Jennie Lucas: The Innocent's Dark Seduction

Und out about his daughter and started treating the heroine like an on tap traveling booty call As much as a jerk the hero was the heroine put up with his bad behavior I would have went off on the hero when they were hosting a party in Moscow for New Years Eve and he was flirting with other women You can love someone and still say to them you re treating me wrong and I m not oing to take it The heroine put up with months of bad treatment from the hero before she finally said enough is enough I also felt that the heroine should have told the hero she was pregnant She was rich and influential and if the hero had chosen to suggest that she The Subtle Beauty got an abortion which he never did he could not have forced her to do so I thought it was silly that the heroine thought she could keep the baby a secret considering her assistant and his best friend were married plus she was a high profile person The beginning of the book when all of those old men were lusting after the heroine at the charity ball was OTT My husband is older than I am and I appreciate the fact that there is maturity that comes with his age however not with the older men in this book They were all acting like little boysoing through puberty after having their first wet dream It was a major turn off for me The real story in this book is not about the heroine keeping their child a secret it was about the hero Having Tanner Bravos Baby (Bravo Family, getting over his fear of loving and losing someone Why I like Jennie Lucas as a writer is that she writes her books in a way in which the true story is not obvious from the outset This wasn t just a secret baby trope book it was the story of a alpha hero who was afraid ofetting hurt and losing his loved ones I REALLY wanted to like this book than I did It s not a bad book but Jennie Lucas is a When Da Silva Breaks the Rules (Blood Brothers, great writer and storyteller and I have come to hold her to a much higher standard than other writers This was a solid 3 Star book This book is full of Harleuin Presents most tried and true tropes and I wanted to punch the hero Roark s lights out in the first page and that only changed on a few of the pages in this book But somehow I ended up liking this book This book is not for a hardened cynic who cannot appreciate some of the silly aspects of Harleuin Presents novels when used toood effect in a story I don t feel that the approach was at all silly This was a book that kept my interest and engaged my emotions However the book does have the ruthless hero who The Billionaires Runaway Bride goes through women like Kleenex who can afford to donate 21 million dollars just toet a woman who feels no remorse about ruining a man s business because he s a bad businessman and who thinks he can have any woman he wants by snapping his fingers Not to mention a heroine who was married for ten years and is a virgin widow has a baby in secret and keeps it from the hero because he said he didn t want a baby and because he ruined her family s life And why is it she has to turn into Play Doh because of his kisses even though she cries I hate you when they come up for air Lastly but not least there s the marriage and bedding for revengeAt times I rolled my eyes at Roark s antics and Lia s foolishness but I ended up etting sucked into this world They were human beings not robotic automatons that don t make mistakes or act silly The love scenes were very passionate and steamy and the dialogue was interesting I really do like the way Ms Lucas writes dia. Ut the innocent's dark seduction has only just begunMany years ago Lia was the innocent victim of Roark's merciless financial ruin of her father But it's too late.

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Review of a book read years agoI think this was my favourite Jennie Lucas romance The one thing that stands out for me is the fact that the author ave this couple their own couples love song It was so romantic The hero and heroine danced to Etta James super romantic timeless treasure of a song called At Last I think that was a first for a harleuin author Be still my beating heart SighThis romance had angst hot sex Caught on Camera with the CEO gorgeous MC s an adorable secret babyirl hot sex a hero who felt forced to safeguard his heart after all the pain he had experienced as a child and teen hot sex super sex What a romantic novel The Innocent s Dark Seduction is the story of Lia and Roark A virgin countessA ruthless billionaireA night of passion and discoveriesA revelation of ruthless agendaA realization of betrayalA secret babyA heartbreaking discoveryA vengeful marriageA heartfelt pleadingA freak accidentA Wyoming Strong (Wyoming Men, groveling pleadA sweet HEAI enjoyed parts of it very very angsty yet oh so sexySafe35 Why Jennie Lucas whyAnd why do the editors think it is aood idea to publish stories like these in 2009 for the love of all things holy Wackadoodle fest with a mean hero and a virginal take it on the chin heroineThe H shows up at a fancy schmancy party to persuade the hostess a newly widowed h to sell the parcel she says she wants to put a 26 acre park in NYC to honor her dead sister He s sure he can convince her as she must be a Arabian Nights gold digger to marry an olduy Eye rollH bids a cool million to dance with her kisses her in the middle of the dance floor She melts into a disgusting mess of HarleyLand heroine trope at the kiss two weeks a widow then she runs no sprints out of the fundraiser all the way to ItalyThe stalker hero follows her to Italy and has sex with her She s a virgin Yippee Too bad she s also the daughter of the man he hounded out of business which led to her father s heart attack which led to her sister dying of a brain tumor which led to her mother committing suicide so she doesn t really like him They have words and he wins as his words are nastier18 months later Excellent sex again She lies he discovers what happens when a virgin has unprotected sex with a Harley hero A babyAll along the H has said he doesn t EVER want a family or a child EVER Once he finds out he has a plot moppet he Enchanting Baby (The Birth Place goes from seductive Rico Suave to Cruel Asshat They marry and he treats her like an official bootie callIt was all fun andames until he found out about the baby he never wanted He s cruel he s dismissive he s arrogant I have no problem with a heroine who starts out as a doormat Who hasn t been a fool for love Especially if it s your first time around you re Wild Nights with Her Wicked Boss going toive your all I also have no problem with a hero who acts like a real SOB It definitely adds tension and I love it when they have to face the error of their ways but he didn t not really She left him and he pretty much immediately realized he loved her went to find her and she took him back with open arms Yep that s it No Midsummer Night (Lady Julia Grey, groveling no proving himself nothing Really I m a HUGE Jennie Lucas fan and this was not her best work The sex scenes were BEYOND STEAMY I m talking smoking hot I don t know how much of an emotional connection I felt between the hero and heroine but their mutual physical attraction was obvious to the reader I really didn t enjoy the first half of the book and it onlyot interesting to me once the hero fo. Roark Navarre is ruthless and relentless He wants beautiful Lia and he will have her When he discovers that she is a virgin taking his prize becomes even sweeter

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LogueRoark had a backstory that was a lot intriguing than most of the HP heroes His father was a Spanish Canadian ice road truck driver who married a New York heiress That s kind of different And although he pissed me off for most of this book with his arrogance and ruthless sense of entitlement I did feel that the dumb lug came to his senses and went after what was important to him Lia wasn t one of those heroines who never acknowledged the wrongness of what she did She realized that it was wrong to hold the knowledge of baby Ruby from her father And she had the courage to Always You go after what was important to her alsoI think Ms Lucas is fully cognizant that she is writing within aenre and series that has some established expectations and she embraces it She might have her checklist of what must be included but she does a Wild at Heart (Sons of Chance, great job of writing a dramatic engrossing romance that you can t uite dislike despite some of the obvious patented story elements Thus I have toive this book 35 stars Jennie Lucas really knows how to keep the lovehate ambivalence at a full roaring boil until the story ends That s why I had to Lucy Carmichael give this one a three star even though the hero was pathological in both his lovesexual obsession for the heroine at the beginning and then his about face when he discovers she has kept his child a secret from him His cruelty at the end was a huge turn off especially when he was to blame for her father s financial ruin which led to his death her sister s and her mother s He already had a lot to answer for and the heroine keeping the child a secret wasn t enough of a sin for the way he treated her after they marriedYes JL has shown his motivation was fear of being close to anyone after losing his entire family in house fire as a child but come on he wasn t too afraid when he offered marriage the first ti The hero had no right to be pissed at her after he said he hate to have a child with her Where does heet the nerve to mad about her keeping it from him when he was such a little asshole about it She was the one who was inexperienced If he did not want kids used an condom dumb ass Wtf and she just takes it He did not deserve her at all Even then end he needs to be Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti grateful that she loves his sorry ass However I rated it 35 as the part when they dance together was so worth it Wow I love that song and I amlad they included a classic in this book So well written just wished the story line was better but the writing is second to none Bravo Jennie I really disliked this one The hero was terrible and I never warmed to him I don t mind a lot of HP hero cruelty in One-Click Buy general but there have to be some redeeming ualities in the hero while he s doing it either you can tell he loves her or at least you can tell that he has a core of moralityethics even if he s behaving badly I didn t think thisuy had either I also thought that the heroine s total helplessness in resisting the hero physically was way over the top again I don t mind some extremefar fetched physical attraction but this heroine seemed unable to protest even the hero s verbal taunts about her attraction to him like his claim that he was Redeeming Claire going to take her to bed that night when it was the first night they d met and she was a virgin Finally I just couldn t stand the hero siant prolonged pout over the fact that she didn t tell him about the baby when he had done so many terrible things before tha. For regrets soon she finds she's carrying his child She doesn't want Roark her bitter enemy to know Because surely he will do what he's always done exact his price.

Jennie Lucas had a tragic beginning for any would be writer a very happy childhood Her parents owned a bookstore and she grew up surrounded by books dreaming about faraway lands Her mother read aloud to her in French when she was little; when she was ten her father secretly paid her a dollar for every classic novel Jane Eyre War and Peace that she read As a chubby teenager Jennie covere