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Feb
20

 

 

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THE GUARDED HEART by Robyn Donald
Copyright: 1983
Publisher: Harlequin Presents #623
Series: N/A
Source: Pulled from print TBR

His was a terrible vengeance

Alannah’s thoughtlessness when she was sixteen had caused an accident with tragic consequences. Then, three years later, when she’d finally come to terms with the past, she was painfully reminded of her guilt.

Nicholas Challoner, haunted, brooding for his dead wife and unborn child, was not a man to forget–or to forgive.

He demanded a retribution that only Alannah could pay. And the elaborate web he had woven as part of his revenge left her no way out!

This is puzzling. I thought this was a book I hadn’t read and I pulled it from the TBR after I saw some readers discussing it at the Amazon Forums. I knew I had it, went looking for it and finally found it in one of the many bins holding my prints books. Then went to Goodreads to mark it as “Want To Read” only to see I had read this one sometime in 2010…yet, I don’t remember anything about it. Usually when I read something I’ve already read, a scene or two will jump out at me and I’ll know I’ve read it before but this one…there was nothing about it that reminded me of a previous read.

Heroine was involved in an accident that killed the hero’s wife and unborn child when heroine was sixteen years old. At the time, hero was twenty-seven. After the accident, the heroine and her father go to pay their respects to the hero. Because the heroine was nervous, he overheard her laughing as she and her father were leaving. That event snowballs into the hero befriending her family while she’s away at school and when she comes back three years later, the hero tells her that she will marry him (to replace his deceased wife) and she will give him a child (to replace the one she stole from him when she killed his wife). He makes it so she can’t refuse him without her mother and sister suffering from her decision. There begins the constant fighting/bickering “I hate you! I’ll never forgive you for this!” that is a staple for older Harlequin Presents stories. She hates him, he tells her he doesn’t care, he wants only her body and for her to give him a child. She fights him the whole time, at one point she says something to him (I can’t even remember right now what it was) and he responds by slapping her across the face. This is a few pages before they find out she’s pregnant.

There’s the typical other woman who is snarky to the heroine when they’re alone but oh so sweet when the hero is around them. There’s the business trips he takes that the other woman is always around for while the heroine is at home hating the hero and at times hating her pregnancy, etc etc etc.

Then comes the last couple of pages where it’s all changed. He’s loved her since he first saw her…remember their first meeting? She was paying her respects to him on the loss of his wife, who he lost a month before. She was sixteen. He was twenty-seven at that meeting. He’d loved his wife oh so much but then the heroine walked into his house a month after his wife died and he was just drawn to her. Hmm. OK. We’ll go with that. Then, the heroine — who spent the whole story fighting him and refusing to respond to him sexually any time he touched her — blurts out that she loves him oh so much and is so happy that he loves her too. Hmm. Maybe this whole WTFery about how they met and the revenge plot on his part is why I forgot everything about this book the first time I read it? So much eye-rolling on my part. So. Much.

 

 

Jan
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Another challenge I’m joining. With a TBR as huge as mine, surely this will be an easy challenge to do? ;)

Wendy, The Super Librarian, is hosting this one and sign up post can be found here.

Challenge Details:

What is the TBR Challenge? Simply put, it’s where readers pick up a long neglected book from their TBR pile, read it, and comment on that read on the 3rd Wednesday of every month. The idea is to read those long neglected books that you just had to get your hands on at the time, but have been languishing in your pile, all lost and forgotten.

Commentary on your chosen TBR read can happen anywhere online (your blog, Facebook, GoodReads, Twitter, a message board etc.) just provide me with a link when you sign-up so interested readers can follow all the challengers!

Why do I make you do “homework?” Honestly?  Because it’s fun.  Over the years many people have commented how much they enjoy following along with the TBR Challenge participants to discover “long lost gems” and maybe get a different perspective on a book they read years ago.  Plus is the one day every month where you are guaranteed to get some good book chatter.

This is a voluntary challenge and I want it to be fun.  Which means if you skip a month (or, uh, several), I’m not going to publicly shame you.  Hey, life happens.  Even to the best of us.  Also, I am keeping up with the tradition of providing monthly themes.  Some participants like that added focus.  Some prefer to go “off theme” and read wherever their mood takes them.  And both are perfectly and totally acceptable!  The goal of this challenge is to read neglected books out of your TBR, whatever they may be.

Monthly Commentary Dates + Suggest Themes

January 21 – We Love Short Shorts! (Category romance, novellas, short stories)

February 18 – Recommended Read (A book recommended to you by another reader/blogger etc.)

March 18 – Series Catch-Up (A book in a series you are behind on)

April 15 – Contemporary

May 20 – Kickin’ It Old School (Copyright date is 10 years or older)

June 17 – More Than One (An author who has more than one book in your TBR pile)

July 15 – Lovely RITA (past RWA RITA winner and/or nominees – links to lists will be provided at later date)

August 19 – Impulse Read (The book you bought because of the cover or The book you bought on impulse or The book you cannot remember why you bought in the first place!)

September 16 – Historical

October 21 – Paranormal or romantic suspense

November 18 – It’s All About The Hype (a book or author that got everybody talking)

December 16 – Holiday Themes (Christmas, Valentine’s Day, any holiday!)

 

 

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