Slave to Love

Slave to Love

by Michelle Reid

Sweet nights, no promises...After her year-long affair with Solomon Maclaine, it was clear to Roberta that she would never be anything but his mistress.

But could she really give up the love she shared with Mac ?

  • Language: English
  • Category: Romance
  • Rating: 3.34
  • Pages: 192
  • Publish Date: September 22nd 1995 by Harlequin Books
  • Isbn10: 0373117760
  • Isbn13: 9780373117765

What People Think about "Slave to Love"

The book opens with a birthday party at the family estate for the hero's 18 year old daughter. He totally ignores her, pawns her off on his brother to entertain all because he does not want to upset his selfish, jealous mean spirited daughter and his viper ex-wife. And it goes on and on....to the point that she really is a Slave to Love...So I guess the only thing I really liked about this book was the title.

Re Slave to Love - Michelle Reid makes her h a very distant sloppy second in this story of an H who continually prioritizes his ex wife and his Parvo toxic, bovine daughter over anything other than his mega corporate business in life. The problem the h is having isn't that she wants to marry the H necessarily, she understands that he is gun shy after he got his suitably appropriate wealthy teen-aged date preggers 19 years earlier and the two families were happy to force them into a shotgun marriage. When the book opens the H's daughter is wandering around her birthday party, (that the H invited the h to hoping she wouldn't show,) telling everyone that she is outraged that her dad's bimbo has been let in to contaminate the bonhomie family togetherness mood. The h, who got pawned off on the H's brother so everyone else at the family party can ignore or insult her, is finally realizing that the H only wants her for her bedroom skillz and has no intention of ever making her a significant part of his life. Because the h is the child of two environmentalist parents who also made her a distant second priority in their lives while she was growing up, the h is finally figuring out she needs to move out and move up with a man who is actually man enough to stand up to the manipulative family the H doesn't have the chutzpah to deal with. The H complains that she has years as she is only 25, the h responds with a tart 'I should wait until your through with me then?' The H does manage to look a bit abashed at that statement, because he quickly retaliates with the strong application of roofie kisses and attempted lurve force mojo moves. The H manages to mess up the OM seduction attempt, but does do a lot of sexual harassing of the h on his own when he suggests the h sleep with him and he will save the business deal for his little brother and preserve lil' brother's status in the family firm. So try to keep in mind that we aren't very far out time wise from the flagrant misogyny of the HPlandia of the 70's and 80's and adjust your mental mindset accordingly.) Eventually the H manages to seduce the h again, she just has NO resistance to the H's lurve force mojo - which really messes with her attempts to leave his hiney. The H's daughter manages to corner the h in the hospital waiting room and makes all kinds of vile and nasty accusations to the h about the H two timing her with his ex wife and various other tarty tramps names. This H was clearly a wimp in the face of his family and his daughter was probably a better Alpha, so I am not holding out hope for the long term HEA.

- the heroine generally is reasonably intelligent (at least emotionally). But that leads to the rest: What I didn't like: - the hero calls the heroine "bunny" or "bunny rabbit." A lot. I get really tired of the whole "I had one bad experience with something important so I'm turning my back on that forever." - the hero is a jerk.

So if you like them angry and angsty with an uber-possessive H who refuses to give up his territory, then this one might be fun for you.

2.5 rounded up to 3 Michelle Reid is one of my favorite HP authors, but this wasn't one of her best works despite the fact that it's one of my favorite plots: Heroine is mistress to the hero and leaves when she's finally had enough of being taken advantage of/unappreciated. He gave sex and lots of it, but little else. Her mother wasn't exactly happy with the marriage either (just the comfort it provided, she kept lovers). Apparently the daughter refused to even speak to her father for some time after the divorce and since then he walked on egg shells around her. Her father has passed and there's a lot of drama with that situation, however me and my sister (her mother) are doing our best not to cater to her B.S. Plus, he and his ex-wife pretend to be practically in love when around her to make her happy. She goes and is subjected to Mac ignoring her all night and his daughter telling everyone around that she's 'Daddy's latest bimbo'. Refuses to respect her decision and patronizes her to the point where I'd have liked to smash his face in. I gave the heroine credit for trying, but was frustrated that she didn't break a lamp over his head or most importantly just QUIT HER DAMN JOB. I'm not saying it's easy to find a new job here on this side of the pond, but it's not like you can't quit.

Mostly because she's never had it from anyone else, so doesn't realize it can be JUST AS GOOD, and PROBABLY BETTER, from someone who actually cares a little bit about her. So now she's not going to leave him, but wait, he pulls another asshat trick. Now she's DEFINITELY going to leave him this time. She was never going to leave him. She was never going to leave him. But no, the great heroine completely understands everything the hero was trying to say before, and she also doesn't want to hurt miss daddy's latest bimbo any more than the set down she already gave her.

Though divorced from Delia for the last 8 years, both Mac and Delia maintain a facade of indulgence and affection in front of their daughter and both their families who had been ecstatic by the fact that Mac and Delia had been forced to marry one another when they were both just 18 years old with Lulu on the way. The final straw (of the many final straws in the story) comes up during Lulus party where Lulu calls Roberta daddys current bimbo in front of her friends and family and the humiliation that she ends up suffering with Mac almost ignoring her in favor of making Lulus birthday party a most wonderful one as can be. And I was really ready to slap some sense into Roberta who ALWAYS ended up following Mac and his rules in their relationship, no matter how firm a resolve she comes up with to end things between them.

At some point I discovered Mills & Boon Romance books and that was pretty much it for me. So twenty years on and almost forty books on, here I am still writing and still loving it!