Is his reluctant bride a business risk or a personal necessity to gain custody of his son?
Stan Rogers, recluse millionaire, must negotiate a risky deal with Stella Ryan, the exotic beauty from his past, to gain custody of his son. But how can he close the deal with her, the one and only woman who flips his switches and pegs him as the enemy?
Martial artist Stella knows she should steer clear of Stan, the man who had shattered her heart and could still destroy her. Four years have passed since their hostile business deal, and now, the American financier is proposing holy matrimony…but she’s the reluctant bride wondering, what’s he up to?
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Sun Chara, a multi-published, JABBIC winner for Manhattan Millionaire's Cinderella, writes sexy, hip 'n fun contemporary romance, high adventure historical romance, and any genre that knocks at her imagination. Globetrotting for lore while keeping tabs on Hollywood leads, she loves the challenge of creating stories for book and screen. Find out more about her at https://facebook.com/suncharaauthorpage or on Twitter @sunchara3.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Businessman Stan Rogers is a man used to getting his own way. When he needs Stella to seal a deal for his own gain he sends his men to go and get her and bring her to him, which they do, wrapped in a fish net. Martial arts expert and teacher Stella, has had past dealings with Stan, and he owns the building where she runs her martial arts classes. Stan wants Stella to live at his home and teach his son Troy martial arts. But, more than that he needs her to become his wife so he can gain custody of his son. Will Stella accept, and does she have the option to say no? I have very mixed feelings about this book. The characters were intriguing and little Troy was adorable. Whilst I understood Stan perfectly, he’s the typical rich man with an ‘if I can’t get what I want I’ll take it’, attitude. He always puts himself, and troy, before everyone else. Stella was a different story. I couldn’t get my head around Stella being this tough martial arts teacher, a sensei, and her letting this man walk all over her. Even at the beginning when she is bundled into the fish net, wouldn’t a martial arts expert be able to defend herself from two men? Plus, she makes snap decisions without thinking about them first. That being said, the story, although not realistic, is actually quite interesting and I read it within a couple of days. I did have some confusion near the beginning as there is a chapter that is a flashback. When I first read it, I wasn’t sure whether the chapters had been muddled up as there was no warning that this chapter was a flashback. I had to re-read the first three chapters twice to understand them properly. After that, the book flowed naturally and you got a sense of every emotion the characters were feeling. It was nice to see the character evolve as the story progressed. If your looking for something romantic that is a bit different, something short to pass away the time, then this book is worth a read.
3.5 stars. It's hard to rate books by this author. The language is high intensity, almost over the top and it pulls you through the story at a great rate. The story itself isn't so unusual. Standard category fare with a seemingly hard-hearted billionaire doing the blackmail thing and a feisty heroine. I always struggle a little with feisty heroines. Stella has good reason to be feisty. She is a karate champion, running her own Dojo in Vancouver, financed by the hero, Stan Rogers, four years ago in a memorable confrontation. For someone who is a sensei, she is rather impulsive, makes snap decisions based on only half the information and judgements on even less. But this is a romance novel. There would be no story if everyone communicated right from the start. Stan wants Stella. We'll leave that a little ambiguous, shall we? He remembers her from their confrontation way back when and when he needs her, he knows exactly were to pick her up, if only she were cooperative. That feisty thing again. Stan has a plot moppet by the name of Troy, eight years old and in need of some karate training to build up his shattered self confidence. Cue entrance of heroine, stage right. The story is basically a battle, with a few sweet moments of surrender. Stella falls for Troy right from the start, but has ambivalent feelings about bossy, blackmailing billionaires. As you do. Overall quite a sweet story under the dramatic trappings. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for an independent review.