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The Millionaire's Unexpected Proposal (Miami Lawyers) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 26, 2015
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The Millionaire's Unexpected Proposal, Jane Peden
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Sometimes I want to read a good straight forward romance, and I know with one from Entangled that it’ll be one I enjoy. This sounded a fun read, I’m keen on these second chance romances...
Camilla needs Sam to marry her, to stop her in-laws from trying to take JD, her son, away from her. She’d tried to contact him when she found she was pregnant after their fling, but never succeeded so assumed he wasn’t interested. Now he’s furious that he’s missed out and that his son has been brought up by another man. There were reasons for Camilla marrying Danny, but he just thinks she did it for the money – her mother was a Vegas showgirl who sought rich husbands, and he simply assumes she’s the same. He’s not bothered about her ( well his head isn’t – his body certainly is!) but wants his son. He lays down some pretty strict terms for the marriage, and has long term plans he keeps from her.
As they’re living together with JD and Cam’s little sister Olivia, he begins to see there’s more to her than he first thought ....and of course that's where it all goes wrong. I do love that, the build up, the peak and then –bam- everything collapses!
Its a fun read, straightforward and no great surprises, but sometimes that's all you want, something to sit back and enjoy, to wallow over the drama and feel for the characters, and hope everything will come through for a HEA.
Stars: Stars: Four, a straightforward, fun and enjoyable romance
ARC provided by Netgalley and publishers
Almost five years ago, Camilla and Sam had a very passionate, two-week affair while visiting Las Vegas. Since their amazing time together, Camilla got married, had a baby, and lost her husband, while ensuring her younger sister received the best medical care available after surviving a car accident that killed both their parents. Now Camilla is on the verge of losing custody of her son to her late husband's parents. Could her life get any worse? She has no choice but to seek Sam out, let him know that he has a son and convince him to marry her. Of course money is involved, which only makes the entire situation more difficult to navigate.
I loved the way Ms. Peden depicted Sam. Initially, he was an unfeeling, manipulative jerk, who thought of only himself and the son he never knew. Only good writing can get me to despise a character so greatly. The author evolved his character slowly and little by little he began to experience the joys of falling in love and being part of a loving family. I admired Camilla and her ability to do whatever was necessary to ensure the safety of her son and her sister. I truly cared for her and related to the obstacles she worked through for the sake of her family.
Although I found some of the subplots confusing, by the end of the book all of my questions were answered. Overall, a solid read.
Complimentary copy provided by the publisher.
Normally a book where the main conflict is caused by a refusal to communicate drives me up the wall--though this one did a better job of it than most. Still, I don't understand why Camille didn't even try to interject just a little bit of truth now and then, especially when she had a perfect opportunity to clear things up and help Sam see things as they really were instead of how he thought they were. Getting the backstory via her mentally recollecting the events came off as a little clunky--it would have worked much better as a conversation between Cam and Sam, I think.
Sam really should have done some digging for the truth--or at the very least communicated to her that he was willing to listen to her side--when he started to notice that the Camille he was seeing and falling for in real life was completely at odds with the selfish witch he made her out to be in his head. His obstinacy here definitely lost him major points, even though he did his best to make it up at the end.
Sam's partners Richie and Johnathan, though we don't see a whole lot of them, seem to be stand-up guys--despite my issues with this book, I'm definitely signing up to check out their stories as the series continues.
Rating: 3 1/2 stars / C+
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.