A tragic accident took Rome Matthew's wife, Diana, and it robbed Sarah Harper of her best friend. Sarah wanted to reach out to Rome, but she knew she needed to stay away, guarding the secret she had kept from him and Diana - that she was in love with her best friend's husband. But now Rome needs her. Sarah agrees to be his wife, and something totally unexpected rekindles her hidden hope that a marriage of convenience will become a union of love.
Will Rome keep fighting his own growing need for a woman who dares him to believe there are second chances in life...or will he give in to the power of love and miracles?
©2000 Linda Howard (P)2016 Dreamscape Media, LLC
PLOT: Rome Mathews lost his wife Diana and sons in horrific accident. He seems incapable of showing love or affection. The lovely Sarah was best friends to Diana but held her feelings about Rome to herself. She loves him. When passion flares Rome proposes a marriage of convenience HIS.
Rome is a remote and distant man resulting from the death of his family. His sex appeal is there but he lacks warmth. Lovely Blonde Sarah responds to a moment of passion and Rome found out too late she WAS a virgin. He proposes marriage......plenty of hot passionate SEX. but he will not sleep in her bed and NO children is his "offer". Sarah is desperate for him and accepts this very one sided marriage offer. An unplanned Baby is added to the story and Sarah must make a decision of the choice between her child or husband Rome. ***The story is worth the wait for the end. **
This is a SAD plot. The story is a good but not what we 'except' from Linda Howard. The hero is not likeable and the heroine is a "door mat'. This is VERY early novel by Howard. This story IS worth the listen for the ending. But we find we have to over come our dislike of the hero most of the novel. I give the Story 3 stars~ and Amy Landon the reader 4 STARS~ she did a very good job. Over all 3 stars~ clearly not Howards best book.
One more thought what is with the AWEFUL cover artwork on this audiobook? Sarah was a white blonde beauty. This shows a overly made up brunette. JUST put a hunky guy on it next time Dreamscape. also try Loving Evangeline soon to be released by Dreamscape Media.
The story is well written, just the stuff Sarah puts up with is just painful to hear and experience. I don't know if she is really strong or really pitiful. Rome is not a likable guy, he's not even described as cute, I had a hard time figuring out why she is so in love with this guy. His story is terrible and heartbreaking, but just couldn't find what she saw in him.
I read this book when it first came out in the 90s.. listening to it again decades after didn't diminish my enjoyment of the story.
The narrator did a very good job.
I agree with the reviewer who said that this was a very sad story . Unfortunately this is a very true to life situation . I have known a lot of women who have settled for much less than they should've received in their relationships with men . Much like other reviewers I struggled to not be frustrated with Sarah and her passiveness and not be angry with Rome and his selfishness . Pain makes us selfish . And as old as we are childhood experience shapes future relationships. I don't agree that this is not a typical Linda Howard story because what is a typical Linda Howard story ? She is the brilliant storyteller. She is also my go to author whenever I want to be assured of purchasing a book or audiobook that I will enjoy reading. Up to and including this book it's a given everyone of her books I've read I've liked. And the stories have been unique. I do very few actual written reviews I usually just tap the Stars and have done with it. Believe it or not I feel like this is a necessary story and it's necessary for women to read it and is necessary for us to realize that even though this society relegates to us to the keepers of the relationships and the onus is ours if that relationship fails. Remember, we are only 50% of the equation, our feelings matter and we shouldn't settle for less than what we deserve.
I believe this is the first time I heard Amy Landon narration and she was superb. She is a very good narrator. I would love to listen to more of her books!
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