A Vengeful Deception (Harlequin Presents, No. 2264)

A Vengeful Deception (Harlequin Presents, No. 2264)

by Lee Wilkinson

But through their haze of passion Anna senses she's playing with a dangerous desire....Gideon can't believe how innocent Anna looks!

Gideon realizes he shouldn't get close, but he's going to make Anna pay for her crimes -- in his bed!

  • Language: English
  • Category: Romance
  • Rating: 3.15
  • Pages: 192
  • Publish Date: June 24th 2002 by Harlequin Presents
  • Isbn10: 0373122640
  • Isbn13: 9780373122646

What People Think about "A Vengeful Deception (Harlequin Presents, No. 2264)"

The story begins with the heroine, Anna, packing up the remnants of her bookshop on Christmas Eve. Her business has failed because the landlord raised her shops rent beyond what she can afford and she has had to sell her inventory of rare books and manuscripts. The hero (scare quotes intended, as he is the least heroic romance-novel hero ever) steps in front of the heroines car and proceeds to pretend that she has hit him. From the beginning of their acquaintance, its clear to the reader that the hero is scamming her. Apparently, the author didnt see any problem with a hero who is a cruel, selfish, vengeful, manipulative ass. Unable to see any deception (vengeful or otherwise) she allows the hero to manipulate, coerce, seduce, and even confine her, without once standing up for herself or questioning his statements or motives. Far from doubting or resenting his machinations, she falls in love with him after he lures her to his home, tampers with her car to prevent her from leaving, plays an adolescent prank on her that would frighten the wits out of anyone, gets her drunk in his first seduction attempt, and then tries again when shes sober and refuses to stop when she asks him to: Ill stop when you can convince me that you really want me to stop. It was more like reading about a pedophile coercing his victim than a consensual sex scene between two adults: Well, well share a goodnight kiss or twoyou cant deny you want to kiss meand then see whos right, shall we? There are hints throughout the story that the hero wants revenge against her because of something to do with her failed business. If he had been upfront about it, if he had faced her and told her he was going to ruin herbecause, of course, we eventually find out the hero is both the rent-raising landlord who killed her business and the greedy collector who took advantage of herand the story had been about her attempts to prove her innocence and their falling in love despite their differences, that would have been acceptable.

The h runs a rare book/manuscript shop that shes has to close down as her rent has been sent sky high, she has also had to sell her remaining rare stuff at a loss to clear her debts. She should have totally dumped his horrible lying ass at this point instead she instaforgives him and the jackass ex also gets off scott free as h gets all his debts paid and hipped of to California to work!

So Anna is in this huge quandary of kinda sorta suspecting Gideons an axe murderer. Hes awfully hot, in fact he looks a little like that one guy she dated she was serious about but it didnt work out. Hes also flirting and smouldering, so while it doesnt look good, Anna cant quite work up the right amount of terror to flee screaming into a snow storm. Shes pretty stuck, because if it turns out hes not an axe murderer, he could get really offended if he works out what shes thinking, and thatd be not only embarrassing, but a complete turn off. What is probably most convincing re the axe murderer thing is that Gideon is Christmas keen. Anna, though, holds onto the fact that she cant be seduced unless she actually wants to be seduced, and Im going to respect her opinion because shes a big girl and knows about old books. She has a busy time of it wanting to go to bed with an axe murderer, but not wanting to because shes a virgin and deciding a guy probably isnt planning to kill you is not really enough intimate knowledge about someone youve decided youd like to shag.

Gideon realizes he shouldn't get close, but he's going to make Anna pay for her crimesin his bed!

Lee's writing career began with short stories and serials for magazines and newspapers before going on to novels. Traveling is her main love, and teaming up with her daughter and American son-in-law, she and her husband spent a year going round the world, taking in India, China, Australia, New Zealand, and the States.