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Zoe and the Tormented Tycoon Mass Market Paperback – November 16, 2010

3.1 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
Book 5 of 8 in the Balfour Brides Series

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harlequin (November 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0373129580
  • ISBN-13: 978-0373129584
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.5 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #667,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Tutor on December 8, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Like the other reviewers, I was really intrigued with the original premise of this story. I loved the idea of a hero that didn't have that typical Presents aura of physical perfection. There was potential for this to be a deep, moving story, and I was really looking forward to it and to meeting these two characters, based on what I'd read on the back-of-the-book blurb.

Plus, I usually enjoy Kate Hewitt's work, and I've really liked all the other Balfour books.

However, and it's a big however, this book didn't do anything for me.

My biggest problem: I didn't feel any connection with Zoe at all. The storyline was that she had a huge shock -- her father isn't who she thought he was -- and she went off the rails; I understand that part. But, based on the types of things she said about herself, I don't get the impression that she really went off the rails as much as she just dialed her regular, aimless behavior up a few notches by drinking more and staying out later. She came across as a vain, loose, party-girl socialite and didn't do much to grow from that.

While the image of "party girl" has been used as the outward appearance and persona in Balfour books before (Kat's, for instance), we actually learn that there was some depth there and that the sleep-around, vain image only goes skin deep and is 180 degrees different from who they actually are. I kept waiting for SOMETHING to be revealed to give me another side to Zoe (maybe being sexually inexperienced so that the one-night stand is truly an aberrant behavior? I know that's been a well-trod and familiar theme ... so it's understandable the author wanted to try something different). But the redemption moment never came.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
When Zoe Balfour's sister uncovered the fact that she was not born a Balfour, she fled her home in England and went to New York to avoid the press scandal. In New York, where her real father lives, she decides to find him and inform him of her birth. She is disheartened when he cruelly refuses to welcome her with open arms.

At an art exhibit Zoe decides to put to use what she knows best, how to party and have a good time. She singles out a handsome man and introduces herself to him. She hopes he will provide her the distraction she needs to forget about the chaos of her own life.

Being one of the largest donors to the art exhibit, Max Monroe was required to make an appearance. Unbeknown to Zoe he is facing his own life changing dilemma when he recently was diagnosed with a rare eye disease that will eventually render him blind.

Zoe and Max find comfort in one another's arms as they share one night of heated passion. In the morning, Max knows it is better if he asks Zoe to leave then allow their feelings to go any further. Zoe is heartbroken over Max's rejection; once again she finds herself being discarded by another man.

Weeks later when Zoe misses a period she discovers that her one night with Max resulted in an unplanned pregnancy. She is determined to raise the baby herself but she knows she must tell Max that he is about to become a father.

When Zoe informs Max of the pending birth will he accept her and the child? Or will he still think his blindness will prevent him from being an adequate father?

Kate Hewitt's ZOE AND THE TORMENTED TYCOON is the perfect way to spend a cold afternoon by the fire. It provides a heartwarming cast of characters you will quickly fall in love with as they wrap their way around your heart. Kate Hewitt has written the perfect type of romance, this is a title that any true blue romance reader will not want to miss!
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There's one review of this book that if you read the entire thing - don't bother to buy the book since you've already read it. Not meant as a criticism of the review, but too long unless you're reviewing "War and Peace".

If you a fan of the wounded hero genre of romance - you'll probably like it despite its shortcomings. I thought it was touching in many, many parts and that kept my interest. I haven't read the series about the Balfour girls and don't know if I would go back and check them out since I have a long list of still "to read" books.....but this certainly stands alone and is an enjoyable read if you want a little heart tug for the hero - the heroine -- not so much from me but then I know who my parents are.
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5 stars for the concept of the book. Tortured rich hero whom is actually not perfect in every way and is battling his imminent blindness meets heroine who is battling her own insecurities. Both issues can be mirrored in real life scenarios.

However although the book was kind of good, it is hard to explain the author's inability to truly convey the honest and raw emotions that the H & H in this book should have experienced and shared given the challenges that they had to endure and the book left me cold at the end of it all......

In hindsight, probably because the "I love him, I love her / can, can't live without" came like within 1 week of meeting each other without any real development of the relationship or interactions of the H & H by the author so the book really was hard to believe.

My three options after I read a book are :
1. what a waste of time and money ....... not even worth giving to Goodwill --> landfill
2. it was kinda aaalright --> donate to Goodwill
3. yummmyyyyyyy... gotta read completely or in parts again --> definitely a keeper

This one..... hmmm ...1 or 2 .....hmmm..... leaning towards option #2
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