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Embraced by Love [Mass Market Paperback]

Suzanne Brockmann
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Sep 2004
Josie and Cooper were one of those couples everyone envied: gorgeous, successful, and so deeply devoted. Even though Josie tended to work too hard, putting in long hours to lift her fledgling company off the ground, and Cooper could be wild and unpredictable, the two complimented one another. It seemed their love would last forever.
But sometimes love just isn’t enough. When a tragic accident leaves Josie and Cooper with two young children to care for, their bond will be tested. Now the pressures of their commanding careers are compounded by the needs of the children, and they find themselves drifting further and further apart. They will have to work to find the way back to each other, to the incredible passion that was once at the center of lives–and still burns deep in their hearts.


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (Sep 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345467019
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345467010
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 10.8 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,296,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars great book 3 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Read via local elibrary.checked fantastic fiction, written 1995, authors 3rd published novel, the 1st was 1993. Very different to SEAL series which I love but thoroughly enjoyed this book. Written more in the style of susan wiggs et al. Although classed as romance, feels more like fiction with some romance. Found myself emotionally drawn to characters and story. Yes, Josie is a real madam but Coop is so great and understanding and patient. Would love to meet him. Book shows love can withstand many trials but have to keep working at marriage. Loved that there were no errors continuity, repetition, etc. Makes great change. Recommend as a very good book which is totally different to later offerings. Note, this book flowed very well, didnt drag, kept me drawn into story and went fast as a consequence.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quirky romance 21 May 2013
By Anne TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Josie and Cooper are happy and successful. They have a good relationship and highflying jobs. Then, out of the blue, they also acquire a family.

This is a funny and unusual "romance" about two married people who have to rekindle their relationship when circumstances change. They find that the stress makes them grow apart and that their very different ways of looking at life stop complementing each other and bring them into conflict.

I really enjoyed this book. It is a lightweight story but the author has worked hard to create a realistic situation and a believable problem between the two main characters. There are some well developed minor characters to add a bit of depth and the children are a lot less nauseatingly cute than is often the case in this type of story. Cooper is a particularly engaging character but Josie's anxiety is well examined and you can see why conflict between the two would occur.

Very enjoyable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Embraced By Love 3 Mar 2005
By K-G
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read several of SB's books now but hadn't heard of this one before, which is a re-release of an earlier work.
It isn't part of one of her series', nor does it follow a standard pattern. This book handles the 'ever after' aspect of a love story when something tragic threatens the happy ending.
Well written & well observed. Nicely balanced between the heroine being almost too selfish and the hero being almost too good to be true.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Hero, Not-So-Great Heroine 30 Oct 2004
By lovesbooks - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I loved, loved the hero, Cooper. Suzanne Brockmann reversed the personalities, interests, and the decisions made usually by a husband and wife, but she does it without making the husband a wimp who you are "supposed" to like, but really don't. It is the husband, in this novel, who loves to dance, who sacrifices his career (although not really--Cooper is a famous architect who can work from home) to revolve around his wife's. It's the husband who definitely wants children, and it's the husband who not only really bonds with them, but stays at home to care for them. It is Cooper who wants to talk about their relationship. Josie, his wife, is not as likable--a rigid, inflexible work-a-holic who has developed a bleeding ulcer. Didn't like her (her inflexibility ran on too long), but adored him! Although I wanted them to "work it out," in real life, I would have told Cooper to ditch her--that there are better women out there. In short, although I liked the book, I didn't LOVE the book--as I have for other Brockmann's.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What really are the most important things? 3 Nov 2004
By rampant reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After a few Brockman SEAL stories, this is a welcome change. I liked everything about it, including Cooper and Josie having to get books on childcare so they could learn enough to do it. One reviewer thought Josie was too inflexible, but I have been where Josie is and I felt her character was right on target. Yes, she took terrible advantage of Cooper's love for her, to the point where she almost lost him but poverty makes you do that and it is very hard to let go of the fear. If your parents were children during the Depression, you know the feeling because they don't let you forget the fear either. This is a couple, both professionals dedicated to their careers, who are suddenly faced with responsibility for little people and I loved Cooper for not letting these children go to strangers. Do not, do not, pass this one up. I read it and immediately began to read it again. Definitely a keeper and one of Brockmann's best.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a guy! 6 Oct 2004
By Amy Leemon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book has just been re-released and it was really a good choice!

Josie and her husband Cooper have their lives pretty well arranged. He is an architect and she runs a thriving computer company. Well, maybe its a little too thriving - she does put in very long hours. But they manage to work out an arrangement to even accomodate that.

Then something they didn't expect happens. Her brother and sister-in-law die in an auto accident and they have been named the legal guardians for their 2 small children (Lucy, 4 years old and Ben, 9 months). Josie can't even bring herself to consider such an arrangement. Her life is the way she wants it. The thought of the children terrifies her.

But Cooper sees the need of the children and manages to convinced Josie to try it. He takes on the main responsibility and really comes into his own. Josie becomes more and more involved in work and it seems as if there is no viable solution.

The main point of the book is love. Love between couples and love of family. With love and cooperation and listening, miracles can happen.

Cooper and Lucy really carry the book. There are times you will find yourself just smiling as their relationship develops.

A great book by Suzanne Brockmann. No Navy Seals but a lot of good characterizations.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good book with a different twist... 19 Jun 2006
By JRed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I wasn't sure if I would like this book because of all the mixed

reviews and because the couple was already married, but I love Suzanne's writing, and her Seal books, so I thought I'd give it a try. And glad I am that I did. The dialog was witty between Josie and Cooper and their characters were fleshed out to where you could really feel their anxiety. The roles were reversed in this story. Josie was a workaholic running a company she had started on her own. Having come from poverty she was afraid of being without money and took very seriously the lives of her employees and their families. With this in mind she seriously neglected Cooper, who loved her to distraction, and put all her energies into her work. Cooper was the awesome one in all this.

If ever there was a man who stole my heart it was him. An esteemed architect and a self made man in his own right, Cooper

was content to work around Josie's schedule. Always accommodating. Even though he wanted the two of them to spend more time together he always gave in because he loved her so much. It wasn't until Lucy and Ben came into their lives that his patience started to run thin. He was now not only without his wife most of the time because of her long hours at work but he had also taken on the responsibility of taking care of these two children that he'd fallen in love with.

This book was full of emotion. And sweetness. Josie was controlling. Absolutely. I could have thrown the book several times. But she had her reasons. It took almost loosing Cooper for her to get a grip and focus on what was important. Thank goodness she did because Cooper is someone a girl wouldn't want to lose.

If you like a story about a relationship that was founded in love-shown through out by flashbacks-with all it's ups and downs, with a happy ending, then you will like this one.

It shouldn't be missed.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't give up 12 Nov 2004
By Brandi & Chrissy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
That is both the message I got from the book and what I tell people. Do not give up on the book! Some people say that they can not finish the book because Josie got on their nerves and I have to say I agree with them. Josie is a worrier. She will worry about things that have not happened and it will be the worst thing imaginable. She has a problem and I really can not blame her much. She grew up poor and her mother hammered in the fact that being poor sucks and that she can only depend on herself to make a difference. So now she has a huge fear of being poor. Cooper did not grow up poor. He moved around a lot with his parents. He is all about fun and living life to the fullest. He doesn't take many things too seriously. The one thing he does take seriously is Josie. Cooper loves her so much and the way SB writes when he is hurting or happy are so great! Cooper is rich and well so is Josie because her business is doing so well, and Cooper try's to tell Josie that he will never allow her to be poor. But then she thinks she can only depend on herself. This thinking causes problems even before they get the kids. But they both love each other so much that they work out a compromise. Then while things are going good Josie gets a call that her brother and sister-in-law died and then a few days later finds out that the kids are in foster care waiting for them to pick them up. Josie and Cooper are kinda selfish in my opinion. Cooper did not think he wanted to have kids at all and Josie wasn't really sure but they decided to talk about it in about 4-5 years. So because they had decided this before they found out about Josie's brother they decided they could not keep the kids, Lucy 4yr and Ben 9 months. They would need time and love and Josie and Cooper did not think they could give that to them at this point in their life. Josie doesn't want to stop working and Cooper doesn't want to give up time with Josie. Those are good reasons but it was kinda selfish. Well anyways, Cooper takes one look at Lucy and decides he can not leave them where they are staying because the house is a mess and the woman caring for the kids is mean. Because he can not leave them and he decides he wants to keep them because he loves them, Josie and Cooper's marriage suffers badly. Josie doesn't even try to help with the kids; she stays later and later at work while Cooper took a leave of absence to take care of the kids because Lucy has a problem with being left because she is scared he will not come back like her parents did not come back. The story was a good story. It had its slow moment for like one chapter but in that chapter there were parts that made me laugh so it was not so bad. This was not one of SB best books but it was still very good and deserves the 5 stars. This book will bring out all kinds of emotions, angry, happiness, sadness, frustration, fear...etc. But that is a sign, in my opinion of a very good book. So I say even if you start reading the book and you start getting upset but love SB's books keep reading it and try to keep an open mind. The thing that helped me is at the end of Ch. 2. Cooper new what he was getting into with Josie, because she told him that her work was very important to her. With this said, she did take it to the extreme and he was very understanding or tried to be but in the end she saw what she was doing to her life and makes some tough decisions. It ends very well and it well make you sigh. I would suggest this book to anyone who loves a good story.
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