Saturday, February 12, 2011
Author: Trish Morey
Line: Mills and Boon Modern/ Harlequin Presents Release month: North America: Jan 2011 /UK: Jul 2010
The S-Factor: Sizzling
Merciless Daniel Caruana will do anything to prevent his sister marrying his nemesis! It just so happens that her wedding planner is the groom’s sister—and in the flesh, despite her prim clothes, Miss Sophie Turner is very tempting.
An eye for an eye, a sister for a sister….
Daniel will have Sophie exactly where he wants her—with him on his private island and willing in his bed! But when Daniel realizes that true love does exist, it's not just his sister who's in trouble….
Again Daniel Caruana’s sister had fallen in love and would her brother have to pay him off like the others? Not until he found out its Jake Fletcher, a man he hates, a man he holds responsible for the death of a woman he loved. Now he’s faced with Jake’s sister Sophie Turner, the wedding planner and a woman who wants the best for her brother and his bride. Could Trish Morey pull this off and give them a happy ending………you bet!
So how would author address this dilemma and since the wedding was immediate, how would they deal with the family issues and their mutual attraction? Throw in the beautiful secluded island located in Queensland, a posh resort with a horrible thing to about to happen, Daniel would as he had in the past, try to pay off Jake Fletcher NOT to marry his sister. He hated Jake, they had a past and he would not allow Monica’s marriage to happen.
Sophie Turner not only was the sister of a man he hated, she was his sister’s wedding planner and a woman he desired. His plan was to stop the wedding, could he pretend to be in compliance with the plans and in the end halt the process? You bet and then some…..did he have a plan? First of all, he wanted Sophie where he could control the wedding planning plus bed her. However, he had a grander plan. Buy off her brother who was his arch enemy. It had worked before with Monica’s other boyfriends so he was sure it would work with Jake. Why did he hate Jake, Sophie’s brother? They had not only a competitive past; Daniel blamed Jake for his fiancée Emma’s death.
It was all too much while trying to mend fences between Daniel and her brother. It was obvious Daniel hated Jake and absolutely didn’t want his sister to marry. However, what lengths would he go to stop the wedding? Buy out the venue, offer Jake money to stop the wedding, bed his sister? Yes to all three. Daniel, Jake and Daniel’s security man Jo all had a past, they grew up together, went to high school together. Jo hated Jake almost as much as Daniel, so he agreed to again offer Monica’s boyfriend or in this case fiancé money. Jo, well let’s just say, was a bit snake and soon to slither out from under his rock.
I adore a tormented alpha and that’s exactly whom Daniel was yet I could also feel his emotions crumbling towards Sophie, the woman he didn’t want to like, only use. However, while he had her on his island, had control of her and the wedding plans, he thought why not take it a step further and have a short affair. Did I agree with his tactics…..no. Did I want to see the tables turned…definitely yes! Obviously he adored his sister, had taken care of her after their parents had died and he was sure her fiancé, Jake was only using her. He was so wrong on all counts and so much more
The word angst described it all especially the ending chapters. I looked up the word and its definition was as follows: “anguish, torment, anxiety, trouble, sorrow, worry, fear”……..let’s just say It’s exactly what happens on all counts! Not just for the happy couple Jake and Monica but also for their respective siblings it all ends horribly. Could all of their relationships be salvaged and could there be a wedding?
Well Ms. Trish Morey, you’ve done it again with Reckless in Paradise, explosive, secrets, lies, passion but you also gave your hero a very valuable lesson, one that Sophie taught him. Sophie taught him “that the bonds of love were stronger than the chains of hate. She also taught him the love wasn’t about control.” Sophie taught Daniel if he truly loved her, he would have to let her go and hopefully she would return to him because she wanted him! Happy ending? Yes, not only for his sister Monica and Jake but also for the two of them, in paradise!
Hero Hotness Factor♥♥♥♥♥
Heroine Lovability Factor♥♥♥♥♥
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Reviewed by: Marilyn
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