It was cute then it wasn tHero was respectful then he wasn tHe was also VERY dishonest to himselfHe expected heroine to trust him on his words saying a marriage is nothing without faith when the evidences were very much against him but he failed to show her the same courtesyHe didn t deserve to be forgiven for his callous treatment to his wife Despite my not liking her lack of decision making skillsBecause she WAS honest He treatment to his wife Despite my not liking her lack of decision making skillsBecause she WAS honest He about the OM and his hold on the heroine because heroine never pretended anythingHe on the other hand ferociously claimed he was over the OW but lied to the heroine about her and heroine had every right to react the way she did and not trust himHe had NO right His thinking he can deal with an imaginary OM but unable to deal with the real one was NOT heroine s shortcoming but his own HE SHOULD have thought about it because Emma sure as hell mentioned it endless timeHe overstepped a boundary when he decided to punish Emma for HIS OWN shortcomings All respect were forever lost And once I lose my respect I can never forgive that character no matter what He never managed to earn my respect back either Because he did nothing matureI understand jealousy doesn t follow rationale but Emma called him out on his double standards without any empathy and ids gloves rightly so yet he decided not to practice what he preachedHe almost raped her The century old tradition of men punishing women when they now they have been rightfully defeated and it was their own damn fault and they have nothing going on their favourNow why haven t I shelved this as a sexual abuse Because desperate to mend her marriage Emma didn t let him fulfil his violent thoughts towards her She gave consent physically But if she didn t what would have happened is his violent thoughts towards her She gave consent physically But if she didn t what would have happened is s guess Neither the author nor the hero has any way of proving he wouldn t have raped her Because we were given his inner thoughts His intent was rape or sexual punishmentAfter this incident he ept using her as sexual outlet not as a WifeHe Broke His Wedding Vows broke his wedding vows you ask me because he wasn t with her in bad times And he sure as hell broke his promises of ALWAYS making her happy and respecting herWhy the three stars Heroine actually addressed each and every one of my concerns above sans the near rape no author ever admitted their heroes being rapist except for a couple rare situations and told him in no uncertain terms that this was unacceptable and he s a cruel abusive ass We also saw his cruel streak with his ex he once again crossed the boundaries She may have been a mercenary cow but so was he until his priorities changed He ENJOYED what she had to offer and just because his attention now shifted toward a submissive woman rather than a dominant one didn t give him any right to be cruel If he was cruel to her because he was making a pass at someone who was taken I d understand it but it was VERY clear he was cruel because he found her not so appealing any Once again that s his problem not hers He probably would have taken up on her offer of uickie if it was two months ago which he had done in the past So nothing changed except for him and he can t be cruel to people because they don t fit HIS mould So she walks out on him with strong indications that it ll have to be him who d have to compromise his ego long enough to discuss things maturely and prove that he can in fact respect her and make her happy like he promisedThat s what somewhat saved the bookI didn t believe his love A man in love doesn t treat his wife with disrespect as he had claimed of the OM She was his possession His virgin wife It was a primitive possessiveness that I felt which most experienced men feels towards their inexperienced women Nothing However the HEA was believable. He wantedan innocent brideWhen handsome bachelor Dr Jason Steel took up residence in the small Australian town of Tindley he soon If we re talking happy marriage rather than love There have been plenty happy marriages in history without romantic love involved This was one of them I really didn t feel any love from either MCsAnd I never found myself to respect the hero He didn t practice what he preached He thought he d be trusted without uestion but he could treat his wife like a whore Not Cool If you want respect and trust you need earn it by your actions and by giving it to the other party He failed the heroine I was as elated as Naksed for having a H s POV HPThe thing is elated as Naksed for having a H s POV HPThe thing is didn t read it with the seriousness Kiki KC and StMargarets did I laughed and Laughed And Laughed As If I Was and laughed as if I was a soap opera with Itat Cantoral Otherwise I wouldn t have coped with so much OWOM drama especially all the memories of the OWAt first I agreed with Vintage in thinking the h needed some brain cells but without her POV we can t really The Secrets of Boys know how conniving she really was Shenew that if she really wanted to have Dean OM for her she couldn t give him el tesorito or she would be just like the others He is a doctor who escapes from the rat race and settles into a sleepy small town She is a small town girl who never got over her ex fianceeI wasnt too crazy about how everything was black and white in the book The HH are good the exes are bad people who try to break them up Lots of misunderstandings ensueLee doesn t usually write such a sanctimonious hero I guess she was trying for something different Published in 2002 written in 1952 I hopeJason the handsome doctor hero has a virginwhore thing going on He s had the whore now he wants the virginThe virgin She has all the coping capabilities ofThe H has left the big bad city the cut throat atmosphere of the clinic and the big bad ex that misdiagnosed a child s illness resulting in a death The term piece of work was made for creatures like the ex So are piece of shite Cruella etcThe H bought a small town practice and realizes he hasn t had sex in a while and heh Bambi s I mean the h s aunt just died so Bambi is a good prospect You think I am Stop Whining--and Start Winning kidding Iid you notThe proposal is hysterical He tells Bambi that she would make a good wife and mother NO darn it he did not mention that she had good hips for breeding but he did manage to stick in that she didn t want to wake up one day and find herself a dried up old spinster with nothing to look forward to but loneliness and rheumatism Get on with you you pretty talker you She criesAmusingly enough the evil OM s who got a bad girl pregnant while engaged to the h last name is Ratchet or Rat Shit as I like to hear it Rat Shit looms large over the relationshipThey get engaged and the evil OW does an end run around the poor H by spreading lies to Bambi who believes EVERYTHING the OW slings at her The H is horrified and the heroine only sueaks by with her total lack of confidence in the hero because he did lie why he went to the big city His little brother was sick and he didn t want to alarm the h over the OW He tells the OW off brutally which is why she conns the hThe H and h get married and she is a virgin A virgin that takes to sex like a duck to water In fact she has to badger the hero to allow her to give him fellatio A few days into the honeymoon the H catches the h looking sad Turns out Rat Shit showed up the morning of the wedding and said sooner or later he was going to get the heroine The h admits to the soon to be long suffering H that she may or may not still hung up on Rat Shit He doesn t take it well especially when they get back to the small town and the bad guy just hangs around the h s sweet cafeThe evil OM makes a big play for the heroine putting the H in a bad situation It s ugly and really not very entertainingAt this point any sym. New who he wanted as his wife Though Emma Churchill hesitated when Jason proposed he was prepared to wait a month before she gave ,
Pathy for Bambi went out the window There is disingenuous then there is stupidinsensitive as a Plank I Did A Turnaround I did a turnaround the hero as he went from clueless to clueless and misjudgedWhat could have been a charming story was disrailed by a heroine with few if any brain cells i thought this was going brain cells I thought this was going be a completely different storyline It popped up when I was doing an Overdrive search for a Clare Connelly book silly reeder Kindle Unlimited books aren t available via Overdrive and when I read the description I just new this was going to be a book about a sophisticated alpha male who decided he was entitled to a pure wife and thought he was getting one in the small town girl and thought he was getting one in the small town girl targeted as his bride but then discovered on their wedding night that she was gasp not a virgin And then there would be the reuisite slut shaming before he came to terms with his own hypocrisy and discovered that he loved this woman not her hymen But no That wasn t it at all I feel like I can t fairly rate the actual story because I prefer the one I made up Doctor Jason Steel abandons the big city and the doctor he d been about to marry for a small provincial town When his patient dies he decides to marry her niece Emma He nows Emma is still in love with her ex boyfriend even after he betrayed her but he thinks a marriage without love is not necessarily a bad thing But the unthinkable happens He falls in love with his wife and he now wa How cute The entire story is told from hero s POV I only had that happen to me once before this with Charlotte Lamb s An Excellent Wife Why don t Harleuin authors do that often It s really sweet view spoiler Disillusioned with the bright lights of the big city doctor hero leaves lucrative practice and Keeping Up With The Joneses lifestyle to settle down in a cute sleepy Australian small town where everybody Il sale della vita knows everyone else s business and takes bets on the outcome to bootSoon he falls for the local virginal Mary Sue a sweetshop owner no less who is still nursing a broken heart over her ex fiance the local bad boy Casanova who cheated on her then hightailed it out to take his manwhoring game to nationa I didn t like this one as much the second time around I think because Inew what was coming and I wasn t as caught up in the story and I could focus on the characters While the hero was trying to be all business about his proposal to the heroine it was obvious he was attracted to her and truly longed to have a relationship with her That he thought he could fast forward to the good stuff intimacy family life stability shows his general impatience but it doesn t make him cold hearted The heroine was trying to protect herself as well She used her bad boy crush like a cudgel to My Favorite Things keep the hero in line And who could blame her with the OW visiting and spreading her lies The bad boy cudgel was fine before they were married but her decampment to her house and the fact that sheept listening to the OM was bit much to take I m glad the hero laid him out and got to the bottom of why the OM was so persistent Heroine had a trust fundI think this Hh will be fine now that the OW and OM have faded into the mists There s no substitute for time and experience to grow a relationship and I think they both found this out The hero s brother taking over the sweet shop was a nice touch Sweet and pleasantEnhancing the homespun vibe was the sweet and old fashioned heroine Emma whose iller homemaker skills would probably make Martha Stewart proud And wow neighbors who apparently had nothing better to do than gossip because boredom SMHAnyway I liked how besotted and protective Jason turned out to be Emma in turn definitely ept Jason on his toes for the whole book I wasn t a fan on how long it took he 23 star. Im her answer The thought of making love to his virgin wife on their wedding night appealed to a part of him he'd never nown exist.