Blurb: The pact Jessica Randall makes with wealthy New Zealand rancher Gabe Dumont is simple: in exchange for marriage and an heir, he will save her family property. It’s calculating and completely devoid of any tenderness, just like the man himself. But things soon get very complicated as secrets and mistrust, jealousy and ultimatums take over, threatening Jessica’s ability to maintain her emotional distance. Worst of all, the sizzling attraction between them is suddenly making this marriage of convenience decidedly inconvenient!
A Reader Favorite Story originally published as BOUND BY MARRIAGE.
Review: This has a very different style when it comes to a Nalini Singh book and I struggled with trying not to hold it up to all the others of hers that I’ve read and loved. Even knowing the voices she uses in her two fantasy series and her Rock Kiss series are very different from each other, they still have this underlying unity that allows a reader to know it is a Nalini Singh book. I had a very difficult time picking up that voice in this book. I actually had to keep reminding myself that this wasn’t written by another, lesser liked author as it had some similar tones that I don’t typically like.
Ms. Singh is no stranger to writing amazing dark and broken heroes, but Gabe is on a whole other level and I didn’t like him all that much. It was hard to tie the scarred and broken Gabe into anything that Jessica could actually love. Not with what very little she was given to work with. Jessica was also hard to like as a character because she completely failed to stand up for herself until the very end. Sorry, but no land or family legacy is worth selling yourself for.
One of the things that I’ve always loved about a Nalini Singh book is that they stand out from a typical romance, both in amazing characters that are full of personality on all kinds of different levels and a stellar story line that, even when I’ve reached the end of the book, I’m not ready to let it go. This book was lacking in those elements and landed squarely into the standard level for a romance novel with just a decent story and okay characters.
*Please not that apparently this book has been published under two different names. I’m reviewing under the title I read, but it was also published as Bound by Marriage.