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Edge of Deception

3.53 of 5 stars 3.53  ·  rating details  ·  49 ratings  ·  9 reviews
I'm Getting Married!

While Tara wished her ex-husband well in his intended marriage, she couldn't deny her attraction to him. There was just no future in it--Sholto had made it clear that he couldn't forgive or forget her, and the edge of deception that colored their past seemed a chasm neither one of them could bridge. Yet five years after their bitter parting Tara finally
ebook, Harlequin Presents #1749
Published July 2012 by Harlequin Books (first published 1995)
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I wasn't quite sure how to rate this book.. I settled on four stars because I could not take away from the intensity of the story and the page turning effect it had on me. However, I have to say that I did not like either the heroine or hero and that usually effects my overall satisfaction in the story. I just couldn't connect with either of them. He was emotionally distant having been damaged by his abusive father and guilt feelings over his mother's death. The heroine was annoying and immature ...more
Tara married Sholto when she was probably too young. Her father had died and she was alone in the world and Sholto was there to take care of her. He tried not to take advantage of her youth and neediness but there was a strong physical attraction and eventually it ended up in bed. Having taken her innocense Sholto then steps their relationship and then asks her to marry him. It doesn't last long before Tara's restlessness and insecurities leads her to jealousy and problems. Unfortunately Sholto ...more
I liked that this book had somewhat older characters (although the numbers seemed to change, and not quite add up), and I always like a good reconciliation story, but this one was a little disappointing. Partly the problem was simply length, I think. The book had too much crammed in for the page limit - scenes from the past and present intermingle, and it felt rushed to me.

The biggest obstacle for me was the protagonists, though. I thought they were fairly persuasively written in some respects;
A very good read.
It was hard to know what was going on in Sholto's mind as he is an emotional stone wall and gives nothing away. Once you learn about his past you can understand his emotional disattachment and feel sorry for him......and the way he brings about their end.
Tara is a bundle of emotions that she slowly starts to work through with maturity and understanding to accepting the past and her part in their divorce. I love how honest she was with herself (most people can't do this) and thi
Honestly this book was painful to get through. Painful. Not an enjoyable read. I wish I had never purchased it.
3.5 stars. Emotional read full of memories, regrets and second chances. The writing was superb but I was not sure that H/h deserved or will have their HEA.
4.5 *
That book made me want to read only these kind of books (reconciliation, second-chance).
Despite that the hero was mean to the heroine, it added a drama that stirred my emotion and it started early in the book.

The book was perfect until (view spoiler)
I liked this book. It was pretty good. I would read it again, but more for passing the time. I liked the emotions and reality of the situations, but couldn't really relate to them. I liked how it made me think of my past a really look at some of the things objectively instead of colored by adolescence. (didn't like some of it) as well as trying to make sense of the why/how of actions of others that I didn't get. (still can't figure some, I'm not very insightful I guess) This wasn't really a page ...more
This was an emotional, angsty read. Something about it didn't sit quite right with me -- I think I didn't like how much of the novel the hero spent engaged to someone else. And I didn't like how closed off he was emotionally -- I was left with the feeling that they were going to continue having that problem even at the end. But I liked how he took care of her when she needed it, and I was happy when they ended up together. All in all, a good read.
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