Author: Mindy Klasky
Release Date: 19 July 2011
Number of pages: 224 pages
Source: review copy provided by publisher through NetGalley
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Grade: 3 stars
Goodreads appetizer: Pregnant?
His grandmother's ultimatum was that he marry, not become a dad. But when brilliant physician Ethan Hartwell searched for the only woman he'd never quite forgotten, he found a two–for–one–Sloane Davenport was carrying his child! Now Ethan had to decide whether to tell Sloane his darkest secret…
A foster kid, Sloane dreamed of giving her own child a perfect family. But one incredible night with Ethan left her pregnant and—outrageously—fired from her job. Struggling to keep her independence, Sloane refused Ethan's logical proposal. She wasn't about to marry for anything but respect and partnership and love. So what will it take for her "maybe" to become a "yes"?
Once again I realized that the horrible title did a disservice to an otherwise nice novel.
The novel starts off with Ethan's grandmother issuing him an ultimatum: either he gets married by her next birthday (in about 8 months) or she will give away her shares in the family company to a charity and thus giving the majority votes to an outsider and making Ethan's work extremely difficult if not impossible. So as to devise a plan to avoid this, Ethan a playboy bachelor has to think and find a potential candidate. His thoughts always come back to Sloane, a woman he slept with once a few months ago but with whom he felt he had a connection deeper than just a physical/sexual one.
It was the premise which drew me in (I love these kinds of forced/arranged marriage themed novels) and the characters were nicely developed, it's just a personal preference that somehow I found Sloane too bland and not a very interesting heroine. However, Ethan was a hero I enjoyed reading about a lot! His internal struggles and emotional confusion made him an endearing and very lovable hero. I also have to mention Ethan's grandmother, the manipulator behind the whole story, whom I found a nice and lovable addition to the main characters. Sure she was a steel lady with an iron will, but she had a heart of gold.
The emotional evolution of Ethan and Sloane's relationship was gradually and well done, and I was even surprised that for a Harlequin novel there was no sex or make out scene up until the very end, it was very chaste but still heart-warming. However that one and final love scene was described in such flowery poetry I got lost in the abstract metaphorical descriptions.
Ending: 6/10 - I found the reconciliation too sudden, Sloane shouldn't have given in immediately
Cover: 3/10 - the usual typical Harlequin category romance cover...