Monday, 4 April 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #18
Not a Marrying Man - Miranda Lee
Mills and Boon Modern
Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2011
From the back cover:
"He doesn’t do for ever…
British billionaire Warwick Kincaid likes to take risks – though they don’t include marriage and children. Twelve months is his limit when it comes to relationships.
Warwick asks beautiful Sydney receptionist Amber Roberts to move into his luxury penthouse, and she dares to hope he might have changed… But after they’ve been together ten months Warwick starts to act cold and withdrawn. Is Amber’s time up, just like the women before her? The chemistry between them remains white-hot, and she finds it hard to believe that her time with Warwick is really over…"
I have read a lot of Miranda Lee's book, I think her books are always racy and quite edgy in their themes, as well as containing some really passionate moments.
The story begins with diary entries from the female character Amber describing her first meeting with her new boss and her instant attraction to him. Ten months later we discover that Amber and Warwick have been living together since their first date, however while Amber's feelings for Warwick have grown into love, Warwick has distanced himself. Amber discovers she has inherited a home from her beloved Aunt and decides that this is fate as she will now have something to fall back on when their relationship ends, which she is certain will happen very soon. Amber decides to take the initiative and end the relationship before Warwick does, but after breaking her ankle she is forced to rely on Warwick to look after her.
Warwick is trying hard to distance himself from Amber as he feels he can't offer her a future due to a family genetic history of early onset Alzheimer's disease. As he spends time looking after Amber he realises that he also has feelings for Amber, which makes it even more difficult to distance himself from her.
Although I enjoyed this book I felt it didn't live up to previous Miranda Lee books. It was a little boring to start with and I couldn't find any empathy with the characters. Warwick's behaviour towards Amber wasn't nice and Amber just seemed weak by letting him walk all over her. There were many illusions made to Warwick's family history and how he was not going to let himself live long enough to experience this, which made me feel a little uneasy. I didn't feel that Warwick's issues with his family history justified his behaviour.
I did like the sporadic diary entries included, this is very different than the standard romance narrative and worked well within the story, perhaps more could have been made of this.
I thought it was an OK book and it was an interesting twist on the standard 'rich man and normal girl' story and had a really romantic thread running through it with a satisfying ending.