His Unknown Heir - Chantelle Shaw
Mills and Boon Modern
Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2011
From the back cover:
"She committed a sin...and hides a shocking secret...
Ramon Velaquez, heir to the Velaquez winery, clearly stated his cardinal rule to Lauren Maitland - he can't promise her more than a red-hot affair: Whilst she heard the words, her heart wasn't listening, and her punishment for falling in love was to be sent away.
Two years later, and Ramon still can't escape the memories of the woman he banished. But when he finds Lauren again she's independent, strong, and harbouring a shocking secret..."
First things first, let it be known that I love secret children stories!! I mean what more could you ask for, it has deception, regret, secrecy, etc! This is also a very traditional plot line in the Modern series line, and it usually doesn't disappoint.
So the story goes like this; the female character, Lauren is a successful lawyer, who comes from a broken home after her father walks out on her and her mother. Lauren still has emotional scarring from this time. She has been having an affair with the rich Ramon, the male character, with whom she has fallen in love and just discovered she is pregnant. Ramon comes from Spanish nobility, and is a self confessed playboy who fears the day he will have to settle down and marry a suitable blue-blooded Spanish wife. He considers Lauren only as his latest mistress and when Lauren discovers this she makes the hard decision to break things of and have her baby alone. In the time that they are apart Ramon finds himself thinking about Lauren and devises a plot to get her to work for him, which is full of tension especially when he finds out Lauren has kept his son a secret. He then forces them both to Spain and sets out to make Lauren marry him.
This is an okay book, I have to be honest and thought it would be slightly better. I'm not saying its bad, it's just okay! I'm sure you get the idea! The start of the book was good, Lauren seemed like a great character, she seemed to be independent and fiery, and when she ended the relationship after finding out how little she meant to Ramon I thought "go Lauren!". However, once her secret was discovered her character seemed to go from independent and fiery to needy and a bit of a push over. It also seemed to me that as someone who had experience of men who take women for granted from her fathers behaviour she wouldn't have got involved with Ramon in the first place. Of course you can't help who you fall for, I'm sure many of us have learnt that the hard way!
However despite this, the passion between the two characters was intense and the banter between them was also very good, this was definitely a highlight in the book!