Tuesday, 13 March 2012
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... Book #353
His Untamed Innocent - Sara Craven
Mills & Boon Modern
Harlequin Mills & Boon, 2010
From the back cover:
"A dark desire…
Jake Radley-Smith is pleasantly surprised to find a strange female in his company apartment – wearing a bath towel! He isn’t interested in Marin’s sob story…he’s late for a house party and she’ll be perfect as his ready-made date!
Marin’s completely bewildered… She thought pretending to be a loving couple would be easy, but the chemistry between her and Jake is explosive! She’s also left in no doubt that what Jake wants, he gets…and it seems he wants her – badly. How can she, inexperienced and nervous, handle his lethal brand of dark desire?"
I found this in the Kindle store recently and immediately bought it - it's relatively recent Sara Craven that I haven't read!
The hero Jake arrives home to find the heroine Marin in his apartment wearing only a towel. Marin's stepsister is Jake's PA and thinking that Jake would be out of town for a while offered Marin the apartment to stay in after Marin had returned home suddenly. Although he is blatantly annoyed to find Marin in his home he does see a way out of a current dilemma so he asks her to come to a party with him in order to deter the unwelcome advances of an ex. Marin agrees but didn't expect that one party would turn into a weekend away having to pretend to be Jake's partner. Their closeness soon turns deeper and more intense and they give in to their desire for one another. But Marin's hopes that something may be starting between her and Jake are dashed when she is humiliated by Jake's cruel ex. Marin leaves without a word but Jake manages to track her down a month later and they discover that their one night together has resulted in pregnancy. At Jake's insistence, they marry but Marin is confused over her feelings for Jake, which makes her pull away from him making them both unhappy.
This is exactly the kind of book that shows what Sara Craven does best, and I really enjoyed it. There is a lot of emotion and angst throughout the story as well as good use of external conflict. The heroine does act a little irrational at times and that is a little frustrating to read, but I felt that her character went on a journey and was able to grow as the story progressed. I adored the hero, I really wish that his POV had been included it would have made this book even more enjoyable.
What I like about this is that the plot isn't overly complicated, and it flows well. I'm not usually a fan of the jealous-other-woman trope, but in this book the author makes her so dastardly bitchy that it ends up working!
Really liked this one.