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Friday, November 09, 2007

The Romance Studio Reviews The Marriage Clause

The Marriage Clause
Yvette Hines
Contemporary erotic romance
Available from Tease Publishing
ISBN: 987-1-934678-44-6
November 2007


They met at her senior prom and they danced, once. The next time Stephen Lexington and Chantal Montgomery saw each other was eight years later, and they were being introduced as future husband and wife. Chantal’s father, now deceased, owned a chain of luxury hotels and Stephen’s father had a large string of affluent jewelry stores located in Montgomery Hotels worldwide. Ten years ago, the fathers had added an addendum to their extensive contract. The two would marry when Chantal took over the business. Her maiden aunt, Marilyn, had run the business until now, but the change of command was imminent. This transfer of leadership would take place that night at a dinner party at which time Stephen and Chantal would announce their upcoming marriage.
Neither Chantal and Stephen were happy, but were raised knowing that their positions upheld business agreements. The wedding was held one month later and Stephen left immediately for his office in Spain. During the months that followed, even though there was little contact between them, the sub characters were very actively involved in both their lives. Stephen’s best friend, head of security for Lexington Jewelers, and Liza, Chantal’s best friend, were solid, sensual people who had an underlying love story of their own. The Board of Directors for Montgomery Hotels produced several different characters which challenged and/or helped Chantal.

This is a great story which easily flowed through the lives of both the main characters and their friends and employees. There was even a villain determined to recapture her stronghold on Stephen. The plot was well defined and presented a manuscript that I found hard to put down. There are some kinks in their overall relationships that caused additional stress on the newly-married couple. However, the little tidbit at the end will surprise even the biggest skeptic!

Ms. Hines has done a fine job with this story. I truly believe that anyone would enjoy this book. It had its sensual incidents, which were so good, but the story was not limited to the sexual scenes. I highly recommend you read this book.

Overall rating: 4.5 Hearts
Sensuality rating: Very Sensual

Reviewer: Brenda Talley
November 5, 2007

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