**spoiler alert** Considering recent offerings from MR have been kinda disappointing, I was really happy with this one. The story line is very similar**spoiler alert** Considering recent offerings from MR have been kinda disappointing, I was really happy with this one. The story line is very similar to Lost in Love but the Hero is much younger and closer to the heroine's age.
Basically Franco and Lexi met when she had just finished a blockbuster movie role, he fell in love but hung with a pretty rowdy group of snobs and they made bets among themselves about who could seduce the 19 year old Lexi. Franco is 24 and pretty cocky with it but he marries Lexi when her mom dies and she turns up preggers and finds out her mum's new husband had stolen all her money.
Needless to say the marriage doesn't really get off the ground, particularly when Lexi finds out about the bet, Franco's best friend lies and said he slept with Lexi and Franco's best friend's sister sends Lexi a phone clip that shows her and Franco in bed. Lexi then miscarries and leaves. 3 years on, Franco has a bad speedboat wreck and sends for Lexi. They gradually try to rebuild their relationship but Franco is really reticent to talk about what went wrong even though it is obvious he still really cares.
They go back and forth and there is a lot of poignancy as they try to assemble some kind of working relationship. Lexi and Franco are both still pretty young but they aren't teenagers and do show some indications of maturity. I did not mind the youth or the immaturity, they are both used to getting their own ways but it didn't come across as brattiness. They were both pretty charming as they tried to figure out themselves and their marriage and I really enjoyed the story.
This is a reconciliation story and they have lived apart for three years and there is an implication that Franco was seeing other women. If this bothers you, you might want to skip this one cause it is never really addressed in the book....more
**spoiler alert** TSTL doormat h reconciles with asshat H who threw her out 7 years previously cause he thought she and her father (who owns a rival p**spoiler alert** TSTL doormat h reconciles with asshat H who threw her out 7 years previously cause he thought she and her father (who owns a rival perfume company) stole his super secret award winning perfume formula and launched it as their own. He then proceeds to smex anything that moves while still married to the h and she is hiding out in Mexico chastely raising his kids. He drags her back to London, where they have smexing-fight-every-place-but-bed relationship with the h whining about how all they do is hurt each other and then melting from his roofie kisses and then whining again.
Eventually another perfume recipe gets stolen, the h and her father get the blame. The asshat H loses the president/ceo slot of his company (and well deserved I might add) and the real thief, the evil second wife of h's father tries to kill the h. To save her marriage, the h gets her daddy to buy the H's company so he can be President again. Frankly, I would gotten my dad to buy the company too and then proceeded to kick everyone off the board and ban the stupid H and his witch of a mother from ever setting foot in the place again, this would be after my multi-million dollar divorce settlement from the H of course. Sadly AM doesn't seem to feel the same way I do about dumber than rocks men who can't see the forest for the trees cause she gives them an HEA together. ...more
**spoiler alert** Re An Elusive Mistress - this book is one Hot Mess of complications, an H who needs a mega-sized whack or fifty with the super skill**spoiler alert** Re An Elusive Mistress - this book is one Hot Mess of complications, an H who needs a mega-sized whack or fifty with the super skillet, and an h who really grows and matures and makes the book readable. The H has his moments too, but I still wanted to whack him for a lot of the book. Be prepared for the usual voluminous LA inner monologues and a very complex plot that LA somehow manages to make comprehensible by the end.
Most of this story is conveyed via inner monologue so I am giving the nutshell version of the plot below.
The h, a very successful interior designer and shop owner, is engaged to an upcoming politician and pretty happy about her place in life. Then her ex husband, the H, a violin virtuoso and womanizer extraordinaire shows up to throw a spanner in the works by insulting the h's fiance, his parents and everyone else in sight.
The h was really young and innocent when she married the H and her mother was incredibly interfering. The H told her he was having an affair, (which is a bit debatable as he also wrote her aunt regularly for six years to check up on the h as he was really concerned,) so she would divorce him. He also told her he had only ever married her to irk her mum who had been warning him off, so essentially he married the h out of spite and he was bored.
The mum is dead now and the h is trying to come terms with very interfering in laws of her potential new husband. She finds she still loves the H but thinks it is time to move on, though she isn't sure she will make a good political wife and she really doesn't like her fiance's manipulative father. The fiance's mother also questions her pretty closely about her motivations for marrying the fiance and suggests that they might not be a good long term match cause the h is too dominating.
When she winds up in bed with the H, this makes her realize she would be cheating the fiance so she decides to break it off with him. The H is at a low point himself, because he can't play the violin anymore due to injury - he will have to find a new line of work. This doesn't stop him from creating all kinds of chaos in another social situation with the h and her prospective in-laws and the outcome is that they go their separate ways after the H tells her to find another man that combines the qualities of the H and the fiance and the fiance's mum has a heart attack.
After the h breaks the engagement and six months goes by, the H's agent shows up and asks the h to try and break up the H's new engagement - just as the H did for her. She thinks about it, but she backs off after meeting the H's fiance and fighting with the H later that day and goes on alone. She is actually doing okay, until she reads the paper and finds that the H's new fiance is now marrying someone else. She winds up crying in the garden alone.
Then the H shows up and explains that the fiance dumped him. He is trying to be done with messing up and hurting other people and if the H will marry him again, he loves and has always loved only her. There is a pretty decent grovel where the H swears eternal devotion and most likely fidelity and HEA.
I liked this one, but it is angsty and very drawn out with internal monologues and flashbacks and the back and forth between all the characters. The h is the real bonus in this book, her maturation and understanding of her life is done very, very well. Still, if you have the patience, give this one a try and remember to bring a big skillet. ...more