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Proof of Their Sin (One Night With Consequences Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Even though he loves her, and has loved her ever since the night he and Ryan met her.
Turns out, she loves him, too, but of course, they don't tell each other. That'd be much too easy. No, they pretend, misunderstand, and misread each other's motives. Lauren's marriage to her cheating, bullying, rarely-at-home husband Ryan was essentially over when he died, and when she asked him for a divorce, she was determined to turn over a new leaf. She was going to be more independent, and stand up for herself, blah blah blah. Of course, she doesn't. She lets Paolo strong-arm her into doing what he wants. She wants to find her family in Italy? Tough. That's "his" country, and he can't have her wandering around, causing a scandal. So he sweeps in, intercepts her when her airplane lands, and whisks her off to a private villa. She offers a modicum of resistance at times, but inevitably ends up caving.
I realize all heroines in romance stories can't be strong assertive women, but this gal's weakness was more than annoying. I'm telling you, her backbone is a limp noodle. She can't control her reaction to him sexually, and she can't resist him, even when he treats her like crap. He wants; he demands; she caves. He isn't just an Alpha male; he's Alpha squared. Until he accepts that it is his baby, and they both realize how in love they are; then he becomes an adoring puppy dog, which is a rather abrupt change, and a tad unbelievable.
Still, the writing itself is very good, and the author does get us to a happy ending eventually. I just wish the heroine hadn't been so darned wimpy. Three and a half stars.
Lauren met Ryan, and Paolo at the same time. Because of circumstances she ended up married to Ryan. He was the safer choice at the time. In her heart she knew she had married the wrong guy. She had asked for a divorce, When she found out he was unfaithful but before the papers were signed Ryan ended up dyeing in battle. He was a soldier. The world now looked at him as a Hero. She felt guilty. She was also mad, and frustrated. So many emotions, but she had no one to scream at. It's not like she could yell at a dead guy... After she found out her husband died, she spent one night with Paolo that would change their lives forever! She got her chance to be with the guy her heart ached for. Paolo, and Lauren's journey was not an easy one. I could feel the heart ache, passion, and love weaved within the pages. I did like the way they talked, and opened up to one another. They did suffer from stupid pride that hurt the relationship at first. When they let their pride go, and opened up to one another, it was like a wild fire burning out of control. That is the only way I can describe the passion the two had for one another. I also loved the humor at the beginning of the book!
My only complaint for this book would be the epilogue. I'm glad it had one don't get me wrong. But I did find the epilogue a bit confusing. It didn't go into detail why Paolo was on oxygen in the back of an ambulance after Lauren delivered the baby.
Sample from chapter 2
"Since when are gowns deadly?" Her smile invited him to join her in laughing at absurdity. Part of him wanted to let it happen. When she forgot to be shy, she was quite animated and fun. And sensual. Her eyes grew languorous as she gazed up at him. Her color was flowing back in a warm glow. "Shoes are regular serial killers, but dresses are harmless," She teased.
Another sample from chapter 2
He'd convinced himself that whatever attraction he'd felt toward Lauren had been a bachelor's last hurrah. Then he's glimpsed her arriving at the church and the magnetism had been even stronger then he'd remembered. Unbalanced by it, he'd blurted out a hasty are you sure lecture to Ryan that had gone nowhere.
Sample from chapter 8
Something tore open inside him. No misgivings behind it. Just joy tempered with pent up prayers for his child's health and wellbeing. Tenderness for the woman in his arms, growing his child. "I didn't want to believe you. I didn't want to be let down again," he choked out, beyond moved, dizzy. "I wouldn't do that to you ." She drew back to set a warm hand on his jaw, her touch sincere, her beauty beyond physical. It radiated from her inner being. The desire he always felt for her took a sharp turn into a swifter current of deeper waters. Kissing her wasn't a desire, it was a necessity. Gathering her into perfect alignment to his own body, he lowered his head to take her mouth with all the emotions flaring uncontrollably inside him.