Mercenary and the Marriage Vow by Doreen Roberts
Perception by Angela Verdenius
Once a Cowboy by Linda Warren
Hide in Plain Sight by Marta Perry
Dancing in the Moonlight by Raeanne Thayne
Baby Bonanza by Maureen Child
Baby, I'm Yours by Stephanie Bond
Speed Dating by Nancy Warren
Most of these titles follow the standard formula for Harlequin books: Contentious first meeting, instant lust, sudden unexpected feelings of love on her part, refusal to admit feelings on his part, numerous misunderstandings, angst, and in the final pages they actually talk, realizing they could have solved all this and got on with their lives on page 5, and happily ever after. Sometimes this can be an enjoyable 1-2 hour long read but often I finish shaking my head and eyes sore from rolling so much. Clichés, sickly-sweet sentiment, ridiculous misunderstandings. I find that unless there is a substantial plot to accompany the romance story I become close to infuriates with the man-handling, controlling behaviour and refusal to have a honest conversation.
I'll add to this list the Loveswept romance: I Do by Mallory Rush a.k.a. Olivia Rupprecht.
Mostly because I don't think it deserves it's very own post. In the case of I Do, I fell victim to the ever popular 'replacement cover'. Always one to be intrigued first by the book cover, I saw this and figured...why not?
After reading the book I had a suspicion so I googled the book and located THIS!
SOL--He Promised Her Forbidden Pleasures....
He'd nearly died in a foreign land, and in a moment of madness he'd married the woman whose letters had given him a reason to live. But when Sol Standish faced his bride for the first time, he knew he should release her from her vows. Mariah Garnet trembled when her husband stepped off the plane, wildly excited at meeting Sol, but deeply ashamed of the deception that had made her his wife.
Innocent, passionate, unrestrained in her hunger for the sensual gifts he offered, Mariah was a mystery Sol itched to unveil, but was her reckless courage strong enough to heal a man whose scars ran so deep? Desperate for the trust of his wanton angel, Sol demanded the truth she'd kept from the man who shared her soul. Could he make her believe he'd let no one take her from him, that she was his answered prayer
SOL is his name...and he does start out in the book thinking he actually is Sh*t .Outta .Luck.
I read this book and thought that I may injure myself from the almost constant eye-rolling. Such cheesy lines and that old story...almost underage girl, innocent and sweet falls for older, hardened, dominating man. I actually laughed out loud a few times over utterings such as "He realised he was the wind beneath my wings" blah blah
...okay. All complaining and making fun aside, I admit I did read the whole thing. In one sitting. And it was kinda fun. If you can embrace or even revel in the cheese factor then I Do is actually a bit of fun!