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Bartering Her Innocence

3.05 of 5 stars 3.05  ·  rating details  ·  122 ratings  ·  19 reviews
"I simply require you to share my bed."Luca Barbarigo has lain in wait for three long years, and is now ready to exact his revenge against Valentina Henderson. After one unforgettable night together, she left him with nothing but X-rated memories and the sting of her hand across his jaw. But they are the least of her crimes.…

Valentina swore she'd never see him again, but y
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 22nd 2013 by Harlequin (first published January 8th 2008)
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Amazing book! I could not put it down. The hero seeks revenge on the heroine for walking out on him after a one night stand. He then puts into motion some plan to get her back and extract his revenge which is having her back in his bed only to publicly dump her and embarrass her later. Valentina accepts cause this is the only way she will repay her mother's debt but of course neither can't help falling in love. What Luca doesn't know is that 3 years ago Tina was pregnant with his child but their ...more
3.5 - 4 stars
Very intense read, very emotional and fraught with tension and passion. The blackmailed-into-his-bed trope has been used more than I care to count but Trish Morey's writing style gives it a fresh appearance. I like Valentina and my heart aches for her grief. She is strong and mature in spite of her young age. But on the other hand, Luca, with his desire for revenge, appears one-dimensional, childish and immature. I couldn't warm to him till the last chapter when he belatedly tries t
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“She wandered along a pathway between old graves with stones leaning at an angle or covered in lichen towards a newer section of the cemetery, where stones were brighter, the flowers fresher.
She found it there and felt the same tug of disbelief—the same pang of pain—she felt whenever she saw it, the simple heart-shaped stone beneath which her tiny child was buried, the simple iron lace-work around the perimeter.
She knelt down to the sound of the cry of gulls and the crash of waves against the cl
This novel was so emotionally draining to read. I adored it. I have to admit to crying a lot of tears but at the same time I couldn't have asked for a better novel.
Luca was too much of a b****** to be redeemable. The explanation at the end was no justification at all, rather it was a typical hollow, false and egoistic explanation given by just another hateful, chauvinistic, misanthropic Neanderthal that weak women gladly accept to satiate their unrealistic dreams of love. No guy who loves a woman can be so unfeeling and hurtful towards her and for no real reason at all.
Terrible. The two had a one night stand three years ago and after Hero tells heroine that she's like her mom and does her best work on her back, she slaps him and leaves.

When her mother comes to him for a loan, he decides on a whim that he'll make the heroine into the whore he nonchalantly called her three years ago.

For all that she a) hasn't seen Luka in 3 years 2) the last words he gave her were an insult calling her a whore and 3) that she got pregnant and lost the baby and 4) now he is mak
This book was terrible. Not the writing itself, but the plot. Luca is one of the worst male leads I've ever read. The reasons for his plan are ridiculous and his methods are disgusting. How any woman forced into this situation could fall in love, is beyond me.
A story like many others in HP-land, but with good images of Venice (Murano visit, cemetery visit in an island). I like these small details, although they can be compared to a travel guide, but for me are always positive.
Bartering Her Innocence by Trish Morey will make you cry, will make you laugh and will make you fall in love.

Valentina Henderson has always tried to prove that she is nothing like the mother who abandoned her and her father when she was but a small child. So when she attends her mother’s wedding she acts aloof and cold towards whomever approaches her. Including the very handsome Luca Barbarigo, the nephew of her mother’s new husband. And she did the same at another party they met at a few years
Why do all the heroes in these book have to be such douche bags?

Oh well, I guess it wouldn't make for a good read if it wasn't there. After all, isn't that why we read these books for the fairy tale endings?

I enjoyed the book. I hated Luca. He appeared selfish and childish. I felt sorry for Valentina she had done nothing wrong when she was brought into the mess by her mother. As if that wasn't bad enough they (mom and Luca) brought her dad into it. Valentina would do anything for her dad. So t
I don't like the plot of this story it's so unreal (lol It's really is a FICTION) The Heroin is a martyr while the Hero is so selfish, mean Billionare. I don't think he deserve to have a wife like her she's such an angel. In fairness I like the way the author put so much emotion on the heroin's pain while she talk about her lost son. Anyway HP always ends in happy ending though I can hardly believe for the heroin to forgive the hero who make her life miserable for 3 years so easly as if it's all ...more
Um, all kinds of no. This book just made me angry.

And she didn't barter her innocence.

And to top it all off, in the story, the female lead's mother collects Murano glass and the male lead's cousin owns a glass factory. There's a scene where the female lead watches a demonstration at the factory where they make a glass horse. They popped it off the punty, put it on a table for a bit of cooling and then handed it over to the female lead, who is still sitting in the audience, while it was still war
What nonsense! So weakly written it bored me!
This book did nothing for me. It is a typical Harlequin with the blackmail plot, and nothing else to offer. Hero blackmails heroine into bed for a stupid reason, heroine accepts, hero realizes he has misjudged her. Throw in a bitch of a mother, a kind father and a difficult past for the hero. And you got the story.
Yes, there are some emotional moments towards the end, but even that is nothing new. Been there, done that.
Loved this book. At times though I really wanted to smack Luca myself.

Valentina is a very strong woman and you could tell it all the way through the book.
After reading reviews on this book, I expected it to be bad or dull, but it wasn't I about cried at the end of it.
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