Friday, August 12, 2016

Review: THE MARRIAGE ULTIMATUM (City of Dreams Series) by Charlotte O’Shay

Dead-end job? Dreary apartment? Disastrous love life? Check, check, and check. Toddler who makes it all worthwhile? Absolutely. Juggling work, college, and the care of young Alex was never Sabrina's plan.
But Sabrina's dreams are bigger than any curve ball life can throw at her. Her top priority is keeping her small family together, no matter what the cost.

Vladimir Grigory doesn't believe in dreams. He earned his position at the top of New York's corporate ladder with his own sweat. His empire is his baby, and he'll destroy anyone who threatens it. Even the sexy employee who challenges him on every level. When the New York tabloids and the world call him the baby daddy of Sabrina's son, Vlad believes Sabrina is part of a plot to expose the secrets of his past. He threatens to destroy her future. But since Sabrina has secrets of her own, she has no choice but to agree to Vlad's marriage ultimatum.


Just my opinion~

What I expected – A sweet and spicy, marriage of convenience, contemporary romance.
What I got – A sexy/hot, forced marriage romance so intense it will make your blood boil and your heart melt.

From the first page Charlotte O’Shay marks her hero as a hot blooded alpha. And her heroine is no cream puff either. Let me tell you more about these two.

Sabrina Boyd is strong, hard working, and determined. She’s willing to give up anything to make sure three-year-old Alex has every advantage in life. Her problem: she’s a one-step-forward-two-steps-back kind of girl. She’s hiding a huge secret that could cost her everything and just can’t seem to catch a break.

Vladimir Grigory is a Russian born, self-made billionaire. He’s tough, demanding, and doesn’t trust anyone. He has fought hard for all he has and doesn’t care who he hurts to protect it. His personality is infuriating, I didn’t know if I’d ever warm up to him. Then his back-story came out and it broke my heart. It all made sense.

As these two move through the story their lusty passion gradually turns to sweet romance, but the heat level never diminishes. Along the way they have complications, distractions, and set-backs from every direction. That’s where Charlotte O’Shay’s excellent writing skills come into play. The story flows at a steady intensity that keeps you engaged and on the edge of your chair to the end.

Congratulations on an awesome first book, Charlotte!

You must buy this book~

The Wild Rose Press: 
ISBN(s) 978-1-5092-0814-2 Paperback
              978-1-5092-0815-9 Digital


Kobo: ISBN: 10:1509208151
           ISBN: 13: 9781509208159

Barnes & Noble: 

ISBN-13: 2940158185540


As a debut author, (I still can’t believe that), you may not know Charlotte O’Shay so let me tell you a little about her.

Charlotte O'Shay was born in New York City into a big family and then married into another big family.
The drama! The noise! The inspiration!
Negotiating skills honed at the dinner table led her to a career in the law. After four beautiful children joined the crowded family tree, Charlotte gladly traded her legal career to write about happily ever afters in the City of Dreams. 
The Marriage Ultimatum is the first, standalone, story in the City of Dreams series.
Look for A Model Engagement (Book 2) and An Illicit Affair (Book 3) coming soon.

Contact her here~ 

Website: (wordpress)               
Facebook: Charlotte O’Shay   
Twitter: @charlotte_oshay      
Instagram: charlotte_oshay_author


  1. What a great review! I also loved this story and totally agree with what you said. Congrats on a winner of a debut, Charlotte!

  2. Thanks Sandra. I'm overwhelmed! What an amazing review. I'm speechless (which rarely happens!)
    Thanks too Katie for your super review.

  3. Well, you've peeked my interest enough that I'll have to do some "pinky clicking." You've given a great review. Good luck to Charlotte's writing career.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Vonnie. So thrilled Sandy liked it as much as I liked writing it! Hope you do too.

  4. What a great review for an awesome sounding book. Definitely check it out. Congrats, Charlotte!

  5. Great review. Vladimir sounds like an alpha I need to learn a whole lot more about! Anni xx

  6. Congrats on a great review, Charlotte, and on your novel. Best wishes!

  7. Wonderful review! I now have to bump this book up on my TBR list! As always, wishing you all the best, Charlotte! :)

  8. Thanks Mary! Congrats on Book 5 of those mesmerizing Dragon Knights! You rock.

  9. What a great review!! I'm about to start The Marriage Ultimatum and I can't wait!!