Tuesday, 8 November 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #212
A Convenient Proposal - Lynnette Kent
Harlequin American Romance
From the back cover:
"He spies her on the beach in the Florida Keys—a stunning stranger in a low-backed white dress. They toast to the New Year and share an unforgettable midnight kiss.
Then Griff Campbell proposes...
Arden Burke doesn't want a husband. Forced to give up her concert career, the world-renowned violinist has her devoted rescue dog, Igor, for company. But what she'd really like is a child.
All she has to do is accompany Griff back home and be his fiancée for a few weeks. In return, the small-town Georgia vet will give Arden the baby she wants. It may not be the love match of the year, but they'll both get what they need, right?
That's not how Griff sees it. What started out as a temporary solution to soothe his male pride is turning into a real future. One that includes Arden, her dog and their soon-to-be baby!"
This is another of the American Romance books I bought while I was NYC back in May. This cover makes me smile, look at the expression on the dog's face!!
The hero Griff and the heroine Arden meet on New Years Eve on a private beach. Griff is coming to terms with the fact that he has to return home and face his demons after leaving town for six months after his fiancée left him for his best friend. He feels an immediate pull towards Arden and impulsively asks her to return home with him and act as his new partner to help ease the blow of his return. Arden is surprised by Griff's request and she declines, but realises that her lonely existence needs to stop and changes her mind on the condition that Griff tries to help her have the baby she so desperately wants. Arden is also struggling to come to terms with recent events in her life and finds that she enjoys being involved in Griff's big family and especially enjoys being with Griff. There is no shortage of desire between them, and it's not long before their feelings for one another become deeper even though it's only a temporary arrangement.
I didn't really know what to expect from this book, the blurb is a little too cheesy, but I found it really entertaining. The heroine's health issues are dealt with well by the author, with sensitivity and without too much self pity from the heroine. Griff is just a brilliant hero, so tender and honest yet also very alpha. The passion between the two of them is sizzling and their relationship develops naturally, which is very satisfying to read.
The plot is well thought out and original, with two very relatable characters, and a nice love story - the ending is especially wonderful!