A Ruthless Proposition – Natasha Anders (Unwanted #4)

This review has spoilers!!

First I would like to apologise to Natasha Anders as an author, I love your writing and I adore The Unwanted Wife, but I going to be honest about my feelings about this book and this review is quite negative. I signed up to Kindle Unlimited to ‘borrow’ this book rather than buy it. There is a reason behind this and that is for me Natasha has not been able to recreate the intensity of The Unwanted Wife in her other books so far in my opinion. Some of the books I read by her are ok and some books I hate the hero in, this being one of those.

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Synopsis:

The last thing Cleopatra Knight expects on her business trip to Tokyo is to fall into bed with her arrogant, irresistibly hot boss, Dante Damaso. It’s a mistake—a steamy, mind-blowingly satisfying mistake. But a few nights of passion with the superwealthy bad boy prove to have long-term effects when Cleo’s world is unexpectedly turned upside down.

Dante has cultivated an enviable, jet-setting lifestyle: beautiful women, exotic destinations, and luxury without limits. He’s not looking to be domesticated, and certainly not by his assistant—even though he can’t get her out of his mind. Still, he knows he has both the responsibility and the financial means to help Cleo.

Though Cleo has no interest in Dante’s money, her lack of prospects gives her little choice but to accept his help. But living under the same roof, Dante discovers he wants more, and if Cleo lets down her guard, she just might find what her heart’s wanted all along.

Rating: 3 Stars

Review:

I am so glad I signed up to Kindle Unlimited to borrow this book rather than buying it because it would not have been worth the money. You can see I have giving this book a 3 star review and you may think what after you have read what I think about the book. This was going to be a 2 star review because no matter whether I hate the hero or dislike the book, Natasha has a way with words. She can weave a story and tell it in a way you have to read it. I like her writing and writing style but her hero’s can be a bit hit and miss. The extra star was because the book made me cry, it did at one point about 70% in tug on my emotions.

I hated Dante, I still hated him at the end of this book. He is the worst hero I have ever come across. He is not even an alpha male who can be a little bit too over the top. He is a hands down jerk. He is the just ugh, so terrible. He was never redeemed for me in this story, sure I felt a little bad when the tragedy happened (that’s what made me cry) but not enough to like him. I could see there was some effort to make him more likeable in the end but it did not work for me. The tragedy made me like cleo as a character more, just thinking of what she went through now brings tears to my eyes because it was written in such a way.

I felt Cleo was such a doormat at the start of this book, she let Dante have sex with her when ever he wanted on their trip even though he treated her less than dirt. I am ok with causal hookup thats fine but I mean Dante didn’t even care about whether she had eaten or not, hello that is basic curtesy and he got her name wrong after sex. I understand Dante was hot can see where the attraction came from but he was so horrible to her, he was continuously tore down her confidence and was just plain mean. Dante jerk example number 1 is he fired Cleo and got security to escort her out his office when she went to tell him she was pregnant because she is obviously lying and after his money. WHAT???? This was when Dante became unredeemable for me, I as a reader felt humiliated for Cleo. I just never understood why he wanted to be with Cleo in the end, I didn’t think there was any love there. I felt if Cleo hadn’t got pregnant and suffered a miscarriage then Dante would have moved on from wanting to be with her.

Dante jerk example number 2:

“No, Your baby does’t interest me. You don’t interest me. I want you both out of my life as quickly and quietly as possible”

This was at about half way through the book that Dante said this. I mean really by now there should be some niceness and romantic feelings on the hero’s side.

Cleo become more a likeable character when she went through a miscarriage and the time after that, you could feel her pain in the writing and it was just so heartbreaking to read. This part of the book was so heart wrenching and Dante was a bit better at this point but not enough. The epilogue was sweet.

I am going to end this review with a snippet

“She had never expected to like Dante Danaso, and yet she did. He had wormed his way into her good graces, and she wasn’t exactly sure how”

I agree with Cleo’s POV, I have no idea how Dante got into her good graces and heart. I still fail to understand that.

I would like to say I’m sorry if you felt this review was too critical and I hate doing a bad review but this book was not for me at all. I still love Natasha Anders book and will be reading them. I can only imagine the amount of work and time and everything that goes into writing a book but this review is negative because like I said it was not for me.

Happy reading!!

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Second Time Around – Katherine Allred

Ever since I read What Price Paradise I have wanted to read another Katherine Allred book. I really enjoy the way she tells a story and her writing. The writing really intrigues the reader and builds a picture in their mind, she is an amazing storyteller. Her books were £0.47 on the Kindle so I downloaded the ones that sounded interesting (and I did not own), including this one. I recommend Katherine Allred books.

This book contains some sex, however it is not very graphic or descriptive.

Synopsis:

Five years ago Quinn McAllister’s life was almost destroyed. While he lay in a coma from injuries sustained during an auto accident, the woman he loved divorced him. Or so his father told him. Now he’s discovered that his divorce was bogus, and his whole world is spinning out of control. He’s tempted to give his wife the quick divorce she wants until he finds out about the son he didn’t know existed. Now he’s going back to Wyoming to claim what’s his, and nothing can stop him…not his father, and certainly not his wife’s fiance. It’s taken Lanie McAllister five years to get over losing the man she loved with every fiber of her being. Now she’s ready to move on with her life, and has even agreed to marry the local veterinarian until Quinn gives her an ultimatum. Give them three months to try to mend the marriage his father tore apart, or he’ll fight her tooth and nail for custody of their son. Torn between the man her heart has never quite forgotten and the man she’s engaged to, Lanie can only pray that love will truly be better the second time around.

Ratings: 5 Stars

I really loved this book. For some reason even though it was about two people realising that their divorce was bogus and a misunderstanding created to separate them by Quinn’s father, I felt it was a feel good book. I felt so happy and just good when I finished this book. I guess what I loved about this was that both Quinn and Lanie were friends before they got married, though we only got some flashbacks showing this and I really wish there were more. The flashbacks showed the reader that what they had was not love at first sight but the slow building of attraction and love, which is why I found it plausible that when they meet again after 5 years that there are still some feelings there. As you all know I love relationship development and you could just feel the love between these two. I thought the realtionship between these two was so sweet, I loved how Quinn knew he was not over Lanie and so decided to try and resolve their problems. The story was beautifully written, I cannot explain how much I love Katherine Allred writing. The story developed with a good pace and at no point was the book boring.

When Quinn finds out that Lanie and himself are not actually divorced and they have a son he decides that he has to be part of their lives. However after 5 years apart thinking they were divorced Lanie is now engaged to the local vet Jared and she wants a divorce to move on. However Quinn moves back to Wyoming and gives her a choice either he fights for custody of his son or they give their marriage another go for 3 months. Lanie decides to agree to the 3 months term. This book actually contains a love triangle and I still adore it. The difference is that this triangle was handled very well. Lanie makes it clear to Jared what Quinn has said and done and I felt that Jared from the start understood how much Quinn ‘use to’ mean to Lanie. As she was married to Quinn and never led Jared on I felt that the love triangle was dealt with well.

Zack was such a sweet child, he was too cute. I really loved that Lanie had explained to Zack who is father was and did not try to make him turn against Quinn. Lanie held no bitterness against Quinn even though she though he had abandoned them. All the secondary characters were well developed and interesting. Lanie was an awesome character and Quinn was so sweet aswell, he had some of the best lines.

“It’s nice to see your wedding rings back where they belong.”

“Maybe it wasn’t, Angel. As much as I hate that I wasn’t here for you and Zack, maybe it took losing you to make me realize what I had, how much I really need you. I will never take you for granted again, and I’ll thank God for every minute we have together.”

Happy Reading!