Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Pink Heart Picks: Secrets of the Playboy's Bride
This month's selection was SECRETS OF THE PLAYBOY'S BRIDE by Leanne Banks.
Of course, that also means that there's lots of room for character arc and to see both their feelings shift as they change and grow. Calista begins to forget about all the reasons why she'd wanted to marry him in the first place, and just as she's falling in love with him, he finds out the truth. From a conflict perspective, it really works. Then there's the fact that she's doing it for her sisters - and they adopt an adorable puppy. All things that help soften Calista and make us realize that boy oh boy, realizing she's in love with Leo is going to hit her RIGHT between the eyes!
As an aside - why is it that we excuse that hook with heroes but we find it so hard to accept in heroines? Hmmm. That bears some thinking about.
It was a fast-paced ride that kept me turning the pages - I loved the section in Japan and was a little disappointed we didn't get to go to India!
The one place that stopped me up, though, was the wedding night, when Leo realizes that she is not a virgin, though she definitely implied that was the case. She hadn't thought he would know whether she was a virgin or not. Um...I'm pretty sure he'd know. I found it hard to believe that one point. It was far more believable in the next scene where she admitted she'd made a mistake. She knows she let him believe that and admits it. She confesses about an earlier relationship. I just had a really hard time believing she honestly thought he wouldn't be able to tell.
Lots of passion between the pages (and the sheets!) and loved the reunion with his family at the end - especially the epilogue and how he and his brother agree to take the next adventure together. Awesome.
So...what did y'all think?
And now....drum roll please! I'm SO thrilled to announce April's Pink Heart Picks selection! We're going to be reading a very special book - a mother and daughter duet - and a debut all in one!
Romance superstar Rebecca Winters is paired up with her daughter, Dominique Burton for A MOTHER'S WEDDING DAY (American Romance). This is Dominique's debut and what a way to kick off a career! I'm really looking forward to reading this one!