If pregnancy + amnesia = Pregnesia (according to the Harlequin/Silhouette title generator), then what is pregnancy + amnesia + kidnapping? PregnesiappIf pregnancy + amnesia = Pregnesia (according to the Harlequin/Silhouette title generator), then what is pregnancy + amnesia + kidnapping? Pregnesiapping? Pregnappinesia? The heroine in this one finds out she's pregnant, has sex, encounters nasty Other Woman, gets falsely accused of stealing, gets thrown out by rich Greek lover, and gets kidnapped, all in chapter 1. And I thought I was having a bad hair day.
I admit to not being a fan of Maya Banks' writing. I don't care for her erotica and I was plenty amazed to discover last year that she is now writing Sihouettes. I picked one up out of sheer curiosity, wondering how her writing would hold up without menage sex scenes to hide behind. Maybe because my expectations were low, I was surprised how much I enjoyed The Tycoon's Pregnant Mistress. The writing is effective and emotional (within the contraints of a melodramatic Silhouette plot of course). Marley is a good heroine without TSTL moments, and she gropes convincingly for clues to what her life and her relationship with the hero were like before she lost her memory. The hero is plenty conflicted, veering between solicitous care (and burning desire) for Marley on one hand, and coldness and anger at her betrayal on the other. At times he's almost schizophrenic and this does nothing to help Marley figure out their relationship or help her settle in. Apart from the intial accusation and throwing out though, he's not a harsh hero by Harlequin/Silhouette standards. To his credit also, he's almost totally forgiven Marley for her supposed betrayal before her memory returns and the truth comes out. Between the angst, there are some nice scenes of them being happy on their Greek island. I like when a romance actually shows the couple interacting in a happy or playful manner. When the heroine recovers her memory, it's back to angst though and these scenes are some of the most effective in the story.
As for what I didn't like, the whole kidnapping plot seemed thrown in as a device to give the heroine amnesia and give the hero a reason to spirit her off to his island to protect her. Even worse, it was left totally unresolved. We never learn who kidnapped Marley or why. It's inexcusable to leave such a plot element dangling. And can I say that it's just laughable to demand a piddling 1/2 million dollars from a megarich multimillionaire who owns his own island? I mean I know there's a recession and all but really! ...more
**spoiler alert** This was a bookclub read for me and here were my rambling thoughts.
Did you like the Hero/heroine?
She's a bowl of jello - constantly**spoiler alert** This was a bookclub read for me and here were my rambling thoughts.
Did you like the Hero/heroine?
She's a bowl of jello - constantly quivering, easy to make He's a deep fried mozzarella stick - cheesy, oily, sure to cause heartburn
What do you think of this type of revenge plot?
I have no problem with revenge sex, but get your facts straight first! Hero's failure to do so makes him look stupid.
Was there enough interior musings in the book?
Could there be any more? I was happy each time the monologues ended, ... until the dialogues started. Hero has a stash of cheesy, OTT, smarmy, purplific phrases that do nothing to lift my opinion of his brain or heart, and make me do funny gagging faces.
Have you read Penny Jordan before?
No, and if this is 1 of her better books/heroines, I doubt I will again.
I really hate when a 3rd party has to explain to the heroine or Hero that they love each other. Learn to communicate, dolts!
I hate that the Hero only spilled his guts while in the fever at the end. He deserved to be fully conscious and grovel to the heroine. It makes me mad that he escaped without thoroughly admitting he was wrong.
Hero seems to have no friends except a dead rapist, and his own sister can't trust him. PJ needed to give us something about him that is likable. ...more