Wednesday, 4 January 2012
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... Book #266
The Spaniard's Love-Child - Kim Lawrence
Mills & Boon Modern
In 'His Love-Child' Mills & Boon By Request
Harlequin Mills & Boon, 2008
From the back cover:
"He wants her for one night only...
Spanish billionaire Raul Carreras is used to getting what he wants: Nell Rose will be his for one night, and for his pleasure!
...and then she becomes pregnant with his child!
Raul's red-hot seduction is impossible to resist. But when Nell falls pregnant with her Spanish lover's child, will she tell him?"
This is the second book in the By Request omnibus, as above.
The hero Raul is frantically searching for his missing niece and nephew and he eventually tracks them down at the heroine Nell's, where they had run away to. Nell used to be their nanny, and had been good friends with their father, Raul's brother. Raul has never approved of Nell as he always thought that she and his brother were having an affair, however he knows the children have been having trouble adjusting after the death of their father so he asks Nell to care for them once again. Nell agrees despite her nervousness over Raul's very obvious dislike for her. Soon Raul realises he is drawn to Nell and very attracted to her. They end up indulging in the desire between them, and Raul is shocked and humbled to learn that he has been wrong about Nell all along. Nell, however, is confused over her feelings for Raul, and thinking he is involved with someone else she leaves without word. She later discovers she is pregnant but decides to go it alone, having no idea that Raul has been looking for her.
This is a bit of a frustrating book. The plot idea is interesting and I think it had potential to be really good, but it didn't live up to expectation. I found the hero rather cruel to the heroine, and since he had a girlfriend/companion already his pursuit of the heroine was really crappy. The heroine is a little too doormat-y for me and everything seemed so melodramatic and silly. The story itself is, well, dull.