The One Who Stays (Summer Island, kN they embarked upon them were riveting I Could Not Turn Away Vito thought henew everything but he didn t He also seemed to truly be heartbroken when he discovered why she had continued to attempt to contact him However there for a moment he lingered on his old ways and believed the worst of her but he was uickly corrected and then he felt like pond scum Heroine forces the hero into a marriage of convenience so her mother can die happy Seems her mother was never good enough for marriage first with the heroine s father and then with the hero s father Always a mistress never a bride Heroine had messed up 7 years before when she gave her virginity to the hero Hero didn t realize he was wooing the mistress s innocent daughter and when they were caught he thought he was being set up to marry Heroine s mother wanted her daughter to marry well and she castigated her for throwing her virginity away on the scheming hero To her it was obvious hero wanted to get back at her through her daughter So it was bad feelings all aroundNow the heroine s mother is dying Heroine has the hero s family emeralds and she ll trade a marriage certificate for them Hero agrees just so he hero s family emeralds and she ll trade a marriage certificate for them Hero agrees just so he have sex with her again and maybe a spot of revengeThe heroine can t resist her only lover so of course she goes to bed with him on their wedding night and puts up with his insults the next morning before leaving The hero begins feeling pangs of conscience and has her followed When he hears she went to a hospital he comes up with several implausible theories Heroine tells him about her mother but begs him not to burst her fairy tale bubble with the true circumstances of their marriage They finally talk out their past and the heroine reveals she was pregnant but she miscarried after their encounter when she was 18 Hero is horrified and grovels for how he treated her When they go together to see her mother in the hospital they find out that the hero s mother was upset her entire married life not because her father had a lover but because her true love was a Cardinal in the Catholic church and they could never be together Hero s mother attends the mistress s funeral and has no problem with the mistress s daughter marrying her son HEAOnly in HP landYes the hero was an idiot and hostile for most of the story And yes the heroine was a pushover at 18 and at 23 And yes emeralds for marriage is cray cray as is the no hard feelings I m in love with a cardinal plot resolution This is the Julia James brand and she delivers it in this story I felt sorry for the Racheal just didn t understand who setup who at the end That one was unclear for ME EVERYTHING PENNY SAID IN HER REVIEWAND OH HERO Everything penny said in her reviewAnd oh hero to be slapped silly This one was a KILLER for me1 It had not ONE but TWO big misunderstandings2 It had the DUMBEST reason ever for marriage I can t believe the heroine even considered it and I also don t for a minute believe the hero would have gone through with it Ridiculous3 The hero was a douchebag until 98% of the book
WAS OVER4 EVEN THOUGH THE HERO WAS HIDEOUS TO over4 Even though the hero was HIDEOUS to the heroine jumped right into bed with him No one is that horny Not Possible5 None of the love scenes were enjoyable because they were revenge scenes You new as soon as it was over the hero would be an ass again And he was Ugh6 This book even had a big secret reveal at the end for no good reason just to make the hero look even worse than he already did And believe me that wasn t necessary He looked plenty bad enough already7 In conclusion reading this book made me look like thisI m attempting my first image let s see if it works. Led but at last Rachel's caught in his web and she'll wear his ringhis wedding ring of reveng. Rachel forces Vito to a MOC by dangling the Farnese emeralds He
Hates Her For Being The her for being the daughter of the woman who became a mistress of his dad He had a one night stand with her years ago but thought her mom set them up Foul insults If guy humiliates me by saying that I was gagging for it I d sever ties forever Yet this spineless girl calls him up later to ask for help with pregnancy and the guy rejects all her calls She miscarriesWhere his comeuppance His grovelling consists of one admission while SHE was sobbing that she has cause to hate him a hundredfold because he turned her away when she was carrying his child and that she was even willing to be paid off to disappear For perfect grovelling authors should hold Lady Gallant by Suzanne Robinson as textbook case I eep waiting for a frothy romance where the H is a bullish brute treats the h like dirt he scrapes off his shoe after misjudging her and then pays for his behaviour Alas it seems this is a pointless dream All the juiciness in this book the insults the hurt the deliberate cruelty is only fun in the end if the H actually has to grovel For a long time Not just one sentence Because that s not a grovel that s a half hearted apology Words mean nada Actions are what s important The only romance writer that provided sufficient grovelling was whoever wrote The Unwanted Wife All other romance writers should be forced to read that until they understand that if he makes her suffer the only way the HEA is satisfying is if she makes him suffer for just as long This book was such a letdown All anticipation no follow through Okay re read 1120 and I actually love this book Why Because it makes me feel and I loved the heroine I actually ended up loving her Mother too The epilogue was so amazing Vito is not my favorite hero I still hate how he treated her She hurt so bad He still treated her and judged her badly His Father sounds evil I cried through this again Just really an emotional read Upped it to four starsre read 62219 raised from one to three stars I have just been put through two hours of emotional reading I have bawled for at least one of them and now my nose is stopped up and I feel like I have been hit by a train my nose is stopped up and I feel like I have been hit by a train can t the pain this heroine endured and lived through It was horrible and there were times I was mad at her for her undying love for him She wasn t TSTL though She did what she had to do because she had the strength to love Her Mother her dead baby Vito She made the ultimate sacrifice for all of them I hated Vito with a passion Even at the end with his declaration of Ti Amo He was the real bastard not the heroine So why three stars Because the book made me feel I cried through it I felt the heroines love and pain and I even rejoiced at the epilogue that the heroine finally found love I don t Smijurija u mjerama know why but this book just smacked me in the face this time and I have to give credit to Ms James she wowed me I am stunned that I actually liked it Maybe I am coming down with a cold I am going to need therapy after this A lot of it I do notnow what Julia James was smoking when she wrote this but I never want any of it This is craptastic barftastic but not fantasticAccording to Vito the H the h is the bastard of his father s whore Charming Yeah the hero is a grade A bastard but for me the real villain of the piece is the father s whore to borrow the charming phrase from Vito PLOT such as it isThe heroine aka bastard of his father s whore has come to Vito with an offer he can t refuse the emerald her mother STOLE in exchange for a MOC with Italian stud service. The convenient bridegroomRachel is forced to offer Vito Farneste a marriage of convenience Sh. ,
S off the menu This is a direct reference to their sad little ONS After A Whirlwind after a whirlwind Holiday seven years ago when the h was a fragile 18 year old virgin The ONS ended poorly when the h s mother and the H s father walked in that morning All heck breaks loose as the mother calls for insta marriage because although this was published in 2005 once again the rational rules of society are suspended in HarleyLand and men can be forced to wed the girls they sleep with It all gets shut down when the H gets out of bed starkers and says the h was gagging for it That is not a phrase I care for which made reading this book even uncomfortable as either the H was saying it every other paragraph or the heroine was dwelling on it in what is left of the corner s of her mind Why does the h want to associate with this pig Okay Hold on Her mother is dying of cancer and she wants to make her happy by showing that she s finally a Farneste bride Heck any bride The mother was obsessed with her daughter being legitimatized that way as the mother was ditched by the h s father and could only ever be a mistress to Vito s father Choices woman Make a better one Vito ends up going for the MOC but just nows the real reason is she must have been turned down by a lover and this is her revenge That s an impressive jump to conclusion even for a Greek oops Italian tycoonThey get married and ugh The heroine who ranks extremely high as one of the most stupid heroines in HP with no self respect falls into bed with the H AGAIN The next morning he uses THAT phrase again What an idiotI m not going any further with the plot because who cares I Hated The Heroine I Hated The hated the heroine I hated the I especially hated the heroine s mother and I am not too crazy about Julia James right now Julia James tries to redeem the whole mess of the mother that lives with a married man humiliating both married man s wife and son by making the mistress in love with the father but never really being loved back James then sets up the H s mother by having her hold a long term emotional but non physical affair with a Cardinal an honorary uncle to Vito The h s mother lets this drop to Vito as he visits her on her deathbed So it s not enough to be Dad s mistress she has to destroy the son s faith in his mother This is of course after setting her daughter up as a spineless doormat by living by example No wonder the h fell in love with a cruel manipulative monster she was raised by one 35 stars Rachel pretty much blackmailed Vito into a MOC but she wasn t going to consummate the marriage Vito had other plans and he allowed the MOC to take place because he wanted Rachel in his bed againThis was a great story I liked that Rachel attempted to get at Vito that way I didn t like the set up and reasons for her doing so but I could understand them She truly felt there was no alternative in order to give her mom her dying wish So she went for it despite what she believed about Vito Both Vito and Rachel saw their previous encounter in a different light and that was fully explained I definitely could see why they each would think what they did but I also truly believed that they cared a great deal for one another They needed to have that clearing of the air if you will and they do of course However the book also wrapped up a few other issues too I didn t like that Vito wasn t nice to Rachel when he first saw her when she was 14 but again as he explained he was angry at the time he said that I completely understood that sometimes his mouth went off on a rant when his anger was stirred Rachel and Vito s conflicts and dialogue whe. E has his most prized possession surely he'll say yesThe bartered brideVito won't be blackmai.