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Untamed Italian, Blackmailed Innocent

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  868 Ratings  ·  51 Reviews
No woman has ever shunned wicked Italian tycoon Zac Delucca! But sweet, studious Sally is in a world of her own, looking after her sick mother. Little does she realize her unfocused disinterest is driving Zac's fury! Especially as her father is responsible for embezzling millions from his company.There's a debt to be paid. Zac will offer Sally an ultimatum--become his mist ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 1st 2010 by Harlequin (first published January 1st 2010)
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
Apr 25, 2010 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: HP readers who would like to see a disinterested heroine for once
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja) by: Mae on
This book was a delightful breath of fresh air for the current mode of Harlequin Presents. I loved how resistant Sally was to Zac. She saw him and dismissed him on first glance because he wasn't her first priority!! How nice. She didn't become a drooling, melting pile of female flesh because of his unbelieveable appeal (rolling eyes). Yes, he was attractive, and she was attracted to him, but she kept a good head on her shoulders when it came to him, for the most part.

I like mutuality in a romanc
Featuring one of the stronger heroines in the HP line - if you cringe at spineless, overly self-sacrifing heroines, you will love Sally. She doesn't dissolve into a puddle of goo when the dark, handsome billionaire casts his roving eye on her. She doesn't jump to sacrifice herself for a cold, embezzling, louse of a father. The situation with Sally's mother was sad and it was understandable that she would have issues.

I liked the hero too. It was amusing to see a HP alpha billionaire hero get ign
Mar 18, 2011 Jacqueline rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one. It was well written. The plot made sense. All motivations were explained. The characterizations of the hero and heroine were well done. I liked the way the heroine didn't fall into a pile of mush on the floor at the sight of the hero. It was great to see a HP hero have to work to get the heroine to notice him. I particularly enjoyed the scene where he sat down and talked to himself after he found out she was not living off her father but was instead educated and employed. He' ...more
Feb 11, 2010 seton rated it really liked it
Shelves: category
I mostly liked this story because it's one of the those books where the heroine is oblivious to the hero while the hero had the hots for the heroine on sight.

The hero does blackmail the heroine for sex but he also soon learns the error of his ways. I liked the line that goes something like 'normally Zac is 6"4' but he felt like 2 inch tall' after an encounter with the heroine.

The sensuality level is high for a HP since the H/H engage in a lot of sex. About Miranda-Lee-level sensuality for those
I bought this without realizing I had read it before. So, notes to self:

This is the one where the H falls for the h as he is going to fire her father for stealing. He doesn't know her, but is instantly attracted and thinks she looks bridal.

The h hates her father because he is a womanizing pig, but she is there to convince him to visit her mother in the nursing home as she now has terminal cancer.
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Aug 23, 2011 Cecilia rated it did not like it
Shelves: elibrary-books
Heroine dislikes hero on sight, he decides she's some kind of gold-digging slut. He blackmails her into bed. She acknowledges that he is basically paying her father to have sex with her. They have sex. He says things like "Take off all your clothes or I'll take them off for you" and "You agreed to be my mistress, and the only choice you have left is the one I just gave you". Rather than revolted (my reaction), she's apparently without any qualms, and strips down and pirouettes. After stupendous ...more
Mar 28, 2012 Leona rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hqn-presents
I loved this book. I very rarely give a 5 star to an HP, but this book is a definite 5 star read! The author did a great job of building tension and chemistry between two very strong likable characters. I liked that the heroine was well educated, had a great career and was self sufficient. I loved that the hero was head over heels in lust and had a "take no prisoners" attitude! It was refreshing to see a relationship built from more than just sex and above all a relationship that actually grows. ...more
Apr 14, 2011 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a great example of a hero and heroine who can succumb to their physical attraction despite their mutual want to not be in a relationship and still share some touching and tender intimate moments in between their disagreements.

Often, it's hard for me to buy into the happy ever after when the characters despise each other and bicker throughout the whole book. If you can't get along for five minutes during the first 95% of the book, how am I supposed to believe you will for the rest of
Zac Delucca is used to getting everything he wants, rich and good looking, woman ordinarily throwing themselves at him has become part of his life. When he meets Sally Paxton, she not only ignores him but manages to put him in his place. With her father embezzling from his company, he finds a way to find leverage over her and try to convince her of becoming his mistress. Everything is going according to plan except Sally, who he just can't seem to do anything right about convincing his feelings ...more
Loved heroine's spunk and integrity....for once the usually tired trope of a nearly 26 year old virgin had an explanation within the context of the plot. I star my HPs on their own scale, for me blackmail sex is not legitimate anywhere but an HP, where I love it, especially when the hero experiences real remorse (preferably because of his feelings for heroine, not because of her virginity). Story wasn't perfect (jerk of a father rather one dimensional) but had some very original elements that ga ...more
Jess the Romanceaholic
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I’ve read a lot of category romances in my time. One thing that we all love is the ruthless tycoon (or prince or sheikh of course) whose arrogance and physical desire for the heroine makes him run roughshod ov
This is the classic case where pompous, arrogant bastard meets stubborn, mule headed dimwit. it was such a torturous read. I've never read a book by Harlequin that I don't like. The story is just all silly and ridiculous from start to finish. I wasn't impressed with the characters as they are impossible for me to like, let alone relate. Both characters are overly judgmental that there is no doubt in my mind that they do indeed belong together.
A disinterested heroine is a wonderful change of pace in this JB book.
The hero was enthralled at first sight, but the heroine had other things on her mind! The sincere grovel at the end was quite nice, too.
Paula Legate
Feb 06, 2016 Paula Legate rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance-suspence
Wow! What a romance. Zac was rich, powerful, and handsome. He was use to women throwing themselves at him. The first time he saw Sally he wanted her. He was irritated that she ignored him. It may not have been the best way, but he just had to find a way to be with Sally, and to have her. So he blackmailed her into being his mistress. He at first thought she was a spoiled brat that never worked. Sally did not correct him when he threw insults her way. Sally was a strong independent lady. She work ...more
Sep 09, 2014 Fanny rated it liked it

No tenia demasiadas esperanzas con esta novela, pero me sorprendio lo mucho que me gusto, aun siendo una historia tipica de harlequin, no se me hizo tan cliche como otras, ademas la protagonista no es la tipica pusilanime e inocente que perdona a el protagonista despues de dos frases.
Una de las mejores que he leido de este estilo.

3.5 Estrellas!!
Apr 05, 2013 Tishke rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I loved the lead characters. Sally is the kind of leading woman I would love to see more of. She was genuine, smart, well educated, independent, compassionate, beautiful inside and out. A real shinning example of what we expect from a modern age girl.

The story had a good pace; it allowed us to get to know the characters and sympathize with them. Having read few of Baird's other stories, there could have been a bit more of the wonderful gut ranching emotions I have seen worked in other
It's not often that I give a Harlequin or Mills and Boon book a 5 star rating but 'Untamed Italian, Blackmailed Innocent' just did it for me. The passion between the hero, Zac and the heroine, Sally was crazy hot-it vibrated off the pages.
Sally is a women with her head on her shoulders and I loved that she kept to her priorities in a believable way(This seriously doesn't happen enough in books-But I felt it in this one.) Sally is strong and independent and I fucking loved every single moment of
Jan 30, 2013 Jenny rated it did not like it
I've never read a book by Harlequin that I don't like. There is a first time for everything. The characters were beyond annoying and horrible to each other. Was this supposed to be a love story? I don't think so.
Jul 14, 2011 nurmawati rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance, buku-eng, tycoon
ripiu dikit yang gw kopas dari fb gw :)

Ceritanya bagus....ttg ce yang mesti merawat ibunya Ɣªήğ kena kanker dan kecelakaan...sementara bapaknya itu gak pernah pulang dan hobby main perempuan...(Bapak2 dimana2 sama ya •. • Hufffttt...!! )
Jadilah si ce ini gak pernah kencan dan gak sadar kalo dia ini cantik...
Sampe suatu hari ketemu tycoon ganteng nan sombong yang menganggap dia anak daddy yang manja....tapi si co bener2 (.) dan memaksa si ce ini jadi mistress nya kalo gak mau bapaknya di penjara
Aug 27, 2014 Bukola rated it it was amazing
Shelves: heroines-i-loved

Sally was my idea of a perfect heroine, she was very feisty and gave Zac abit of She wasn't like the modern heroine that gave herself cheaply to the Hero. Loved it.

What's not to love about this book. Zac was so arrogant and funny! I found myself laughing out loud at his outrageousness! Lol he was annoying but in a very jealous and kinda cute way! I really love this book and will highly recommend! Kudos JB
Dec 21, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it
I really liked this HP, one of the best ones I've read. Great heroine and surprisingly steamy sex scenes, it was hot. The hero is CRAZY for the heroine, I loved the chase. While it had all the usual Harlequin tropes; billionaire, virgin, mistress, blackmail, even (view spoiler), for me it worked. This story was a winner, I'll definitely read it again.

4+ Stars
Amanda Sheila
Well, not quite what I expected but so far so good. I like the fact that the Hero isn't that ruthless. Just spicy words and bad attitude. Not as cruel as any other "forced" story I've read.

But I don't like the way he handle the heroine's feeling. I mean, the result's not boom enough to make me sappy, it seemed like it was forced. The way the author write it, I mean. I need more angst, because I'm an angst junkie. But at least I enjoyed it and the storyline isn't bad. The father of heroine's suc
Kaycee Sapinoso

Wow. It wasn't what I expected at all in a way, and it exceeded all my expectations that made me giddy. I mean this book sure did get my blood pumping. And I rarely give a 5 stars to an HP, but this one surely deserved one. This had everything which makes you enjoy reading a Harlequin. Everything OTT! OTT situations. An alpha douchebag of a hero. A misunderstood heroine. Lots of angst, sex, passion, sadness, happiness, hotness, jealousy, groveling... and the list goes on. To say that thi
Mar 24, 2014 Farah rated it did not like it
Hateful plot and a Hateful hero. Zac had no morals whatsoever .. he was a pig .. this isn't romance .. no way in hell.
Jul 12, 2013 Roub rated it really liked it
absolutely awesome ! it was a 4.5 star 4 me. n the sex was mind-blowing !! =D dunt miss it
Sep 02, 2016 Cherise rated it liked it
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Jul 14, 2016 Pea rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
I'm not a fan of "blackmail because of someone else's sins" tropes. If it's their fault, let them fix it or pay for it. I especially hated this one because the "Hero" is a judgmental idiot who takes advantage of a vulnerable heroine. The only reason I don't fault her for a few of her choices is because she really cared about her mother and didn't want her to suffer anymore than she had. Other than that, I think she still gave in too easy and for HP to try to make it ' 'romance' annoys me. I acce ...more
Apr 05, 2015 Lea rated it it was amazing
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Oct 16, 2016 Jebe rated it did not like it
I feel bad b/c everyone else seems to think this was a great book. To each her own I guess.

It felt very old-school HP to me, which isn't always a bad thing, but the H was relentless and not so much in a good way. He doesn't even wait a bit before he starts in on how much he wants the h, etc. I mean like in their first encounter. It was all rather creepy and that's a lot coming from me b/c I do love a possessive H. This was just too, too much too, too soon! And the h, well she just huffed and pu
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Jacqueline Baird was born on the 1st of April at home in a small village Northumbria, England, UK, where she raised. She went to the local village school, and later an all-girls' grammar school where she passed the University of Oxford General Certificate of Education in various subjects. On leaving school she joined the civil service in the then Post Office department.

She met her husband Jim, whe
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