Friday, 16 December 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #245
The Man Who Risked it All - Michelle Reid
Mills & Boon Modern
Harlequin UK, 2011
From the back cover:
"This fearless playboy has everything to lose...
For Franco Tolle, the golden boy of Europe’s jet-set society, life is just a playground – filled with racing speedboats on the azure Mediterranean Sea. When you’re rich and famous money is no object... and to hell with the consequences! But he once took a risk with a price bigger than he was willing to pay...
In a rush of red-hot infatuation he put a glittering diamond wedding ring on Lexi Hamilton’s finger, yet within months they were living separate lives. Now Franco’s daredevil life has caught up with him – but he’ll risk it all for the one thing he craves... his estranged wife!"
I love the title and cover of this one.
At the beginning of the story the hero Franco is injured in a crash during a power boat race after learning some devastating truths about his failed marriage. When the heroine Lexi learns about Franco's accident she is devastated and despite all the past animosity between them over their traumatic marriage she agrees to go to him when he asks for her. While she helps Franco convalesce she tries to ignore the still blazing passion between them, but Franco shocks her when he makes it clear he wants them to get back together. Lexi can't believe he wants them to get back together, as their marriage was a total disaster and she has never forgiven him for the ruthless way he seduced her and then treated her after they were married. It has taken Franco a long time to realise how wrong he was about Lexi after believing lies about her told by people that only wanted to drive them apart. He tries to make amends but Lexi stonewalls him, so he uses the passion between them to his advantage and hopes that will break down her emotional barriers.
The angst levels in this book are quite melodramatic, which for some reason I found highly entertaining. Michelle Reid's books are always fast paced as that is certainly the case here, I had read half the book before I even knew it! The hero and heroine's relationship is the definition of 'can't live with em, can't live without em' and it is rife with sexual tension. I think that it is done very well. Yes, the hero and heroine argue a lot and, at times, behave badly but it all adds to the overall mood of the book.
I do feel that there wasn't enough explanation behind the reasons for the two 'badies' wanting to them to split, it lacked depth and I wanted to know more...
This is full of angst, emotion, and above all hope. I really liked it.