Dear Ms. Darcy
I don’t know how you got your book included as the free book in the Sony Reader but you did. And now I have to tell everyone at MobileRead that Italian’s Stolen Bride is not indicative of the romance genre. Your book includes all the hallmarks of a series romance and also a good example of why I no longer read series romances. On the good side, I didn’t have to pay for this book. On the bad side, I spent time reading it. The book contains all the stock characters. Poor girl. Rich guy. Family deems her unsuitable. Secret baby who brings everyone together again.
The story actually starts out fine by having Luciano Peretti learn of the duplicity that drove him away from Skye Summer in the first place. Luc’s brother, Roberto, confesses on his death bed that six years ago, he faked photographs of himself with Luc’s fiance so that Luc would break up with Skye Summer. Seeing photographic evidence of Roberto and Skye together, enrages Luciano and he breaks it off with Syke. Skye, of course, was pregnant with Luc’s baby only Luc didn’t know. Roberto did this at the behest of his father who thought Skye was an unsuitable bride.
Luc is enraged and determined to win his family back. He has never married in the 6 years and still loves Skye despite believing that she betrayed him. He seeks her out, explains what happened and declares that he will do anything to get her to believe in him again. But, Skye . . . I have to go off on a tangent here – Skye Summer? Is that the only name you could come up with? I think the only way that it could have been even better was to name her Cloudy Spring. or maybe it should be Cloude because I particularly like the stylistic “e” after the “y”. Skye with an “e” is so much more normal than just plain “Sky.”
Anyway, back to old Skye. Skye is struggling along as a single mother. When Luc shows up, she is fearful of his presence in her life and fearful of her position as the provider for Matt. I think that her fears are justified, but to refuse any financial help when it would go to assist your son; when you don’t have a legal leg to stand on to prevent contact, just seemed unreasonable in the extreme. Further, as Luc shows himself to be steadfast and acts to forsake his family for her and Skye, she is still resistant. I never warmed up to Skye. She acts like a ninny for most of the book.
The characters, other than Luc, seemed too stock for me to care about. There isn’t anything fun about the story. Luc’s family is uber evil. Skye is as clear and sweet as her name. Gag. I never really understand the martydom syndrome that authors give these heroines. Too good to take money from the father of your son when you are struggling to make ends meet. Don’t you want the best for your kid? I guess that is a hot button issue with me that I cannot see past. C-.