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DARKER SIDE OF DESIRE
Claire has been raising her young brother with determination ever since their parents' deaths. After she's invited to a high-class hotel for a bit of a breather, she encounters a foreign man with a baby in the dining room. As the baby rocks the chair back and forth, he nearly falls over, but Claire manages to catch him! At that same moment, she finds herself staring into the eyes of the foreign man, Raoul. And then, without warning, the sound of gunfire begins to ring through the dining room!
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- This should be called: Darker side of Drama 3
- Casandra 06/18/2016 1 people found the following review helpful
The Darker Side of Desire is a decent read. I like drama in some instances but when it feels forced it's not as good and can be irritating. This is one of those stories filled with willful misunderstandings by the main characters, but they didn't take it too far which made it still enjoyable.
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- heroine fine, hero okay 3 3/4 stars. 3
- JAB 04/24/2015 1 people found the following review helpful
IN the beginning of the story, we have a cinderella heroine who is getting a nice lunch and break after spending five years a spend thrift to pay for her brother's high end education. She goes to a nice hotel to have a great meal, but ends up running into the hero, who has the look of murder on his face when he looks at her. They have lunch in the same room, the heroine finds the nanny leaving the baby that is near the hero, suddenly men come out with guns and the heroine protects the baby. Once it's all good and done, the hero tries to take the baby away but the baby doesn't let go of the heroine's hair, which causes the hero to bring the heroine along. The hero gets to meet one of the superiors like the old sheikh and finds out that the baby is the heir to a kingdom and the hero is his cousin. The old sheikh acts all nice, while the hero acts like a jerk by cutting the heroine's hair in order to get the baby away from her. That was terrible, he could have used one of the shampoo/ conditioners bottle in the bathroom to loosen the baby's grip. The heroine is practically frazzled by the hero's actions, the hero does say that he will pay for it, but the heroine doesn't want any of his money and she leaves. However, the baby seems to have taken a liking to the heroine and starts bawling. The heroine has a new haircut and its nice to have a woman with short hair because a lot of these harlequin novels have women with ridiculously long and beautiful. It takes effort for hair to look like the that. The hero meets with the heroine again, making assumptions that she is writing to her lover when she is really writing to her little brother. I like how the heroine throws her frustrations onto the pillows. I do think that the hero is narrow minded that the heroine who is still a stranger to him judges him because he is a half blood. To me, that makes no sense. I think he puts too much of his environment, probably harsh onto other people. The hero wants the heroine to come with him, the heroine resists till the hero says please. Good heroine. She comes and finds the poor baby screaming till he is in her arms again. It's really sweet. The old sheikh then asks the heroine to marry the hero so they can protect the baby till the men who tried to kill him will be found. The two men are acting too high for me because they are leaving the heroine out of the conversation. I can understand why she gave the baby back and refused to do it. That is till the word money came in: the heroine thinks of expenses on behalf of her brother and she agrees to do it, but the hero gives her a glare and I don't blame him because the heroine now looks like a gold digger. The heroine does have a chance to tell the hero who exactly is her brother like their relation is sibling and not lover but she doesn't because she is afraid that he will come on to her. Still, that doesn't make the situation better because of how the hero treats her. Both the old sheikh and the hero are right about each other: hero too suspicious and sheikh too trusting. I loved how the heroine and the hero went at each other when it came to shopping. It was good. The heroine is also a surprise for some people because they think that the heroine is some loose woman but isn't. The heroine learns that at one point the hero was actually engaged to another woman but the woman's father called off the engagement because of the hero's half blood of a foreigner, though, we learn from the hero it was because the hero wouldn't convert to the religion the girl's father wanted. The heroine also learns that the hero didn't have a happy childhood with a vengeful father, a loose mother, everyone in the palace despising him for his foreign heritage. For heaven's sake, he was beaten up and had both legs broken because of it. The heroine spends some time with the baby till the great grandmother of the baby who is also the hero's grandmother comes to visit. She is a sweet woman, especially to the heroine. I liked how the two were able to connect so beautifully. The grandmother took them out to meet her village and I liked who the heroine was able to interact with these woman from a different culture. Then when the heroine gets back to the place, finds the hero in a fit and yells at her. I did like how the grandmother came to stand by the heroine and put the hero in her place. The grandmother does hint that she knows the true identity of the baby. The hero is still mad and throws the insult of the heroine leaving her lover for money. Later that night, the hero and the heroine are put in the awkward situation to where I was like to the heroine: "Don't give in, don't give in, Don't-She gave in." To the hero's advancements. The hero is able to find out that the heroine was a virgin, and I actually wish that he had stopped, but no, he pushed forward. What I found most amusing is that after the act, the hero says, "You should have told me you were a virgin," Where have I heard that before? Oh yeah, with every macho male that didn't believe the girl when she said she was a virgin and actually was. The hero is able to realize his stupidity and tries to make it up by having her memory of her first time not to be of what he says fear and it's politically correct. They seem to have a good night till the next day when the heroine gets a letter from her brother (the lover). The hero is all upset about the letter and the frustration on not knowing how to deal with the heroine. The hero and the heroine then have to go to France where the hero's father is dying. They learn some interesting truths. On the way back, they meet the woman that the hero was supposed to marry. They come back and when things start to connect, the heroine says the wrong thing. This leaves the hero is a bad mood, which they don't speak to each other. The woman comes by and one thing leads to the heroine into the hands of the radicals. I did like how the heroine showed true strength to the radicals. I also liked how the hero was able to figure out who teddy was. I think that the one thing that I liked about huge radicals was the fact that they religion was to not kill a pregnant which of course is the heroine. The heroine is let go with the baby, thinking that they will die in the desert. The hero is able to find them in time. The hero and heroine start opening up some truths and revelations about each other, which is nice. It did have a soft ending.
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