Tuesday, 4 October 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #181
The Pregnancy Affair - Anne Mather
Mills & Boon Modern
Harlequin Mills & Boon, 2007
From the back cover:
"Joel Armstrong - her tall, dark and ruggedly handsome ex-husband - was the last person Olivia expected to see when she returned to her home village after many years absence. Joel was the reason she'd left, and stayed away so long. The break-up of their marriage had been swift and brutal, but the scars remained raw even now.
The searing desire that had once drawn them together still ate at both of them. But their desire had proved so dangerous before - how could they indulge it again...when passion had led to an unexpected pregnancy, with an equally unexpected twist?"
This is a bit of an oldie that I found in the library. I have read quite a few of Anne Mather's books in the past and enjoyed them, this is another enjoyable one.
The heroine Olivia travels back to her home town for the first time in 15 years. She is nervous as she hasn't had much contact with her family after her father was disappointed by her supposed actions that led to the end of her marriage. She is even more nervous when she runs into her ex-husband Joel, the hero. We discover that Olivia and Joel married young and their marriage ended after Olivia had a miscarriage but Joel thought she had had an abortion and refused to believe Olivia. They try to be civil to each other despite the fact that there is still a lot of animosity between them, as well as the undeniable attraction they still feel for one another. In the time they have been apart both Joel and Olivia have found success in their careers as well as marrying other people and divorcing. They begin to spend time together and rekindle both their friendship and their desire. But Olivia's new found happiness turns to hurt when Joel still refuses to believe what happened 15 years ago.
I enjoyed this book, the reconciliation story is really well done and very satisfying to read. I liked both the hero and heroine, they are two well developed and complex characters. The chemistry between them is also very intense. I wasn't too keen on the whole 'misunderstanding' and the jealous other woman trope, I feel it cheapened the story a little.
And, it really annoyed me that the title and blurb are so misleading. Even though this isn't down to the author, I just found it quite off-putting.
Nevertheless, this is a well written and nice romance.