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Publisher: Harlequin
Release Date: October 1, 2004
ISBN: 0373124252
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Genre:   Series Romance
Reviewed: 2004
Reviewer: Suzie Housley
Reviewer Notes:  Explicit content

The Italian’s Suitable Wife
Harlequin Presents, 2425  
By Lucy Monroe

    Gianna Lakewood is awakened in the middle of the night by a phone call, informing her that the man she secretly loves, Enrico DiRinaldi, was involved in a serious car accident that has left him in a coma. She rushes to his hospital bedside to plea for him to open his eyes.

   Enrico DiRinaldi opens his eyes after being locked in a deep coma, called by a voice that commands him to live. He assumes it is his beautiful fiancée, but is stunned to see it belongs to Gianna, a woman he regards as a sister. When he is fully aware of his surroundings, he discovers he is unable to move his legs. His fiancée boldly states she is not interested in being tied to a cripple and walks out of his life. Having always wanted a wife and children, Enrico makes a rash decision and proposes marriage to Gianna.

     Together, they battle to help him regain the feeling in his lifeless legs. With each day that passes, the feeling grows stronger. With each passing day their feelings intensify. Then the unexpected happens, and his former fiancée comes back into his life and offers to resume their relationship.

   With two desirable women to choose from, who will win his heart?

   The only small flaw in this book is the rushed feeling I felt as I was reading it. The plot tends to speed out of control in places while I breathlessly tried to keep track of all the action that was occurring. However, the author has done a fantastic job in breathing life into each one of these memorable characters. Fans of books with disabled heroes will rejoice at finding this book.