3 stars

Category Romance Review: My Heart’s Undoing by Phyllis Halldorson

My Heart’s Undoing, Phyllis Halldorson, Silhouette, 1986, cover artist TBD
Silhouette Special Edition #290

From the back of the book:

“Colleen had been in love with Erik Johansen for as long as she could remember. And now, in just forty-eight hours, her green-eyed Viking was getting married to another woman, a beautiful model–her own cousin… But when her cousin left him stranded at the altar, Colleen was there to pick up the pieces. She knew Erik had always thought of her as a little sister, but this night he needed her. And she had never stopped needing him. In one night of unforgettable passion, their lives were inextricably joined. But suddenly Colleen had a decision to make. Could Erik learn to return her love, or was she tied forever to a man she would never really possess?”

3 stars

Rating: 3 out of 5.

***Spoiler alert ***

What a frustrating read was My Heart’s Undoing by Phyllis Halldorson. This one was definitely filled with lots of anguish.

Colleen had been in love with Erik for years, but as she stood in her more beautiful cousin’s shadow, Erik had no interest in her. They had briefly dated in the past, but Erik dumped her when he met her much more sophisticated (read: slutty) cousin, Brett.

Despite the disinterest, Colleen hangs on like an attached puppy, Erik’s friend to the end. When Brett calls off their wedding at the last minute for a promising modeling career miles away, Colleen is there to help Erik pick up the pieces. He gets drunk and they fall into bed together. Naturally, Colleen is a virgin and–naturally—gets pregnant.

Despite the complications this will make in the family, Erik proposes and the two settle into a marriage filled with lots of love: Collen’s love for Erik and Erik’s love for Colleen’s cousin.

I wanted to throttle both the hero and the heroine at times: the hero for being so stupidly infatuated with such a worthless woman, ignoring a very wonderful woman right before him, and the heroine for being such a prideless hanger-on.

Still, this book had its angsty moments which made for a diverting read, particularly towards the end, when things come to a crazy head.

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