Wednesday, March 02, 2011

FLORA'S DEFIANCE - Lynne Graham




Flora’s Defiance was one hot and smoking romance. Flora Bennett was one stubborn and independent young woman. She had learned from her father at an early age not to trust a man due to her father’s indiscretions.  She was determined never to give a man that sort of power because of how much her father hurt her mother. And now her sister, a result of his affairs was dead , along with her husband, leaving behind an infant, Mariska.

When his stepbrother had married Julie, Angelo Van Zaal had both Julie and her sister Flora investigated because he was concerned they were gold diggers.   He found out Flora had an affair with her boss and was let go causing a public scandal. What the handsome billionaire didn’t know was that it was all a lie. At the time, Flora had been engaged and her fiance broke off the engagement due to the scandal. She was a beautiful woman and God help him, he was attracted to this firey virgin.

Flora was in shock when she learned that her sister and bother-in law were drug addicts and outraged that Angelo hadn’t told her. They argued and in a way, they both snapped and Angelo realized he had never wanted a woman like he desired Flora. They kissed, made love and were both shocked over the intensity of their love making. Flora was embarrassed, in shock because of what they had done. As for Angelo, he wasn’t sorry at all. He even invited her to his country home for the weekend. But being independent, she returned back to England to run her B&B and prayed she wasn’t pregnant. Like all alpha’s Angelo was determined to find out if she was carrying his baby, so he booked a test with a doctor who was a friend. Imagine to find out you were not expecting just one baby, but three!

For her sake and that of her niece, Flora returned with Angelo to Amsterdam. She adored her little niece and spending time with her until the nanny revealed that the little one had a trust fund. Why hadn’t she been told she wondered? And then everything hit the fan when Angelo explained about having her investigated and that at one point he thought she might be a gold digger even though she constantly refused any support from him. It all blew up in their faces and what was worse was Flora loved this man with all of her heart, the same heart he had broken by his accusations. However, she realized she needed to concentrate on Mariska and her babies because this man would never love her or commit.

It was obvious during her last remaining months before her children were born, she would stay on in Amsterdam but absolutely would not sleep in his bed. And one thing was for sure, she would never let him know how much she loved him. While reading the final chapters I wondered if they would both realize how much they loved and needed each other. But Flora’s determination and independence kept getting in the way. She was one stubborn woman and I wondered because she treated him like a housemate and at arms length, how would they get past the trust issue?  Would Angelo learn the real truth about what happened back in England? You won’t want to miss the chain of events that lead up to Angelo realizing he adores this woman and wants her strictly for himself and for the rest of his life. From a jealous family friend, to the mention of his long lost love, and a visit by her ex-fiance.   Lynne Graham’s Secretly Pregnant series have been a joy to read!

Behind the book:

The Amsterdam setting was inspired by my Valentine's trip there last year with my husband. The city and the canals are beautiful and very cosmopolitan. But I'm kind of a traditionalist and came home weighed down by purchases of Delft china! Angelo was inspired by a very handsome businessman having coffee in a trendy bar. I confess though that in spite of all my layers of woolies I have never been so cold in my life as I was that week. We had to keep on ducking into cafes for me to defrost. LG

M&B Secretly Pregnant series
Naive Bride, Defiant Wife
Flora’s Defiance
Jess’s Promise

Book Description::

Women fall over themselves to say yes to anything Angelo van Zaal wants – so he’s shocked when proud redhead Flora Bennett says no to his plans!

Flora is determined to adopt her baby niece, despite Angelo’s assumption that he will have guardianship. And, though he’s annoyed with himself for wanting her, Flora annoys Angelo even more for avoiding the shimmer of sexual attraction between them. There has to be a way to make Flora obey all his wishes, and there is – only it involves an unexpected pregnancy and three more babies…

SECRETLY PREGNANT With this ring, I claim my baby!

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