Monday, 8 August 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #134
Crime of Passion - Lynne Graham
Mills and Boon Romance
Harlequin Mills and Boon, 1995
From the back cover:
"'You go to pieces when I touch you..'
However had she tried, Georgie Morrison couldn't deny how physically attractive she found Rafael Bernaza. But four years ago he had devastated her emotions and her pride, and she vowed to never let him get that close again. So it was with a sinking heart that Georgie realized she was stranded in Bolivia, a country where only Rafael could help her... But at what price?"
Another book in my current run of older books, once again the image of the cover above is a photograph I took of my book as I could not find a cover image of this version online. This is another classic and brilliant Lynne Graham book.
The heroine Georgie has travelled to Bolivia to visit her best friend but upon arriving she discovered that her friend was away. Now Georgie is left stranded after her belongings were stolen and almost being attacked. The only person who can help her is her best friends brother Rafael, the hero. Georgie and Rafael spent time together five years ago and Georgie had fallen in love with him and thought that they had a future together, but things ended badly when he thought she had slept with someone else. When he comes to help Georgie she is relieved but still knows he hates her. He takes her to his home where he informs her that he still desires her and plans to seduce her. Georgie is both scared and excited as she has never stopped loving him. When Rafael discovers Georgie is still a virgin he realises his mistake and tells her he has always wanted to marry her, but he keeps the reason why he thought bad of her to himself, knowing that the truth would hurt her deeply.
This is a really intense and exciting romance that had me hooked from the start. I love that this is set in Bolivia, somewhere different than the usual locations, and the author does a fantastic job of showing the cultural differences between Rafael and Georgie's countries. The plot is fantastically developed and written beautifully, there's not many authors who can pack so much punch into a book with less than 200 pages and Lynne Graham consistently does this. This book has everything you would want out of a perfect romance; betrayal, misunderstanding, passion, secrets, love and a fantastic Alpha-Male.