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Kendra Jenner, a journalist, was on the trail of a hot story in Santa Estella when she gets caught in a hurricane. She finds herself in the arms of the man who kept her safe and she left the country carrying his child. Her search for this man was fruitless...his name, Paulo, not real. Little did she know he was the man she had contacted to help her find Paulo after she returned home. He knew she was trying to reach him...hmm...a couple days of unprotected sex...did he not question whether she could be pregnant with his child?! What was with him, even though he was undercover, that he did not contact her in any way? His excuse for not contacting her...you should have told the man you spoke with (himself) that you were pregnant...really?? She should spell that out to a stranger...or who she believed was a stranger. It does not make much sense.
Three years after their fated meeting and lovemaking, he arrives on her doorstep to claim his child and her.
It is all downhill from this point. Her diatribes bordered on cruel, thinking of no one but herself. Her claims of protecting her son were ridiculous. Her refusal to completely share Matthew with his father was extremely selfish and so unfair to the Daniel. She would not listen to any opinion or advice from those who loved her and wanted nothing but the best for her, Matthew and Daniel. Her continual complaining was so repetitive that I wanted to pull my hair out. I almost quit reading several times but I kept thinking it would surely get better. My Kindle was at 94% when it started its turnaround and the book ended at 98%. For me, there was so much negativity that it overshadowed the outcome. She only thought of her own pain and really did not take Daniel's pain into consideration. Her behavior contributed heavily to my dislike of her and that dislike did not change when things took a turn for the better. It was too little, too late. Daniel deserved so much better than he got and there were times I thought Matthew would be better off with him instead of Kendra.
I am sorry that I cannot recommend this book. It was extremely frustrating and repetitive which contributes to the boring factor. Even with a HEA, it troubles me to still feel sad and sorry for the way the hero was treated after finishing the book. I like to see that factor resolved, but it just didn't happen.
This was a incredibly frustrating book with too much extraneous information and one of the most annoying heroines I have ever encountered.
Seven characters are introduced on the first page, like a literary tsunami of names. Still reeling from that, the reader is asked to swallow the multi-generational curse that has killed off most of the heroine's relatives. I can suspend belief with the best of them. Bring on the vampires or zombies in a well written novel. This curse was just tedious, especially when you realize that it has little to do with the present day tale.
Fundamentally, this is the story of two damaged adults who had a two day relationship three years ago that left the heroine pregnant. Having her look at her son and seeing him use a 'palms up' gesture reminds the heroine of her fling. Since this is a universal gesture and she hardly knew the hero other than to have sex with him, the tenuous connections were odd.
The hero, who was neither lost nor a groom until the epilogue (hardly a spoiler in a romance), is very likeable. He has a tragic past and a fascinating career. Why he was attracted to the heroine is difficult to comprehend. I began to feel he was the one who was cursed being saddled with this woman. Like many readers, I was frustrated by the huge concessions he made, while she didn't even want to add his name to the child's birth certificate. Ever her family and friends describe her as prickly and it seems to me they should have pushed her into therapy a decade ago. Out of all the careers in the world, the hero is assigned the same one as the heroine's father who abandoned her.... by dying! This becomes the reason she uses to push away this man, who has traveled the gobe to find her and his son.
Sometimes a mediocre romance can be improved with some great bedroom scenes. Don't expect that here. "They met, hard and fast. He entered her, she took him in." Hmmph.
The characters say it best.
“That’s absurd. Like a tall tale..." "That's the craziest thing I've ever heard." "That's ridiculous. All of it." I totally agree.
The heroine's action at 85% of the book was a betrayal of both her son and his father. This was definitely the last straw for me.
If you enjoy books with a life lesson where damaged people are treated with a deft hand and the passion smolders, I would suggest Anne Calhoun's Breath on Embers.
This story just went on and on with the heroine worrying about the hero leaving or dying. I think she's one of the weakest, whiniest most selfish character I've ever read. I can't believe what the hero sees in her. And trying to sabotage his job!? What a huge waste of time.