The emotional distance and sense of coldness, the heroine,Nina displayed literally poured off the pages following a miscarrisge six months prior. Her marriage to Rapheal is in shambles and she believes that he is having an affair with her cousin. I was fully prepared to dislike Rapheal,but with his inner dialogues,really felt that he has always loved the heroine. If you like some angst in your HP reads this this is the book for you. Michelle Reid exce What an emotional little novelette this read was.
Michelle Reid excells at this trope. View 2 comments. Jan 26, Bubu rated it really liked it Shelves: angsty , miscarriage , second-chance. The sory stars with them separated and her mother yapping away.. It could have been great if only the book was longer ans she would have time and space to explore the c i loved this little angsty thing It could have been great if only the book was longer ans she would have time and space to explore the characters.
Jun 15, Leona rated it it was amazing Shelves: hqn-presents. For a short novella, this one packs quite a punch. A story about a troubled marriage and how two people who love each other work through their grief, pain, misunderstandings. Add some rather complicated and intense family dynamics and you have a really mesmerizing read. I highly recommend. Sent off to England for this thing which I don't think they published here in the US. I gotta say I didn't love it. I know it's a novella but it really seemed like a really long epilogue to a book I might have liked to read. The majority of the story of their relationship takes place before the book starts and the story is basically they meet up again and explanations ensue.
May 27, Booklover rated it it was amazing Shelves: celibate-heroes , dead-child-miscarriage-abortion , divorce-separated-reunion-2nd-chanc , engagement-marriage-on-rocks , fatal-disease-fertility-problems , italian-greek-spanish-tycoons-royal , keepers , love , misunderstanding , parents. Very Good read,a keeper for me,the issues were talked out and misunderstandings were cleared,what i loved about the book was there was no jealous OW,only misunderstandings between cousin sisters,enjoyed it very much Recommend it.
View 1 comment. I started by really liking this novella for the classic set-up: two proud people fall madly in love with one another but marry under the pretense of a business arrangement in order to avoid exposing the vulnerability of their sensitive souls. Things are then complicated by a failed vasectomy, accusations of adultery, a miscarriage, and a six-month estrangement with an emotionally numb heroine who is finally spurred back to life when her mother drips poison about the hero now having an affair wit I started by really liking this novella for the classic set-up: two proud people fall madly in love with one another but marry under the pretense of a business arrangement in order to avoid exposing the vulnerability of their sensitive souls.
Things are then complicated by a failed vasectomy, accusations of adultery, a miscarriage, and a six-month estrangement with an emotionally numb heroine who is finally spurred back to life when her mother drips poison about the hero now having an affair with heroine's cousin. There's A LOT going on in this little book.
Well, technically, a lot has happened before the book starts, but it all gets referenced to explain the estrangement. She believes he married her for her family connections Why does she believe that? Because her cousin told her so. And that's where I kind of lose it. First, because Michelle Reid doesn't believe two heterosexual women can be friends as long as there's a man anywhere on the planet. Another woman is always competition, never support. But beyond that irritating mainstay of Reid's characterization, I found myself falling into the black hole of trying to figure out who believed what, when, and why about the hero's relationship with the cousin.
The hero knows he was never interested in the cousin and chose the heroine freely. Presumably, the grandfather who first offered the cousin as marriage bait is also aware of this. The entire family believes the hero rejected the cousin for the heroine.
With the exception, of course, being the heroine. She believes her cousin rejected the hero because he was an abandoned baby who knows nothing of his own heritage. She also believes the cousin was then exiled to New York for insulting the hero when granddad needed his money. So in the heroine's version of reality, both her husband and her grandfather are aware she's the second-choice bride, while the rest of the family "incorrectly" thinks he rejected the cousin for her. The hero must be aware of her mistaken beliefs because she made him promise on their wedding day that he would have no contact with the cousin.
Which he promptly ignored because the cousin was unhappy in her self-imposed exile and he feels responsible that the loss of his fine self drove her away from her family. I repeat: he made his brand-new, secretly beloved wife a promise, and then immediately broke that promise.
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I don't even know what to do with that. Being untrustworthy and a liar are not awesomely sexy heroic attributes. The cousin chose to go to New York to avoid the humiliation of seeing the hero marry the heroine and he knows that. If she was unhappy, she could have come straight home anytime. It was not the hero's job to soothe the cousin's wounded pride at the expense of his relationship with his wife. To make things worse, the hero was just about to return from London to his wife's villa in Italy to reignite their relationship when the cousin calls him for help because she's pregnant.
He then delays his trip home to help sort the cousin out, which involves bringing her back with him to stay with the grandfather. So he's bringing the sullenly pregnant cousin back into the same environment where his wife -- who believes he's in love with her cousin -- is still grieving her own miscarriage. Where are his effing priorities? She's fulfilling her responsibilities as the villainous OW. It's the hero whose actions are letting me down. And no matter how many times the heroine complains and explains and hypothetically threatens him with the same treatment in reverse, he never seems to understand that what he did was inappropriate.
View all 8 comments. Dec 11, Becky rated it it was amazing Shelves: faithful-hero , one-night-stand , moc-forced-to-marry , family-causes-trouble , virginity-unclear , loss-of-child-miscarriage-barren , separation-after-marriage , hero-thinks-heroine-cheated , heroine-thinks-hero-cheated. Definitely felt the love. Short but satisfying story about grief, misunderstanding and true love. Hero did the wrong thing, should not have stayed in touch with the cousin and broken the promise, he was very arrogant.
But really loved his wife I think when she realized he loved her, she knew he didn't cheat. Feb 09, Fiona Marsden rated it really liked it. This is a little shorter than a standard category length romance but still packs emotional punch. Rafael and Nina have what appeared to be an arranged marriage organised for the convenience of her financially strapped family and to give orphanage raised Rafael a background I think. Not really sure what he got out of it.
In any case, things seemed to be working out well, in bed anyway when she falls pregnant and all hell breaks loose. It's now six months later and the miscarriage on top of all t This is a little shorter than a standard category length romance but still packs emotional punch. It's now six months later and the miscarriage on top of all the emotional trauma that led up to it has left Nina frozen, her emotions dead. So much so that her mother's visit to inform her that Rafael has been seen with her cousin, his ex-girlfriend and was probably having an affair hardly touched her.
It's not until Rafael turns up again on the heels of this news that things start to happen to break down her emotional stasis. Rafael is adorable. Short Stories. More options. Nasira Edwards has come to Royal, Texas, to escape her past and stop her brother from making a terrible mistake. But her own marital mistake has tracked her down. Anthologies mul Pediatrician Parker Reese likes to play the field and usually has women at his beck and call. Until caring for a newborn in crisis sets him on a collision course with But neither did she Once, Mila Thomas had love, marriage and the promise of the family she'd always longed for, until tragedy struck.
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