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Twenty-two-year-old Penny accepts a passionate proposal from shipping tycoon Zarek Michaelis and marries him. But feeling like he’s married her only for an heir and not for love, she secretly takes birth control. When Zarek finds out, he’s furious. He then leaves on one of his ships, saying they need time to cool their heads. But the ship is attacked by pirates and Zarek goes missing. Penny waits a long two years, nearly overwhelmed by anxiety and regret. Finally she can take it no longer and has Zarek declared dead at the urging of her mother-in-law. That’s when Zarek returns!

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Kate Walker was always making up stories. She can't remember a time when she wasn't scribbling away at something and wrote her first “book” when she was eleven. She went to Aberystwyth University, met her future husband and after three years of being a full-time housewife and mother she turned to her old love of writing. Mills & Boon accepted a novel after two attempts, and Kate has been writing ever since. Visit Kate at her website at:

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eh...okay, I guess. 2  2

I wasn't so totally invested in the story because it felt there were a lot of things left out and I wasn't really satisfied with the ending. So, in the beginning, going by the chronology of the story: The hero falls in love with the heroine because she's pure, no ulterior motives, or hidden traps that he has to avoid when it comes to his world of a greedy stepmother and half brother and lazy board members who think little of the hero. They have a quick romance with a wedding not long after. However, the hero wants kids and the heroine doesn't want kids until the they become more connected and such. When he finds out about the heroine taking birth control, he flies out of house and away from the heroine in a rage. Then he gets kidnapped and apparently killed by some pirates. After that, the heroine has to deal with the whole barrage of greedy and selfish people who want to declare the hero dead, renounce her right to the inheritance because she doesn't have a kid, and then after two years and finally after more pressure than cans in a water bath, she agrees to marry the half brother. Half-brother is just as greedy and selfish because he asks her to marry him in front of everyone, the board members and his mother; if he really cared about the heroine then he would have taken her somewhere private with just the two of them, not even the mother would be there. The heroine cracks and agrees to the marriage but when they make their toast, the hero walks through the door. Boy, did he leave an impression on them or what!!! He falls right back into business, afterwards, he takes the heroine home where they have a big fight. There were a lot of unresolved issues what with a headboard and mouse, who dealt with what, and imagery of seeing the other has studs. However, the hero notices things that show she still cared or thought about him like everything in his closet is still there and her wardrobe isn't stuffed with ball gowns. The two share a homemade meal and discuss what happened to the both of them then it turns into a night of passion. The next morning is all abuzz with paparazzi and reporters with the stepmother and half brother taking advantage of the situation. The heroine is unable to deal with paparazzi flashing their large cameras and going back to the lifestyle where the hero is more at work than at home. She wants to separate and gives the hero the option of giving it up being the title of himself. The hero resists at first but when he sees a plane taking off into the sky with the heroine supposedly in it, he makes a statement at the company, takes his phone and computer and goes after the heroine. They find each other and sit, watching the sunset. It's a nice ending but I wasn't quite feeling the love with this story

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