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Subscribe Print. Mastercard Communications Contact: Jennifer Stalzer jennifer. Print Page Tags: culinary , Priceless. Recommended for you. Email Alerts Email Address:. A small Caribbean island is the lush setting for this sensual contemporary romance. Rafael Oliveira has been dogged by false accusations from his ex-wife about being involved in the drug trade, so he's come to make his home here on the island, having acquired some property in wagers in Las Vegas. He encounters the lovely and innocent Lily Fielding, vicar's daughter, and even knowing he is older and that they come from vastly different social circles, he can't deny his attraction to her.
But the A small Caribbean island is the lush setting for this sensual contemporary romance. But the past isn't quite ready to leave Rafe behind and Lily soon gets caught up in it too — will they find a way to a happy ending? Anne Mather was one of the first Harlequin writers that I ever read as a teenager, so I think it's wonderful that she's still writing romance books.
Unfortunately, for me this isn't the best example of her work.
There are too many plot lines going on at the same time, which makes the story feel scattered and unfocused. And I never did feel a connection between the hero and heroine.
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Lily works at the local marina and the boat rental business is losing money so she and her boss are looking for an investor. Rafe comes into play here, as the wealthy newcomer to the island who can save the business and thereby save Lily's job as well. It's in this context that Rafe and Lily first meet officially, though she'd seen him before on the beach. They are attracted to each other right away, and their eventual love scenes are sexy and well written. Rafe makes some decisions that create misunderstandings that could have been easily corrected, and indicate how he is used to not having to explain things to anyone, but this makes him seem somewhat uncaring of other's feelings.
While this is going on, there is also an old friend of Lily's, Laura, whose father is the one who lost his property on the island to Rafe as a result of gambling debts. She has her own agenda, and causes some jealousy on Lily's part when Lily believes that Rafe and Laura could also be an item. As well, Rafe's ex-wife who falsely accused him of being part of the drug trade has sent a spy to the island and there is a suspenseful subplot running through the story, including some surprising action scenes in the second half. Lily is a bit too naive and inexperienced for me — she's not a virgin but she succumbs easily to Rafe's charms.
A lot is made of the fact that she's the daughter of a minister who is quite controlling and she still lives with him, so has to make up excuses for things like being out late and spending time with Rafe. And she makes some questionable decisions that lead to her own folly. The story also contains some stereotypes that put me off — in particular the working class servants who practice 'black magic'. Presumably this means they are followers of voodoo and there are some off page scenes of activities relating to this, as well as psychic phenomena.
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All the ties come together at the end, and while we do get a happy ending, it comes with an insta-love finale that's hard to believe as they've spent very little time together. They are separated by more than 15 years of age, and really don't have anything in common. I would have preferred a happy for now ending with the sense that they'd be glad to spend time to get to know each other better.
It's clear that my tastes have changed and while I may have enjoyed this story when I was younger, I expect more now. Still, fans of the author and those who enjoy a May-December romance may find enough here that works for them. Note: a copy of this story was provided by the publisher for review. View 1 comment. Jan 18, Biggaletta Day rated it liked it. This is like a take on Jane Eyre, complete with Mr Rochester and the crazy wife, only set in the Caribbean.
Like two women chasing the hero - his ex wife and heroine's former friend. Then her boss's business was going down, so her boss was hustling th This is like a take on Jane Eyre, complete with Mr Rochester and the crazy wife, only set in the Caribbean. Then her boss's business was going down, so her boss was hustling the rich hero to buy it - which guess what? No brainer he did because of youknowwho. Her father was over protective and there was every a sign of the dark arts practiced by her housekeeper.
Oh let's not forget the religious elements - Confused? So was I. It just seemed like a lot of incidents thrown together to make a story. It also read like a recycled or updated mills and boon from the early 80's - so if you want a throwback this book is for you. Also if you want a light romance with not much going on but a scowling hero with a large I also didn't like the end Overall it's fine to pass the time. Her format has stayed pretty much the same and I quite enjoyed this book and I liked the 'smoulder' of the romance between Rafe and Lily.
In the 'old days' of Mills and Boon, most of the heroines were between 18 and 23 and the heros were in their early to late 30's. Brings back me 3. Brings back memories - LOL. I think Anne was one of the first romance authors to use duel POV's. Certainly the first one I remember that included the hero's thoughts. Jan 24, Lucimar rated it liked it. Jan 02, Fiona Marsden rated it liked it.
Read for nostalgia. I suspect we lost a whole generation of Mather heroes to some kind of sexually transmitted disease in the nineties. I prefer heroes who can keep it in their pants for two minutes. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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I did like the unusual setting and the fact that there wasn't any major conflict between the hero and heroine. The romantic tension came from an age difference and some misunderstandings about each other as they were getting to know each other. I also like that the hero wasn't a seducing womanizer who took one look at the heroine and decided to get her into bed. It seems this guy had some morals. However, my enjoyment of the story was done in by several things here.
First is the fact that he ke I did like the unusual setting and the fact that there wasn't any major conflict between the hero and heroine.
First is the fact that he kept calling her "girl. At that point it's kind of creepy. Also the constant use of "por supuesto" which means "of course", but I myself have been laughed at by native speakers for using it, since it's so formal. It's not exactly an interjection, as it's frequently used in this book.
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Another issue was the TSTL heroine. I didn't have any problems with her aside from her inexplicable rudeness toward Rafe until the idiot, willingly leads a woman who gives her the creeps and other bad vibes into a completely deserted location where she can be assaulted.
And without first telling anyone where she was going. When the woman suggests they go into a deserted yacht's cabin, the heroine balks and thinks, maybe this is a bad idea. At this point she has several options: she could say no, as she is still not being forced to do anything, she could pull out her cell phone and call for help or she could run like a bat out of hell. Instead, the heroine goes with option 4 and attempts to send a distress signal by telepathy to her voodoo practicing housekeeper and then follows the woman into the cabin.
Finally, the relationship between the hero and heroine was a bit strange. There chemistry was pretty decent, though it came and went, and there was definite admiration and friendship there. But the whole "big event" where Rafe goes off in search of his ex-wife and leaves the heroine alone after having sex with her was wonky. He tries to explain and she won't let him, after which he calls her childish and says he regrets "all of it," which she takes to mean the sex and he probably meant the leaving her. That's what hurts her and convinces her to send him away, but when they reconcile, she doesn't even mention it.
And don't get me started on the heroine's father This was entertaining, but just didn't work for me.
Superb romance with a touch of danger thrown into the mix makes for an exciting read. Jan 25, Josephine rated it liked it. I found it unbelievable. I would of cut her beginning protest. The girl does protest to much. And worked on their relationship to make them more connected. Jan 13, Deborah rated it liked it.