Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Heartache and the specter of revenge follow when sparring partners spend the night together two days before he weds someone else.
A deliciously romantic romp with a good dose of realism and a twist of mystery.
A clash of wits, more than of wills, drives the love story in this modern-day pastiche of 19th-century romance novels by Elizabeth Gaskell (North and South) and Jane Austen. The main protagonists deal with messy feelings and events that could happen to any of us: The heroine, a bright young lawyer, confronts choices about career, abortion, and reactions of parents, friends, and men; while he, an alpha male, is haunted by past relationships, but with a sensitive, caring side that emerges as he woos the heroine.
This book’s main quality is how realistic the story is. Greg took over his father’s business, and ever since he’s been a mix of hardworking business tycoon and playboy. He asks advice from an economic professors and meets his daughter, Elise. From the moment they meet, he feels a pull toward her, but he’s afraid she’s not interested at all.
One night spend together with passion rising up high, changes Greg’s life forever. He breaks up with his fiance, takes a break from the world of popularity and dating, and turns his life around. But for Elise, the experience is life-changing as well, except in a totally different way.
Will they find each other again? And if they do, will they still have feelings for each other?
At first, I thought Greg was a bit stereotypical, but the more I got to know him, the more I liked him. He was passionate, caring and determined, and I liked his determination the most.
Elise felt like one of those passive heroines. Instead of taking matters into her own hands – like giving Greg a call after everything that happened, or taking a chance with him before they spend that night together – she let life happen to her. She let things happen, but didn’t do anything herself. It was actually rather refreshing to see a heroine behave like that. I’m getting tired of stubborn, annoying, “wild” women in contemporary romance that need to be “tamed” by their alpha male. Elise felt normal, regular, like your ordinary girl next door. She and Greg were equals for the most part.
It was a nice, romantic read. I liked how there was a suspense subplot thrown in, and how her parents played a large role in Elise’s life.