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?
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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.
He married another woman a month later. She calls his house and learns he is having his engagement party and really, what can an HP h say after that? Nothing, so the h contemplates having a termination. One of the biggest complaints in this story is that the h is a shrew. She reacts exactly like a real 19 yr old who has a strong personality and is used to fighting off a bully, ie her father, would act.
That makes her srsly acerbic and volatile, but when you have spent 18 years being tormented for no reason that you can understand and when the others in your family are not treated the same way, it makes you extremely wary and combative. The h learned from a young age that offense is the best defense and she acts accordingly.
The h is 9 yrs younger, idealistic on the feminist manifesto, which is mostly the passion of youth and lack of life experience and the H is all Italian Condescending Patriarch Male in how he treats her. Both of them have very set in stone ideas about how the other person is when they initially get together, because neither one of them realize that they are seeing each other through the filters of their own experience and really the only communication they ever do the first time around is in bed.
So the h is fighting off family opposition to her pregnancy and trying not to fail her exams. Sadly the h loses on all counts. She fails out of uni, has a miscarriage and is exiled from the family fold.
Tho really the family thing was no big loss. The h has gumption tho, so when the H and h are ready to meet again, she has a job she likes working with kids and is taking Open Uni courses to become a teacher. The price will be marriage to him and an heir and the H is utterly offensive and deserved some serious skilleting in the proposing of his bargain. The h frets, fights and has several very bad words to say about it, but the entirely predictable outcome is that the mysogynistic, tart shaming, wildly possessive, nasty nematode H and the vituperative, shrewish and very loud h marry.
Then we all go to Sri Lanka and see some elephants. The h also manages to get into an almost fatal car accident when she and the H start taking swipes at each other again, but the fighting is actually facilitating some real communication between them. After the car accident where the H thought the h might have died, but finds her safe instead, things calm down a lot and the H and h start enjoying their time outside of bed together.
Too late tho, cause the h is already preggers. The h gets more freaked out. Her mother had a ton of miscarriages and the h already had one, so she is sure this pregnancy is due to end unhappily too. The h faints when she realizes that the H knows she is preggers and the H is pretty much beside himself with how hugely wrong he got everything.
The h finally feels released from her burden of inadequacy that she has struggled with all her life and in true LG h style, she even feels compassion for her betrayed father.
The H, on the other hand, finally realizes the full extent of his very bad behavior. He believes the h sees him as a clone of her abusive father and he decides he should leave her and let her rebuild her life, even if it is with another man. We get a very nice epilogue where the H and h are in their vacation home and the h has had twins and is going back to school for an educational degree while carrying their third child. The H and h are very much in love and mutually supportive of each other.
This one is an outstanding book in drama and how fighting between two people can actually be constructive. Plus I really like how LG presents two people in positions degrees apart and then convinces me that they really have met in the middle.
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? This time is necessary for searching and sorting links. One button - 15 links for downloading the book "A Vengeful Passion" in all e-book formats! May need free signup required to download or reading online book.
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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?