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I’m an actress. I can play the part of a loving wife perfectly.

Merida works at a gallery by day as she awaits her big break on Broadway. She is called in one day to show their newest exhibit to Ethan Devereux, youngest son of New York real estate royalty. Seeing his raven hair and piercing eyes, Merida struggles to keep her well-trained composure… When a night of passion with Ethan results in pregnancy, Merida finds herself married to this cold and stoic man, faced with the biggest role in her career yet—the part of a loving wife. With the entire world as her stage, can she succeed in keeping her act and her heart apart?

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I had already rented it out before I saw the one-star rating on the harlequin. I decided to look into what could have made this harlequin bad. One of the things I liked was there wasn’t over the top drama, which could been a con for some people. However, I think my issues with the story was 1) there wasn’t enough pages in the story to build a nine months long type of romance. They were just trying to cram too much with what little they had. 2) the short amount of pages led to a speedy ending, which resulted in the story lacking the much needed development for the hero and heroine. So, our couple meet when the heroine is playing tour guide for the hero at the gallery whom is hosting his friend’s family’s treasured items. The man practically has her in bed after one dinner and that’s supposed to be the end of their relationship. Within a couple of months, the heroine gets her dream gig of appearing on Broadway’s stage but majorly bummed over the hero not contacting her afterwards. After a couple of months separation, the heroine finds out she’s pregnant thanks to her understudy. Her understudy warns her a pregnancy will destroy her chance of continuing to play her role, offering to take her to a private abortion clinic. The heroine refuses and her role gets taken away. She tries notifying the hero twice but his secretary always blocks her messages per hero’s orders of no personal phone calls. The heroine takes it as a sign to leave New York for her home country. However, the next four hours turn her head the other way. The hero found out the play he’s attending was the one where the heroine had landed her big role. He waited with anticipation, feeling disappointment and anxiety when he saw her understudy playing her role. The hero learned that she not only quit (was fired in a sense) but she called his office twice and left a message that she was leaving New York for London tonight. He somehow manages to catch the woman before she boards the plane and refuses to let her go upon seeing her pregnant state. We go through the usual channels of, “Am I the father?” and etc. He leaves her in her frazzled state alone to discuss the situation with his brother who declares she must be a GD all cause she’s an actress who got pregnant and tried to contact the hero. By the next morning, the man corners the heroine into signing a martial contract. He even adds in how his father hasn’t much time left. She agrees for the sake of her child but is only warmly welcomed by his father who encourages her to keep trying at the marriage. The next pages put me on the fence because I like seeing the hero’s thoughts as well as his personal development. For example, searching for the truth to his memories of his mother that contradict what he was told as a child. Yet, the whole jumble of it caused him to distance himself from the heroine for months. This is where the lacking relationship development resides in. Now, what takes the hero months to piece together, the heroine manages to learn the truth from her father-in-law in a matter of days. He reveals his marriage was disastrous because the wife was self-centered, only caring about her herself. She would neglect her children to the point where I would have called Social Services. An example would be when she left her child(the hero) in the car all day in the summer. One day, the woman ran off with her lover and suddenly died in an accident. The father wanted to protect his sons from the pain of remembering having a horrible mother who abandoned them by lying to them constantly of how their mother was a wonderful woman. It seems by the time the hero comes back, the heroine is maybe 2 weeks to one month shy from her due date. By then, he acts like a loving husband and all, which really confused me. He finally has the talk with his father about their family. He opens up about resenting his father for taking away his beloved nanny because his father had an affair with her. The father finally reveals there was never an affair because the woman voluntarily quit. She couldn’t take her boss’s (his wife) treatment towards her sons anymore. Right when they are coming to reconcile, the heroine goes into early labor. The hero opens his heart to the heroine, admitting to misjudging her and professing his love for her. He gives her a token of his love through an amber necklace because it matches her hair. The heroine proclaims she loves the hero too and gives birth to their daughter. In the end, the father gets a chance to see his son, daughter-in-law, and new granddaughter posing for a family picture. It wasn’t too bad of a story but not really into the whole thing.

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