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He was my first love and he betrayed me. Why has he appeared again?

Luc Sarrazin is the CEO of a major bank and comes from a prestigious family. He was Star’s first love and husband, but their marriage ended unhappily after she discovered he had a mistress. A year and a half later, as Star is facing financial issues, Luc shows up. It was easy in the past for Star to fall for Luc, but it’s more complicated this time—he must never find out about the twins she gave birth to!

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2.8 Hmmmmmmm. 3  3

It was an alright story but not high on my list. So, I’ll go by this story chronologically since it goes back and forth a lot. Our hero and heroine met when the man was sent to the slums of Mexico to pick up an abandoned child/heroine. Apparently, her mother went abroad to “Court”; I’m still unclear exactly about what’s “Court” because it actually could be anything considering the mother went abroad. The mother then appointed a very famous and rich family as the heroine’s guardians. I’m also not clear how the woman got this family to agree because we find out there are no biological ties between these two parties. All we know is that a “Phillip” person left it in his will that his relatives are to care for both mother and heroine much to the chagrin of the hero’s cruel father. I mean the man didn’t even kick out his mistress when she threw the child into a freakin’ ditch! I would have had the police on her skinny backside within seconds. The hero became more of the heroine’s protector, having grown up in the same environment and helped her when dealing with things like the cold castle and boarding school’s bullies. As the heroine grows into a teenager, she starts developing romantic feelings for the hero. She tries to sort them out with going to parties and meeting boys. The only problem is the hero nags her for going to these events and I felt so sorry for her. I mean she’s got teenage emotions and hormones and doesn’t know how to open up about them. She only takes initiative after she turns 18 and the hero tells her that he’s taking her to her mother and that they’ll never see each other again. The heroine may be legally an adult, but she’s still a maturing human whose fear just escalated to sky high from the very idea of losing the closest relationship she’s had since her mother left her. One thing leads to another, her mother catches them in a flamenco and demands the hero marry the heroine as compensation for taking advantage of her daughter. It’s an unpleasant event for all and the hero decides without running it past the heroine of keeping their marriage on paper. He starts working late and even deceives her into believing he’s having an affair with another woman: he pulls a woman into another room, knowing the heroine is watching and the woman plays the “Sally’s fake orgasm”. The heartbroken heroine runs away, finds out she’s pregnant, and tries to start anew. She delivers rambunctious twins, working part-time but still dependent on her mother. She meets another guy who seems nice and then it spirals out of control. Mom’s disappeared with their money, including their long time’s friend’s money, and left only a voicemail about how she told the hero where the heroine is. Now, the hero saves the heroine as she’s being assaulted by the so-called friend who wanted more out of their relationship. Then he unjustly wails on the heroine for running away from their paper marriage when he took it seriously. I was, “Seriously, you have the Gaul to scold her when you pulled the fake mistress card,” It turns out her disappearance and the good-bye note sent the hero into panic mode from hiring divers to search their castle’s moat in case the heroine threw herself in it. They have a one second reconciliation till the babies start crying. The hero comments whose are they in a cold tone and the heroine lies they’re someone else. I did find it cute their names are Venus and Mars. Next, they head to the family friend who tells them the mother got scammed by a business partner who ran off with all their money, including the friend’s investments. Our couple lie about working on their relationship, despite the hero’s plan of divorcing the heroine in 2-3 years in order for the allegations of sexual abuse to be erased. He thinks she’s going to understand, but he has somehow forgotten the fact that she disappeared on him for a year and half because of his “staged act”. I think one of the few things I liked in this story was seeing things from the hero’s perspective like burying his attraction for the heroine. Plus, the guy is facing immense pressure from his father to follow the plan of divorce the heroine and marry an appropriate girl. And if the hero doesn’t comply then the man will disinherit him and take away all his assets. The hero complies with it all, but he fails to realize he’s got all the cards he needs to play in his hand. First of all, even if the hero did lose all his assets and bank position, there are still tons of big banks out in the world that would hire him for his connections, skillset, and prestige. Second, the father is talking about disinheriting him castle and family business but there’s no way a man who’s all about blood lines and image would cut off the only son he has who’s also excellent at his job. Back to the plot, our main couple have their bumps and fights, but things do get a little more interesting like how one of the heroine’s stolen embroidery ended up with one of France’s prestigious art galleries. The heroine initially suspects her “friend” but he claims it wasn’t him. Next, our couple finally have the couch conversation over their marriage and fall back into bed, before the heroine tells him the truth about the twins. What’s even creeper is the “friend” who gave the heroine a teddy bear with a nanny cam already set up it, so he could access the footage. He sees their lovemaking and suddenly, written threats (divulging the heroine’s secret of “who’s the daddy?”) are sent to the hero’s father’s home. A written threat? Really? Doesn’t this genius know that they can link the handwriting to his *sarcasm*? What ever happened to good ole’ cut out letters from a magazine and glue them to a blank sheet of paper? They’re able to quickly figure out it’s the friend, but the hero now has to visit his father who demands the hero ban the heroine and their kids, to never acknowledging their existence. Right there, I was ready to bang my rolling pin (it’s wood, so it’ll give the old grouch a hefty lump on his head) over his scalp. I love how the hero told his father straight that he can do whatever he likes but the hero won’t give up the heroine and their kids because they’re precious to him. I also liked the hero’s remark of how the father lost so much because he allowed himself to be restrained by his mindset. The heroine decides the whole mess can only be resolved if she disappears again. She takes the children, reunites with the mom who apologizes for taking the money. She was trying to lure out the scammer but ran into her first love and the heroine’s biological father. She gets their backstory of falling in love but forcibly separated. Now, they have reunited and wish to make a new family. Then out of nowhere, appears the “friend” in tux and a dozen roses. The mom thinks the whole thing is romantic, having no idea of the trouble the man has caused. The heroine refuses, declaring she’s still in love with the hero. Her mom nags her about refusing the friend’s good intentions and she should get married. Her refusal only incites the man to show his true colors by coercing the heroine to marry him or he posts the nanny cam video everywhere. And right on time, the hero comes in on a white horse and has the friend arrested. He revels the mysterious partner was hired by the “friend” who stole the embroidery and sent the letter to the father. His goal was to have the heroine accept his financial help, thus making her indebted and unable to refuse his marriage proposal. The “friend” places the whole thing as the heroine’s fault for not accepting and pushing him to commit these crimes. Reality check: that’s not love. It’s obsession and possession. I liked the next few scenes of the hero apologizing to her parents and asking for their blessing to confessing his love for the heroine. We skip to their redo wedding and it’s a happy occasion. Even the father comes with his first love (family friend) who he had to give up for family name. The man also caved since he had no one other than the hero to take over the family business. It was a nice ending. It just wasn’t one my list of real good harlequin comics.

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