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Preview — Bitter Enchantment by Yvonne Whittal. Her father’s death had left Melanie and her grandmother without much money, but they had hoped to manage. Then Melanie learned of the outstanding loan from Jason Kerr.
Now, to regain his money, he proposed to sell the collateral Melanie’s father had given him–their beloved “There is one way — you must marry me. Now, to regain his money, he proposed to sell the collateral Melanie’s father had given him–their beloved family home. Melanie knew the shock would kill her grandmother, but to agree to Jason’s proposition seemed unthinkable. Was there another way? Mass Market Paperbackpages. To see what your friends thought of whittal book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Bitter Enchantmentplease sign up. Lists with This Yvonnd. Feb 11, Birter rated it it was amazing Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click yvnone. This is one of my favorite Yvonne Whittals.
It has all of the intensity and angst of a forced marriage story with a pesky OW and a persistent OM, but without the verbal and physical abuse of some of her other alpha heroes. Hero sees heroine at her father’s funeral and is instantly attracted. He knows she’s a nice girl and a virgin, so the only way he’s going to have her is to marry her. Luckily, her dead dad owed him a ton of money so he can save all of that courtship time 4. Luckily, her dead dad owed him a ton of money so he can save all of that courtship time by forcing her into marriage.
This way Granny gets to stay in the stately home the dad put up for collateral, and the hero will have the heroine in his bed. Win-win for everyone but the heroine. The heroine is attracted to the hero, but she’s nervous about sex. On her wedding day she gets a call from the hero’s mistress warning her that she is going to break up their marriage. They go to a chalet in the South African mountains and the hero loses his patience with the heroine when on their wedding night the heroine shows her nervousness.
He doesn’t force her, though. He does call her a coward and says he’s going to go back to his mistress.
The next day he has a change of heart and says he’ll give her time. They spend a week hiking and playing house. There is a lion head on the wall that the hero killed with a knife after it was wounded by a careless hunter.
Bitter Enchantment : Yvonne Whittal :
That’s not Freudian – not at all The heroine has a thing about the hero’s hands – a nice indicator of sexual attraction without being too overt.
They jog along together with occasional blow-ups, usually caused by the heroine not wanting to take money or cars or anything from the hero – or if the OM or OW cross their paths. They eventually have sex after the hero, seeing the h with her pathetic OM, storms to his mistress and realizes that he can’t touch her – he only wants the heroine. He apologizes for his harsh words about the OM and the heroine – after a long night wondering where the hero was – is so glad to have him back and unsullied by the OW that she finally succumbs to those hands.
Sex doesn’t solve everything, though. The h wants to be loved. After Granny dies the heroine offers to sell the house so the loan is paid off. Then she will leave so he can have his freedom again. Hero is having none of that.
Good thing because the heroine is pregnant. There’s a nice little epilogue where a business collegue observes how happy they are in enchatnment remodeld manor house.
View all 10 comments. Nov 07, Jenny rated it really liked it. This book had everything I want. Jealous possessive hero, evil OW, forced marriage and a secret pregnancy. Intense and angsty romance. A real page turner!
Mar 15, Naksed rated fnchantment it was ok Shelves: This will thrill fans of vintage, angsty HPs where the so-called hero is an asshat of Herculean proportions and puts the heroine through the ringer before their HEA. I myself am not averse to anti-heroes by any means but when they bittter paired up with spineless jellyfish heroines, I find the experience more barftastic than satisfying.
Here, our ruthless, manwhoring, blackmailer of virgins is aghast that his bride is less than enthusiastic about consummating their essentially business marriage contr This will thrill fans of vintage, angsty HPs where the so-called hero is an asshat of Herculean proportions and puts the heroine through the ringer before their HEA. Here, our ruthless, manwhoring, blackmailer of virgins is aghast that his bride is less than enthusiastic about consummating their essentially business marriage contract when he has made it clear that he only put a ring on it wuittal he wants to amuse himself for a couple of months before tiring of her.
I mean, what’s not to spark the fires of lust and passion when confronted with a husband who tells you: If there’s anything I can’t stand, then it’s a frigid woman, and God only knows what I saw in you. You’re a fake, Melanie; a fake and a fraud. In the eyes of the law, you will be my wife, but don’t expect any consideration from me. I shall seek my pleasures elsewhere, regardless of what you, and others, may think.
The next morning, she dutifully packs him a picnic lunch, apologizes to him! I mean, with doormat heroines like this, who needs big-fat-jerk heroes?
They have more masochistic, self-flagellating tendencies than any jerk could even dream up to hurt them! More of his priceless seduction techniques: If there’s one thing that doesn’t appeal to me, it’s making love to a woman who’s weeping at the thought of losing her virginity.
What a prize, this guy! After they finally have hate sex make love, he ponders out loud how long it will be before he tires of her. A few months, maybe a year, but you’ll have to be something exceptional to last longer than that.
I also absolutely loved how the hero dangled the OW shamelessly in front of his wife at every opportunity. They were forever going to lunch or disappearing FOR HOURS in shadowy gardens during parties and the excuse the enchantmeent had at the conclusion of the book for all that was that he was just trying to convey to the OW that their affair was well and truly over. The heroine lapped this up though. His grovel at the end was pretty good and anybody who knows my reading tastes knows how much I appreciate a whital grovel BUT honestly, I could not get over the fact of what a wimp the heroine was.
She really needed a bit more pepper, like one of Charlotte Lamb’s more fiery heroines, to even the imbalance in this story. The story is definitely good for a laugh if you are into ironic, detached reading of one of these gloriously awful, non p.
HPs but I doubt that you could find any genuine emotional connection to the characters of the story. View all 8 comments. Dec 14, Leona rated it really liked it Shelves: The heroine is about to lose everything since her late father made some seriously bad investments. She is left alone to take care of grandma, living together on their much loved family estate. Even though she is now penniless, she believe she can keep things afloat knowing that the house is clear of any mortgages.
Unfortunately, she finds out that her father borrowed heavily from the hero, using the estate as collateral. Of course, hero blackmails her into marriag Wow. Of course, hero bihter her into marriage with the understanding that they divorce once he tires of her.
This arrangement allows for grandma to live her final days in peace, and heroine to retire to perform her wifely duties. It’s funny how women were expected to quit when they married Problem is there is the evil OW lurking at every corner, anxiously waiting to enchantmemt her claws into hero.
In fact, hero admits to going to her apartment after one of their passionate rows. Of course, he can’t bring himself to do the deed, but we don’t know that. Neither does the heroine, especially when other woman drops off his cigarette lighter the next day.
In spite of the hero’s asshat ways, I really enjoyed this book. My only regret is that the heroine was too easily manipulated by her love for the hero.
I felt the author brought that on a little too quickly for it to be credible. After all, outside of his gorgeous looks and pheromones, he didn’t have much else going for him. I also didn’t care for the fact that he was always stepping out with OW. This lessened him in my mind and I never quite bought off on the fact that they didn’t do the deed. I thought the heroine was a bit naive in that regard.