Heartache and the specter of revenge follow when sparring partners spend the night together two days before he weds someone else.
A deliciously romantic romp with a good dose of realism and a twist of mystery.
A clash of wits, more than of wills, drives the love story in this modern-day pastiche of 19th-century romance novels by Elizabeth Gaskell (North and South) and Jane Austen. The main protagonists deal with messy feelings and events that could happen to any of us: The heroine, a bright young lawyer, confronts choices about career, abortion, and reactions of parents, friends, and men; while he, an alpha male, is haunted by past relationships, but with a sensitive, caring side that emerges as he woos the heroine.
Two days before Greg is about to marry someone else, he sleeps with Elise, and the night changes his life forever. What he suspected was mostly attraction, turns out to be something much deeper, something he's never felt before.
As Greg tries to deal with his messy past, Elise is left to deal with her messy future. She has to make choices after that fateful night, choices about her career, a possible abortion, her parents and friends' reaction, and if she should or shouldn't tell him.
The story isn't anything out of the ordinary, and neither are the characters. Greg is basically your average alpha male in another package. Elise is more intriguing, as she has plenty of wit and is quite clever. I liked her up until the point Greg returns and she falls head over heels for him - even if he mysteriously disapeared for over a year, without as much as a word.
The secondary characters made this novel interesting. Elise's Mom and Dad were awesome, even if they didn't always agree with her choices, they were great characters, rounded and complex.
There's a hint of mystery, and plenty of romance. I liked the book, but didn't love it. I wish Elise had showed a bit more strength and resilience when Greg showed up again, rather than just forgiving him.