His Final Bargain (Harlequin Presents Series #3147)

His Final Bargain (Harlequin Presents Series #3147)

by Melanie Milburne
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His Final Bargain 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
HarlequinJunkie_ More than 1 year ago
It's not a new concept - two tortured souls coming together and finding love. But for Eliza and Leo, things are a lot more complicated than that. In His Final Bargain by Melaine Milburne the issues are so large and daunting that it's difficult not to get a little tense while reading about them. Eliza had broken things off with her High School sweetheart the night he wrapped his car around a tree. She can't face the prospect of telling his mother after all she'd been through that night, since she blamed herself for the entire tragedy. So she chooses the lesser of two evils. Sacrifice her own happiness to be a fiancee and surrogate daughter. Leo lost his mother in the worst way possible. When he was just a boy, she took off - but not quietly into the night. Since the Valentes are a prominent family in Italy, she took all her grievances to the press and spewed a litany of hate towards her husband and her son. To top it all off, she bragged about her infidelity and blamed everything on Leo and his father. Years later, on the night he buried his father, he tries to drown his sorrows in a couple of fingers of whiskey. Eliza is on holiday when she sees him across the bar and is drawn to him like a moth to flame. What begins as a one-night stand turns into a three week affair. At the end of her time in Italy, Leo can't fathom a life without her and proposes. He has no idea she isn't free. Four years later, the school for troubled children at which Eliza teaches is on the brink of closure. The employees decide to make one last push at raising funds, and that's when Leo shows up on her doorstep. He knows about the school's trouble and that he can easily bail them out. As his regular nanny is taking some time off, he offers Eliza a temporary position - in exchange for more than enough money to save the school. For the sake of the children and the livelihoods of the other employees, she reluctantly accepts. However, she knows Leo has other motivations, so can she survive the month-long internment living in close quarters to the man she had to leave behind? While that's all true, the kicker comes when she finds out that Leo's daughter has her own special needs, and Eliza has more to answer for than she ever imagined. I have to say, this is one of the steamiest Harlequin Presents titles I've ever read - but very tastefully done. The Hero sometimes vacillated quickly between affection and hatred for Eliza, but I brushed it off as a very slight inconvenience because the rest of the story is exceptional. There were several points where I could've sworn there were onions being chopped under my nose (I try not to admit a book made me teary). Good story, engaging characters, only a couple of snags where I was almost taken out of the story. The book gets a solid 4 Stars.
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Literary_VixenAP More than 1 year ago
I haven’t been able to read many Harlequin novels lately, but I sure missed these short and sweet morsels of feel good loving. This book was no exception. This story follows Eliza Lincoln, a school teacher who specializes in helping under privileged kids. When her ex-lover Leo Valente shows up at her door side out of the blue asking if she’d work for him as a nanny for his special needs daughter for one month, she caves. Not only could the school she works for use the money she’ll get from this job, but so could her current fiancé Ewan’s precarious health condition and her lovely mother in law to be, whom she loves a lot.  Knowing this is dangerous territory for her to be around Leo when she’s engaged to someone else, the needs of others surpass her desire to say now, so she accepts regardless. Will this stir up old feelings or is this all about revenge? It was a sexy, romantic and thrilling read. I wanted Leo and Eliza to get together again so badly, Leo and his daughter needed Eliza as much as she needed them. Their mutual longing was intense, but so much of their lives get in the way all the time. These two fight their feelings tooth and nail. It was frustrating to see that even though they completely belonged together, too many conflicts existed and held them each back from embracing their love.  I literally wanted to shake both of them because of the things they held back from one another which always ended up causing more issues. Pretty true to life there, I would say. I enjoyed these strong characters whose lives run deep into confusion and sense of duty which fractures their ability to take what they so deserve and long for. A quick romance that includes hot sensual scenes with a twist that I didn’t see coming, I really enjoyed this formulaic romance.  I received this free paperback from the publisher for an honest review.
A_Basset_Lover More than 1 year ago
Probably one of the most annoying female leads ever! I'm not one of those people who think women are either saints or whores but there's nothing really redeeming for Eliza's character for me. She spends most of the book emoting about her continued engagement but never takes responsibility for how she's treated Leo. The fact that she can somehow take responsibility for her bf getting in a car wreck and not be able to tell his mother but she's an expert on how Leo needs to raise his child is beyond me. The build up to the Eliza and Leo first night together is extremely sleezy too. Somewhere between her getting drunk and deciding to hit on him at a bar and then "falling" into a month-long fling where you forget to mention that you're already committed to horrible. If the roles had been reversed..it would have been unforgivable but because she's a woman and really "guilty" then it is okay ?!? No thank you!
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