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The Italian's Stolen Bride

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    Emma Darcy(Author)

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Hot-blooded Italian Luc Peretti threw Skye Sumner out of his life when he thought she'd betrayed him with his own brother. Six years on, Luc learns that Skye was innocent. His brother lied. And Skye has borne Luc's son! Skye wants nothing to do with Luc. He can't buy her back! But Luc won't take no for an answer. There's only one way to take back what was stolen from him . . . Marriage!

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  • PDF | 285 pages
  • Emma Darcy(Author)
  • Thorndike Press; 1 edition (October 12, 2005)
  • English
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  • By Enjoys A Good Read on August 5, 2011

    It had been a decade since I had last read a HQ (Harlequin) series romance novel. Emma Darcy has always been one of my favorite HQ authors. The conflict and sexual tensions that she created were thrilling. The last book of hers I read, Claiming His Mistress (Harlequin Presents) was my all time favorite (can you say HOT!) So, deciding to try a Kindle, downloading an Emma Darcy novel seemed the perfect opportunity to reacquaint myself with an old friend.I am not going to take up space by outlining the synopsis. I will say the book started out good. I bought the book based on the "sample" I downloaded on my Kindle. It seemed like it was going to be rife with sexual chemistry, and those classic steamy Emma Darcy love scenes. Unfortunately, it never happened. The build up was promising..****************Spoiler Alert***************....but once the heroine jumps out of the cake at her boss' grandfather's birthday, the book falls flat. It seemed like Darcy didn't know where to go with the book once that happened.Six pages to read: the party is Saturday, Jake storms off in a huff, waits at heroine apartment she never shows, huffs again, returns to work on Monday, hears about the "engagement" on Monday, that night (maybe Tuesday) rushes over to the mansion to lay his "you can't have her, I saw her first, she's mine!" claim. Darcy almost redeemed herself when there was a fire cracker was lit in the parlor (so-to-speak), but then the butler did it....he interrupted...and honestly there is no more sizzle for the rest of the book. Instead, Jake comandeers her out of the mansion gets her back to her place for some scheduled making love, and then when Daddy surprises Merlina by letting himself in to her apartment and discovers through the clothes scattered on the living room floor that Merlina is no longer a virgin (at 30), Jake rides on his steady steed and restores Merlina's honor by claiming engagement.I believe that Ms. Darcy could have played out the sexual tension a bit longer between the two with the introduction of the cake plot line. It would have leant itself to a lot of creative opportunites (like in Claiming His Mistress) for new challenges between Jake and Merlina. Especially when the grandfather, (Byron) an 80 year old several times married prankster and heroine (Merlina) hatch a plot to teach Jake a lesson by pretending to get engaged. I thought to myself, "this is going to be good!" Darcy had me laughing right along with Merlina, and yet, Darcy basically closes the Harlequin standard of "girl gets her man" storyline in less than six pages.What turned me off most in the book was when after their weekend meeting Merlina's family, when they were on their way home (for some more scheduled lovemaking) Merlina turns cold because Jake wants to wear a condom because she might get pregnant and Merlina responds by saying..."So what if I did? We're getting married aren't we?" That smacks of teenage logic not a contemporary 30-year old woman. Because Jake wants to use a condom and defends this by saying, "it's too soon to be saddled with a baby", Merlina knows that he will never be ready for a family. (Yes, love means never having to fear pre-married pregnancy) So, she calls of the engagement and tells him to let her know if he changes his mind.Imagine my upset when after this I decide to discard the book only to realize I've wasted 93% of the book waiting for it to get good.A more plausible climax could have been two fold. Jake, as payback to Merlina's deception in coming out of the cake and resigning without notice, could have plotted his own revenge, and in the "month" that Merlina was on vacation, he could have come up with all kinds of scintilating challenges to torment Merlina for her trying to take the upper hand in there thrust and parry relationship. Then through a series of verbal and sexual challenges in which he finally succeeds in showing Merlina that she can't resist him, he discovers he's totally in love with her. The climax would be when they finally come together and begin to make plans for a life together, Jake discovers Byron and Merlina's plot to trap him in to marriage....and then HE feels which he plans his revenge (he'll take her on his terms and make her his mistress) which she possibly becomes accidentally pregnant..yada yada... and the rest of the book is spent resolving the issue....If I was to recommend Ms. Darcy, I would not do it with this book. I love Ms. Darcy, as an author though, so don't give up with this book.

  • By Kindle Customer on May 10, 2014

    It was okay but since it was neither of their faults that they were separated, the story was redundant. They said the same things over and over again. Plus, she says the dress she was wearing at one point was perfect for the summer day it was but it was set at Christmas time. Ms. Darcy needs a better editor. It also bugs me that the hero had been with other women but since he thought he was betrayed, I am not as upset by that then I would be if they were just apart for other reasons. I still like my couples to stay faithful to one another during their separations. He also told her he thought of her when he was with other women because they never made him feel what he felt with her. Ummm... is that supposed to be sweet??? It is not!!

  • By Boubidou on July 4, 2016

    I really enjoy the plot.The H is trying to do his best to reconnect with the woman he loved and wronged.I like the family core behind the plot. Even if it made me hate some characters. But it was necessary.The author made me feel all along the book strong feelings. Which is what catch me in reading and what I love in a book.To be immersed in it with strong emotions for the different characters and the main ones.Like I said the H is trying hard and without sending menaces to the h, like it is often done in some of the stories harlequin. Which was refreshing and very enjoyable for once.He has strong respect and love for the h. And the h gave right back after what he sacrificed even when he said he doesn't care. The interactions with his son are touching.The time frame is good too. They rebuild their relationship slowly but with strength and a full commitment. Showing passion. I can see why some reader can be disappointed by a scene but I feel like it gave in contrary hope for the H in his fight to rebuilt a love relation with the h.Again strong feeling in there.Very well written also.Good book

  • By Stacy ~ on July 11, 2005

    Luc Peretti spurned the love of his life when he believed she slept with his brother. After all, why would Roberto, his flesh and blood, lie to him? Before the end of the first chapter, that question is addressed and now it's time to deal with the obvious fallout.Betrayed by his own family, Luc is determined to find Skye and the child he never knew he had. Only this time he's determined that nothing will separate them again. Being the rich and powerful man he is, it's no surprise he locates Skye almost immediately, and begins a campaign to win her back. Only Skye is no shrinking violet, and Luc knows he must win her trust if they are ever to be truly happy. However this time Skye is determined that she will not be hurt again, and nor will her son, an innocent victim in the Peretti family's manipulations.Can she allow herself to love Luc again, knowing how devastating it was to lose him? Above all, her first concern is her child and the fact that he comes first. Fortunately he is not used as a pawn in his parents' battle and it will endear the reader to this familiar plot all the more because of it.I admit that the Harlequin Presents are one of my guilty pleasures, though they are not always so politically correct. Imagine my surprise to discover that more and more selections from the HP line have climbed out of the dark ages and while still intense and exotic, they continue to have more depth and layers than ever before. This time the story serves to remind us that all the money in the world can't buy happiness and love. A very well-told story from one of the best.

  • By Kandy912 on March 14, 2014

    It was OK. Nothing special. Skipped many periods and jumped around. Characters was not developed smoothly and not clear understanding of family.

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