Wednesday, 19 October 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #198
The Wedding - Emma Darcy
Mills & Boon Romance
Mills & Boon, 1993
From the back cover:
"It was time out of time
First, Tessa discovered her fiance in bed with another woman. Then she arrived at work to discover she'd been assigned to go on a three-day conference with the managing director.
It would be a miracle if she didn't melt into a heap at his feet. If ever there was a man made for female fantasies, Blaize Callagan was it!
And if ever there was a time Tessa needed to indulge in fantasy, this was the time."
This review is going to be much more positive than the last one! This book is one that was recommended to me by someone on twitter in reply to my question about favourite Harlequin Presents/Mills & Boon Modern's.
The heroine Tessa is reeling after catching her fiancé in bed with another woman, when she is asked to go to a conference and act as secretary for the managing director of the company she works for - Blaize, the hero. At first Tessa is nervous around him, worried about doing something wrong, but she soon relaxes into the job. After the first day of tough negotiations Tessa and Blaize end up spending the night together, as well as the next night. Although Tessa enjoyed their brief fling, she refuses his offer of a continued affair. Even though she is glad her engagement is off, she knows she wants to settle down with a man she loves, and that's something she thinks Blaize will never give her. But Tessa is not able to forget about him and when she is left upset over her families reaction to her broken engagement she takes Blaize up on his offer, despite knowing that he will never give her forever.
This is a very entertaining book. And for one that was written nearly twenty years ago, it is quite daring and forward. I do like boss/secretary relationships even if they are a little clinched, and I think this is one of the best I have read. The chemistry between the hero and heroine sizzles; when they first got together she called him "Sir" and he called her by her surname, which is both kinda funny and a little bit naughty!
Both characters are well written and likeable, Tessa is a brilliant and modern heroine, she would be right at home in more recent books. No POV from hero though.
I enjoyed this book very much. The story line is interesting, with nice interaction between the characters and some genuinely funny moments.