Wednesday, 10 August 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #138
The Untamed Argentinian - Susan Stephens
Mills and Boon Modern
Harlequin UK, 2011
From the back cover:
"What Nero wants, Nero gets - doesn't he?
Reigning polo champion Nero Caracas bows to no man...and certainly not to women! With red-hot Latin blood coursing through his veins, what he wants he gets...Bella Wheeler has followed in the footsteps of her horse-trainer father - though determined to eclipse his disreputable legacy, she remains professionally distant from everyone! This aloof beauty has two things Nero wants - the best horse in the world...and a body as pure and untouched as her snow-white ice maiden's reputation!"
After quite a few recent older books, I have come back to a new release from my trusty Modern's. This is an OK read.
The heroine Bella works as a trainer for the British Polo team as well as running a scheme for disadvantage children at her stables. She works extremely hard and is known as an ice maiden in her social circle but she doesn't mind as she works hard to escape her past. When she meets the hero Nero, she is immediately on the defence, Nero is considered the worlds best polo player and she knows he wants to buy the pony she has bred. Nero has heard good things about Bella's stables as well as her ice maiden reputation. He knows that he wants to do business with her and after meeting her he desires her. Bella reluctantly agrees to help set up a riding scheme at Nero's estancia and travels with him to Argentina. There, they both work well alongside each other and get to know one another, however their desire is never far away even if it seems impossible for them to become involved.
This is an OK book but I found it a little up and down, and I never seemed to be really interested in the story. Both the hero and heroine had issues about relationships but they were not fully explained or grounded and introduced a little too late. I couldn't really warm to either character, and their relationship didn't feel real. I actually think there was more focus on polo ponies than there was on the relationship.
The story is OK, a little boring but quick and easy to read.