Prince Cristiano Moretti met Hallie Hatfield when she was working as a cleaner at his hotel. He was immediately drawn to her. She was young, naive and had been secretly in love with Cristiano for a year. She thought all her dreams of a future with him were coming true. After the Prince got what he wanted from young Hallie he not only kicked her out of his bed at midnight but put her on the streets and had her fired so he wouldn't have to run into her again. Not because he didn't like her but because he liked her too much! When Hallie opened her severence package she found a check written by Cristiano for 100,000 pounds paying her for her virginity, she thought. He was such a cruel jerk and very hard to like until later, much later in the book.
It has been a year since the night Cristiano seduced his employee, Hallie, and she has gone to find him to ask for financial support for their son. The first look she gets of him is him walking down the lovely staircase to the first floor of his opulent hotel with a beautiful model by his side. Let's not forget he kicked her out of bed because he saw love in her eyes, kicked her out of the hotel, had her fired and left her alone, pregnant, jobless and homeless. We are all aware that it is difficult for a pregnant woman to seek employment. People just don't want to hire them. What a guy!!! He referred to her as the biggest mistake of his life. I wanted to take my trusty-rusty nail clippers and snip him bit by bit until his manhood was no longer existant.
I want to correct what I wrote after my first read through. I had said I didn't think the hero had been celibate during their year apart but didn't know for sure. Then later in the book there is something the hero thinks and it now leads me to believe he was celibate. "After a year his restraint could end. At last he could claim his prize. He pulled her into his arms. Lowering his head, he crushed his mouth to hers." I have read this whole series many times and I didn't catch that until I had read it several times. I also think he was celibate because in the free short story on Harlequin Online Read, which is book 0.5, plus the other two full length books every hero was celibate for the year they were apart. I think that is enough to assume he was. In the others they all came out and said so. So I am going to go with 'celibate hero' because it makes sense. It follows the path of the other three books plus what the hero had been thinking when he said, "After a year his restraint could end." I wanted to clarify that because a lot of my reading friends don't like to read about heroes who return to their manwhore status after they meet 'the one.' I no longer believe he did. The woman the h saw him with at the beginning of the story we later find out they are friends-only but she wants more - he does not.
Heroine had been a virgin. H her one and only.
No OW/OM drama.
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