Thursday, 25 August 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #155
His Pregnancy Ultimatum - Helen Bianchin
Mills and Boon Modern
Reprinted in 'Pregnant Proposals' Mills and Boon By Request
Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2007
From the back cover
"Virginal Mia has no idea what possessed her to share the bed of a complete stranger. But the intense sexual chemistry between them was so strong Mia lost all reason. Now she is pregnant with his child!
Her handsome lover turns out to be Greek tycoon Nikolos Karedes. When he discovers Mia's secret he insists they marry. But Mia refuses! However, as far as Nikolos is concerned Mia's resistance is only a temporary setback."
This is the first book in the By Request omnibus, as above, which I found cheap on Amazon Marketplace a while back. Although the books in this collection are newer than some of the ones I have been reading recently I do enjoy some of the early Modern's, so I was looking forward to reading these.
The heroine Mia returns home after university and breaks the news to her sister that she is pregnant, and she doesn't know the fathers name. Mia has always been very sensible so the news of her pregnancy, and the fact that she had a one night stand, comes as a big shock to both herself and her sister, but Mia knows that she wants the baby more than anything. An invitation to a friends home for dinner brings Mia face to face with Nikolos, the hero, whom is the man she spent her one wild night with and the baby's father. Nikolos is pleased to see Mia again, he searched for her after their night together and hasn't been able to forget her. When Mia tells him about the pregnancy he asks her to marry him but Mia refuses. Nikolos makes it clear that he will be a part of his child's life and takes time to get to know Mia. It's clear they are falling in love, but jealous would-be lovers and Mia's need for independence makes it difficult.
This is an enjoyable book with a beautifully crafted relationship that is both tender and passionate. I liked both characters and I feel that they are both believable. But, as with the last Helen Bianchin book I read, the pace of the book feels rather slow at times, and there isn't really much excitement. The whole stalker/crazy other woman plot is completely unnecessary, it just felt really flat and is quite frankly really lame. I think if your going to go down the stalker route then you need to go all out Glenn-Close-bunny-boiler style and have it as edge of your seat stuff, or else not bother. The book would have been better without it.
Overall, this is a warm and enjoyable romance.