A lovely collection of shorts, about romance in Antigua.
Despite the brevity of the stories, the authors manage to capture the holiday island ethos and the intensity of holiday romance. All have hopeful endings, that let you imagine what comes next. Lovely Summer reading.
Odir Farouk is about to become king—but to take his throne, he needs his errant wife by his side! Odir denied his hunger for Eloise, refusing to compromise power for passion. His rejection drove her away. Now Odir has until news of his succession breaks to win back his queen…and pleasure will be his most powerful weapon!
A little escapism is always lovely. Internationally themed, this contemporary romance allows the reader to see what life is like living with a prince and it’s not as romantic as it first appears.
Eloise accepts an arranged marriage because she likes Odir and believes they could grow to love the other. Odir, bound by duty ignores her after their marriage and finally sends her away when he thinks she has forsaken her marriage vows. She runs away, but now he finds her and wants her back, but she has other ideas.
Odir is afraid loving Eloise will weaken him and threaten his kingdom. Eloise will only be his wife again, without compromise and their rekindled passion seems doomed to fail.
I like the structure of this novel; each chapter covers an hour in their reunion, the sense of time slipping away from them increases the story’s dramatic tension and makes it fast-paced.
Character-driven, past tragedy and heartache are explored, making their actions more understandable. Loyalty and duty rule both their lives, everything they do is for others. To achieve the love they both desire, they must consider what they want as individuals, and at times this seems to be unlikely.
Sensual love scenes echo their poignant journey. Complex characters, both Eloise and Odir negotiate a problematic emotional path full of angst and pain before they realise what is truly important to them.
A fascinating snapshot of the professional and personal faces of a royal romance, which doesn’t stint on angst, drama and romantic sensuality.
I received a copy of this book from Mills and Boon via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Cara Delany shouldn’t have been surprised when Pepe Mastrangelo – world-renowned playboy – disappeared after their unforgettable night, leaving only cold sheets and X-rated memories… Or so she thought! But four months later, with more than herself to think of, she’s forced to face the sexy Sicilian again.
One very big consequence!
When the fiery redhead Pepe hasn’t been able to forget hurtles back into his life, proclaiming he’s the father of her child, it’s a role that he’s never expected – or wanted. Unsure if she’s telling the truth, Pepe has five months to uncover everything about Cara – and he knows just where to start!
Pepe steals Cara’s phone to help his elder brother Luca, track down his runaway wife Grace. What Pepe doesn’t realise is how his careless sortie into Cara’s life will have life changing consequences for both of them.
Pepe, although outwardly successful and living the dolce vita, hides a maelstrom of self-doubt and anger. He vents his fury on the unsuspecting Cara and confirms her worst fears. She hates him at this point and he is not the most endearing of heroes, in my eyes either. However it’s the little things that betray his compassionate nature. Coupled with his passionate addiction to Cara, he is a hero worth saving. Cara is a gentle person but not weak, as Pepe finds to his cost. Truly courageous Cara is determined not to repeat her parents’ mistakes. Despite Pepe’s wealth the story is realistically grounded and enhanced with a charmingly, authentic setting. You experience the couple’s knife edge emotions, which continue in intensity right to the poignant end. Thank goodness for epilogues. After tragedy and misunderstanding Cara and Pepe finally find their happy ever after.
For those who haven’t read this winning entry from the 2012 So You Think You Can Write contest here’s what it’s about:
“You threw your fifty-thousand-dollar engagement ring off the Brooklyn Bridge?”
Lilly shows up to her lavish divorce party with one goal in mind—to leave as quickly as possible minus a husband! Except he has other plans…and Riccardo De Campo isn’t easy to say “no” to.
Forced back into Riccardo’s glittering, gossip-fueled world, the price of perfection is still too high and Lilly’s old insecurities resurface. An unexpected consequence of their reunion raises the stakes even higher, and the media’s golden couple must finally confront the truth behind the headlines.
The Divorce Party gives the reader a unique, insider perspective on the De Campo’s glitzy Manhattan marriage. The characters of Lilly and Riccardo are outwardly glamorous but the glossy veneer hides insecurity, illness and resentment.
Lilly took drastic action to capture her sexy husband’s full attention. She ran away. The couple have barely spoken in their year apart and are only meeting now because Riccardo has thrown an elaborate divorce party and Lilly must attend if she wants her divorce.
The Divorce Party captures the bitchy, superficial nature of the tabloid gossip columns and society’s ‘beautiful’ people perfectly. Riccardo persuades Lilly to resurrect their marriage until he becomes CEO of De Campo wines. Reluctantly she agrees. Riccardo has a secret agenda which brings Lilly to breaking point.
The sensuality which binds the couple is palpable and the reason Riccardo really wants Lilly back in his life. Single minded and ruthless Riccardo ignores his effect on his wife and her emotional needs in true ‘Mr Darcy’ style.
Lilly is a strong, independent woman who left her home and family to become a successful physiotherapist in New York. Only the needs of her younger sister make her agree to Riccardo’s ultimatum. Can she survive Riccardo’s passionate nature and live the life of a trophy wife without compromising her health and self-esteem?
The Divorce Party is a poignant love story of sacrifice, secrets and love.