Thursday, 19 January 2012
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... Book #296
An Indecent Proposition - Carol Marinelli
Mills & Boon Modern
Harlequin UK, 2012
From the back cover:
"A scandalous offer she can’t refuse
Zander Kargas developed his drive to succeed first from his father’s cruel fists, then from living on the streets. He’s fought for everything, and few challenges remain…or so he thinks! Charlotte is the best secretary Zander has ever had the pleasure of dealing with, and the only woman to fire his blood in a while. But she works for his bitter rival…
Zander, assuming he can acquire her the way he does with most things, reaches for his wallet – except Charlotte can’t be bought. So Zander must entice her…beginning with a very indecent proposition! The Secrets of Xanos Two brothers alike in charisma and power; separated at birth and seeking revenge…"
I have been looking forward to reading this book. This is the second part in Carol Marinelli's duet, I loved the first part (A Shameful Consequence).
The heroine Charlotte and the hero Zander have been in contact with each other for a while, Charlotte is trying a arrange a business deal with Zander for her boss, but the phone calls they share have also become friendly and she has begun to treasure them. She uses them as a way to escape from the difficulties in her life, caring full-time for her alzheimer's suffering mother is getting more and more difficult. When Charlotte must travel to Greece to help assist her boss Nico, her guilt over having to place her mother in temporary care is lessened by her excitement that she will meet Zander for the first time. Zander has waited a lifetime to get revenge on the twin brother he has never known, whom led a far better life after they were separated, and he plans to use Charlotte as part of this. When they meet on the beach one night Charlotte is shocked to see that Zander is the mirror image of Nico, yet his personality so harsh and different. She is drawn to him as much in person as she was on the phone, and wants to help him with his proclaimed excitement about meeting his twin for the first time. Zander feels something for Charlotte, and not just intense desire, but even though he hates lying to her, he needs to go along with his vengeance plan.
I have tried not to give too much away in this review, there are so many secrets and revelations in this book that I don't want to ruin the explosiveness of it! This is a brilliant book, I couldn't read it fast enough. The passion and depth of feeling between the hero and heroine is simply phenomenal. Individually these characters carry so much pain, and it is heart wrenching to read. Just like the first book in this duet (A Shameful Consequence) the narrative is very distinct, almost hypnotic, and creates a very moving atmosphere.
This is a book that is powerful and brimming with passion and secrets. Recommended.