The Millionaire Takes a Bride
by Kate Little
(Silh. Desire, $3.99, PG-13) ISBN 0-373-76349-2
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I'm afraid I have to jump on the "literal title" band wagon. A recent TRR reviewer bemoaned this era of literal titles we live in and I have to agree. It's at the point where all you need to do is read the title and you've read the story. Now all of you out there in romance land may question, and rightfully so, how long have I been reading romance novels? Am I just a wee bit cynical from having read it all? The answers to those questions are 25 years and yes, but that still doesn’t negate the fact that this was a relatively innocuous tale about two nice people who never really engaged me in their story. And the title says it all.

Georgia Price is the single mother of a gifted son in a small Texas town. Her sister has married Will, a scientifically brilliant and somewhat naive young man whose older brother is a millionaire. Jackson, the older brother, believes it's his god-given duty to save his little brother from all the unscrupulous gold diggers of the world eager to take advantage of him. As you might expect, he was the victim of such a nefarious lady in his vulnerable 20's who was bought off by his father. Are you with me so far? Will, having been the victim of his brother's repeated acts of overprotection, devises a plan that lures Jackson to Sweetwater with the belief that Georgia is the gold digger of the month.

There were absolutely no surprises in this story. Jackson crashes into Georgia’s home, guns blazing, with accusations questioning her morals and overall fitness as a human being for obviously taking advantage of his brother to get her hands on his money, which he assures her that she never will.

Georgia, with the patience of a saint and a touch of humor (since she was forewarned as to his probable reaction) deflects his temper tantrum. That pretty much sets the tone for the whole story. Just by being herself, an independent, capable, compassionate person, and wonderful mother, Georgia systematically dismantles all his preconceived notions. Both characters were nice likable people motivated by loyalty to their respective siblings. Jackson doesn’t refuse to see the truth about Georgia’s character.

Of course the sexual attraction is immediate, and therein lies the problem for me with this story. I know we always complain about the “Big Misunderstanding” dragging on way too long, but a little tension would have been interesting. Incidentally, Jackson bonds immediately with Georgia’s son, also very likable. Honestly, the man was damn near perfect and within the bounds of this story that’s not necessarily a compliment.

I hesitate to say more about the plot for fear of “spoiling” it, but honestly, there isn’t a lot going on here. Just two nice people who meet, fall in love and get married. The End. If you are looking for a light, well-written, uncomplicated story with straightforward, well-grounded main characters, then this is the story for you. If you want depth or an emotionally gripping tale, give this one a pass.

--Wilda Turner


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