An Unsuitable Husband, Ros Clarke
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
An Entangled book, so although Ros is new to me I know that I’ll almost certainly enjoy the read. Ros has written several books so well worth a look if well written, gentle, easy to read romance is what you want.
This has the elements I love, people with opposite ideals, a bit of jealousy and lots of drama. Its not a long read but packs a lot in, and everything contained is relevant to the story. I read one recently where pages were devoted to people and plots that actually added nothing to the book, and were never resolved. I find that frustrating but luckily Entangled seem to be quite tight in editing, so that although these novels are (to me ) short, they are on the point all the while. No trailing lose ends here 🙂
Theresa, I felt for her problems with her rather steamroller type mum. She loved her dearly, but mum was determined one of her daughters would have the big white wedding she could tell everyone at their club about…Now Theresa has reached thirty her mum is pressing all sorts of men on her as possible husbands, and though she means well enough is enough. Theresa was incredibly uptight as a person though, very determined to make partner at work, and didn’t need the aggravation disappointing her mum caused. I found her to be a bit cold at times, she was so work focussed she lost sight of what else was important in life.
Emile ( swoon) he’s gorgeous, playboy, flirt, and stuck with a clinging ex girlfriend, who values his wallet more than him. She’s not letting go of her dreams to be a rich wife..and alongside that there’s all the notoriety he seems to attract in the tabloids. The club feels its time for him to present a more stable front – or they may not renew his contract. Marriage – of the temporary sort – suits both of them, and sexually they’re off the charts so that’s a big bonus. A real friends with benefits relationship, with a short, easy end date, quickie divorce, that will get them both through a rough patch.
I loved Emile’s introduction to Theresa’s parents. She’s told him to dress down, and he did the bad boy bit perfectly –jeans, leather jacket, shirt to show of his tattoos, stubble, even played it down to what he said….poor mum, she certainly wasn’t expecting that! Made me snigger.
Of course neither Emile nor Theresa were expecting to find they were developing feelings for each other. Emile was OK with it, but Theresa was horrified – terrified maybe is more accurate. It seemed to me she had such a rigid hold on her life and control, she was afraid to let go and let real feelings in. We know though, that emotions just can’t be controlled. She tried hard, insisting on her own way all the while, keeping her name, refusing to wear clothes Emile bought – even though there were no sinister intentions, just genuine kindness, staying at her own home, at times she was so intransigent it was irritating. I could have shook her, she was throwing Emile’s kind intentions back in his face. She just saw his presents as him trying to control her, never bothered looking behind for another motive. Then the drama…that was played out really well, hung out over time, and let lots of emotion in. I loved the Prada angle too – what a name, but perfect for a would be WAG, and suited the leeching person Emile’s ex was. She wasn’t giving in, and I just love those kinds of people in a book. Overall a fun read, not a keeper but a great one off. Its priced at £1.98, and though I don’t have length info I’d guess around 130-150 pages.
Stars: Four, enjoyable read but not one I’d re read.
ARC supplied by Netgalley