Once again, I’m just not sure why Lucy Monroe’s Harlequin romances affect me so much…but they do. “Valentino’s Love-Child” (and yes I’m shuddering even as I write that) made me laugh and cry and sometimes that’s just exactly what I want and exactly what Monroe can deliver for me.
Faith’s past has taught her not to hope for a family of her own. Instead, she’s learned to be content with her life in Sicily, her art, and her work with children. Her sizzling affair with Valentino was unexpected and she certainly never dreamed it would last almost a year! Over that year though, her feelings have grown and she knows that soon she’ll have to back away to save her heart. But then–a miracle. She’s pregnant with a child she never dreamed she could carry. Maybe she’s greedy, but she can’t help but dream of another miracle–a life with Tino.
Valentino made a promise at his young wife’s grave. He would never allow another to take her place in his heart. So he’s kept his affairs and mistresses separate from his family life with his young son. But he’s having difficulty keeping thoughts of his latest lover, Faith, from intruding into his ‘other’ life. He’s infatuated with her but still determined to remain heart whole. Until Faith begins acting strange…and dares to terminate their affair!
Yes, the plot is one I’ve read many times. Yes, I know what the ending will be. But it just doesn’t seem to matter. For the time I’m reading Lucy Monroe’s story, I’m totally immersed in it. The characters become real to me and their joy and pain is almost visceral. As an added bonus, the sex is hot and the stories are relatively short. She’s an author whose books I’ll reread when I need a good emotional jolt. If that sounds good to you, try her latest and let me know what you think. (Since I refuse to type that title again!)