Wednesday, 17 August 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #146
The Thorn in His Side - Kim Lawrence
Mills and Boon Modern
Harlequin UK, 2011
From the back cover:
"In the perfectly oiled machine that is Rafael's life, there's no room for distractions...
Libby Marchant's first meeting with her boss goes off with a bang - into Rafael Alejandro's top-of-the-range sports car, unfortunately! The unpredictable and alluring Libby throws Rafael completely off kilter, but luckily, as she's his employee, he'll be able to keep her at arm's length...
At least that's the plan - because in the perfectly oiled machine that is Rafael's life there's no room for distractions. But soon Rafael's 'no office relationships' policy is in imminent danger of being broken - by the boss himself!"
Back into the more recent releases after a long run of older books. This is an OK book.
The hero Rafael meets the heroine Libby when she runs in front of his car to save her friend's dog, causing Rafael to swerve and crash into a tree. They are immediately attracted to one another although Rafael does find Libby a little frustrating. After he leaves Libby goes home to discover that her family has lost their home and business due to a ruthless businessman calling in their debt. Libby goes to confront the man and is shocked to discover that it is actually Rafael. Rafael sets her straight about the truth of the mismanagement by her father, but he admires her tenacity and offers her an internship at his company. Libby accepts and is excited about the chance to breakout of her sheltered life. Rafael is also determined to seduce Libby and even though she tries to ignore their chemistry they eventually become lovers. They are both surprises by how deep their feelings for each other are, but Libby is worried that Rafael will break her heart.
This is a very frustrating book, whilst reading it I often found myself enjoying it one moment and hating it the next. It has a very erratic pace that I found difficult to follow and I couldn't really grasp the characters and their motivations. The heroine is, in my opinion, just too 'silly', she is written much younger and naive than she is. The hero is a bit, blah! It's a shame because I really wanted to like this book, but I found it unrealistic, boring and bit silly.