Wednesday, 11 January 2012
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... Book #275
The Brazilian Millionaire's Love-Child - Anne Mather
Mills & Boon Modern
Harlequin Mills & Boon, 2009
From the back cover:
"She’s fought to keep their child a secret…
Isobel has never forgotten the night Brazilian millionaire Alejandro Cabral took her virginity. The image of Alejandro’s dark, sexy body has left a lifelong impression on her – as did his seed… He will never know he has a little daughter…
Until three years later, when Isobel is led right back to Alejandro – and she’s shocked. He’s a changed man. He’s still utterly sexy, but a terrible car accident has left him scarred, brooding and bitter. What’s more, he’s deliberately lured Isobel to Brazil because he knows all about his child…"
I really like Anne Mather's books, so I wanted to give this one a go.
The hero Alejandro meets the heroine Isobel at a party in her apartment. He is immediately captivated by her grace and seemingly inner sadness. Isobel is still hurting after the breakdown of her marriage, so she is surprised by how much she desires Alejandro. However just after they spend an afternoon together, Alejandro is called back to Brazil on an emergency. He promises to come back to Isobel soon, but he never does. Three years later, Isobel is on her way to Brazil to interview a famous author for the magazine she works for. But she is shocked when she is met by Alejandro, and even more shocked when he tells her he knows about their daughter. Alejandro has waited for so long to see Isobel again, and he desperatly wants to be a part of Isobel and his daughter's lives. But he is worried that Isobel will be repulsed by the permant injuries and scars he now carries after a car crash. Isobel doesn't know what to think about Alejandro being back in her life. Her heart had been crushed when she waited for him to return and now she is afraid to trust him again.
I really enjoyed this book; it has plenty of mystery and emotion, as well as a solid, well executed premise. I liked that the hero didn't resort to blackmail tactics, and that he already knew about his 'secret' child. It's different to the usual secret baby books, and that makes it that little bit more enjoyable in my opinion. I also felt the hero genuinely cared for the heroine, he was sigh-worthy! The book is very passionate and very well crafted. It has a nice flow and manages to feel both gentle and fast paced.