Sunday, 20 November 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #227
The Man Every Woman Wants - Miranda Lee
Mills & Boon Modern
Harlequin UK, 2011
From the back cover:
"To most women, Ryan Armstrong is irresistible- just the way he likes it!
But beyond business the unbelievably sexy Ryan's only commitment is to playing the field! Laura, however, refuses to be yet another not on Ryan's bedpost. She has no time for arrogant meant - least of all one who can see through her severe suits to the woman within.
Ryan is the last man on earth Laura wants to share a bedroom with for the whole weekend - but she needs his help! Soon Ryan will make his move, and Laura's afraid that she might not even want to resist..."
I love Miranda Lee's books, she is an author I read way back when I first discovered Mills & Boon as a teenager. I was looking forward to reading this, her latest offering.
The heroine Laura and the hero Ryan have been business associates for close to two years, but neither of them have shown any interest in each oter. When Ryan sees her cool ice-queen facade slip for the first time he is intrigued, and sets out to find out what has upset her. Laura is embarrassed when she admits to telling her family that she and Ryan are in a relationship in order to calm her very ill grandmother, not expecting her to recover and want to meet him. Just when she thinks she is going to have to admit to her lies, Ryan shocks her by saying he will go with her to visit her family and pretend to be her boyfriend. Neither Laura not Ryan are looking for a relationship; Laura is immune to men after two heartbreaks and Ryan has never wanted love after traumatic events in his childhood. They are both surprised by the amount they desire one another, and it is inevitable that they end up in bed together. Neither of them want only one night but neither do they want more.
When I started reading this book, I was not enjoying it at all. It seemed a little info dumpy, the dialogue seemed a little forced, and the story was a little long winded. But it did pick up and I ended up enjoying it. I liked both the hero and the heroine, the hero had charm to spare as well as a very appealing tender side. However, his childhood experience was only alluded to a couple of times in the book until it was virtually dumped on us in the last four pages - I felt a little shocked and short changed. The heroine is a wonderfully written character, very complex yet also totally 21st century. One of the things I like most about Miranda Lee is that she is not afraid to write heroines that are a little bit older and experienced than your usual Modern/Presents heroines (she is 30 btw) and they have good careers as well as a very modern feel.
The chemistry and passion is literally smouldering, and very, very well done!
A shaky start and ending, but overall a really enjoyable book.