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The Reluctant Fiancee by Jacqueline Baird
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This was an interesting exploration of what it must be like for a man to fall in love with someone who is a lot younger than him and to have to allow her to grow up so they can be together. There is nothing dirty here. While Leon does fall in love with Bea when she is a young teen, he doesn't act on it. In fact, he deliberately stays away from her. When he realizes she knows about his sexual escapades as a younger man, it shames him. He doesn't want her to see that side of him. When she turns eighteen, Leon is eager for them to begin their life together, but what Bea perceives as a betrayal leads to a broken engagement and a three year separation. When Bea turns 21, she is a college graduate and she's ready to take up her role in the company that Leon's father and her father forms together. Leon is back in her life, and he seems to want to have a hands on role that she isn't at all interested in. Not knowing what he did, and believing he was romancing her just to get control of the company. Leon gets kidnapped, and it has a profound effect on his psyche that leads to further problems between them, but also opens the doors to truth-telling so they can have the relationship that they both want.

I liked this book a lot. While Bea is younger, she's not callow or facile. She has a maturity despite her young age. It was interesting that the age gap is presented realistically. Leon is 35 and she's 21, and there is a huge gap in interests between those ages. Bea plays the age card to make Leon back off, but what she doesn't realize is how deeply in love with her he is and can't easily let go of her. I like that Leon does feel a bit of chagrin about the age difference. It seems as though men are cavalier about being with much younger women and it's no big deal. I think it very much is. I liked seeing the evolution in Bea's view of things. She comes to realize how much she means to him when it's almost too late, but fortunately, she listens to some good advice that makes her willing to take a chance on Leo.

This is a good HP, with plenty of passion and intensity, and the drama isn't contrived. Baird has been one of those authors that I have read plenty of, but I tend to take for granted. She's a good writer.
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Reading Progress

July 27, 2011 – Shelved (Other Paperback Edition)
May 24, 2016 – Started Reading
May 24, 2016 – Shelved
May 25, 2016 – Finished Reading
May 30, 2016 – Shelved as: 2016-dangerous-hero-challenge
May 30, 2016 – Shelved as: 2016-harlequin-presents-challenge
May 30, 2016 – Shelved as: older-hero-younger-heroine
May 30, 2016 – Shelved as: hero-falls-hard-for-heroine-fast
May 30, 2016 – Shelved as: unrequited-love
May 30, 2016 – Shelved as: lovers-reunited
May 30, 2016 – Shelved as: modern-virgin-heroine
May 30, 2016 – Shelved as: kindle-book
May 30, 2016 – Shelved as: businesswoman
May 30, 2016 – Shelved as: hero-italian-or-mediterranean
May 30, 2016 – Shelved as: set-in-uk
May 30, 2016 – Shelved as: set-in-greece
May 30, 2016 – Shelved as: category-contemporary-romance
May 30, 2016 – Shelved as: harlequin-presents

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Vashti Great review,I enjoyed this one :)

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Vintage Sounds good.

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Vintage wrote: "Sounds good."

It'd recommend it.

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