Mills & Boon- A deal before the altar

by Rachael thomas

3.67 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)

3.67 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)


Georgina Henshaw will do anything to ensure her younger sister’s happiness even marry the darkly enigmatic Santos Ramirez! She has just one condition she’ll wear his ring, but she’ll never share his bed! Santos has earned his ruthless reputation, but even he isn’t sure whether to be shocked or awed by Ms. Henshaw’s proposal. He can’t deny marriage would solve his current problem, but to truly secure his family business, the delectable Georgina must provide him with an heir….!

Genre, Romance

About The Author

I grew up in the Midlands, but when I moved to Wales, over twenty years ago, I found a place to finally put down roots. I married into a farming family and embarked on a massive learning curve which also saw me learning Welsh when my two children were small.
Writing is something I have always wanted to do and I can still remember the thrill of one of my short stories being held up as an example to the class when I was about nine. It wasn’t until my own children were in school that I seriously started to pursue my dream. I joined a local writing group which met every Monday afternoon and being with like-minded people was the boost I needed.

Reading romance had always been my first love, and just about every short story I wrote was romance, so I decided to write my first book. During that process I also attended my first weekend writing course with Kate Walker and joined the RNA’s fabulous New Writers’ Scheme. A short time later I joined Romance Writers of Australia and learnt a lot from entering their competitions. I sought out courses and you can imagine my joy when I discovered Sharon Kendrick’s course in beautiful Tuscany.

Behind the Scandalous Façade, my So You Think You Can Write entry, is my thirteenth book and although only eight have those magic words ‘the end’ written on them the others are definitely part of the learning process I have enjoyed over the last six years.

I love escaping to distant shores with my characters, entering their glamorous world and feeling all the emotions they experience as they discover their love for one another. A love so strong it will overcome all obstacles eventually, leading to that promised happy ever after.

Average Reader Rating

3.67 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings

Reader Reviews

6 reviews for Mills & Boon- A deal before the altar

  1. 3 out of 5

    “Good Reading”

  2. 3 out of 5

    This style of writing will place Rachael in the ranks of the great Romance writers like Chantelle Shaw, Lynne Graham, Melanie Milburne, Jacqueline Baird, Abby Green, Kate Hewitt, Kim Lawrence,Jennie Lucas, Cathy Williams, Sharon Kendrick and the other greats of Modern genre! The story depicts intense attraction between Georgina and Santos, as it should be, very gripping dialogue between the two of them, not much of extraneous detail which more often than not distracts the reader’s attention span! Rachael has hit upon the right template for this genre of fantasy and am sure with me, there are others who are looking forward to her next story!

  3. 5 out of 5

    This is the author’s debut novel for Mills & Boon and I so wanted to like A Deal before the Altar – to check out a new and fresh voice!!!I felt a bit let down! It wasn’t a terrible read but didn’t pull my strings!!!!The storyline was interesting with a twist at the end but I wanted to feel a bit more passion and sizzle between the hero and heroine…which I so not felt.I found the heroine, Georgina Henshaw a bit cold and remote….okay, she wanted to protect her sister’s happiness…a bit of a martyr!!!! No, just being nasty myself!! I actually admired her for what she thought would be the right thing for her sister, Emma, who in my mind was a bit selfish and childish!!!Santos Ramirez, the hero….I don’t know!!! He was okay I suppose!!So, these two people have a lot of baggage, parents who don’t deserve to have children….dysfunctional people one could say…but then who doesn’t carry baggage in their lives!!!You see, if Georgina and Santos had sat down and discussed their issues and insecurities together…all the angst and tension could have been avoided!!! But no, the conflict and tension continues and continues!!!! Drama! Drama! Melodramatic galore!!!But I did like the way the whole Emma and Santos’s brother Carlos was resolved. It was believable!! Surprising!!! And not what I was expecting.Not a great read but not a bad one either!! I will give this author another try!!!

  4. 3 out of 5

    Liked it to a point. A modern and relatable heroine, which is always good in my book! Was a little repetitive at times, and the conflict could/should have been a bit deeper or at least delved into to bit deeper. A bit too much head jumping too. But I liked the dialogue between the hero and heroine, and a good trope that I enjoy. Definitely look forward to reading more books by this author.

  5. 4 out of 5

     DEAL BEFORE THE ALTAR by debut author Rachael Thomas is a Harlequin Presents release for October 2014. Georgina Henshaw was prepared to do anything for her sister’s happiness, even go as far as getting married to Santos Ramirez as a business deal only. But the sparks that flew when Santos touched her made sure the marriage couldn’t be in name only. But Santos had been hiding something and what would happen when Georgie finds out? Would she stay in this marriage? Could she stay in this marriage after finding out that Santos had no heart to love? Or would she be able to melt the ice surrounding Santos heart?A DEAL BEFORE THE ALTAR is a romance filled with red-hot passion and tender moments. Rachael Thomas did a great job of bringing Georgie and Santos together when it seemed it was impossible for them to ever reach a compromise. Highly recommended read for all lovers of romance.

  6. 4 out of 5

    This book was a pretty decent book. When I read the back cover I thought it would be different then it was. There was definitely a lot of plot twists that I wasn’t expecting. I enjoyed reading it but it definitely wasn’t the best book I have read. Georgina Henshaw and Santo Ramirez are two main characters and they make a deal to marry each other to make Georgina’s younger sister happy. The younger sisters name is Emma and she is in love with Santos younger brother Carlos. Emma and Carlos cannot get married because when their father died he had conditions in his will. The first man in the family who gets married and has a child gets the family business and Santos doesn’t want his brother to have the business. Emma is devastated and wants to be with Carlos forever. To make Emma happy she agrees to marry Santo Carlos’s older brother but she doesn’t want to sleep with him at first. Santos doesn’t really want to marry her either but to make sure his family business stays around he needs an heir which means him and Georgina need to have a child. Their marriage isn’t based on love at all but only based on convenience for the both of them. When they are on their honeymoon they begin to develop feelings for each other but neither of them want to admit they are attracted to each other. Santos tries to seduce her but at first she doesn’t really want to have sex with him but then she wants to and they have sex multiple times on his yacht during their honeymoon. Santos is only worried about the business staying with him and Georgina is worried about her sisters Emma’s feelings at the beginning but then it changes. This deal they make will allow Carlos and Emma to be married and Santos will get the family business. Mainly the book focused on Georgina and Santos and I was expecting to see more of Carlos and Emma. As I was reading I thought that Santos and Georgina would get married and then Carlos and Emma would get married after them so that Santos would get the family business and Emma and Carlos could be happy together. Instead of this happening while Santos and Georgina go away to get married Emma and Carlos get married behind their backs. This causes huge problems between Santos and Georgina. They fight and Georgina wants a divorce because she doesn’t want to stay in a relationship that isn’t based on love. Georgina loves Santos and they sleep together and do everything married couples should do but Santos doesn’t want to love anyone. He doesn’t believe in love like she does. As Georgina is filing the papers to become divorced from Santo’s, he realizes that he really does love her and he does have feelings for her after all and wants to be her husband and wants to stay with her forever regardless of what his brother and her sister have done. I would recommend this book to other people but only if you are into romance novels that are graphic. I rated this book three stars because it was only focused on Santos and Georgina and there was barely any information about any of the other characters.

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