Oct 18 2006
Dear Ms. Reid,
This time the dark, oh so handsome hero of your book is, no surprises here, a Spaniard. But the heroine is the same pale, blonde, slim though curvaceous, Englishwoman I’ve seen in the two other books of yours I’ve read. Again, the hero is a wildly successful businessman, rich beyond belief. The heroine is kind of just there, really. Though she has impeccable lineage and breeding. Your characters live in wealthy, fast paced, jet set places and this time it’s Marbella and the castelo that our hero has just inherited along with the title of Conde.
Seven years ago, Caroline and Luiz had fallen in love and lust but her father’s compulsive gambling and lies had torn them apart. Now, Luiz is out for his revenge and determined to make Caroline his. Using her father’s new debts, his old debts and their mortgaged estate, he blackmails Caroline into a marriage agreement. But what he hides from her is the dark secrets of his family’s past and the role she has to play to resolve them.
Your characters love deeply but can hurt each other with the same degree of passion. Reading these books is like snacking on potato chips. Not the best food in the world but I just can’t stop myself. The heroes are mainly Alphas while the heroines do tend to lack a bit in the backbone department. When noble Caroline sacrifices herself for daddy and estate, I wanted to yell at her to let the old bastard get what his gambling addiction had brought down on his own head.
But since, as usual, one touch from the hero’s little finger is enough to reduce Caroline to quivering jelly and to finally get her to admit that she truly loves Luiz with her heart and soul and only wants to be with
him, she’s able to justify agreeing to the terms of the bargain. And, of course, Luiz truly, deeply loves Caroline even if he does act like a cold little sh*t to her for a long time.
Really these books are the late 20th and early 21st century equivalents of the older style tycoon hero marrying the little woman who’ll happily settle down and spend, spend, spend his money in the obscenely
wealthy world of the mega rich. Private helicopters, luxury cars, beautiful clothes, fantastic houses, it’s Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous in print. C+ just cause it’s almost exactly like the last book of yours I read.