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Bravo Family Ties Books In Order

Publication Order of Bravo Family Ties Books

Fifty Ways to Say I'm Pregnant (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Marrying Molly (2004) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lori's Little Secret (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bravo Unwrapped (2005) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bravo Family Way (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Married In Haste (2006) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
From Here To Paternity (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Bravo Christmas Reunion (2007) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Valentine's Secret Child (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Having Tanner Bravo's Baby (2008) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Bravo Bachelor (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Bravo's Honor (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Christmas at Bravo Ridge (2009) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Valentine Bride (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Bride for Jericho Bravo (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Expecting the Boss's Baby (2010) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Donovan's Child (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Marriage, Bravo Style! (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Bravo Homecoming (2011) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Return of Bowie Bravo (2012) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Her Highness and the Bodyguard (2013) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Not Quite Married (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Bravo Family Ties is a series of romance novels that began publication in 1997 and follow the trials of the Bravo family as they try, fail and succeed at finding love.

+The Story

The Bravo Family Ties series is one of several romance novels about family dynasties on the market today. The books use almost all the tropes that are found in dynastic romance novels, and that isn’t by accident.

Christine Rimmer, the author, has admitted to loving those more basic hooks, tropes and clichés that populate romance novels. For Christine, the goal of a romance novel isn’t to tell a complex story about love.

Rather, the objective of a romance writer is to develop engrossing heroes and heroines and then chart an entertaining course towards their happily-ever-after. As such, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Bravo Family Ties series is so character-oriented.

The books primarily revolve around the Bravo family. Christine initially focuses on the Bravo men. Most of them are bachelors and they’ve either been burned by relationships in the past or they treasure their bachelorhood. Either way, they are not looking for loving and committed relationships, and it takes the love of a good woman to sway them.

As the series progresses, Christine brings the Bravo girls into the picture, women that typically stumble upon love rather than directly seeking it out.

Christine Rimmer’s hook for the Bravo Family Ties series is the ‘Marriage/relationship of convenience’ trope. When Cash Bravo proposes marriage to Abby Heller, it is because he feels guilty for taking her virginity. When she falls pregnant, he suggests marriage just so the baby can inherit his name, and after that, Cash will set Abbey free via divorce, that way she can go find herself a more suitable man.

Megan Kane marries Nate Bravo because she needs a husband and a baby in order to inherit her family ranch. She has no intention of staying with Nate once the baby comes.

When Cole Yuma helps Melinda Bravo deliver her sister’s baby, they must pretend that the baby’s theirs, but only for a little while.

Those are just the first three books in the Bravo Family Ties series. And they set the stage for a collection of stories where the man and the woman enter a relationship for convenience’s sake.

But by entering into the arrangement, they are forced to look at one another in a new light, and over time, emotions develop, this leading to true love down the line.

The earlier novels in the series have attracted criticism for their dated views on the role of women in a marriage and in a home. But the notions Christine plays with at the start begin to disappear as the series progresses.

+The Author

Christine Rimmer was born in California. Before taking up writing in the 1980s, Christine wanted to be an actress. She even got a theater degree in Sacramento.

The author had big plans for her future, which is why she moved to New York City. However, things did not work out quite as she expected. Christine ended up doing a number of odd jobs, from being an assistant to a caterer to bartending and even teaching.

By the time she went to Southern California, Christine had finally started dipping her toes into writing. She produced a couple of poems and short stories which she actually got published.

It wasn’t until her first romance novel was published in the late 1980s that the author finally decided to put all her energies into writing.

+The Nine-Month Marriage

Abby Heller was just a kid but she knew how she felt about Cash Bravo. She wasn’t old enough to know whether she actually loved Cash or merely idolized him. But the headstrong girl knew her feelings were strong.

Their relationship, innocent as it had been, took a turn when Cash took Abby’s virginity. He didn’t mean to get her pregnant. It was just one urgent April night. Cash couldn’t believe his foolishness and he cursed himself for his actions.

The Bravo man determined that he would do right by sweet Abby. He wouldn’t let her baby enter the world without his name. But after that, he would set her free to find the younger mate that she deserved.

The first book in the Bravo Family Ties series begins when Cash Bravo gets Abby Heller pregnant. Two months prior, Abby’s father died and circumstances drove the loveable girl to sleep with Cash Bravo.

Now Cash wants Abby to come home with him but she isn’t ready to go. Abby idolized Cash. He took care of her for so long, not only looking after her parents but also putting her through college.

But now their relationship has been shattered and Cash wants to take responsibility for his actions. He might be set in his ways as a bachelor but Cash actually cares for Abby. This book finds the couple trying to work things out.

Cash doesn’t believe he’s suitable for Abby because he is fifteen years older than her. However, Abby isn’t ready to take Cash’s charity proposal.

+Marriage by Necessity

Megan Kane needs to get married. She also needs to get pregnant and she needs to do so quickly. That is the only way she will maintain a hold on her ranch. Megan has loved Nate Bravo for a long time.

So when Push comes to shove, she has no qualms about begging her handsome neighbor to marry her and give her a child.

Megan had her plan worked out. She promised that she would never be the type of girl to cling and linger, not once Nate got her pregnant. But then the baby finally came and Megan’s plans began to change.

In the second Bravo family Ties novel, Megan Kane is a woman desperate for marriage and a child. According to her father’s will, she must get married and have a child in order to keep her ranch.

Megan and Nate were childhood friends. Megan fell for Nate but he had other plans and eventually left her. When Megan’s plight begins to haunt her, she reaches out to Nate, who is an investigator in Los Angeles, and begs for his help.

Nate is initially reluctant because marriage has never held any appeal for him. But eventually, he agrees to a marriage of convenience, the idea being that the two of them will divorce once the baby comes. But it isn’t long before feelings begin to develop.

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