As much as I read, I'd never heard the term "category romance" until a few days ago, when I discovered the eHarlequin bookstore.. Oh, how my pocketboo...moreAs much as I read, I'd never heard the term "category romance" until a few days ago, when I discovered the eHarlequin bookstore.. Oh, how my pocketbook is going to regret that discovery lol
There's just something about a short novel that's easy to read, easy to pick back up from where you left off, and that costs less than that Starbucks latte you're sipping on.
Oh how I will regret this discovery lol
So, about the book.
Was our hero all angsty and stubborn and unnecessarily cruel at times? Oh yes.
Was our heroine more than just a little bit of a Mary Sue? She sure was.
Was it predictable? Full of cliches? More cheesy than a plate full of nachos? Yes indeed.
Did I love it anyway? Absolutely!
As the synopsis says, Vincenzo Valentini believed Cara Brosnan was responsible in part for his sister's death, and sets out to get his revenge.
Things don't go quite as he planned, and he ends up sleeping with her, only to be disgusted by his intense attraction to her and for falling for what he believes to be her black-hearted, whoretastic ways.
So he turns the tables and cruelly reveals his identity, calls her all sorts of nasty names and accuses her of horrible things, then throws her away like the trash he believes her to be.
Poor Cara though, still recovering from grief over her brother's death, is humiliated by Vincenzo's ruthless behavior and betrayal. We fast forward two months and find out that even though Vincenzo used a condom, Cara is uber-fertile and got pregnant.
She confronts Vincenzo (who conveniently happens to be in Dublin celebrating some business something or other -- and where she somehow manages to get past Security to crash a black-tie party in her ratty jeans and t-shirt) and tells him about the pregnancy. He, of course, assumes that this little gold-digger somehow set out to get knocked up and trap him , so he very viciously forces her to marry him (through emotional blackmail) and truly believes that once the baby is born, he'll be able to "buy her off" and have her just walk away from their child.
There were a couple of surprises in there... Don't look at my keywords if you don't want to know.. Ahh, you looked, didn't you? Just couldn't resist, could ya? Well, I warned you :P
Overally I enjoyed it. It was angsty enough to keep things interesting, but nothing too deep. Even the "dark" parts were relatively easy to get through, which makes this an ideal stocking stuffer or escapist read. 3 1/2 Stars
The book description clearly states that the when Prince Alex discovers that Maria is pregnant, he assumes that it wa...more**spoiler alert** Lies! All lies!
The book description clearly states that the when Prince Alex discovers that Maria is pregnant, he assumes that it was on purpose and decides to make her his mistress, and that he does so because she'll "never make a suitable wife"..
Truth of the matter is, even though she's pregnant from the very start of the book, Maria doesn't even figure out she's pregnant until the end of Chapter Ten (over halfway through the book), and he doesn't find out she's pregnant until the very last chapter.
He decides to make her his mistress as soon as he's been told he has to go talk to her again, as a punishment for (what he feels was) making a fool out of him two months prior, not because he's found out she's pregnant and he knows she won't make a suitable wife. Instead, he does it because he's been basically obsessed with her and her (alleged) betrayal so he thinks by forcing her to be his mistress that he can just smex her right on out of his system. Any thoughts of her being wife material, suitable or otherwise, don't even occur until the very end.
Ug. I feel so betrayed!
Ok so maybe I'm being just a wee a bit melodramatic. But still.
It's kind of like when you see a trailer for a movie and then you go see the movie and it turns out your favorite scene from the trailer ended up on the cutting room floor for the final edit.
The description has Alex cast in the role of the cold, bitter villain who is out to ruin Maria from the very start, only to find himself falling for her anyway... However, he's really not a bad guy at all. I quite liked Alex, despite his occasional snarky behavior towards Maria.
And honestly, the fact that he couldn't bring himself to follow through with forcing her to be his mistress won me over completely :) I liked how their first time together (apart from that disastrous one night stand two months prior to the start of the book) was completely consensual and not the result of coercion or because she thought it was what was required of her.
So despite the incredibly inaccurate description, it was still a good story that I thoroughly enjoyed. I was a bit disappointed because it wasn't the story I thought I was going to be reading, but it was quite enjoyable to watch these two crazy kids fall in love :)
It's also the start of a series of interconnected stories, and I'm interested to read more in the future to see just what's up with the diamonds ;)
A very sweet book. A free book on my Kindle, I didn't realize it was a "Christian" book until I was already snagged on the premise.. Because of that,...moreA very sweet book. A free book on my Kindle, I didn't realize it was a "Christian" book until I was already snagged on the premise.. Because of that, it seemed a bit preachy to me at times. In reality though, I think had I known ahead of time that it would involve a heavy emphasis on religion, it wouldn't have been a big deal.
It was a very sweet, romantic story, even though there was no physical romance outside of a few chaste kisses. Shockingly enough, despite my addiction to smutty novels, that didn't bother me either lol
It was a very quick and easy read as well. Real life kept intruding during this one and I had to put it down several times, but was still able to easily pick up right where I left off without having to reread, which is nice.
The original plot device was a bit dicey -- paramedic cum UPS man brings his infant daughter on a delivery during a blizzard, and drops her off with a stranger at a farm house in the middle of nowhere because he's got to deliver this cancer treatment to some dude up the mountain. Add to that the fact that this cancer treatment HAS to be delivered in the next like 4 hours or whatever or the patient (up on top of the mountain, mind you) will die, because get this -- the medicine is only viable for 8 hours once it's been manufactured. Can I just ask why, if that's the case, is the guy not in the hospital rather than living on the side of a freaking mountain?! I mean, I get that the author needed some way to A) get our hero and heroine to meet, B) force the heroine to babysit (something she'd never be willing to do normally due to past events), and C) somehow manage to get the couple snowed-in for a week or so in order to force them to get all cozy and such. However, I wasn't really impressed with what she came up with. Just a wee bit too contrived for my tastes, so it lost a star there, ending up with a solid 3.0(less)
Synopsis Even before she knew him personally, Megan disliked Jerome Towers, the wealthy landowner plotting to buy out her family's farm.
And when she e...moreSynopsis Even before she knew him personally, Megan disliked Jerome Towers, the wealthy landowner plotting to buy out her family's farm.
And when she eventually did meet him, he was as arrogant as she'd expected. Quite unexpectedly, though, she became deeply captivated with him—enough to care what he thought of her in return.
She certainly didn't want him to discover that she'd been accused of a scandalous relationship with his half brother, Roddy. But to her utter dismay, Jerome's opinion of her just seemed to grow worse and worse ....
Ok in all fairness, this was published in 1981, so I should have realized going into it that there'd be a disgustingly overbearing hero, and a wishy washy moron of a heroine.
Had I had the webcam on while reading it, you'd have seen a look of incredulity and disgust on my face for the majority of this story.
And can I just reiterate how much I hate for a main character of a romance novel to be actively involved in a romantic relationship with anyone other than the hero/heroine? Our hero had a girlfriend, and the heroine had a boyfriend, and it seemed like everyone in the bloody story thought nothing of kissing all up on everyone else. Call me a prude if you will, but to me, if you're married, kissing is adultery *shakes head*
Anyway, the hero was overbearing to a fault (and not in a delicious "alpha male" way, but rather in a blatantly misogynistic way), and the heroine was incredibly immature and wishy washy.
The premise had such great potential, but I feel like it really fell short. Again though, it was published in 1981 and from what I understand it seems to be pretty typical for the period. Next time I'll check publishing dates before I start reading.
This story had way more angst, action, and UST than I'm used to in this type of novel, which is great...more**spoiler alert** Awww :) Such a sweet ending :)
This story had way more angst, action, and UST than I'm used to in this type of novel, which is great :D
I'm really glad that the whole "cheating" thing got cleared up early -- that's SO not something I enjoy in my romance novels and it really would've put a huge dampener on the whole story had it been dangling over our heads the entire time.
I can see that I'm going to be a fan of Jennie Lucas, and hope to read more of her works in the future.(less)
It was a perfectly good story, but I think it just wasn't my cup of tea.. I'm not big on stories where a married...more**spoiler alert** Meh. It was alright.
It was a perfectly good story, but I think it just wasn't my cup of tea.. I'm not big on stories where a married couple breaks up, "dates" other people (which we all know means "bangs" other people), and then hooks back up... It's realistic, and romantic in a weird way, but just not something that appeals to me. I know that's not really a spoiler, but I figured better safe than sorry haha
I also did NOT like one of his ex-flames (or was she? not too clear on it but it seemed like it) getting in Renee's face either, but that goes back to the "I don't like to be reminded that our h/h slept with other people" hangup of mine.
As with most marriage troubles, both in real life and in novels, the whole mess could have been avoided had they just, oh I don't know, talked to each other like adults when they first started having trouble.
Readers who enjoy reconciliation stories will likely enjoy it the most. 3 Stars.(less)
**spoiler alert** I'm mildly ashamed to admit that I liked this book lol
First things first, let's get the major point of contention out of the way.
The...more**spoiler alert** I'm mildly ashamed to admit that I liked this book lol
First things first, let's get the major point of contention out of the way.
Their first sexual encounter, if not strictly "rape", was most definitely "dubious consent"... Honestly I'm leaning towards the "rape" designation, as seen in my keywords. He doesn't physically force her, but when a man tells you to get naked and get in the bed or else he'll have his men come and forcibly undress you, that's rape.
I still liked the book *hangs head in shame*
It was nice to find out that while Alex hadn't been a saint, that a lot of his previous reputation was exaggerated, and it was plain to see that he was actually devoted to Natasha...
Of course, it earned a spot on my notorious "oh noes u saw me nekkid" shelf, which is, as some of you may know, a pet peeve of mine... I can't stand when a hero sees a heroine naked without her knowledge or consent -- drives me bonkers but it seems to be so popular in romances for some reason. Get a clue authors -- that's not sexy!
*clears throat* Er. Sorry. Soapbox issue and all that..
Anyway, Natasha earned a place on the TSTL shelf because she actually went along with her brothers' scheme to begin with *facepalm* Yeah sooooo wouldn't have happened in real life, but hey, it's an HP -- that's why we read them, true?
And yeah, I guessed what the sister's deal was waaaaaaaay back in the beginning, though I didn't have the specifics quite worked out in my head.
Yes, it was contrived. Yes, it was melodramatic, and yes, the ending was way too neat and pretty, but that's all part of being an HP. You wouldn't read them if you didn't enjoy a bit of a literary soap opera, now would you? :D
So despite all the negatives, I have to say that overall it was an enjoyable read.