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Posted August 15, 2012
Captive but Forbidden
By Lynne Raye Harris
Published by Harlequin ISBN 9780373238446
This book was supplied to me by the publisher via NetGalley in return for the promise of a fair and honest review if I chose to review the book.
She Was Captive but Forbidden-- A Book Review
“Late November, London. THE President of Aliz was hiding in the ladies’ room.”
If this sounds like an odd thing for a President to do, you are unaware that the President of Aliz not only was a woman but had been a much-talked-about lady on the town until she lost her baby at only a few months’ gestation, and decided to become serious, so serious as to run for President of the small Mediterranean country where she lived.
In her favor, one must admit that before being talked into running for President she had spent very little time in her own country, and therefore might not have been aware of the unnatural death rate among its Presidents. She knew it now. But more significant to her, she knew the importance of what she was doing. “Tired of smiling, tired of shaking hands and making small talk, tired of feeing desperate and overwhelmed and so very out of her element. . . . [But] [her people had] entrusted her with their welfare and she would not return emptyhanded. . . .
“Aliz was beautiful with beaches and coastlines and balmy breezes, but it was also poor after so many years of mismanagement.” She was not guilty of that mismanagement, nor was she mismanaging. But she couldn’t reverse overnight decades the results of decades of corruption and shoddy attempts to set things right without giving offense to anyone.
She was doing the best she could, probably the best anyone could do. But she was not unaware of death threats against her. This made the ladies room in an expensive hotel in London as good a place as any for temporary rest . . . at least, until the door “suddenly swung inward. No one should have gotten past the bodyguard stationed outside.”
He identified himelf as Rajesh Vala. “She’d seen this man by the bar, talking to her old friend Brady Thompson. She relaxed infinitesimally. If he knew Brady. . . .”
But did he know Brady? And how much difference did it make if he did? “Brady was a good man, the kind of man she should have been interested in.” He was concerned about her well-being. This man “was Bollywood-handsome, with his tanned skin and honey-gold eyes, and she found herself thinking of tigers.”
He was armed. He identified himself as a security consultant. He was convinced the power would soon go off, and he wanted to get her back to her room, which he called “the safest place” thoughhe refused to explain what he meant by that. He wouldn’t let her go anywhere else.
Her room might have been the safest place, but she wasn’t getting there anytime soon. The power did go off, and until the hotel got its auxiliary power up and functioning, it was pitch dark. “Your presidency is too new, Aliz is in turmoil and you aren’t safe.”
But they were back in her room when the power came back on, Veronica had accepted Raj as her bodyguard and admitted that the most believable way to introduce him to her constituents was as her new lover, and things were in order for the diplomatic mission to continue. And before she is ready to return to Aliz, the coup—expected by Raj but not by Veronica—takes place, the former President having decided to regain his power by bullets since ballots hadn’t worked.
Brady and Raj want her to remain in England for safety, she is determined to return to Aliz, and she is President. Three hours later they are in a plane returning to Aliz—theoretically—but while she sleeps Raj reroutes the pane, and they go to his home in Goa—not his only home, but the closest one to Aliz, an island nation in the Mediterranean.
She is outraged, but Raj says “You ca’t go back to Aliz . . . because it’s not safe for you there. The chief of police controls the government—and all the weapons, I might add. If we landed, he could execute you—all of us—before the next sunrise.”
After learning that her staff generally agrees with Raj that Goa is the best destination for now, she feels better, but still not happy.
To say more would be to create a spoiler. Sufficeth to say that this is an excellently conceived and well written book which sees political reality through open eyes. Although it is written as a steamy love story, it is thematically honest as a political screed. Monsieur Brun, the former President and now again President, is in control, with his close crony the chief of police supporting him. The happy ending Harlequin is famous for is augmented by the fact that it is a believable happy ending.
Author of Scene of the Crime and other works of fiction and nonfiction.
Posted June 21, 2012
3 STARS Captive But Forbidden was a good romance novel. Did have a lot of love scenes. President Veronica ST, Germaine of Aliz was on tour trying to get business and others to come visit or invest in her nation. Veronica used to be in all the magazines for her party ways. But last year she has changed. She was convinced to run for President of Aliz. They voted in and trust her. Someone left a note with a threat inside her hotel room and Verconica is a little upset about it. She told her friend Brady about the note. When Veronica is in the bathroom a handsome stranger comes into the bathroom and scares her. Where were guards? Than the power goes out in the hotel. Rajesh Vala has been sent by Brady to protect her. They pretend to be attracted so he can go everywhere with her. After awhile they wait for the crowd of people in the dark to to get to where they are going he escorts her to her rooms. She keeps telling him she does not need help. Though her security guard is missing. Veronica takes a candle into her bedroom and goes to get into bed. Something is under her pillows and tumbled out when she the covers back. She screams for Raj and he looks and its a doll with her eyes dug out. On Aliz the Police chief as taken over the country and demands she stepdown and the last president should take over as President again. This is a quick read. Good for a fast vacation in your mind. I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley. 06/26/2012 PUB Harlequin Presents ISBN:9780373238446Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 2, 2012
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