Thursday, 16 February 2012
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... Book #323
The Devil and Miss Jones - Kate Walker
Mills & Boon Modern
Harlequin UK, 2012
From the back cover:
"Martha Jones has never taken a risk in her whole life. Until the day she runs out on her wedding and succumbs to the magnetism of a man she has only just met! A man she knows only as Diablo.
Lone wolf Carlos Ortega won't promise Miss Jones more than one searing-hot night. Yet Carlos is shocked by Martha's sweet innocence. This runaway bride is a virgin, and it seems the repercussions of their sizzling encounter could last forever..."
The cover and title of this book are really great, and I was looking forward to reading this one.
The hero Carlos and the heroine Martha are both running away something - Martha from her wedding after discovering her fiancé cheating, and Carlos from the shock and hurt of finding out the truth of his parentage. They meet when Carlos finds Martha out walking in the rain, still in all her wedding finery, and stops to help her. There is an immediate spark between them, which neither of them truly understands, but each needing comfort they succumb to the desire between them. However, afterwards Carlos is plagued by doubts and Martha leaves having her confidence crushed for the second time that day, wanting never to see Carlos again. Four months later, she is going back on that vow and is at Carlos's family home waiting for him to arrive so she can tell him that she is pregnant, not knowing how he might react.
This is a very passionate and intense book, and I really enjoyed reading it. The hero is very appealing; he is perfectly alpha yet also kind. The heroine is also a great character - I liked her spirit. There is lots of chemistry between these two, and it is brilliant portrayed by the author.
The story takes place over four months, but the hero and heroine probably only spend twenty-ish hours together - all of it is brilliantly written, but I had a hard time believing in the final declarations of love. However, Kate Walker's wonderful storytelling makes it work, and it is a fantastic story.
Overall, this is a charming and sizzling book, definitely worth a read!