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The Ultimate Millionaire

by Susan Mallery

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The Ultimate Millionaire, #3 Million Dollar Catch series
by Susan Mallery

Conclusion (and weakest) of this series. Marina & Todd Aston III. The main characters were likeable but the conflict and resolution near the end were unbelievable. I also REALLY did not like how Marina's sister, Julie, and their grandmother, Ruth, meddled. They shared private information about Marina and Todd with others and interfered in ways that were pretty unforgivable. That in itself kind of ruined the story for me because I couldn't believe that Marina would not fuss about it--at all. ( )
  AddictedToMorphemes | Apr 6, 2014 |
This worked until the end. I enjoyed the chemistry between the couple as well as the developing friendship. The mistrust on both sides worked based on their pasts. The end frustrated me. Todd freaks out at Marina. That was expected. What bothered me was Marina's reaction. She put Todd out of her life (also expected and well deserved) but when he finally came to his senses she just..let it go. He said, "I'm sorry" and she said "that's ok". But I wasn't convinced. He didn't prove how sorry he was. She was so worried about letting a man take over her life, about becoming her mother, yet she says "that's ok"? It wasn't ok and more time needed to be dedicated to the resolution.

It's too bad, because this could have been a fabulous story. Instead I was left feeling lukewarm about it. ( )
  cranberrytarts | Sep 22, 2013 |
This final book in the Million Dollar Catch series was the perfect ending to the Nelson sisters and the three strong, handsome and sexy men they fell in love with. Their long lost grandmother Ruth, wealthy in her own right decided she wanted her nephew Todd Ashton III to be married to one of her granddaughter’s. With only one being left, Marina, since her other sisters had found their own fabulous husbands, would there be the possibility for Marina and Todd to become attracted to each other?

In the first book you meet Ryan and Julie. They are about to be married but have a business planned trip in China so that leaves them asking Julie’s sister Marina and Ryan’s cousin Todd to help them plan the wedding in their absence. Marina has already told her Grandmother she will have one date with Ryan and so they meet to discuss the wedding and agree their first date will actually take place on the wedding day. In the meantime they have a wedding to plan, so what’s so difficult about that? Well, for one, they are both immediately attracted to each other not only sexually but by each other’s intelligence, wit, charm, and agree to enjoy planning this wedding for the family members they both love.

Marina found Todd charming, sexy and definitely a challenge and thought he probably had no depth. She usually dated “safe” men and was afraid to risk her heart and terrified she’d end up like her mother. Her mother had only loved one man and had risked loosing her own parents when ran off and married him. Throughout their growing up years and three Nelson sisters had watched their father come and go and Marina was especially afraid if she fell in love he would break her heart.

Todd on the other hand, grew up wealthy and found at an early age women only wanted him for his money, lied to him and tried to trick him. So he had been burned enough times not to trust. However, upon meeting Marina he took a step back and asked himself when was the last time he had enjoyed a woman’s company?

What neither of them counted on was enjoying each other’s company and finally they shared a week of passion like no other with some humour thrown in for good measure…….food poisoning. Leave it to Susan Mallery to throw in this bit of humour as she’s so well know for in her books…….and passion on top of it all? The chemistry and passion between this couple will just plain blow you away.
In the end, Marina falls hard for Todd. She realizes that in order to find perfect happiness she must risk the pain. For Todd, there is still the trust issue and when he believes that Marina has betrayed him instead of trust he’s angry and cruel. Fear not, Todd Ashton III wakes up and is brought to his knees when he realizes how important this woman has become to him.

In closing, this made me weep……..it’s the wedding toast written by this man who never trusted…….and the lesson he learned

…….”The Bible tells us that love is kind. Scholars tell us that love can change the course of history. Scientists tell us that love is chemical. Poets tell us that love is eternal. But true love is so much more than that, it’s about believing and risking. It’s about believing in that one person and that one person believing in you. Love is about hanging on the roller-coaster ride of life. Love is about having faith in yourself and the person you love.”
Again, Susan’s gives her readers another valuable lesson and this time about believing in your self and taking a chance…..a chance on love. ( )
  MarilynS | Dec 6, 2007 |
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Todd Aston III's reputation as a playboy preceded him; he wore power as seamlessly as he wore his custom-cut suits. But Marina Nelson had promised her sister — who was marrying Todd's cousin — that she'd help him plan the perfect wedding. And somehow, between tasting cakes and modeling wedding dresses, Marina discovered that she wanted Todd — and that Todd wanted her. She was powerless to prevent the inevitable. Yet the harder she fell for Todd, the more she realized that he didn't trust marriage-minded women. Which made her grandmother's offer of a million dollars to whichever Nelson sister married him a big problem!
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Todd Aston III's reputation as a playboy preceded him; he wore power as seamlessly as he wore his custom-cut suits. But Marina Nelson had promised her sister--who was marrying Todd's cousin--that she'd help him plan the perfect wedding. And somehow, between tasting cakes and modeling wedding dresses, Marina discovered that she wanted Todd--and that Todd wanted her. She was powerless to prevent the inevitable. Yet the harder she fell for Todd, the more she realized that he didn't trust marriage-minded women.Which made her grandmother's offer of a million dollars to whichever Nelson sister married him a big problem....Look for Susan Mallery's new Fool's Gold trilogy, starting in June with Just One Kiss from Harlequin HQN! And don't miss the series prequel novella, Halfway There, coming in May 2013!… (more)

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