Wednesday, 11 January 2012
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... Book #276
Claiming His Wedding Night - Lee Wilkinson
Mills & Boon Modern
Harlequin Mills & Boon, 2010
From the back cover:
"Perdita Boyd must save her family's business and protect her ailing father. So what's she to do when the only investor to step forward is Jared Dangerfield? Her husband!
Young and in love, Perdita married Jared in a secret ceremony against her father's wishes. But the marriage was never consummated, as on their wedding night, Perdita caught Jared in bed with another woman.
Now Jared is back.to take the business, to take his revenge for being set up, and - to take his wife!"
I think this is my first Lee Wilkinson book, so I grabbed it when I saw it cheap in the kindle store.
The heroine Perdita is trying hard to keep her families business running, but is shocked to discover her last chance means she will have to negotiate with Jared, the hero and her ex-husband. Perdita and Jared had a very passionate whirlwind relationship a few years back and she had married Jared despite disapproval from her family. After they were married Perdita was called back when her father was taken ill, and when she came back to Jared she found another woman in his bed. Perdita had fled heartbroken and later sent him divorce papers wanting to move on with her life.
Jared informs her that he never signed the divorce papers, therefore they are still married. Hoping to be able to convince Jared into helping save the company as well as getting him to agree to a divorce she goes with him to his home. It's clear that the passion between them has never died, but Perdita has never been able to get over her heartbreak at Jared's betrayal and promises never to trust him again.
What I enjoyed about this book is the relative simplicity of the plot. The plot is a traditional and well used one, but this is a solidly written book with a nice pace. The relationship between the hero and heroine feels very natural and it the gradualness of it is satisfying to read.
There is nothing really bad to be said about this book; it is simply a nice, quick, and easy read.