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Expected Release Date: March 1, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin
Imprint: Harlequin Presents
Author’s Website: http://www.caitlincrews.com/
My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: No
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy
Pet Peeves: Predictable Twist
Favorite Tropes: Revenge Plot, Groveling Hero

Official Blurb:

Paige Fielding has waited ten years for Giancarlo Alessi to walk back into her life. But the man she was once forced to betray isn’t interested in asking questions, or hearing apologies.

Shocked to discover Paige working as his mother’s PA, Giancarlo sees his thirst for vengeance reignite. So he lures her to Tuscany, where she will bow to his every pleasurable command.

But the lines between payback and passion quickly blur. And when Giancarlo discovers Paige is pregnant he must ask himself: Is it really revenge he so desperately craves — or her?

There’s not much I enjoy more than a good revenge romance, and this one has all of the good points. Estranged lovers, TONS of angst, plenty of chemistry, and some delicious groveling.

Ten years ago, Paige betrayed the love of her life in the worst way he could have imagined.  While she never expected his forgiveness, she never dreamed that he would enact his revenge by blackmailing her into becoming his lover again.

Forced to give into Giancarlo’s every desire in order to protect the one secret that she can never allow to come to light, Paige and Giancarlo find it difficult to keep things on a purely physical level.

Of course, this is a Harlequin Presents, so there were a few predictable turns in the story, but honestly, aren’t some of these predictable twists one of the reasons we read Harlequin Presents?

I also highly approved of the fact that if Giancarlo had taken other lovers in the ten years that he and Paige had been apart, it wasn’t rubbed in our faces. I know that with estranged lovers, doing so isn’t technically cheating, but there’s something so tragically romantic about heroes and/or heroines who take no other lovers during the estrangement because they’ve been so scarred by their one true love gone wrong.

One of the best parts, to me though, was the fact that Giancarlo doesn’t get off the hook easily for his terrible treatment of Paige. Instead, she makes him work hard for their happily-ever-after, and there’s some of the best groveling I’ve read in quite a while.

Overall, highly recommended for fans of estranged lovers, revenge plots, and groveling heroes.

04starsA solid 4/5 Stars