She would have done anything to get this jobCaroline hadn't meant to deceive Barrett Rossiter into thinking she was married and had a child, but if that was the price she had to pay for the job she so desperately needed, she'd pretend to be anything.She had to support Stacy, and protect her at all costs.And she had to continue lying to Barrett, if only to prevent him fromShe would have done anything to get this jobCaroline hadn't meant to deceive Barrett Rossiter into thinking she was married and had a child, but if that was the price she had to pay for the job she so desperately needed, she'd pretend to be anything.She had to support Stacy, and protect her at all costs.And she had to continue lying to Barrett, if only to prevent him from finding out the shameful truth about her private life.......
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Darker Fire Reviews
You know, I'm guessing this would have been a five star read for me if I hadn't been interrupted a million times while I was trying to read it. I won't know for sure because the full impact of reading it the first time won't be possible. What I'm trying to say, in short, is that this story packs an emotional punch - regardless of interruptions. Trigger warnings: abuse of a child/domestic abuseThe story opens with the heroine desperate for a job so she can have full custody of her seven year-old sister. Her emotionally abused, depressed mother died six month before, leaving the seven year-old in the dubious of care of her abusive, drunk stepfather. The job is personal assistant/secretary to the hero, director of a big company in Denver. Heroine has put herself through college and is qualified, but the HR director thinks she's too beautiful to be around the hero, a known womanizer. Hero shows up as heroine is leaving interview, and he flirts with heroine. Heroine loses her temper because he won't get out of her way and she trips over him. Both are physically attracted (we get the hero's thoughts), but heroine "don't have time for that" and she resents any soft feelings that would make her vulnerable. The next scene is heroine visiting her sister and we see the monster that is the stepfather. Heroine is despairing because she thinks hero kept her from getting job. However, a letter shows up and she's in. She goes early on the first day and explores the office. Hero catches her in his chair, twirling around. She thinks he some junior executive and tries to send him packing. They share a kiss. Pregnant secretary, whom heroine is replacing shows up and calls heroine "Mrs." (Heroine wears her mother's wedding ring to her father). Hero is enraged that heroine is married. She doesn't deny it because she doesn't want an affair with the hero no matter how attracted. Hero then treats her badly for the next two weeks.(view spoiler)[Now that heroine has a good job, she asks stepfather if she can have her sister live with her. Stepfather beats her up as an answer and threatens to beat the little sister. (It's a very violent scene for an HR) Heroine shows up at work with bruises. Hero is incensed - tries to find out why she's staying with abusive husband - offers help. She won't talk. Another time she is late to work and hero makes snide remarks about her having sex with her abusive husband before work. Hero seems like a complete ass here, but the author manages to show that he's lashing out because he cares about heroine and he can't get through to her. More kisses and she runs out.Hero feels guilty and stops by her apartment, only to find a man (stepfather) beating up the heroine. Hero beats the man to a pulp and throws him the elevator. Finds out the truth about stepfather and little sister. Proposes marriage. Heroine agrees even though she thinks he just wants her for sex. Her love will be enough for both. Hero thinks she's only doing this for her sister. His love will be enough for both.So they're both in love with each other but they are at cross purposes for the rest of the book. Every indication of love is misinterpreted by the other - but they jog on. On their honeymoon, hero thinks the tears of heroine are because he hurt her and he wills himself not to have sex with her again. Heroine thinks he's tired of her already. When the stepfather is killed in a drunk-driving accident the hero thinks the heroine is going to leave him. When the heroine is ill and the doctor calls the hero, he thinks heroine is going to die - he cries. Luckily she's fainting because she's pregnant. They resume sexual relations while she's pregnant, but they still aren't communicating. They have a little girl. The hero's feelings are finally revealed to the heroine when she overhears him talking to the baby. They finally talk. HEA(hide spoiler)]Whew. This one is intense - and I know if I hadn't been interrupted, I would have gone on the roller coaster ride without a critical thought. Recovering from childhood abuse just isn't that simple - and this book might offend/trigger/hurt someone with a similar background. As a thematic device, however, it works wonderfully. Everyone in this story suffered from excessive love - channeled in the wrong way. The excessive love of the heroine's mother and father wrought tragedy, but the excessive love of H/h finally won out because they actually communicated. Is this story romantic? Or manipulative? Probably a bit of both - but it's a memorable read. This book is available at Open Library, but there a few paragraphs that are a little mangled.
3.75 stars for the first 70% of the story maybe 3.25 stars for the rest. The quick summary is that the h lies – or should I say, allows the H to believe that h is married because h needed to get a job which had that requirement. As always attraction and wild feelings ensues however h has so much turmoil in her personal life that this creates a lot of misunderstandings and problems. I loved the first 70% of the book. I found their first H/h meeting hilarious. H was totally attracted and seemingly head over heels which is how I like em. We have the appropriate angst between the two and even more so on the H’s part. H really loves the h (yay!) It was EXTREMELY sweet that he still checked on her despite their aborted lurvescene. However my rating is lowered for the last 30% of the book – I felt it dragged just a tiny bit after they got married and it became a little too much for me to take – on the H’s side. Maybe I was drowning in the super sappiness of the H. I felt the “reveal” of the H’s feelings/thoughts and how it was done – it felt too much, felt too much (!) I mean H was talking to his baby for a long arse time about the “truth” and I’m like, no way, how convenient that the h’s there to hear alllll of it! I’m not mad at the H at all, just felt it was just toooo sickeningly sweet and unbelievable to me LOL. The ending also seemed a little too abrupt and rushed hence my double ratings. 3.75 for the first half and possibly 3.25 for the rest of it.
Really enjoyed this.
So I've read this book a billion times because it touches all of my happy buttons for some reason (despite the hero saying some really terrible things and the out-of-control adverbs. Seriously, not a verb goes unmodified.)I reviewed this once (kinda-sorta -- I actually had a conversation with my inner child about it) here http://meljeanbrook.com/115/ and I won't review it again. But my feelings are pretty much unchanged. This time I re-read it because I couldn't find my copy so of course I went and bought about three other copies from used book stores, just in case I ever lose the new copy in the depths of my bookshelves. Morgan Patterson only wrote this and one other book for Harlequin (a Presents which was incredibly different from the typical Presents of that era or basically any era.) If she/he is still writing, I'd snatch up his/her stuff in a second.
This author doesn’t know anything about human psychology and feelings. If she did she wouldn’t create a man who was a self-confident, extremely intelligent, hardworking, self-made millionaire with a drive became pathetically stupid and self-doubting man who couldn’t believe his wives’ passion and love for him.
might have 2 copies