his own actions. I also adored Nonno and how sweet he was to Lucy. There were some really fun moments during family get togethers. The conclusion of the story was wonderful. There had been some drama when Lucy found out about the money, but it was pretty quickly resolved. I loved the way that Tony resolved Lucy's fears. There were also a couple of very interesting twists to the end that had me grinning.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Maura

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The final installment of the Caroselli books and this one was my least favorite. It started out with a punch, when a very pregnant Lucy, who had several months earlier left Tony in the hopes that he loved her enough to follow her, crashes his wedding to Alice (Carrie's friend - from a previous book). Then, they go through the motions of figuring out how to live together for the sake of the baby while Lucy refuses to marry a man who doesn't love her. And of course Lucy has to figure out how to de The final installment of the Caroselli books and this one was my least favorite. It started out with a punch, when a very pregnant Lucy, who had several months earlier left Tony in the hopes that he loved her enough to follow her, crashes his wedding to Alice (Carrie's friend - from a previous book). Then, they go through the motions of figuring out how to live together for the sake of the baby while Lucy refuses to marry a man who doesn't love her. And of course Lucy has to figure out how to deal with Tony's family. And yet as promising as it could have been, there were several things about this story that totally rubbed me the wrong way. First of all - Tony. He obviously didn't love Lucy after a year together (not only because he didn't go after her), but within three months of her leaving he was already in a sexual relationship with another woman (the one he had arranged to marry for the sake of an heir). That's a pretty quick turn around. So he only came to love her after he found out she was pregnant and that's kind of suspect to me...in my mind is the chance that he came to love her BECAUSE she was pregnant. And just fyi, I could forgive Lucy for denying Tony knowledge of his baby because she was so apologetic about it. Then there was Carrie's actions. Here's a woman we came to know in the most recent book and to see her being such a bitch was really not a good way to end the series. And finally there's Nonno. Now I already had problems with his decision to offer money for his grandsons to lie to their future brides, but to find out that (view spoiler)[ he'd had an affair when he's been talking about how much he loved his Angelica. This even I could forgive if we'd gotten a bit of explanation. But no, all we get is the characters talking about how they can't judge him without knowing what happened. That's a cop out - you can't drop something like that on a reader and not explain it!!! (hide spoiler)] . And of course he seriously disappointed when he played the loyalty card for his grandson, effectively telling Lucy that she was nothing to him. Ruined it...could have left me with a little bit of respect for the old man.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Paula Legate

    This book was really good. I felt a connection all the characters. My favorite of all that stared in this book was Tony's grandfather Nonno. He was 97 years old, and still ruled his family. When he made a request, no one said no. He wanted his family name to be carried on. His grandson's needed some enticing. Nanno told each of his grandsons that if they married and produced a male heir he would give them a check for 30 million dollars. His grandsons set out for the goal of receiving the check. This book was really good. I felt a connection all the characters. My favorite of all that stared in this book was Tony's grandfather Nonno. He was 97 years old, and still ruled his family. When he made a request, no one said no. He wanted his family name to be carried on. His grandson's needed some enticing. Nanno told each of his grandsons that if they married and produced a male heir he would give them a check for 30 million dollars. His grandsons set out for the goal of receiving the check. They found out along the way some things are better than money. Lucy didn't mean to fall in love with Tony. She knew she would never be the kind of girl that Tony would settle for. When she found out she was pregnant with his child, she ran, and took off to Florida. She got a email telling her that Tony was getting married. She knew she had to tell him in person. She spent every last cent she had to make the flight. When she got to the house expecting a engagement party, she froze when she found out she had just interrupted Tony's wedding. This is a delightful book. You will have to read and find out if Tony, and Lucy have a chance at love. I loved this book, because Tony was never mean or cruel. His mother was wonderful and kind to Lucy. There was suspense. Lucy was a very brave and strong heroine. Her childhood tore at my heart. It made her into the wonderful person she is now.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Dee

    Two-haiku review: He's getting married Old girlfriend shows up pregnant He calls off wedding Really liked this chick She had horrible childhood Yet rose above it Two-haiku review: He's getting married Old girlfriend shows up pregnant He calls off wedding Really liked this chick She had horrible childhood Yet rose above it

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lesley

    Loved the story of Tony and Lucy. I have not read the others in the trilogy, but didn't feel like I had missed anything so it stands alone well. I will say this book does not make me want to run out and read Rob and Carrie's story. I thought Carrie was pretty mean in this book and Rob just sort of wrote it off in the end and there was. I real explanation for their behavior - just that she was having a rough time. Ok - maybe that would mean something if I had read the other books, but overall I r Loved the story of Tony and Lucy. I have not read the others in the trilogy, but didn't feel like I had missed anything so it stands alone well. I will say this book does not make me want to run out and read Rob and Carrie's story. I thought Carrie was pretty mean in this book and Rob just sort of wrote it off in the end and there was. I real explanation for their behavior - just that she was having a rough time. Ok - maybe that would mean something if I had read the other books, but overall I really enjoyed this story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    About the book

    The last part of the Caroselli's series. Like I said before, I love this family. [SPOILER] In this part Lucy walks in on Tony marrying another woman. Lucy, pregnant with Tony's baby, came to tell him about the pregnancy. The struggle between the two and the feelings they have for each other was fun to read about. I loved this part, but mostly because I fell in love with the Caroselli's. Michelle Celmer did a good job. The last part of the Caroselli's series. Like I said before, I love this family. [SPOILER] In this part Lucy walks in on Tony marrying another woman. Lucy, pregnant with Tony's baby, came to tell him about the pregnancy. The struggle between the two and the feelings they have for each other was fun to read about. I loved this part, but mostly because I fell in love with the Caroselli's. Michelle Celmer did a good job.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Lujano

    Protagonistas: Lucy & Antonio Profesiones: Camarera & Empresario Pais: USA

  9. 5 out of 5

    Harlequin Books

    "The opening scene is a wonderful doozy and it just gets better from there. The newest title in The Caroselli Inheritance series is a treat and its ending is adorably sweet (RT Book Reviews)". 4 stars Miniseries: The Caroselli Inheritance "The opening scene is a wonderful doozy and it just gets better from there. The newest title in The Caroselli Inheritance series is a treat and its ending is adorably sweet (RT Book Reviews)". 4 stars Miniseries: The Caroselli Inheritance

  10. 5 out of 5

    ies

    kaga gitu suka si.. abisan heroinenya itu tipikal yg "aku tdk baik untukmu, kau berhaka mendapat yg jauh lebih baik dariku" tp nelangsa2 dan pengen dikejar! wkwkwkwkwkw kaga gitu suka si.. abisan heroinenya itu tipikal yg "aku tdk baik untukmu, kau berhaka mendapat yg jauh lebih baik dariku" tp nelangsa2 dan pengen dikejar! wkwkwkwkwkw

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ivey

    This was a delight to read

  12. 4 out of 5

    SaN~

  13. 4 out of 5

    Angela Campbell

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    Laura Hannaway

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    Liz Esteves

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    Krista

  17. 5 out of 5

    Twinkle

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jenni Gordon

  19. 4 out of 5

    Fanny Gomberoff

  20. 5 out of 5

    Wendy Rahn

  21. 5 out of 5

    Corrinne

  22. 5 out of 5

    Karin

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    Skipabeat

  24. 5 out of 5

    Yelenne

  25. 4 out of 5

    Janet Hartney

  26. 5 out of 5

    Luana

  27. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

  28. 4 out of 5

    KTMorgan

  29. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  30. 5 out of 5

    Larissa

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