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Iris Falconer meets Frenchman, Jeanluc DeLeon, a charismatic young billionaire recently arrived in Manhattan to establish a US presence for his company. This suave and sophisticated man is unlike any Iris has met. Subconsciously, she knows that were she to give in to him, she would end up with a broken heart. Jeanluc on the other hand is completely enamoured of Iris. Though he doesn’t wish to marry her, he is single-mindedly pursuing her with every intention of making her his mistress, willing or not. The story ...
Iris Falconer meets Frenchman, Jeanluc DeLeon, a charismatic young billionaire recently arrived in Manhattan to establish a US presence for his company. This suave and sophisticated man is unlike any Iris has met. Subconsciously, she knows that were she to give in to him, she would end up with a broken heart. Jeanluc on the other hand is completely enamoured of Iris. Though he doesn’t wish to marry her, he is single-mindedly pursuing her with every intention of making her his mistress, willing or not. The story moves from New York City to a rustic coastal village in the South of France and is rife with sexual tension between Jeanluc and Iris. Will Jeanluc break Iris’ heart or will he finally surrender his own?
“Are you alright Jeanluc?”
He stiffened at the sound of her soft voice then spun around abruptly to give her a resentful look and was irritated to see that glasses once again concealed her eyes.
“No, actually, everything’s not alright. I want you,” he stated emphatically.
“But…” she prodded as a slight frown appeared on her forehead.
“You are turning into an obsession and I’m not sure I like it.”
Startled, Iris was at first flattered then upon quick reconsideration her frown deepened. “Oh really...” she began, her voice dripping with sarcasm then stopped. What was left to say? She sighed and continued. “What are you worried about, Jeanluc? We’ll be back in New York soon enough.”
The obvious relief on his face made her nauseous and she hugged her drooping shoulders defensively. Thank God! She had slipped her shades back on again. A brief, uncomfortable silence followed. Suddenly, a calm stole over. She still had a bit of self-respect left and had no intention of throwing herself at him. However, what she was going to do was have the best time of her life.
“Jeanluc, let’s just pretend we’re old friends,” she suggested. “Let’s enjoy this wonderful weather and have ourselves a little holiday, okay? We’ll just keep the ‘sex’ thing out of the equation.”
His eyes widened then turned somber. “So serene, so detached...can it really be so easy for you, Iris? Is this the same Iris who ran away when I suggested a ‘little arrangement’ not so many days ago?” He spoke slowly as if to himself.
“Yep, that’s me, alright. Who knew I had this hedonistic streak inside of me?” she smiled provocatively.
He couldn’t read her behind those damn glasses. Suddenly Jeanluc was angry. It irked him that she seemed so unaffected. Why didn’t she beg and plead with him? “I cannot marry you,” he said harshly wanting to get a rise out of her.
She gasped and her eyes widened in shock. She was so glad she was wearing her shades. She couldn’t afford to let him see how much his words had shaken her. Instead she burst out laughing and when she spoke, her voice was derisive. “Really, Jeanluc…I don’t recall asking you to. Somehow, I don’t see you as the father of my children.”
His expression flattened and he quickly looked away.
But not fast enough. She had not missed the flash of desolation in his eyes. She knew she’d paid him back for his cruel words but it left her feeling depressed. Slipping off the lounger, she walked over to him and taking his hand she pressed it to her cheek.
“Let’s just take this one day at a time, okay? Now, can we please go see some more sights or something?”
He stared at her warily. Damn it! What was this game she was playing? He reached out and snatched the glasses off her face but her beautiful lavender eyes were serene. He slowly relaxed. “Yes, of course.”
“Great!” she exclaimed and began to gather her things.
She paused to throw him a look over her shoulder.
“Don’t think you can get out of the ‘sex’ thing,” he warned.
Posted May 16, 2012
Anne markets her debut novel as being in the style of a Mills & Boon/Harlequin book, so there's nothing too surprising about the Frenchman's ultimate surrender. But no matter. As with all these romances, it's about getting the characters from the first to the last page with as many twists and turns as possible.
Iris is a disappointed woman. She has yet to meet the man of her dreams and as for passion, that hasn't even begun a slow burn - yet.
But enter Jeanluc and and there's almost too much heat between them.
I was a little concerned how Anne could successfully complete a novel when the couple had sizzled so early on the journey. But she does.
It didn't matter (to me) that the relationship was consummated by the second chapter. Anne excelled at topping up the passion and there was much, much more to follow.
At times I felt the dialogue could have been more sensitively written, but the Epilogue was especially touching.
As a debut novelist, Anne demonstrates all the elements of becoming a successful writer - she can create good characters, an engaging story and enough sizzle to steam up a kitchen, literally!
Posted April 28, 2012
The Frenchman’s Reluctant Surrender- a Review
The Frenchman's Reluctant Surrender is a sexy fast paced read written in the Harlequin Romance style of handsome Alpha men and the beautiful headstrong women that they love. Billionaire Frenchman Jeanluc DeLeon is in New York City to set up an subsidiary office for his French company. When Deleon first sets his eyes on the beautiful Iris Falconer he must have her. Marriage is out of the question, he's been hurt before, but he must have her as his own and tries to persuade her to become his mistress. Iris Falconer is attracted to him but afraid of getting her heart broken. Jeanluc Deleon gets what he wants and he wants Iris Falconer. He gives her an ultimatum that she cannot refuse.
The story is written in the Harlequin Romance formula so it was a quick read and I was surprised that I liked it more than I thought I would. The author has a great voice with a strong attention to detail. She has a knack for world building and description; I think she could do just as well in any other genre. She gives us a glimpse into Iris's life as a business woman in the florist world. I loved her relationship with her gay business partner Alex. There was a friendship there that would have been great to read in a longer single title romance. The romance between Jeanluc and Iris was the standard Harlequin Romance that gave us the predictable happy ending. The author knows how to write a category romance and I hope someday she will stretch her writing skills to try single titles or other genres.
LJ Hart (trindiebooks.com)
Posted April 9, 2012
I really enjoyed this book. It was the old fashioned Mills & Boon type I have grown up with and times are moving so fast these days it is hard to find such a type in the world of the paranormal and shape shifter books. I guess I'm old enough to still enjoy the simple Mills & Boons books. JulieWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 8, 2012
This is a very hard review to write as I wanted to like it for the author's sake. Unfortunately, the book failed on so many levels to reach me. The characters were so unlikable and I felt like I was a teenager again reading Harlequin romances. It really did feel like something I used to read that I can't now understand why.
Iris Falconer is the daughter of a rich financer who has made the break from her father and started her own business. When her father enlists her help with a party he is throwing, she knows he is offering her up to Jeanluc DeLeon for his business. She goes to the party, but steers clear of Jeanluc until they have a chance glance across the room. Jeanluc seeks her out having been drawn to her. She of course rebuffs him finding him offensive even if she is attracted to him.
Jeanluc DeLeon is successful and can have any woman he wants. He isn't the marrying kind with all kinds of skeletons in his closet on that subject. He wants Iris and decides he isn't going to take no for an answer. He finds out where she lives and goes to her apartment where upon they have a passionate scene with no birth control or protection.
Through sometime, the play cat and mouse with each other until Jeanluc makes an offer to her to be his mistress, which she of course turns down. Then he resorts to blackmail to get her to go to a small town in France with him. This is where Iris falls in love with him and basically, in my opinion, becomes is door mat.
She says she will stay with him as long as he will have her, but he continually is rude with her. He accuses her of things, yells at her, puts her away from him, draws her back, sets her aside, accuses her some more and on and on it went. So this wonderful strong woman I met in the first part of the story basically keeps falling for him every time he says he is sorry and then has her heart broken over and over again. It just got tiring. Desire or not, she was a human and he seemed to forget she had feelings or even the dignity of being treated with respect. I just lost respect for Iris because she couldn't move on.
On top of how Jeanluc treated her, I got tired of her father. Her father almost pimps her out in the first part of the book. Yes, his business is going under and he really needs Jeanluc's business, but for heaven's sake this is your daughter. I possibly could have gotten past this point if he really didn't have a caring bone in his body for Iris, but we see him almost turn around 180 degrees. He later warns her about Jeanluc and tries to protect her. Then later he is worried about her when she gets back from the trip. It just seemed he couldn't decide what he wanted.
Then there was Iris's gay business partner Alex. I liked his character until he used the word "girlfriend" in reference to her. The stereotype just got to me for some reason as I didn't think we needed an over the top, flamboyant gay guy. Why do we feel the need to stereotype gay people this way?
The love scenes were reminiscent of stories I used to read 20 years ago. They didn't stir me. They were kind of blah except for the first scene. He used condoms after the first time and she never got on birth control. I kind of felt he condemned her for that. Even if she was on birth control, I hope she would have made him wear a condom, not knowing where he has been.
Unfortunately I can't recommend this book. It just wasn't a story I wanted to continue reading.