Helios Crowns His Mistress

Helios Crowns His Mistress

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Will a Crown Prince risk everything, even his crown, to wed a secret mistress rather than a woman of royalty?
Publisher: Don Mills, ON : Harlequin Enterprise Limited, 2016
ISBN: 9780373134083
0373134088
Branch Call Number: ROMANCE (PAPER) (HARLEQUIN PRESENTS 3402)
Characteristics: 187 pages : 17 cm

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FindingJane Aug 23, 2016

Most romance books featuring the rich-playboy-meets-lowly-female-drudge scenario provide you with some background, a setting wherein the gorgeous but hard-working Gal Friday meets the proud, handsome Daddy Warbucks who’ll sweep her off her feet against her better judgment. This book actually startled me by having the love affair already underway when the novel begins.

Amy Green met the fabulously wealthy Prince Helios while curating a museum. The sparks flew and she wound up in his bed. Then she learned that he was going to be picking his wife at an upcoming gala. Uh oh.

The truth is, Amy knew about this right at the start of their affair; Prince Helios never lied to her. She just hadn’t expected that a) she’d fall in love with him b) the wife-picking would be so soon c) he’d be utterly blasé about mentioning it to her and d) he’d expect her to continue being his mistress after his wedding.

Ms. Green is a portrayal of a modern woman. She doesn’t wait until marriage to have sex. But she’s got her pride and self-esteem. She’s not about to be a rich man’s mistress no matter how the prince feels about it. So from then on, the book becomes an escalating tug of war between a man who’s genuinely puzzled as to his girlfriend’s misery over his impending marriage and a woman striving to keep her integrity against the blandishments of the domineering asshole who’ll stoop to litigation to keep her with him.

At times, I found myself feeling the usual exasperation as Amy gave in to the pull of her hormones. Helios stated that she’d cave in and come crawling back to his bed in less than a week and she actually did it. Where’s your pride, you stupid cow?! She rejected all of his gifts—except she kept one because it featured her birthstone. How sweet of him to remember. (Kill me now.)

When Amy finally pulled away from him and flees the country, I breathed a vast sigh of relief. At last she was showing some backbone. That didn’t last. Reading about two people putting themselves through the emotional wringer was exhausting; even the heated sex they experienced failed to ease the tension I felt at between my shoulderblades.

The storybook finale engendered a profound feeling of relief but it wasn’t the joy of seeing two lovers getting their happy ending. It was more the easing of tension of removing a binding piece of underwear. “Thank goodness that’s over!” Not the sensation what you want after reading a romance, is it?

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