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The Husband She Never Knew (The Power of Redemption #2)

3.05  ·  Rating details ·  274 Ratings  ·  37 Reviews
"What he wants, he takes! Cruelly discarded on her wedding night, Noelle Ducasse buries the shame of being an untouched bride – creating a new, glamorous life to mask the relentless ache of loneliness. Until Ammar returns… The image of Noelle’s guileless eyes lingers with Ammar still. Noelle can refuse him all she likes, but this time the ruthless Ammar will not be denied. ...more
ebook, 134 pages
Published September 2012 by Mills & Boon Modern (first published August 1st 2012)
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Aug 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is my last book by this author that I will be reading.All that I have to say is that these characters needed a good therapy session with a shrink.I want my time back.
Alex is The Romance Fox
I love Kate Hewitt. She’s one of the few Mills & Boon authors that are not afraid to write dark and emotional stories and some of her books have really pushed the boundaries of most of the books published by M&B. In fact, I have loved most of her books.

This is the follow-up to The Darkest of Secrets, which I liked so much and I was rather looking forward to discover what happened to Khalis’s “wicked” brother.


I had mixed feelings about The Husband She Never K
Aug 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
I didn't like it at all. I found it to be anti-climatic, dull and boring. It seemed the author just scraped together a half ass story and published it. If these are example of the new harlequin type novels coming out this month and in the upcoming months I will be one unhappy woman. I thought it could of been done better. I read another book similar which makes me wonder if it was part of some sort of series. I'm pretty sure it is however this novel sucked compared to that other novel. Shame!
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I simply adored Kate Hewitt's 'The Darkest of Secrets' so I was really pleased to discover this book is linked (The two heroes are estranged brothers). I was expecting a dark and emotional read, and that is exactly what I got.

The hero of this book made me ache; everything about him is so gut-wrenchingly sad and he had done things that should make him unforgivable yet I was able too as Kate Hewitt takes us on his journey of redemption. He is the most flawed hero I think I have ever read, and it w
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
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This had a lot of good points, but it didn't hang together very well. Ammar, estranged brother of the hero of The Darkest of Secrets, has recently been rescued after a crash killed his cruel, amoral father and stranded him. The experience has left him wanting to change his life, and especially to reconnect with his ex-wife Noelle. Still hurting from the way he dumped her on their wedding night, Noelle doesn't want to talk to Ammar so, naturally, he has her drugged and kidnapped.

Wait, what? The
Susan (susayq ~)
Poor Noelle, left on her wedding night and then further rebuked by her husband, so she left him and had the marriage annulled. Flash forward ten years and Ammar comes back into her life after he goes through a helicopter crash and almost died, to tell her he wants them to get back together. When she doesn't want to listen to what he has to say, he kidnaps her! Ammar is such a dark and brooding and hurt hero. He wants to tell Noelle how he feels but has been raised not to trust anyone and to NEVE ...more
Feb 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
I don't know why, but I seem to keep picking romance novels that showcase damaged men with scars. I have to say that I have a thing about scars. They build character.... they are distinguishing... I could go on... Anyway, enter Ammar... our scarred, brooding male. He is a ruthless business man. He's worth millions. He's hard. He's sexy. He's unable to take NO for an answer. Meet Noelle... his EX-wife. They were married, but on their wedding night, Ammar abandoned her... without consummating the ...more
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-books
Synopsis was very misleading.

1. Noelle and Ammar are no longer married. Their marriage was annulled.

2. Ammar is not nearly as forceful as he is made out to be.

Ammar struggled with the horrendous 'lessons' his father taught him. He thought he could overcome the biggest one when he met and fell hard for Noelle, but on his wedding night the horrors come back and he turns away from her.

Ten years later, he has just survived a helicopter crash while his father did not. He’s realized he needs Noell
Aug 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, mills-and-boon
Very impressive

enjoyed read it .. The events of the novel and the main idea is different..
Full of Hesitant passion

I was hesitating between sympathy for Noelle and pity to Ammar with his painful past
The development of events in their relationship was wonderful and logical ..
And their attempt to overcome the past and to communicate with eacth other

this book is one of the best novels in M&B Modern_2012 in my opinion
thanks Kate
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars actually.

Good one , though it is on the poignant and melancholic side.

The hero has a criminal past, courtesy his daddy. In order to protect the girl from his dark life, he shuns her. Ah yes, he could have done so before getting married to her. But he gets a brilliant idea of deserting her on their wedding night !

She still carries a torch for him, 10 years later. She has been crazy about him since adolescence. And he has always counted her as the only silver lining in his cursed life.
Biggaletta Day
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Not sure. If you like the totured, brooding and angsty hero type this is probably the book for you. Great writing and full of secrets or so I was lead to believe. I was waiting for the big reveal but it never happened. Well it did, but it was a pretty normal reveal in Harlequinland, so I was a tad disappointed in that. I was thinking something terrible. Well, it was terrible if normal but this is HarlequinLand so a secret needs to be more the cliched hard and brutal childhood etc.

Overall a good
Jun 06, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Husband She Never Knew

They were married ten years ago. But then she was sent away. His demons kept them apart for years. Now he is back and wants a fresh start with the woman he loves. But will she give a chance? What happened to him and why did he make her leave?
May 12, 2017 rated it did not like it
Ugh! I would not recommend this book. The characters are too dramatic to be believable and are always complaining. It is impossible to believe in romance between them.
Jul 17, 2013 rated it liked it
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Lynn Spencer
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: category-romance
I'll admit it. Part of what appeals to me about Harlequin Presents is the fairytale fantasy aspect of the line. I tend to pick up HP's when I'm in the mood to be whisked away to glamorous, faraway locales or just want to indulge in a bit of daydreaming about gazillionaires. The Husband She Never Knew, Kate Hewitt's latest, certainly contains elements of that, but there is a deep, angsty core to the book that makes it stand out. Unlike many of my favorite fairytale HP romances, this book packs a ...more
Tammy Terrace
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
A difficult read - poignant, bitter, dark, compelling - it will always be harshly reviewed by most because it comes too close to truth, scratches deep beneath the venerable of real life love and romance to reveal how important communication is to every lasting relationship, and how difficult that communication can be. Gives a clear example of how abuse, neglect, even an unintentionally thoughtless action, can spread its affect across circumstance and time like a pebble cast into a still pond, sp ...more
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Jul 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
It opened up with a promising first scene, but never quite panned out like I'd hoped. After a few chapters, I began to realize that this was a different kind of HP. I kept going thinking that it would pick up speed, but that didn't really happen until the crazy last two chapters. They were just incredibly overly dramatic. I don't mind when HPs are different, but this one was just way too much exposition on what happened ten years ago. Couple that with the fact that the H wanted a fresh start wit ...more
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The storyline was pretty good, but we spend a lot of time not really doing much but contemplating our emotions. Which made it kind of drag. For the most part, it was okay.

The male lead I found myself intensely interested in, but I wasn't altogether pleased with his progress by the end of the book, in terms of assuaging his demons.

The female lead was a spoiled brat, and whens he realized it, it made her kind of perfect in every way. I can't say one negative thing about her.

I would recommend it, b
Dec 30, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: category-romance
Meh. I really like scarred (emotionally and physically) heroes but this story fell short. At the end of the book I still had the feeling that he just didn't have the you-know-whats to start his own healing process AND start healing the family business. Not once did he discuss with the heroine what he wanted to do to, if not redeem the business, at least work at something to change the employees' lives or working conditions. I would have given the book a higher rating if he'd just mentioned one t ...more
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book was very disappointing. I couldn't wait to read this story and it turned out to be a dud! Silence, accusations and a hero that had a lousy personality to match the "hand-wringing what shall I do" heroine. The hero walks out on his bride on their wedding night because his dad is a criminal, and he's having second thoughts on if he can deliver a long term relationship? Please! It was a waste of precious reading time.

Those of you that know me, know I love my Harl Presents and I've read a
Nov 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was going great until I reached the final chapter (before the Epilogue). I don't know what happened; it was as if the author went on vacation between the last chapter and the rest of the book because it seemed very disjointed. The dialogue between the characters was overly mushy, and the author had forgotten the original problems that the couple faced in the beginning of the story that needed to be resolved.
Amanda Sheila
Well, the angst's very heavy. That's for sure. But I glad I read this book because I always love the "romantically forced" story. Hahaha.
Anyway, Ammar's one fucked up guy. If I was Noelle, I'd die humiliated.
But of course, as every other story, he came back and beg her. What bothers me is, why 10 years? Isn't that too long? Why Noelle didn't settle down with new lover? Hmmmm.
Still, I love this one. Definitely mood jumpers. Way to go, Miss Hewitt!
Lenore Kosinski
3.5 stars -- Better than I was expecting... Quite honestly, for most of the book I was wondering how I would feel about Ammar and Noelle...they were an intriguing couple, but there was so much badness, I just didn't know how it would resolve. And then the last 20-30 pages happened...yup, took it from meh to enjoyable...I even cried. Was a great resolution to a book that I was skeptical about.
Oct 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I purchased this book after being recommended by a friend and I am glad I did. I did not think I would like the main male character but was pleasantly surprised to feel sympathy for him which allowed me to understand his guilt and his need to do better. Definitely recommended if you like a romance with a bit of angst and HEA well he is a work in progress LOL.
Melissa Storm
Nov 24, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
I used to eat up Harlequin Romances--well, not anymore apparently. I couldn't read more than a paragraph without complaining about something, so eventually my boyfriend told me to save myself the trouble and go read something else. He's so smart sometimes ;-)
Jul 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
Really disappointed in this book. I mean 3/4th of the book is just lame; the hero is a coward and heroine is so boring.
Jan 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una historia inteligente que tiene muchos factores psicologicos. Excelente, al igual que su predecesora, El mas oscuro de los secretos.
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