Shelves: betrayal , hurray-and-happy-i-read-it , emo-angst , trainwreck-with-an-avalance-on-top , almost-real-world , fell-off-my-chair-laughing , nicely-done , best-h-smackdown-ever , its-complicated , old-skool-and-not-pc This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. In fact, this is one of the rare HP occasions where MR and LG both have books out together with identical tropes and a similar theme. The h is 23 when the book opens. We learn that she is an outcast in her own family. Her father is abusive and essentially kicked her out of the family because she lived with the H in her first year of uni at 19 and then the H dumped her after he told her they were getting married because his elderly father was ill and he had to return to Italy and she refused.
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Dear lord, how much longer would they be at the police station? Surely by now they realised that they had the wrong person? Tim was no angel—what teenager was? But he was intelligent. He had a promising academic future ahead of him.
He would soon be sitting his final exams. Why would he go off the rails and attempt to steal a car? Tim had been living here with her sister for the past two months. While their parents were in New Zealand, enjoying a long-anticipated reunion with relatives, there had been nowhere else for him to go.
And Ashley had understood his reluctance. The white space-age kitchen reminded her of an operating theatre. It was sterile. There was no clutter—Susan would not allow clutter. Her home was obsessively clean and tidy. Just like Susan herself. A pariah. Nobody knew that better than Ashley. On the day Susan had discovered that her unmarried teenage sister was pregnant, Susan had turned her back without hesitation.
When you threatened to become a social embarrassment, Susan would literally cross the street to avoid you. Ashley took sudden ironic strength from that awareness. If Susan had had the slightest suspicion that Tim might be guilty, she would have let Arnold go to the police station alone.
Ashley paled at the reminder. When he was roused, Tim was hot-headed and aggressive. A boy was supposed to have grit and guts. Ashley had never fitted the rulebook. In one way or another she had always transgressed. Ashley had rebelled but Susan had always conformed.
Arnold had come along when Susan was eighteen. Susan had never spread her wings in the outside world, never fought for a taste of the freedom which other young women took for granted. Ashley had often wondered if her sister had rushed into marriage to escape their domineering bully of a father and a home atmosphere riven with tension and frequent angry scenes. As she heard the key in the front door, she walked out to the hall, praying that Tim would walk in, angry and shaken but unafraid…in other words, an innocent accused.
Tim raced upstairs and the loud slam of a door ricocheted through the house. Arnold appeared next. In the act of shedding his raincoat, the older man froze. Her oval face was a waxen mask, stamped by bruised eyes and two burning spots of enraged red.
They put Tim in our care. He was our responsibility. She had the weird feeling that she had stepped into a crazy mirror-world where familiar people become unrecognisable. As a rule her sister was frigidly unemotional, but tonight she was a woman possessed, alien in her spitting belligerence. Ashley moved a pleading hand. How can I be involved in this? Do you know whose car he wrecked?
Lynne Graham A Desperate Plea Ashley Forrester had no choice but to plead with Vito di Cavalieri to drop the charges that would put her brother in prison. She expected Vito to exact a high payment in return. But what shocked her was his asking price… A Demanding Proposition He wanted Ashley… in his bed, as his wife. And passion surged beneath her shaking defenses and betrayed her like never before. Because how could she control love turned to white-hot hatred-and desire that raged dangerously out of control. Dear lord, how much longer would they be at the police station? Surely by now they realised that they had the wrong person?
A Vengeful Passion
Some brief overview of this book A Demanding Proposition Vito di Cavalieri is the last man Ashley Forrester ever wanted to see again, but her brothers fate lies in his hands. So she has no choice—to save her brother and protect her secret—their son—she must pay whatever price Cavalieri exacts His demand: Vito wants her in his bed, as his wife! But the passion he awakens in Ashley surges beneath her shaking defences and betrays her like never before. Just how will she be able to resist a desire so strong that it threatens to pierce her heart?