- File Size: 4286 KB
- Print Length: 363 pages
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- Publisher: ViVaPub; 1 edition (December 28, 2015)
- Publication Date: December 28, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B019YNUQ0M
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No character development on the heroine's part. Plot points that could've been explored and could've made the story more gripping were left to wither away.
Do yourself a favor and don't buy this book, even if it's free. Not worth it.
It would have been perfect for me if you could "feel or see" the scenes too. And the timing. He was 12 when his mom left him and his dad. Three years later his mom returns and he's 12. Hmmm maybe I missed something
This book follows and tried and tired script of obscenely wealthy business magnate (who's also tall, dark, and handsome) blackmailing a young, innocent, indigent woman into an intimate relationship. From the book's description, the heroine sounds like an independent, strong willed person. Unfortunately, she comes off as a shrill harridan in the beginning because we all know that barging into a man's office and shouting at him works beautifully in diplomatic situations. Not. He, of course, is emotionally remote because, like a country song, a woman done him wrong (ergo, all woman are bad people) and comes across as both ruthless and creepy.
Our heroine (I read the book last night and have already forgotten her name) chooses to allow herself to be blackmailed to save her louse of a father from his longstanding drug habit. She agrees because he's family, despite the fact he literally abandoned her when she was a child and she's funding his drug habit. There's our second TSTL moment. The choice is supposed to show her as compassionate and loving, but really just shows her as easily manipulated.
Our heroine inserts a "no sex" clause into the agreement with our hero. We all know that's not going to hold up, because they're insanely attracted to one another from the moment they meet. She stutters and drools; he can hardly think because all his blood's runs south. She works her feminine wiles on him and they fail. So she tries again. And again. With the same results. We're thinking this little gal ain't too bright. Our hero, by the way, manipulates her into doing exactly what he wants with laughable ease because he's such a superior example of masculine pulchritude and financial success. Of course.
His overweening lust for her preys on his mind and interrupts his work, which is her fault, of course, because she's somehow responsible for his inability to govern his own thoughts and actions. Her incredible (and unbelievable) intuitiveness spurs her to aid him in his business and social dealings. She tries to set him straight; he calls her a liar. She runs hot and cold; he thinks she's just a tease. But still, their relationship progresses. They fall into bed. It's magnificent. Of course. The following day he comes home from work and she's cooking supper. He's horribly rude to her and hurts her feelings. And, wow, who'd believe that I'd begin to empathize with our idiot heroine? But Marcus is a prime jerk. Because a woman done him wrong.
Long story short, Marus has a heart-to-heart chat with his younger brother and suddenly realizes that his lady love really isn't the experienced femme fatale he assumed. He's in love. But their agreement has ended and, like Elvis, our heroine has left the building. It takes him two weeks to find her, then declare himself and drag her off into the sunset with him.
For all its trite, formulaic plot, I didn't hate the book. It's actually well written with only a handful of typos that are easily skipped over. Characters' personalities come through clearly. The stereotypes hold true throughout, so there are no surprises of characters acting out of character. In short, it's a light, fluffy read to while away a lazy afternoon. Keep your expectations low and you'll enjoy it.