Monday, 28 November 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #228
Dark Music - Charlotte Lamb
Mills & Boon Romance
Mills & Boon, 1990
From the back cover:
"When Annis had run out of stormy composer Raphael Leon's life two years ago she hadn't bargained on seeing him again, least of all on holiday in Greece! And she found him still furious at her desertion. But when they were suddenly thrown together in appalling circumstances their relationship looked set to be as heated as ever. Enter the glamorous Diona, opera singer, and Annis felt flat comparison. Would she and Raphael ever hit the right note?"
This is another recommended Modern/Presents book.
The heroine Annis is on holiday in Greece when she runs into her ex-fiancé Raphael, the hero. Raphael is not pleased to see Annis after the way she ran out on him two years ago without explanation, and vows to find out the truth. Annis has never gotten over her decision to leave Raphael without telling him the real reason, but she has worked hard to make a new life for herself. When Raphael starts following her on her tour holiday and keeps confronting her she tries hard to keep from giving into his demands for the truth and the desire that is still between them. After they are trapped and injured due to an earthquake, Raphael asks Annis to stay with him while they recover. Both of them admit that they still love one another but Annis refuses to tell him why she left and this only makes Raphael more frustrated and angry.
I enjoyed this book. I'll admit that I struggled with it a bit at first, the prose seemed a little long winded, but as soon as the hero and heroine met there was instant chemistry and the story was quite gripping. This is the best thing about this book - the sexual tension. It saturates every page and makes the book very entertaining. There is a nice bit of mystery in relation to the heroine's reason for leaving the hero, unfortunately I found the actual truth a little bit of a let down, let's just say it was kinda lame, but the lead in was done fantastically.
I could have done without the bitchy-other-woman character, I don't feel the story needed it, it didn't add to the conflict and the whole subject was forgotten about after a few pages.
I love the way the author really embraced the hero's temperamental and passionate personality, it fit his artiste background and really added to the already thick sexual tension.
The blurb is a little misleading, I got the impression that the heroine would also be a musician, but of course that doesn't change the enjoyment factor of the acutal book.
This is very much a 'classic' Mills & Boon romance, and I like it!