Friday, 16 September 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #175
Love Without Reason - Alison Fraser
Mills and Boon Romance
Mills and Boon, 1993
From the back cover:
An illegitimate baby was fodder for the local gossips - especially when the identity of the baby's father was uncertain. But Riona knew that Cameron Adams, the wealthy American who owned the farm she managed in Scotland, was her son's father. He was also the man who'd left her without a word.
When Cam returned and took one look at the five-month-old baby in her arms, Riona's deepest fear became a reality. Cam gave her a choice - a marriage of convenience to legitimize their son... or a custody battle that Riona knew only Cam could win!"
This was another suggestion from a twitter user, the lovely Sian Cusack, for a favourite Harlequin Presents. I managed to track down a copy of this one on ebay. Btw, I am still collecting suggestions for good Harlequin Presents/Mills and Boon Modern books so please feel free to comment or email me with your favourites.
The heroine Riona is shocked when she is confronted by the hero Cameron. She hasn't seen him in over a uear after he just left without word one day. And now he demanding to know who the father of her baby is. Riona was deeply heartbroken when Cameron left, and was left feeling like her simple crofting life was not good enough for the suarve new American Laird. She tries to deny her baby is Cameron's but he quickly realises the truth. Cameron gives her two choices; she can either marry him, which he makes clear would only be a marriage of convenience for their son's sake. Or he will sue her for custody. Riona agrees to marry him as she knows that her son deserves everything Cameron can give him, but Cameron's obvious dislike for her makes it a very difficult decision. Things only get worse when she moves to America with him and discoveres just how powerful and wealthy his faily are, not to mention disapproving. She knows Cameron never loved her, but her feelings for him never changed, which only makes it harder for her to go through with everything.
I really enjoyed this book, it had me hooked in right from the start. This is certainly a very emotion-heavy book, but it is written beautifully. The character's back story is told very well, although I would have preferred it to have been revealed bit by bit over the whole book, rather than as a big lump right at the start. I also would have liked to have Cameron's point of view included.
The author handles the differences between the hero and heroine's way of living very well. I never felt as though the heroine is an inferior character because of her basic life. The inclusion of Cameron's jealous stepsister is interesting but not overdone (hurrah!).
The book flows well, I couldn't put it down. Very enjoyable.