Monday, March 22, 2010
Author: Kelly Hunter
Line: Harlequin Presents / Mills and Boon Modern
Nov 09 in the UK
Jan 2010 in Aus/NZ
April 2010 in North America
The S-Factor: Sexy
When heiress Simone Duvalier sashays back into Rafael Alexander's life, Rafe can't wait for her to head back home and leave him to his empire-building in Australia. They once shared so much, but all that remains are memories and the desire to bed her….
Simone has never forgotten fiercely ambitious, achingly sexy Rafael—and neither has her traitorous body! But when a princely secret and an unplanned pregnancy threaten to change everything…can this dark-hearted bad boy become a prince and a father?
Kelly Hunter wrapped up her Hot Bed of Scandal in a spectacular way with Revealed: A Prince and A Pregnancy. The two book series has been an exceptional one to read.
In the first book we learned that the children of Chateau des Caverness took care of each other. The Duvalier’s were Luc and Simone of aristocracy and the housekeeper’s children Gabrielle and Rafael. Luc and Gabrielle had a history and were caught in a grotto acting on their sexual attraction., the result having Gabrielle banished and sent to Australia at age sixteen. However, Rafael and Simone, actually fell in love and Rafe asked her to leave France and go to Australia and marry him. However, she refused and stayed to help her father and brother because she felt she was too young to leave, and had nothing to offer Rafe. Of course all romances come with secrets and one is left to know Rafe’s world will certainly be turned upside down because a King is claiming that Rafe is his son, he’s dying and wishes to meet him. So the father Rafe has known as Harrison Alexander is not actually his biological father. But Rafe definitely loves and respects Harrison.
This is Simone’s and Rafe’s story and a lovely one as all four will be reunited in Australia for Luc and Gabrielle’s wedding. However, so many years have passed and the reunion is not a pleasant one for Rafe. For Simone there has been no other man and for Rafe he can’t seem to over the past. However, they agree for the sake of their siblings to make the the wedding special, they work together along with the bride, groom, catering staff and it’s a wonderful wedding. Simone is very direct with her feelings to Rafe and Rafe keeps turning away from her until two of the wedding staff plot to have Rafe walk her back to her room and then neither of them can take it longer. They act on their passion and Rafe invites Simone to travel with him to Sydney because he has a meeting with King Etienne, a meeting his sister and bother-in-law tried to talk him out of because they new the secret! However Rafe is curious because it involved a subject he loved, wine and the King had vineyards he wanted to discuss with Rafe.
Simone knew immediately when she looked into the King’s eyes that she needed to get Rafe out of the meeting. As soon as she saw the eyes she understood why Gabrielle didn’t want her brother to meet with the King because this was Rafe’s father. She tried everything and then the worst thing happened, the King told Rafe he was his father, Rafe felt betrayed and had harsh words with Simone, sending her away. Simone returns home to France and has an unexpected surprise, she’s pregnant with Rafe’s baby but she doesn’t tell him, his sister does. So many complications in their relationship but I just kept believing they would finally be together because of Simone’s deep love for Rafael and her determination to love him unconditionally.
“He was her angel, so lost and wounded, so thoroughly prepared for rejection.” Never under estimate the power of love because Simone agrees to stay with Rafael while he restores the vineyard leaving her beloved home in France. However, in the end when Rafe realizes what she means to him, he puts his past behind him and does so many incredible things to give her the same happiness Simone has given him.
Kelly Hunter made the last ending chapters magnificent to read as all of the children of Chateau des Caverness were reunited, living and working together for the good of each other and their families and erasing all of the bad from their pasts and only looking forward to the good and their futures. The Hot5 Bed of Scandal series had it all, romance, tension, secrets, scandal.....a wonderful family saga.
Hero Hotness Factor♥♥♥♥♥
Heroine Lovability Factor♥♥♥♥♥
Stickability Factor ♥♥♥♥♥
Reviewed by: Marilyn
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