Shelves: alpha-male , asshole-hero , contains-rape , contemporary-romance , forced-seduction , harlequin-style , arranged-marriage , p-b-e , uncomfortable-angsty-plot , virgin-heroine This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. So definitely dont go into this expecting a lovely, angsty romance with a feel good happy ending here. For me this book was very depressing. When we read the blackmailed into marriage trope in HPland its completely unrealistic, as its supposed to be - I mean, this is fantasy. The woman almost always fights back, but not really and by the time the hero gets his way, he either totally regrets his methods or the heroine is completely on board and its not really the blackmail becomes moot.
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Kris has just returned from finishing school and is nearing her 21st birthday. But instead of the freedom she expected to have, her life has already been arranged for her.
Feeling a bit lost by her lack of direction she goes along with the endless stream of parties her stepmother takes her to, as well as the dinner invitations from Jared. Jared soon The heroine Kris arrives back home after spending a year in Europe at a finishing school. Jared soon informs her that he plans for them to marry, and Kris knows that the marriage is only intended in order to merge their two families and thus make their combined business, of which Jared is CEO, even more powerful.
Kris agrees as she feels there is little other course for her. She has always had a secret love for Jared but is realistic enough to know that he will never love her. The story itself is interesting and had potential, but the devil is in the details and they were poorly done.
I found it very difficult to sympathise with the characters, they were so snobbish and whiny. Let me give you an example - "Her eyes assumed a shrewdness far beyond her years. Why would the author write that?! The writing is so repetitive, every damn thing the heroine did was described and sometimes in mind numbing detail. I lost count of the amount of times the heroine did the following all in the same order - had a shower, "completed her toilette", put on underwear, chose clothing, put on make up, and brushed her hair.
Very frustrating. One last thing - in the HEA the hero admitted he had been in love with the heroine for over five years and waiting for her. Make of that what you will. The reason this got two stars not one, is that the actual plot was interesting. Sadly disappointing.
Dark Tyrant (Harlequin Presents, #751)
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