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Tom has just lost his fiancé 3 days before their wedding. He has a dark childhood that will not allow his to succumb to the disillusionment of love. He never though his ex-fiancé loved him, but they had a good deal going on. Almost more of a business arrangement. She was getting the rich husband, and he the trophy wife. But during the wedding planning, he had come into contact with the wedding planner, Sylvie, and sparks had flown. He determined to stay as far the hell away from her as he could. But when the bill for the cancelled celebration shows up, he decides to come face to face with the very object of his desire. Probably not a good idea given the electricity between the two.
Sylvie had a similar response to Tom. Friends with his ex-fiancé, she figures he dodged a bullet in the long run. But she has to get the invoice settled and per his insistence, she must meet him in person to go over the items he is billed for. One reckless move and everything changes in an instant. But both make a lot of assumptions and don’t voice their actual feelings. Until they both decide to let their rock walls down that have built up over several years of hurt and abandonment, neither will realize that the feelings they are experiencing are so much more than lust.
This was a very quick read – maybe took me 2 or 3 hours to finish the book. I have been reading more Harlequins because they tend to be very fast reads. My only problem with them is that there is commonly one form or another of some little annoyance. Last time it was editing. This time it was the ridiculous use of the word “then”. So, editing again. The author would write dialogue, end it, place then in it, and continue the dialogue. For example: “Oh, I didn’t realize that.” Then, “But what did you mean when you said xyz?” This occurred so many flipping times and I wondered if the people editing shared the same fixation on the word. I can’t recall ever seeing such a thing before. BUT, I was actually enjoying the story quite a lot, so I kept reading, whereas, normally I would have just put the book down. End of story. It is a little curious to me though how they could go through an entire week and never figure out what was really going on, still believing their assumptions to be true. Must be the horrendous lack of real communication between them; not to mention an unnatural avoidance of mentioning the baby very much. OK, maybe two complaints. It all works out to a cute little HEA in the end as Harlequins pretty much always do. I do wish that one of the characters would have had a more prominent appearance. The contractor whose name is currently escaping me, seemed to have some insight into Tom’s life. Had he had a bigger role he could have quite possibly been instrumental in bringing the two together a bit quicker in a different way. For such a small appearance, he was a very likeable character. Thank God, though, that what I was cringing about might happen with wedding did not happen. That would have been the worst sort of prediction to transpire. In any case, I do not feel that this book was a waste of time. It was still fun and enjoyable. I could almost call is sweet with the sexual content mostly glossed over. The characters are likeable, if a little dense when it comes to their own reality, but still relatable on some level. Overall a pleasant read that I did find myself smiling at several times.
Kindle version purchased for personal library
- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Mills & Boon - AU (1 February 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0263202461
- ISBN-13: 978-0263202465
- Product Dimensions: 12 x 1.9 x 19.1 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 222 g
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