Sunday, 14 August 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #141
His Wedding Night Heir - Sara Craven
Mills and Boon Modern
Reprinted in 'After Hours: Boardroom Bargains' Mills and Boon Special Releases
Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2010
From the back cover:
"Virginal beauty Cally Maitland has become accustomed to life on the run since fleeing her marriage to aristocrat Sir Nicholas Tempest.
But Nicholas isn't prepared to let Cally go. Indeed, he has a harsh ultimatum to deliver: give him their long-overdue wedding-night - and provide him with an heir!"
Yes, I know. It's 'another' Sara Craven book! Well, what can I say... This is another enjoyable book.
The heroine Cally has been running for the last year, moving from place to place never spending much time in any one place. All that comes to an end when her husband Nick, the hero, finds her and tells her that it's time for her to come back and fulfil her duty. Cally tries telling him she doesn't want to be married and his reply is that if she gives him an heir then he will give her her freedom. As the story progresses we learn how Cally and Nick met and married, as well as the reasons why Cally ran from the marriage on their wedding day. Cally does her best to get through the days, but with constant reminders of the reason she left in the first place she often finds it difficult. Nick's attempts to talk to her are often stonewalled and this causes rifts between them, that get bigger and bigger as time goes on.
I really like this story. It has some very traditional 'Sara Craven' elements but it was also a slightly different plot. I really liked the character of Cally and how she tried so hard to be strong. Her reasons for believing what she did are well detailed and understandable. I do think the book should have included the hero's point of view, I felt it was lacking from his side. The interaction between the characters does, at times, feel a little forced but the conflict, when it comes, is executed brilliantly.
Another enjoyable Sara Craven book.