Sweet Silver Bells

Sweet Silver Bells

eBook - 2014
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Being chosen to design luxury hotels in Charleston is a career coup for privileged Crystal Eaton. Meeting charismatic corporate attorney Joseph Cole-Wilson is an unexpected bonus. Until one passion-filled night in Joseph's penthouse changes her life forever. Haunted by sensual memories, Joseph can't accept their short-lived liaison as a onetime fling. And when a chance encounter reunites him with the Florida beauty, the Cole heir vows she won't get away a second time. Even after discovering Crystal's secret, Joseph knows nothing can dim his desire. He'll prove it with sweet words of love that could make this a Christmas to remember.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Books S. A., [2014]
ISBN: 9781460340783
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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FindingJane Jan 07, 2017

This novel begins in media res and presents me with a view of the male lead of this romance that made me dislike him right from the start. He shows up snarling and insulting the female lead at the airport. Then he grabs her by the arm (ah, male yanking in romances—there ought to be a trope about this) and when she resists he tightens his grip. He practically forces her into his car so he can drive her to a hospital. During all this, the female lead barely puts up any resistance but lets him lead her off as if she were a suitcase he picked up at the terminal.

The rest of the novel takes the reader back to the beginning of their romance, before that turbulent scene, and we get more insight into the seemingly nasty man who confronts this woman. Joseph Cole-Wilson is a lawyer who stumbled into becoming a farmer. He has ways that can be winning but also dictatorial as he occasionally lapses into telling Crystal Eaton what to do instead of asking her. He accuses her of being with a man that used her when he had a girlfriend for four years who pressed for marriage that he wouldn’t offer. He even latches on a bracelet on her arm, fixes it with a screwdriver and walks off, telling her to call him when she wants it to come off. Wow, why not just slap on a pair of handcuffs while you’re at it, mister?

Crystal manages to hold her own very capably—at least through a major part of the novel. She’s a woman on a mission, with a job to do and a life separate from Joseph’s. When it’s time for her to go to her job out of state and away from him, she goes. When she says goodbye to him, it’s with regrets but she sticks to her resolve to keep their relationship from becoming a permanent fixture since stability isn’t what either of them professes to want.

The title and the cover of this novel promise marriage so the ending is rather predictable. Crystal states that women can rear children alone but Joseph doesn’t want to be a baby daddy—mainly because that’s the dictates of his family’s creed rather than heeding Crystal’s wish to take care of her child on her own.

The tension is credible, the heat between them palpable and the sex surprisingly takes quite a while to heat up and be consummated. But the inevitability of its ending and Joseph’s pushy attitude left me rather lukewarm about this story.


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