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Ng bride Amber had fled from what she felt was an unbearable marriage She'd always expected a reckoning for the public insult to a proud and formidable husbandBut nothi. Well written story of a woman whose husband finally finds her after she's run away from him and stayed away for 9 years She of course has been celibate all these years but as is typical for these older HPs you just assume he hasn't even though it is not really addressed The story hung together well I like that RD writes books in series The cousin who the husband thinks is the OM has his story told in a later book RD just has a writing style that keeps you riveted even though she is telling the same old boy meets girl story Plus as a bonus these older HPs are longer than the newer ones story to enjoy

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Ng had prepared her for Alex's uniue revenge her willing seduction It would take all of Amber's willpower to resist the memories of how he was capable of making her fee. ‘Whore’ Shouts Alex on first encountering the wife he hasn’t seen seen in 9 years ‘Throw down that infant child of shame and enter my helicopter’This is a very promising beginning to a Robyn Donald angst fest and Amber does in fact gently relinuish to his mother the boy she’s been holding while riding about on her hot cousin’s farm and gets into the chopperIt’s at this point I am certain of two things One that I read this book approximately a million years ago but remember hardly anything about it except that I’m fairly certain I named my cat after this character and two that Alex is a cartoon villain and I cannot take him seriouslyAnd by the way if you are looking for an excellent and insightful review that will give you all the plot details you could ever need I recommend Boogenhagen’s It’s also very entertaining I’m about to deliver not so much a review but a bunch of random crapBack to Alex the cartoon villain He’s a sexy tall rich Greek shipping man and is all for getting Amber to the little New Zealand island he bought so that he can yell at her some And then have sex with her Sex yell repeat until he’s bored Amber left him after about 5 months of marriage She was 17 he was 21 They were both hot and had massively great sex together But then Amber found out Alex had a mistress and she just would not shut up about it And she also kept complaining that his stepmother was being mean to her And then she found out that Alex’s mistress who he wasn’t giving up thanks because no 17 year old is telling him what to do even if she is awesome at sex was pregnant and she really wouldn’t shut up Then she left and Alex has finally tracked her down to where she’s been staying with her hot cousin and he knows that the hot cousin is the father of Amber’s son see that’s why he called her a whore and now he’s going to get his revenge And lots of sexy timesAmber starts kicking herself almost immediately for getting in the chopper While she’s pretty keen on Alex not learning that he’s the father of her son and conveniently son and hot cousin are off on a holiday she probably could have saiddone just about anything sensible and they’d have had a big argument and then Alex would have leftWhich sadly for me meant that Alex wasn’t the cartoon villain I’d been so hoping he’d be You see I started thinking1 I can’t take him seriously this is going to be hilarious2 Although 3 Is there a cartoon villain who is actually sexy4 OMG He’s Gaston Sadly Alex is not Gaston His body isn’t covered in hair Amber gets to stare at his smooth chest he doesn’t use antlers in all of his decorating and he isn’t especially good at expectorating or at least no evidence of this skill is provided in the narrative If you are thinking it’s creepy and wrong to like Gaston HEY I mean sure he goes downhill pretty uickly when he starts organising an angry mob to attack the Beast’s chateau and he’s not very bright and he’s wrong for Belle but he’s still kinda sexyThe private island is really nice Amber gets to wander around looking at Nature as lovingly described by Donald who should have written arty culture nature documentaries Amber gets to go swimming in the sea and Alex once he’s calmed down and is disappointingly no longer Gaston like is a good listener‘I was such a young person when we married’ Amber does not uite say while sitting on a raft with Alex beside her ‘Of course I couldn’t maturely navigate adult relationships as successfully as my self aware adult self would now It’s such a shame but it’s only through making mistakes that we grow right’‘Uh huh’ Alex does not uite say ‘indeed’ and ‘uite so’ when the pauses in her monologue seems to call for it ‘But by the way’ he almost says as she’s starting to wind down ‘it’s really time for us to do something about you being naked’Because she is And is for most of the private island time Naked or topless or scantily dressed Amber prefers naked to the clothes Alex provides for her because they are either transparent tight short or all three She’s naked swimming because when she went searching for swimmers she found a couple of bikini bottoms and something called a cache sex and wowAmber who wants to assure the reader that she’s not a skank only knows what a cache sex is because her wicked stepmother in law once took her lingerie shopping in Paris where when she picked one up it was explained to her that women only needed to use those around flabby old men who can’t get it upMy many years on this planet have been similarly sheltered and I wasn’t immediately certain I knew what this thing was I thought that a cache sex was probably a g string with suspenders and thoroughly impractical for swimming unless Alex had also thought to supply waterproof double sided tape Which doubtfulI’m still not uite sure I’m right about what this thing is because when I looked at the pictures on Wikipedia and skimmed the text they seemed the sort of thing men wear I could have investigated further but you know lazy Anyway Amber prefers naked She has this whole internal monologue over whether it is better to wear or not to wear Wearing according to some of her reading is titillating than not wearing and that is her final deciding factor She’s going to prove to Alex that she’s not into his seduction games She totally isNot that she has any time to explain this to Alex because he’s tired of the whole introspection thing and he wants to do some touching and some licking ‘Yacht’ Amber says eventually to get him to stop Later they go on a topless nature hike because why not It’s not like New Zealand doesn’t have bugs and isn’t a damp climate where even if there aren’t bugs there are leechesTo be fair possibly not on that island but sensible people don’t risk their naked parts around leeches Sensible people have NEVER gotten over a particularly harrowing scene in ‘Stand By Me’Amber is a wonderfully strong empowered heroine and is all self awareness and empathy She is all about peeling back the layers of what makes people tick and realising that people who weren’t great to her in the past had their own set of miseries to contend with Robyn Donald writes the type of women I like thoughtful and intelligent and stoic in the face of the rampant foolishness of their men Amber is also really into sex and I’m prepared to accept that she knows what she likes in bed and what she likes in bed is Alex and I’m happy for her that she gets him where she wants himThis is a significant change for me in my reading attitudes Like Amber I am super self aware and can remember what I was like at 17 I used to think these women were a bit nonsense for not being able to overcome overpowering sexual attraction in the face of such obvious grottiness of the men but now meh Let ‘em live their lives and bloom where they’re planted etc Theoretically it’s really good sex and they may as well have some of it now and deal with exit strategies when they get boredSoon after the naked swimming and the topless hiking they do move on from the island and from being naked If you need to know about that BoogenhagenAlex didn’t annoy me probably because of that early Gaston thing Yes he’s stereotyped as a product of his environment and makes some stupid comments early on about how if it was centuries ago he could do this alpha arrogant dominant thing and nobody would blink Donald doesn’t spend much time digging beneath the superficial chauvinism of his upbringingshe highlights it as the influence on his character but Amber also continually points out that he is thoughtful and intelligent a good listener and an interesting companion Amber starts getting a wee bit patronising in her people analysis about the rampant but excusable sexism of the ‘older generation’ I don’t uite see why she feels the need to forgive thisI guess I could make a bigger fuss over Alex’s infidelity but I’m prepared to accept that he wasn’t sleeping with the mistress after he married Amber and that he was trying to do the right thing by a woman he’d been very involved with and who was carrying his childIt’s also worth remembering that Alex is only 4 years older than Amber She sees him as a great deal sophisticated and worldly than she was when they first met but she’s not making a clear assessment Again Donald doesn’t really dig into what it was like from his perspective Possibly that’s a smart move It’s probably better when they start the whole debrief and settling into the HEA to gloss over what in the hero’s character is the infrastructure of a lengthy and elaborate plot to kidnap a woman and yell at her until she has sex with himUnfortunately the mistress lost the baby Alex sets her up with a boutiue on the French Riviera and Amber is all ‘oh that’s nice for her’ because Amber is really working hard for her ‘most empathetic heroine ever in the face of her hero’s infidelity’ merit badge The thing is it probably isn’t nice for her While the mistress has suffered so fiction karma is than satisfied if you’re keeping score OWs don’t really think things through if they think they’ll like retail Probably they’re looking forward to sneering at a bunch of poor innocent heroines out for their Pretty Woman moment but that can’t happen than once or twice a year The rest of the time they’re dealing with spoiled entitled women who aren’t known for their kindness to shopkeepers It can’t be fun Really happy I found ‘A Late Loving’ Maybe in another million years I’ll get to read it again By that stage I’ll probably be back to my original ‘resist the sex when the heroes are grotty’ standpoint and feeling sorry for women who lived in a time when they had to make do with grotty men because sex androids weren’t socially acceptable or real You should make sure yours is especially good at expectorating fictional person who cannot hear me because of being fictional and in the past and the future It’s a very useful skill Face Of The Waters revenge her willing seduction It would take all of Amber's willpower to العجوز التي حطمت القواعد resist the memories of how he was capable of making her fee. ‘Whore’ Shouts Alex on first encountering the wife he hasn’t seen seen in 9 years ‘Throw down that infant child of shame and enter my helicopter’This is a very promising beginning to a Robyn Donald angst fest and Amber does in fact gently Ideology and Power in the Viking and Middle Ages relinuish to his mother the boy she’s been holding while Thirty-Two Going On Spinster (Spinster Series Book 1) riding about on her hot cousin’s farm and gets into the chopperIt’s at this point I am certain of two things One that I Brasso, Blanco and Bull read this book approximately a million years ago but Virtual Encounters remember hardly anything about it except that I’m fairly certain I named my cat after this character and two that Alex is a cartoon villain and I cannot take him seriouslyAnd by the way if you are looking for an excellent and insightful James, Ellen & David review that will give you all the plot details you could ever need I 花君と恋する私 1 [Hana-kun to Koisuru Watashi 1] recommend Boogenhagen’s It’s also very entertaining I’m about to deliver not so much a Wild Blue review but a bunch of The Argentina Reader: History, Culture, Politics random crapBack to Alex the cartoon villain He’s a sexy tall Novel Superfluids rich Greek shipping man and is all for getting Amber to the little New Zealand island he bought so that he can yell at her some And then have sex with her Sex yell Cavern and Cave Diver Workbook repeat until he’s bored Amber left him after about 5 months of marriage She was 17 he was 21 They were both hot and had massively great sex together But then Amber found out Alex had a mistress and she just would not shut up about it And she also kept complaining that his stepmother was being mean to her And then she found out that Alex’s mistress who he wasn’t giving up thanks because no 17 year old is telling him what to do even if she is awesome at sex was pregnant and she Veranda Entertaining really wouldn’t shut up Then she left and Alex has finally tracked her down to where she’s been staying with her hot cousin and he knows that the hot cousin is the father of Amber’s son see that’s why he called her a whore and now he’s going to get his Hiljaisuuden mestari revenge And lots of sexy timesAmber starts kicking herself almost immediately for getting in the chopper While she’s pretty keen on Alex not learning that he’s the father of her son and conveniently son and hot cousin are off on a holiday she probably could have saiddone just about anything sensible and they’d have had a big argument and then Alex would have leftWhich sadly for me meant that Alex wasn’t the cartoon villain I’d been so hoping he’d be You see I started thinking1 I can’t take him seriously this is going to be hilarious2 Although 3 Is there a cartoon villain who is actually sexy4 OMG He’s Gaston Sadly Alex is not Gaston His body isn’t covered in hair Amber gets to stare at his smooth chest he doesn’t use antlers in all of his decorating and he isn’t especially good at expectorating or at least no evidence of this skill is provided in the narrative If you are thinking it’s creepy and wrong to like Gaston HEY I mean sure he goes downhill pretty uickly when he starts organising an angry mob to attack the Beast’s chateau and he’s not very bright and he’s wrong for Belle but he’s still kinda sexyThe private island is Humanoides numero 30: Alef Thau: el señor de las ilusiones really nice Amber gets to wander around looking at Nature as lovingly described by Donald who should have written arty culture nature documentaries Amber gets to go swimming in the sea and Alex once he’s calmed down and is disappointingly no longer Gaston like is a good listener‘I was such a young person when we married’ Amber does not uite say while sitting on a Viipurista Vatikaaniin raft with Alex beside her ‘Of course I couldn’t maturely navigate adult Ethans Girl (The Havenmoor Convergence, relationships as successfully as my self aware adult self would now It’s such a shame but it’s only through making mistakes that we grow The Superego right’‘Uh huh’ Alex does not uite say ‘indeed’ and ‘uite so’ when the pauses in her monologue seems to call for it ‘But by the way’ he almost says as she’s starting to wind down ‘it’s Dawn of the Wolf really time for us to do something about you being naked’Because she is And is for most of the private island time Naked or topless or scantily dressed Amber prefers naked to the clothes Alex provides for her because they are either transparent tight short or all three She’s naked swimming because when she went searching for swimmers she found a couple of bikini bottoms and something called a cache sex and wowAmber who wants to assure the Birdmen 1 reader that she’s not a skank only knows what a cache sex is because her wicked stepmother in law once took her lingerie shopping in Paris where when she picked one up it was explained to her that women only needed to use those around flabby old men who can’t get it upMy many years on this planet have been similarly sheltered and I wasn’t immediately certain I knew what this thing was I thought that a cache sex was probably a g string with suspenders and thoroughly impractical for swimming unless Alex had also thought to supply waterproof double sided tape Which doubtfulI’m still not uite sure I’m In Wahrheit wird viel mehr gelogen right about what this thing is because when I looked at the pictures on Wikipedia and skimmed the text they seemed the sort of thing men wear I could have investigated further but you know lazy Anyway Amber prefers naked She has this whole internal monologue over whether it is better to wear or not to wear Wearing according to some of her Going Down in La-La Land reading is titillating than not wearing and that is her final deciding factor She’s going to prove to Alex that she’s not into his seduction games She totally isNot that she has any time to explain this to Alex because he’s tired of the whole introspection thing and he wants to do some touching and some licking ‘Yacht’ Amber says eventually to get him to stop Later they go on a topless nature hike because why not It’s not like New Zealand doesn’t have bugs and isn’t a damp climate where even if there aren’t bugs there are leechesTo be fair possibly not on that island but sensible people don’t The Tempest: FREE Hamlet Prince Of Denmark By William Shakespeare, Illustrated [Quora Media] (100 Greatest Novels of All Time Book 33) risk their naked parts around leeches Sensible people have NEVER gotten over a particularly harrowing scene in ‘Stand By Me’Amber is a wonderfully strong empowered heroine and is all self awareness and empathy She is all about peeling back the layers of what makes people tick and School Smarts Projects realising that people who weren’t great to her in the past had their own set of miseries to contend with Robyn Donald writes the type of women I like thoughtful and intelligent and stoic in the face of the Finding Faith rampant foolishness of their men Amber is also Creating Chance (The Jack Tyler Series Vol. 3) really into sex and I’m prepared to accept that she knows what she likes in bed and what she likes in bed is Alex and I’m happy for her that she gets him where she wants himThis is a significant change for me in my La Balsa; reading attitudes Like Amber I am super self aware and can River of Fire remember what I was like at 17 I used to think these women were a bit nonsense for not being able to overcome overpowering sexual attraction in the face of such obvious grottiness of the men but now meh Let ‘em live their lives and bloom where they’re planted etc Theoretically it’s Quand j'étais Superman really good sex and they may as well have some of it now and deal with exit strategies when they get boredSoon after the naked swimming and the topless hiking they do move on from the island and from being naked If you need to know about that BoogenhagenAlex didn’t annoy me probably because of that early Gaston thing Yes he’s stereotyped as a product of his environment and makes some stupid comments early on about how if it was centuries ago he could do this alpha arrogant dominant thing and nobody would blink Donald doesn’t spend much time digging beneath the superficial chauvinism of his upbringingshe highlights it as the influence on his character but Amber also continually points out that he is thoughtful and intelligent a good listener and an interesting companion Amber starts getting a wee bit patronising in her people analysis about the Millennial Fandom rampant but excusable sexism of the ‘older generation’ I don’t uite see why she feels the need to forgive thisI guess I could make a bigger fuss over Alex’s infidelity but I’m prepared to accept that he wasn’t sleeping with the mistress after he married Amber and that he was trying to do the Stimmen der Nacht right thing by a woman he’d been very involved with and who was carrying his childIt’s also worth Friedrich Schiller Maria Stuart remembering that Alex is only 4 years older than Amber She sees him as a great deal sophisticated and worldly than she was when they first met but she’s not making a clear assessment Again Donald doesn’t The Mischievous Mrs. Maxfield really dig into what it was like from his perspective Possibly that’s a smart move It’s probably better when they start the whole debrief and settling into the HEA to gloss over what in the hero’s character is the infrastructure of a lengthy and elaborate plot to kidnap a woman and yell at her until she has sex with himUnfortunately the mistress lost the baby Alex sets her up with a boutiue on the French Riviera and Amber is all ‘oh that’s nice for her’ because Amber is Brandons Notebook really working hard for her ‘most empathetic heroine ever in the face of her hero’s infidelity’ merit badge The thing is it probably isn’t nice for her While the mistress has suffered so fiction karma is than satisfied if you’re keeping score OWs don’t Abdul Haris Nasution really think things through if they think they’ll like Whisper to Me retail Probably they’re looking forward to sneering at a bunch of poor innocent heroines out for their Pretty Woman moment but that can’t happen than once or twice a year The አቤቶ ኢያሱ አነሳስና አወዳደቅ rest of the time they’re dealing with spoiled entitled women who aren’t known for their kindness to shopkeepers It can’t be fun Really happy I found ‘A Late Loving’ Maybe in another million years I’ll get to Japanisch, bitte read it again By that stage I’ll probably be back to my original ‘resist the sex when the heroes are grotty’ standpoint and feeling sorry for women who lived in a time when they had to make do with grotty men because sex androids weren’t socially acceptable or Wacana Falsafah Sejarah real You should make sure yours is especially good at expectorating fictional person who cannot hear me because of being fictional and in the past and the future It’s a very useful skill

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She was his wife not his mistressAmber knew Alex would find her You just didn't hide forever from one of the most powerful men in the worldNine years ago as a naive you. Okay this one was hard to rate I didn't really like it but I couldn't look away and for that I have to give it four starsOther reviewers have spoiled the plot so I'll just talk about the kitchen sink aspect of this story Honestly this had everything Heroine is married at 17 and totally in love check Evil stepmother check Isolated in a foreign country without speaking the language check Screwed up backstory check 21 year old hero is too proud to give up his pregnant mistress for a wife he married for business check Heroine in hiding with a secret baby for 9 years checkAnd that's before the events of the story take placeAdd in blackmail kidnapping revenge seduction humiliationA kid in a comaConfrontation of 2 alphasLife force sex after the kid comes out of the comaDNA testsAnother pregnancyAnd let's just declare a HEA even though the hero hasn't really changed his arrogant ways I wasn't really buying the HEA Who is to say he won't stray again And why wait 9 years for revenge And I just never liked the H no charm whatsoever Heroine was okay she was right to leave him in the first place I guess if you've got two children with the guy you have to give it another chance


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    Re A Late Loving there are just some books in HPlandia that are totally epically whacked these books go way beyond a trainwreck with an avalanche on top I give these books a special category all their own the So Bad It Is Cultic category For a book to get this classification it has to be the most outrageous scenario complete with the most egregious characters ever who are coupled with such appalling acts of wanton mayhem that the book will become notorious in discussions and posts where readers can rant for days about them This will always be the type of book that is either loved or hated and often the book is very well written poorly written works usually don't make the epic cultic grade it takes major skill to produce this amount of wall banging house collapsing frustration Robyn Donald has several that come into this category and A Late Loving is definitely one of themThe ratings for a book of this type will always be all over the place no matter how well it is written there are going to be bad bad marks for the book being so shockingly outrageously horrible in the bad behavior usually the VERY badly behaving H Then there are those like me who rate the book pretty highly not because the characters are so great or the HEA was so believable but because the book is such a PERFECT example of the HPlandia crazytrain whackiness that we just can't help but in be in flabbergasted awe that such a work even got published Now that I have whetted your curiosity stock up on your adult beverages and our favorite Australian Tim Tams and lets all board the HPlandia Train of Utter Bad RomanceThe most horrifying thing about this one is that the H and h are married and have been for nine years The h was 17 when she was sold off in marriage to the 21 yr old H as part of a big business merger between their families The h has to move to Greece to live in the H's father's house that is ruled over by the H's stepmother who is an utter conniving miserable cow You sorta feel a bit bad for her upon her introduction The woman is clearly abused and belittled by the H's father and she just can't help but share the torment and agony around Oh yes this stepmother truly believes in sharing the misery wealth and the h is about to get a triple word score bonus helping of it The h and H are actually kinda cute together at first the H is nice to her and the h is infatuated That ends when the H's stepmommie dearest takes the h on a neighborhood tour and shows the h where the H's pregnant mistress lives Stepmommie dearest makes sure the h knows just how regularly the H visits his pregnant lady friend and granted for the state she is in the pregnancy happened before the h married him but his behavior is very much a man who is making regular lurve club insertions The h is horrified The H doesn't care he pillages her anyway and when she protests he goes back to his mistress and tells her she can just live with it if she isn't willing to put out oh well others will then he takes off on a business trip and cheats on both the h and the mistress Then the H's mistress seeks the h out and makes a point of rubbing in the fact that she not the h will be the mother of the H's first child and that gives her special privileges The h absolutely will not live like this She hates Greece she hates misogynistic men and she HATES being lied to and deceived She will be boiled in oil before she will bring a child into this poisonous toxic environment where he will grow up to be just like his excrement slurping scum sewage parasite grandfather Nor will she be bearing any acknowledged children to the piece of excrement she married who so closely follows in his father's footsteps The h has no expectations that her father will help her he sold her off for a lucrative business proposition and her mother is dead The h needs a sanctuary badly tho and it needs to be far enough away that the H can't find her and drag her back Fortunately the h remembers a distant cousin of her father's who runs a big cattle station and various enterprises in New Zealand She manages to escape while on a visit to her father's house and she flees to her cousin in NZ When she gets there she settles in to helping him with his various farms and business and she makes friends with the neighboring H and h of A Durable Fire She also finds she is pregnant but when the baby is born it looks enough like her that people assume that her cousin is the father and she figures the H won't catch on if he does catch up to her because they hadn't been intimate for over a month when he sleeps lurves her up the night before she left and she knows by his behavior in the morning that he doesn't remember To the H her child was born 10 and half months after they stopped having marital relations The book opens with the h now 26 talking to one of the farm manager wives on the estate The h's son and her cousin are off sailing around on the H from A Durable Fire's yacht She and the h from ADF were supposed to go on the sailing trip too but the h from ADF is preggers and not feeling well so the ladies sent the guys off for male bonding time Then the H shows up and forces the shocked h into leaving with him by telling her that he will bankrupt her cousin if she doesn't comply Later the h realizes that she should have made a big fuss and threatened the H with the press but she was too shocked and plus the h was on a horse with the farm manager's child when the H showed up and startled the horse into rearing with his helicopter The near miss accident discombobulated the h so much and the H's threats were so rapid that the h just left with him The H takes the h to a private island he bought in NZ's Bay of Islands He calls her all kinds of nasty names forces her into degrading clothes and generally tells her that she will willingly sleep with him and then he will dump her after she is ensorcelled by the power of his mighty tower The H wants revenge for her dumping him and leaving nine years earlier as we can all see this H has no ego problems here but is really sorta lacking the brains department for all that he runs a big international conglomeration The h is attracted to him it is the usual RD massive physical passion trope but the H forgets that he is just as susceptible as she is They spend several days on the island and the H finds his attempts to cheapen the h by forcing her to wear tacky clothing comes back to bite him when day visitors arrive on the island and the men can't stop drooling over the h The h and H have several bitter discussions about about their marriage and the past and the H gradually comes to understand that she was 17 isolated by the language barrier the H's father demanded that people only speak to her in Greek and the stepmommie dearest's intense loathing for her The H's words are as mean and nasty as ever but RD shows through his little actions that he is starting to tumble tho the h holds him off from exercising the lurve club We also find out the mistress's baby was stillborn and the H was sad about it The h is sad for him too and she makes it clear she pities the mistress The H is a bit taken aback by that Then the h's son falls off a cliff and seriously injures his head The h's cousin managed to save him when the cliff gave way but he broke his leg and got badly bruised so they are both in hospital with the son in a coma The H rushes the h to the hospital where it is assumed the H is the boy's father This makes the h incredibly nervous because she knows the H will try and take her son if he figures out who the father is The cousin is wiling to back the h in her story he is half in love with her himself but she never looks at him that way Not to worry tho Matt the cousin gets his own story in A Matter of Will where this h is inadvertently the OW for that h Eventually the h's son wakes from his coma and the h is so relieved and the H is so supportive that she winds up doing the boudoir bounce and they go at it a few times while the son is hospitalized Then the son is ready to leave the hospital and the cousin has recovered too The h manages to get the upper hand in the boudoir stakes and the leashed lurve club slave H takes off telling the h she will be hearing from his lawyers He lost the bedroom board struggle so he has to get all legal now to winA few months later the h is despondently moping around because she has fallen in love and she has found out she is preggers again when the H returns He got blood tests and a new DNA test the first introduction of DNA to HPlandia and can prove that the h's son is his and he plans to take him Then he and the h's cousin who is no slouch whatever the H thinks almost get into a fight so the h pretends to pass out The H is all over helping her up and then he confronts her with her son's real parentage and he is really really hurt that the h would hide the child The h explains that his attitude towards women was not an acceptable one for her child to grow up with The H turns white and pale cause while they were in the hospital he told the h that he wouldn't corrupt the boy and the h made up some excuse for her keeping him away from her son but now the H realizes that the h is really serious when she believes that he would be a negative influence on his own son He finally gets that the h thinks he is a worthless person in a lot of ways so much so that she would keep a father from his son because she felt his values would harm his own childThe H has some serious explaining to do and while he sorta threatens he is going to take her son and the new baby he is also knowing that A these kids are NZ citizens B his many mistresses and hedonistic lifestyle has been headline news for years C the h can make a HUGE stink in the press about his behavior especially as she has been living like a nun for nine years and was not her cousin's lover as he thought and negative press is really bad for his business and D the h has wealthy powerful NZ friends the H from A Durable Fire who has all the other RD wealthy Alpha males NZ friends so that no matter how much Greek money and big corporation power he has there is a REALLY good chance he will lose badly in court and E he is really in love with the h and while she has been a bit attention deprived in the physical department she basically hates him So he grovels as much as his tiny brain will allow him too tho honestly his grovel is like the h was never supposed to know about the mistress and really he only lived that way cause his daddy told him to His recent actions are put down to intense rage and pain that the h dumped him when he was starting to love her nine years earlier and then moved in with her cousin and he tried every woman he could get but he still woke up lonely for the h so he had a lot of suffering going on inside the poor little nematode parasite But I believed he did love her in the end and since the h loves him back and he swears fidelity and I pretty much bought it for the HEA I could be happy the h was happy in this one We do see this couple again in A Matter Of Will and of course the H is a blissed out love fool following the h around like a puppy dog so it works out in the end Tho the H does ask at one point if the h would love a child of his and it isn't clear if that uestion is motivated by his grand plan o'vengeance to impregnate the h and then steal her child or if he has other children from his freuent flyer lady miles Whatever the H probably shouldn't have been allowed to breed but the h has proven herself than capable of winning on penalties in the end so we can now throw this one at the wall again in sheer relief and then go find a drywall repair kit Like I said this is a love or hate book the writing and the scenes are very intense and the amount of Captain Morgan consumption with this one is probably going to be very high for first timers I would recommend reading this one on a day when you don't have to do anything else cause the hangover and the overstuffed feeling of eating too many confectionery concoctions will take a bit of time to recover from If you do make it through this story on your first attempt at reading either give yourself a big gold star and an extra cookie or go seek out a trainwrecker support group I am really not sure which it is with this book But I do know that a successful read through of A Late Loving will put right there at the top of the diehard HP Veterans who boldly go without flinching into places where most romance readers would fear to tread You should be very proud you made it cause adding this to your books that have been read list makes you a Navy SealSAS forces commander of the really really wildest shores of HPlandia


  2. says:

    A revenge humiliation story with the H in full vendetta mode wantingneeding to teach his runaway wife that no one messes with a Greek husband As he says I could have strangled you for what you did a century ago and no body would have turned a hair He traces her after 9 years across the globe in NZ where she is living with her hunky cattleman cousin a H in a later book and a son He believes the boy to be the om’s and by outrageous double standards indulges in some name callingGreat for all around angstview spoilerHe then blackmails her in spending a few days at his sexual mercy at his nearby island villa – to get her out of his system Dude as a reader of HPs let me tell ya that never works The cousin and the boy are conveniently off on a trekking trip with Kyle the biggest jerk evaaaa from the book A Durable Fire He makes her wear the skimpiest clothes etc but strangely never gets down to the sex part in fact he shows some unexpected flashes of nicenesssoftening? between the continuous barrage of asshattery Okay so he wants to humiliate her by making her beg for sex which she almost does but still it was not believable them not having sex They get called off the island as the son has an accident and is in coma One would rationally expect the story to wind up with him recognizing the boy a big bedside Greek teary reunion and another angry denunciation of the h some drama and hea But the author over reaches and the story trundles along anti climactically The sex does happen though the life affirming kinds eyerollThe H’s failings with spoilers He was an out and out ahole during their arranged marriage and is still one In the past he arrogantly expected the absurdly young 17 yrs old h to calmly accept his mistress and carry on as usual Also his family at whose mercy she is left for long periods is just as mean and nasty and the H knows about it and is not bothered Like her FIL orders everyone to not respond to her if she speaks in English He feels that’s the best way to make her learn Greek The whole 5 months of this marriage seems like a real nightmare no one would wish even on one’s enemyHis confession in the present that he knew he was wrong but he had to live upto his macho dad’s expectations and the code of Greek male behavior namely having mistresses even pregnant ones on the side can only be taken with a pinch or of salt But one has to acknowledge that he was only 21 himself so maybe deserves some leeway for his asshatteryAs for his turnabout it came suddenly One minute he was attacking her and the next page count minute he absurdly softens up and delivers his ILYs Was his grovelregret made of heartwarming stuff? No because for one it wasn’t really clearly stated if he had sex with the mistress after their wedding or not I hate it when authors don't come out and just say it as it is but just allude to in a deliberately confusing way But lots of time during the book it is suggested that he was unfaithful Anyways if he wasn't what's stopping him from vehemently denying it?And I’m not even holding out for a 9 years celibacy Nah impossible thatBut worse is when the h went all head nodding understanding and doe eyed forgiving And that contrarily made it difficult for me to accept his grovelThe h’s side of story with spoilers I don’t blame her for running away although she has some happy memories too of their time together It was just not the H or his family; even her dad was a sexist uncaring pig who leaves everything in his will to the H even when his daughter runs off Her reason for keeping her son to herself was plausible if not excusable She dint want her son to grow up to be a misogynistic man who has no respect for women and only uses them as sexual objectsHer behavior on their short sojourn was un relatable and veered between applaudable holding out and then confused inner ramblingsBut what I found unforgivable was that she didn't reveal the truth about her son’s parentage to the H while their son lay very serious with a doubtful prognosis What if the boy had not woken up? How could she keep the truth from the H in such a scenario? So a trainwreck in true Robyn Donald tradition but did not work for me as a trainwreck as the angst was just passable There were too many irritants and unaccepatbles to let me just wallow in and enjoy hide spoiler


  3. says:

    Okay this one was hard to rate I didn't really like it but I couldn't look away and for that I have to give it four starsOther reviewers have spoiled the plot so I'll just talk about the kitchen sink aspect of this story Honestly this had everything Heroine is married at 17 and totally in love check Evil stepmother check Isolated in a foreign country without speaking the language check Screwed up backstory check 21 year old hero is too proud to give up his pregnant mistress for a wife he married for business check Heroine in hiding with a secret baby for 9 years checkAnd that's before the events of the story take placeAdd in blackmail kidnapping revenge seduction humiliationA kid in a comaConfrontation of 2 alphasLife force sex after the kid comes out of the comaDNA testsAnother pregnancyAnd let's just declare a HEA even though the hero hasn't really changed his arrogant ways I wasn't really buying the HEA Who is to say he won't stray again? And why wait 9 years for revenge? And I just never liked the H no charm whatsoever Heroine was okay she was right to leave him in the first place I guess if you've got two children with the guy you have to give it another chance


  4. says:

    Really hated the guy but I strangely liked the story apart from when the female lead becomes all understanding and compassionate about the mistress at the enderm hello she tried to break up your marriage and was pregnant with your husbands child Sorry but I don't think I could be so soft


  5. says:

    OMGoodness What a jerk The things he did and saidhe called her a whore on than one occasion and HE IS THE ONE WHO CHEATED REPEATEDLY DURING THE MARRIAGEI am just so freaking angry after reading this book with its patheticly contrite I really loved you but wanted my dad's approval so I acted like him a big old jerkwadGIVE ME A FREAKING BREAK


  6. says:

    Well written story of a woman whose husband finally finds her after she's run away from him and stayed away for 9 years She of course has been celibate all these years but as is typical for these older HPs you just assume he hasn't even though it is not really addressed The story hung together well I like that RD writes books in series The cousin who the husband thinks is the OM has his story told in a later book RD just has a writing style that keeps you riveted even though she is telling the same old boy meets girl story Plus as a bonus these older HPs are longer than the newer ones story to enjoy


  7. says:

    ‘Whore’ Shouts Alex on first encountering the wife he hasn’t seen seen in 9 years ‘Throw down that infant child of shame and enter my helicopter’This is a very promising beginning to a Robyn Donald angst fest and Amber does in fact gently relinuish to his mother the boy she’s been holding while riding about on her hot cousin’s farm and gets into the chopperIt’s at this point I am certain of two things One that I read this book approximately a million years ago but remember hardly anything about it except that I’m fairly certain I named my cat after this character and two that Alex is a cartoon villain and I cannot take him seriouslyAnd by the way if you are looking for an excellent and insightful review that will give you all the plot details you could ever need I recommend Boogenhagen’s It’s also very entertaining I’m about to deliver not so much a review but a bunch of random crapBack to Alex the cartoon villain He’s a sexy tall rich Greek shipping man and is all for getting Amber to the little New Zealand island he bought so that he can yell at her some And then have sex with her Sex yell repeat until he’s bored Amber left him after about 5 months of marriage She was 17 he was 21 They were both hot and had massively great sex together But then Amber found out Alex had a mistress and she just would not shut up about it And she also kept complaining that his stepmother was being mean to her And then she found out that Alex’s mistress who he wasn’t giving up thanks because no 17 year old is telling him what to do even if she is awesome at sex was pregnant and she really wouldn’t shut up Then she left and Alex has finally tracked her down to where she’s been staying with her hot cousin and he knows that the hot cousin is the father of Amber’s son see that’s why he called her a whore and now he’s going to get his revenge And lots of sexy timesAmber starts kicking herself almost immediately for getting in the chopper While she’s pretty keen on Alex not learning that he’s the father of her son and conveniently son and hot cousin are off on a holiday she probably could have saiddone just about anything sensible and they’d have had a big argument and then Alex would have leftWhich sadly for me meant that Alex wasn’t the cartoon villain I’d been so hoping he’d be You see I started thinking1 I can’t take him seriously this is going to be hilarious2 Although 3 Is there a cartoon villain who is actually sexy?4 OMG He’s Gaston Sadly Alex is not Gaston His body isn’t covered in hair Amber gets to stare at his smooth chest he doesn’t use antlers in all of his decorating and he isn’t especially good at expectorating or at least no evidence of this skill is provided in the narrative If you are thinking it’s creepy and wrong to like Gaston HEY I mean sure he goes downhill pretty uickly when he starts organising an angry mob to attack the Beast’s chateau and he’s not very bright and he’s wrong for Belle but he’s still kinda sexyThe private island is really nice Amber gets to wander around looking at Nature as lovingly described by Donald who should have written arty culture nature documentaries Amber gets to go swimming in the sea and Alex once he’s calmed down and is disappointingly no longer Gaston like is a good listener‘I was such a young person when we married’ Amber does not uite say while sitting on a raft with Alex beside her ‘Of course I couldn’t maturely navigate adult relationships as successfully as my self aware adult self would now It’s such a shame but it’s only through making mistakes that we grow right?’‘Uh huh’ Alex does not uite say ‘indeed’ and ‘uite so’ when the pauses in her monologue seems to call for it ‘But by the way’ he almost says as she’s starting to wind down ‘it’s really time for us to do something about you being naked’Because she is And is for most of the private island time Naked or topless or scantily dressed Amber prefers naked to the clothes Alex provides for her because they are either transparent tight short or all three She’s naked swimming because when she went searching for swimmers she found a couple of bikini bottoms and something called a cache sex and wowAmber who wants to assure the reader that she’s not a skank only knows what a cache sex is because her wicked stepmother in law once took her lingerie shopping in Paris where when she picked one up it was explained to her that women only needed to use those around flabby old men who can’t get it upMy many years on this planet have been similarly sheltered and I wasn’t immediately certain I knew what this thing was I thought that a cache sex was probably a g string with suspenders and thoroughly impractical for swimming unless Alex had also thought to supply waterproof double sided tape Which doubtfulI’m still not uite sure I’m right about what this thing is because when I looked at the pictures on Wikipedia and skimmed the text they seemed the sort of thing men wear I could have investigated further but you know lazy Anyway Amber prefers naked She has this whole internal monologue over whether it is better to wear or not to wear Wearing according to some of her reading is titillating than not wearing and that is her final deciding factor She’s going to prove to Alex that she’s not into his seduction games She totally isNot that she has any time to explain this to Alex because he’s tired of the whole introspection thing and he wants to do some touching and some licking ‘Yacht’ Amber says eventually to get him to stop Later they go on a topless nature hike because why not? It’s not like New Zealand doesn’t have bugs and isn’t a damp climate where even if there aren’t bugs there are leechesTo be fair possibly not on that island but sensible people don’t risk their naked parts around leeches Sensible people have NEVER gotten over a particularly harrowing scene in ‘Stand By Me’Amber is a wonderfully strong empowered heroine and is all self awareness and empathy She is all about peeling back the layers of what makes people tick and realising that people who weren’t great to her in the past had their own set of miseries to contend with Robyn Donald writes the type of women I like thoughtful and intelligent and stoic in the face of the rampant foolishness of their men Amber is also really into sex and I’m prepared to accept that she knows what she likes in bed and what she likes in bed is Alex and I’m happy for her that she gets him where she wants himThis is a significant change for me in my reading attitudes Like Amber I am super self aware and can remember what I was like at 17 I used to think these women were a bit nonsense for not being able to overcome overpowering sexual attraction in the face of such obvious grottiness of the men but now meh Let ‘em live their lives and bloom where they’re planted etc Theoretically it’s really good sex and they may as well have some of it now and deal with exit strategies when they get boredSoon after the naked swimming and the topless hiking they do move on from the island and from being naked If you need to know about that BoogenhagenAlex didn’t annoy me probably because of that early Gaston thing Yes he’s stereotyped as a product of his environment and makes some stupid comments early on about how if it was centuries ago he could do this alpha arrogant dominant thing and nobody would blink Donald doesn’t spend much time digging beneath the superficial chauvinism of his upbringingshe highlights it as the influence on his character but Amber also continually points out that he is thoughtful and intelligent a good listener and an interesting companion Amber starts getting a wee bit patronising in her people analysis about the rampant but excusable sexism of the ‘older generation’ I don’t uite see why she feels the need to forgive thisI guess I could make a bigger fuss over Alex’s infidelity but I’m prepared to accept that he wasn’t sleeping with the mistress after he married Amber and that he was trying to do the right thing by a woman he’d been very involved with and who was carrying his childIt’s also worth remembering that Alex is only 4 years older than Amber She sees him as a great deal sophisticated and worldly than she was when they first met but she’s not making a clear assessment Again Donald doesn’t really dig into what it was like from his perspective Possibly that’s a smart move It’s probably better when they start the whole debrief and settling into the HEA to gloss over what in the hero’s character is the infrastructure of a lengthy and elaborate plot to kidnap a woman and yell at her until she has sex with himUnfortunately the mistress lost the baby Alex sets her up with a boutiue on the French Riviera and Amber is all ‘oh that’s nice for her’ because Amber is really working hard for her ‘most empathetic heroine ever in the face of her hero’s infidelity’ merit badge The thing is it probably isn’t nice for her While the mistress has suffered so fiction karma is than satisfied if you’re keeping score OWs don’t really think things through if they think they’ll like retail Probably they’re looking forward to sneering at a bunch of poor innocent heroines out for their Pretty Woman moment but that can’t happen than once or twice a year The rest of the time they’re dealing with spoiled entitled women who aren’t known for their kindness to shopkeepers It can’t be fun Really happy I found ‘A Late Loving’ Maybe in another million years I’ll get to read it again By that stage I’ll probably be back to my original ‘resist the sex when the heroes are grotty’ standpoint and feeling sorry for women who lived in a time when they had to make do with grotty men because sex androids weren’t socially acceptable or real You should make sure yours is especially good at expectorating fictional person who cannot hear me because of being fictional and in the past and the future It’s a very useful skill


  8. says:

    35 starsThis book was your typical HR with your long suffering heroine who could never bare the touch of another man despite the horrors she endured in her short marriage to the hero before taking a hike Though I liked that the heroine at least had a backbone and left the marriage rather than stay with someone who didn't treat her fairly in the relationshipThe hero totally turned me on in spite of myself He was tall dark handsome domineering selfish manwhore etc Usually this kind of character makes me want him to suffer tremendously but this one excited me to no end Must have been the salty musky smell of him ;The thing that bothered me a great deal about this story was the cousin He's a handsome bachelor who we're going to guess has been secretly pining for the heroine waiting for her to finally get a clue that he could be her man The guy waited NINE YEARS while she stayed with him hiding from her husband and playing the role of wife other than between the sheets So what's going to happen to him? Tossed to the side like dirty laundry? He helped her raise her son for the past nine years and has been the only father he's ever known Are they going to just pick up and leave now and forget the relationships they formed? That bothered me Have I said that? Good thing it's just a story ;DOverall this was a nice cheater book with a redeemable hero though if this was real life he'd be back to messing around in two years time making for a fun read


  9. says:

    I was warnedCheating arrogant and vengelful SOB Greek alpha hero cons stupid doormat with a blackmail plan and a magic penisThe kind of angst and abuse that gives romances a bad name


  10. says:

    I can almost swoon from how much this hero was a jerkAnd when I say jerk I mean GET THE FUCK OUT YOU FUCKING JERK AZOID OMFG


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