Ethan’s Temptress Bride
Author: Michelle Reid
Publisher: Harlequin Mills and Boon
Hero: Ethan Hayes, architect. Also a billionaire but for some unexplained reason, he chooses not to spend any of inheritance and only live on his earned income. Has a complicated Past which I think may have been explored in a previous book. Is a tall, dark, idiot Englishman with no heart worth mentioning. Or not.
Heroine: Eve Herakleides, half-Greek heir to a billionaire. Likes hot pink, short skirts, flirting and Ethan Hayes (when she doesn’t hate him for being a tall, dark, idiot Englishman with no heart worth mentioning).
Other: There is a cast of thousands in this book, which made me suspect that it’s part of a series. Still, you can ignore most of them and concentrate on the main characters quite happily.
Marriage: Engagements: fake and real.
Enjoyment factor: This is one of the most awesome category romances I’ve read in a long, long time. Interestingly, I just checked out the reviews on Amazon and there are a lot of 1 and 2 star reviews. Mostly complaining about the heroine: immature, spoiled rotten, unlikeable, a hussy, obnoxious, manipulative, self-centered, and bratty. I disagree. And especially in light of recent discussions about date rape and the Slutwalk, I think those reviews say a lot more about the readers than they do about this book. Which is awesome.
There will be spoilers.
We first see Eve at her birthday party, enjoying herself with a group of friends she’s known for many years. I don’t think it’s a huge surprise that she’s the centre of attention and I don’t think it makes her spoiled or self-centered. She’s young, pretty and enjoys flirting and teasing. That doesn’t make her a hussy.
When her drink is spiked by one of those so-called friends, she is taken home and there is an attempted date rape. This is Not Her Fault. Not because she wore a tight dress, nor because she had a drink, nor because she trusted her friends. One of the awesomest things about this book is the way that our hero gets this absolutely and without question. Every time Eve tries to blame herself, Ethan firmly reminds her that she is not to blame in any way at all.
It’s Ethan who steps in when he hears Eve screaming and though he fails to chase down her attacker, he is totally brilliant with Eve afterwards. Especially since he doesn’t much like the short dresses she wears and the way she flirts with everyone.
‘What happened here, Eve?’ he questioned grimly.
‘What do you think?’ she shot back on a bitter choke. ‘I suppose you think I deserved it!’
‘No,’ he denied that.
‘Liar.’ She sobbed and lifted the sheet up to use it to cover her face.
‘Eve – nobody of sane mind would believe a woman deserves what appears to have happened here,’ he insisted soberly.
‘I’m drunk,’ she admitted.
He could smell the alcohol.
‘It’s all my fault.’
‘No,’ he said again.
That, right there, is why I love this book.
Admittedly, the plot takes on something of a ridiculous and unfathomable twist when Eve’s grandfather appears on the scene. But if you read Mills and Boon for the gritty realism of the plots, you must be accustomed to regular disappointment.
What matters more to me is how the characters respond to each other and I found that completely believable. I loved the way that they spark against each other, tease each other and enjoy each other. I understood Eve’s jealousy – and her regret as soon as she’s sent Ethan away. I felt Ethan’s disappointment at her lack of trust – and cheered once he realised he had to go back and tell her the truth. I was glad when they got their happy ending, and convinced that they would indeed be happy together.
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