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Smoke in the Wind (Harlequin Presents, #1104)

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Her response to him was frightening...

Venetia had felt desire before. The result? Such a disastrous marriage that she felt she wanted never to experience desire again. And she hadn't--until now.

Ryan Fraine, famous documentary filmmaker, was in New Zealand to set up a new television station. From the moment they met, Venetia, herself a TV reporter, knew this man could make
Paperback, 187 pages
Published August 1st 1988 by Harlequin (first published October 1987)
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My God! Whoever says that Harlequin stories are only fluff would definitely have a tough time categorizing this title as such. Smoke in the Wind by Robyn Donald is a title that ended up in my TBR pile via a recommendation received from Amazon. I finally gave into my curiosity and sampled my first Robyn Donald last night and boy did I have a hard time letting the story go to catch some much needed shut eye last night because yes once you start reading, this is the sort of book that refuses to let ...more
I am at a loss as to what I want to rate this one. It's either a 2 or a 4.....
Lots of the angst and drama that I love (4), but on the other hand I did not feel that the hero's past justified his cruel actions (2). The heroine had issues (a failed marriage and pregnancy at 18) and was stronger because of them. I can't say the same for the hero and his issue (no love from mommy).
4.5 stars. I feel like I kind of have to choose 5 stars rather than 4 (which you have to do for a 4.5 rating) for the intensity, even though I really could not forgive this hero. He committed the ultimate romance sin in my book -- choosing another woman over the heroine, and not even because of circumstances, but because he fell in love with the other woman (reevaluated at a later date, but still)!! It would take a lot of hero groveling to overcome that sin, and this hero didn't even come close ...more
he's not worthy of the name hero.WHAT A DISGUSTING JERK AND AWFUL Bİ.CH COUSİN (Saint Elizabeth)AND AWFUL MOTHER AND Masochist İDİOT TSTL HEROİNE...and the ending... GOD !!!...the ending...
A little puzzling...the "hero" was a typical jerk, jumping to conclusions with little evidence, but the heroine was much stronger than a typical series romance woman. Except of course, whenever the hero kissed her, and she melted in his arms. What is the this strange attraction these women feel for mean guys?
He was a real a@@ but she was good!! I loved her. She was strong and tought him a lesson or two. I'd have him grovel some more, but hey, you can't have everything!!!! LOL
Diana Dupre
Ok this one was difficult for me in the sense that I wanted to club the guy over the head on a couple of occasions. What a horrible thing to do to someone and the author truly pulled it out to have a story come around to the point where her forgiving him was palatable.

That it evoked some emotional response from me gives testament to the story.
I liked this book but it was kind of strange how the h's family was pretty much accepting of the h and H getting married after he had been the h's cousin's husband. Everyone just seemed to be too forgiving of things that had happened within this family. Weird!
Hero was an epic jerk who treated the heroine abominably. The heroine was strong, independent and I loved how she made a new life for herself. I probably would have found this a 5 star read had the book ended with the hero making a proper apology and accepting that he did not deserve to have the heroine or the son. I have a vengeful soul :D so I propably would have loved had the heroine's sister known about the love child and how miserable the hero really was with her :P
The book was well written
Not happy I invested the time reading this book. I hated the way Ryan treated her. His reasons for marrying her cousin made no since. I skipped pages just hoping for a quick ending ugh!!! Did not feel the romance and did not buy their HEA
i re-read this book every now and then, just to remind myself how much things have changed in HPlandia over the last 20 years! i will say that this book features a strong heroine who can stand on her own 2 feet, but is still bound by love/loyalty to her family, who don't sem to deserve it for the most part. the hero is unabashedly a jerk, but typical for the time-1988-and he thinks he deserves everything he wants, with no consideration for anyone in his way. personally i think the hero deserved ...more
I read this Harlequin title many years ago. I forgot the name of the book and author but I retained the heroine's name and two key scenes... no spoilers. I reread the book and I still feel the "hero" is an asshat. I loved Venetia and her spirit... as a teenager, I was mesmerized by her ambition as a news reporter. I still love this book as much as I did when I first read it way back when.
Blu Tulips
Oh Ryan you douchebag...

But I like Robyn Donald books; they as realistic as harlequin can get.
loved it. shame Ms donald does not write more books like this
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Robyn was born on 1940 in Northland, New Zealand, she was the oldest in herfamily, and as a child she thrilled her four sisters and one brother withbloodcurdling adventure tales, usually very like the latest book she'dborrowed from the library.

Robyn owes her writing career to two illnesses. The first was a younger sister's flu. She was living with her husband and her and spent most of thatwinter a
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