His Family of Convenience, Amy Ayers
Sometimes I just want to read a simple love story, the alpha male type, with a bit of angst but always a HEA. Entangled are my go-to publishers for that. I’ve been reading a few heavy romances, and in-depth paranormal and I wanted something light so chose this one for last nights bedtime reading 🙂
I loved the blurb, loved the secret baby idea ( but the failure rate for condoms in romances must be about 75%!!) The dilemma of Marco being ultra traditional, having an arranged marriage but now finding he’s got a son too was intriguing. I was really hoping that would lead to some delicious scenes between senna and his wife to be.
Sadly though for me this stayed in the mundane end of romance, a barely adequate story, nothing special.
The line I was hoping between Senna and Marco’s fiancee didn’t come, she was at one moment icy and unapproachable and the next she was all freinds with Senna. There were things about Max that Marco discussed with her, promised he’d put to Senna and which would have provided some awesome fireworks, but instead they never happened? Why raise that topic anyway then? Not just once but twice -maybe three times it came up.
I also had her pegged as responsible for something else that came out but…nope. TBH I felt she was an odd character and I was unsure of exactly how she was supposed to be, what kind of person she was, if she was going ahead with the wedding through duty, wantied to marry Marco for power and prestige, name etc, or in love with him and determined to keep him for herself….then at other times she seems to not be looking forward to the wedding.
Very mixed person, and she could – IMO – have made such a difference to the story. Still, its perfect for other readers of course.
I didn’t buy Marco’s excuses for not knowing about the pregnancy, he might have not got a few messages passed on, and of course he was concerned for his sick father but all of them?
Why didn’t his brother say something – Senna says she met him on one visit to the company to try to see Marco and he must have known she was pregnant. Not saying anything didn’t really gel with the guy he seems to be later, though maybe he didn’t know she’d been with Marco…I’ll let him off, though you’d think it would have come up in just general conversation. ” BTW Marco, did you know your former assistant is pregnant? I met her at the office recently” Y’know, how people just chat about stuff…
Senna, she’s come so far with just the help of her flatmate, and she stands up to Marco at first. I’d have been outraged too at the heavy handed way he did things, been so angry at his bulldozer ways. She realises though that he didn’t know, that her messages weren’t passed on and gives him a pass. Well….her choice, I’d have hung on a bit more.
He could have made the effort to see she was OK after their night of passion, he’s the sort of guy who’s always doing six things at once. It would only take a phone call to one of his team to check on her.
Then when they’re back at his family home and she’s being treated appallingly by his mother he says nothing, walks off and leaves her at the family dinners and functions. If it wasn’t for his sister Mila poor Senna would have been totally isolated.
After all that she just rolls over and says yes when he’s in her bed, knowing he’s to marry someone else in a few weeks. Senna, where’s your self respect!!
Stars: 2.5/3 A shocker for me from Entangled, just about makes it into a 3 star novel, when I was expecting so much more.
ARC supplied for review purposes by Netgalley and Publishers