Friday, 6 January 2012
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... Book #270
Pregnancy of Passion - Lucy Monroe
N.B The above details refer to the North American release of this book.
From the back cover:
"It was a year since their tempestuous affair had ended. So why was he back? Elisa trusted Salvatore di Vitale as far as she could throw him. And, as the wealthy Sicilian was over six feet tall, that wasn't very far.
Salvatore told Elisa he had come to protect her. And if their close proximity led to passion...and if passion should lead to pregnancy...all the better! Because then Elisa would have to marry him, which was Salvatore's plan all along."
Another from the Kindle pile!
The heroine Elisa is not pleased when the hero Salvatore turns up at the jewellery store she works for. It reminds her too much of the pain she experienced a year ago when Salvatore had cruelly left her and she had later suffered a traumatic miscarriage. Salvatore has never forgiven himself for the cruel way he treated Elisa when he didn't believe her about the pregnancy, and he searched high and low for her when Elisa seemingly disappeared after her ordeal. Now she has come back, and with a threat against the store he spots his chance to try and win her back while also providing her with security. When they end up being locked in the store's safe overnight, it is pretty clear that the passion that was always between them is still alive and well. In the days following their night together he does everything he can to show her how sorry he is as well as his love for her, but Elisa doesn't know if she can ever trust Salvatore with her heart again.
Wow, this is a wonderful book. I could hardly put it down. The passion between the hero and heroine is intense yet also incredibly romantic. Elisa and Salvatore's story is full of such deep love that my heart wanted to melt, yet it also has so much pain that my heart was also breaking. Both characters are fantastic; the hero is the ultimate alpha-male, he has moments of being a little cruel or too dominant but this is balanced with such a gorgeous tenderness. The heroine is strong despite all her sadness, I couldn't help but like her.
I adored the mix of pain and joy in this book, it is captivating to read. Recommended.