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Forgotten Mistress, Secret Love-Child (Mills & Boon Modern) [Kindle Edition]

Annie West
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Book Description

He’s forgotten their past, but not her body…

A lavish masquerade ball is no place for plain-Jane receptionist Carys Wells. Used to being unnoticed by the glitterati, Carys feels vulnerable and exposed by the searing gaze of a dark masked man. Little does she know he’s the man she ran from two years ago, whose wicked touch is about to become her undoing once more…

Alessandro Mattani cannot remember Carys, but his body does – intimately. And the red-blooded Italian is determined to claim all that he believes is his…

Product Details

  • File Size: 308 KB
  • Print Length: 190 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0373527624
  • Publisher: Mills & Boon Modern (January 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003734NL4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,667,915 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong heroine makes up for a clichéd hero April 28, 2010
By J. Yu
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Alessandro feels drawn to Carys when he sees her photo in a brochure, although he doesn't remember their affair due to amnesia following an accident. When he discovers Carys has had his child, he strong-arms her into marrying him by threatening to get sole custody. Carys is a well developed character, but Alessandro is the typical Harlequin alpha male. His background story and motivations are clichéd: A past betrayal causes him to distrust Carys's loyalty. The reasons for Carys's problems in the relationship are more unique and interesting.

Despite the stock hero, the novel is enjoyable because the couple works out their issues in a (more or less) believable manner, and the wedding night sex scene is spicy. The novel is not without its bad lines, though--my favorite being, "Her skin tasted clean and sweet, like spring flowers made of flesh."

[SPOILER] I have a small problem with the plot: The author never explains why Alessandro didn't get any of the messages Carys left on his private number or the emails she sent regarding the baby. But this is a minor omission, and I think Harlequin fans will find the book quite satisfying.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Story January 12, 2010
By Helen R
A somewhat familiar story line, but told well. The hero has lost part of his memory, but is irresistably drawn to an ordinary girl snapped in a hotel brochure. He flies half way around the world to find this girl and discovers that he is also the father of a baby boy. As the story continues to unfold, he is disturbed to learn that their previous relationship had been closer than he had ever expected to have with anyone, or that he could believe his cynical self capable of. The heroine also has her own strengths and gets stronger as the story progresses.

This hero does almost everything right, and always acts with honour. A real keeper.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Reunion and a second chance at love! April 9, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Forgotten Mistress, Secret Love-Child was one powerful and emotional romance that shimmered with a sensuality that will melt your heart.

It was author Annie West's first reunion love story which began with a twist when the handsome Alessandro Mattani who was suffering from a form of amnesia recognized a woman in a Melbourne hotel brochure. He's certain he's known her sometime in his past and that they were lovers. Sandro has learned from a very early age to guard his heart, neither to trust nor love. He's a hardworking and ruthless millionaire and he's determined to get to the bottom of how he knows this woman and why he's certain she walked out on him. So he leaves Italy and goes to Melbourne hoping that by seeing her it will help him to remember the missing pieces of his life.

Carys Wells is one strong, lovely and caring mother and she's determined to make a good life her for son no matter the personal cost. Even though she has asked her family for their support, they ignore her as they have for most of her life. She was different from them all and not accomplished like her siblings due to being dyslexic. Now she's working in a limited position at an upscale Melbourne hotel and is shocked when she's approached by her ex-lover and the father of her baby. The sexy and very same man who sent her away and broke her heart. She's also shocked when she learns he doesn't remember their time together. And then to make matters worse, when he learns he has a son and demands marriage her emotions are all over the place.

From the very beginning I knew in my heart this couple deserved a happy ending because of everything they had been through and everything they eventually overcame. Sandro's mother left him at an early age and he had to toughen up and keep his emotions in check.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED this book!!! July 21, 2013
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Wow! Great, great book!!! Alessandro and Carys were made for each other. A tragedy kept them apart and misunderstandings marred their reunion, but at the end of the day love triumphed. Annie West dealt sympathetically with the disability of dyslexia. I like it when a heroine isn't perfect. Our hero wasn't perfect either but also dealt with problems. His stemmed from trauma in his childhood. Apart they were both special people but together they were dynamite!! Read this won't regret it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! 5 + stars IMO! September 11, 2012
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Without a doubt one of the finest Harlequins I have ever read and there have been many thru the years. Heroine was a class act...beautiful, strong, courageous, and didn't take crap from others. Hero was a caring and protective man not to mention respectful of the heroine. Characters did not argue incessantly but worked together towards a sweet ending.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre December 16, 2012
By Sophie
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Wow. I think I must have read a different book than the other reviewers.

The one I read was a very typical HP, with a Secret Baby/Amnesia plot - pages & pages of internal dialogue, amnesia that's only pertinent to the romance (in every other way, the hero has completely recovered and is Rich, Gorgeous, Arrogant, Successful...), a secret baby due to Misunderstandings, misunderstandings created by a Scheming Liar who both protagonists trust implicitly (but not each other).

In particular, I read a book with a different heroine. The one in my book was insecure and lacked self-esteem. She didn't think she was smart enough to fit in with her family, thin or pretty enough to keep the hero, or sophisticated enough to be part of his world. Definitely not a strong, confident woman. Spoiler: Not even strong enough to hire a lawyer to help her comprehend a pre-nup: she was too afraid someone would find out she was dyslexic. Why is that something to be ashamed of? It absolutely isn't.

The only thing that stood out in a good way for me was that a significant portion of the story is written from the Hero's perspective.

The book was mediocre, tedious but not unpleasant. Like slightly stale, plain white bread. I wish I hadn't spent the money or time on it, but oh well. 2.5 stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
Glad the heroine was strong and the hero was vulnerable. Very good book. Will read again which for me is always a sign of how enjoyable a book is. Worth the effort and time.
Published 5 months ago by trini
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
It liked it. I did feel like Carys was very insecure and that the Amnesia didn't quite add up. I think if it was explained better in the beginning it would have been easier to... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
This is a good Harlequin Presents. I wasn't in the mood for a cruel hero or a ton of angst. This one hit the spot. Just enough angst :)
Published 10 months ago by Tessa_Claire
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Love It
I love to escape into another world and image going through some of the things these character go through. At the end, they make you stronger and teach you valauable lessons.
Published 13 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars a great read
The passion was evident from tart to finish! You could feel what the characters felt for each other, writing was awesome
Published 19 months ago by tymme
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
A really wonderful day read. The hero is awesome and so is the heroine. The baby Just adds that little something special.
Published 20 months ago by Terri
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book kept me enthralled till the end. Some even made the pit of my stomach ache in the way the characters were thinking. I like the end but needed a few more details. Read more
Published 21 months ago by nicnan
4.0 out of 5 stars It was good..SPOILERS
I liked it, it was a good read. I do not like how he never got his memory back and somethings were left unsaid or unsolved but it was worth the time to read it.
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Mistress,Secret Love-Child
This is a story we all can relate to, not measuring up to others expectations while searching for love and acceptance.
Published 21 months ago by adiaha
4.0 out of 5 stars Harlequin presents
Good story, Fast read. The plot moves along quickly. Enjoyable read on a rainy afternoon. I found the hero strong and the heroine believeable.
Published 21 months ago by Kindle Customer
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More About the Author

USA Today Bestselling author Annie West loves writing passionate, intense love stories. She has devoted her life to an in depth study of tall, dark, charismatic heroes who cause the best kind of trouble in the lives of their heroines. Creating heroines who are a perfect match for those strong, stubborn men is one of her all time favorite things. As a sideline she's also researched dreamy locations for romance, from vibrant cities to desert encampments and fairytale castles.

Annie won the Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award for 'Protected By the Prince' and her titles have finaled in or won a range of romance reader awards. Romantic Times said in its review of The Sheikh's Ransomed Bride 'This is what a love story could be.'. CataRomance described it as ' awesome page turner filled with sizzling sexual tension...'.

You can catch up on Annie's latest news at her website or via Facebook at She lives with her family at beautiful Lake Macquarie on the east Coast of Australia. She loves to hear from readers and you can contact her at annie(at)annie-west(dot)com


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