Saturday, 23 July 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #109
The Ultimate Risk - Chantelle Shaw
Mills and Boon Modern
Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2011
From the back cover:
"For better...or for worse?
When she sees Lanzo di Cosimo again after ten years, Gina Bailey's pulse races at the memories of their heady affair - a time when life seemed perfect. Now she is far from being the carefree innocent she was before. Abused by her ex-husband, and with her dreams of a family dashed, she's built up barriers around her heart.
But Lanzo's sweet caress implies that he wants Gina for the long term. Can she afford to surrender in the hope that he might protect her, cherish her, for better or worse...?"
I have been eyeing this book for a while and when I saw it on sale in the Kindle story for only 99p I immediately bought it. This is an OK read.
The heroine Gina, has recently returned to her home town after divorce ended her traumatic marriage. However life still isn't easy as she is out of work and struggling to pay bills. Then she sees her first love Lanzo, the hero, who broke her heart 10 years ago when he ended their relationship and went back to Italy. Lanzo is both shocked and joyed to see Gina again, he is still very attracted to her and still holds onto the same regrets that prevented him from taking their relationship further. Lanzo offers Gina a temporary job, which she accepts reluctantly and they soon reignite the passion between them. Gina is afraid to open up her heart to Lanzo again and Lanzo still grieves for the loss of his fiancée 15 years ago. When passion leads to pregnancy Lanzo tells Gina he doesn't want to be a father and Gina goes back alone heartbroken once again, but she is never far from Lanzo's thoughts.
This is an interesting and well written book, and one well suited to the Modern line. I think Gina is a really well developed heroine, and very believable. Lanzo, I didn't like so much. He seemed too cold and acted like a bit of a martyr. Throughout the book it's made clear just how much he loved his late fiancée, that it almost felt as though *this* relationship would always be second best.
I enjoyed that they were able to heal each others pain, this felt very romantic.
A good read