Saturday, 23 July 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #113
The Last Lone Wolf - Maureen Child
Mills and Boon Desire 2-in-1
Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2011
From the back cover:
"After a career of life-risking service, Jericho King desired only the solitude of his mountain lodge...and the occasional no-strings affair. But when Daisy Saxon arrived, his plans came to an end, for he'd once pledged his help if ever she was in need. Surely he could give her a job and a home, all without succumbing to his desires. But the lone wolf was in for a shock when he learned Daisy's true agenda was to get pregnant with King's baby!"
So in effort to give some more variety to this challenge I picked up this Desire 2-in-1 that was on my shelf, I think it was a birthday present. Anyway, this is another enjoyable book from this line.
The hero Jericho runs a wilderness retreat, and the heroine Daisy turns up looking for a job as the retreat's cook. Jericho and Daisy actually have a connection, as Jericho was in the marines with Daisy's brother and with him when he died. Jericho offered help to Daisy after this happened and now she's here to take him up on his offer. Only it's not actually the job as Jericho thinks, instead Daisy is desperate for a family and plans to try and seduce Jericho in order to get pregnant. Jericho knows that he offered to help Daisy but thinks she's too much of a city girl to belong at the lodge. But she surprises him with her enthusiasm and determination, and he finds himself attracted to her. Jericho tries to ignore his growing feelings for Daisy but they both succumb to their desire eventually. Daisy realises that she is falling in love with Jericho but feels guilty over her real reasons for being there, and whether to tell Jericho or not.
This is a really well written and thought out book. The plot is also slightly different and that kept me interested. I liked both characters, both are written with an inner sadness that felt very real, and that they could only heal each other is a really nice part to the book.
I do think this book lacked a bit of oomph, but it is quite an enjoyable read.