Harlequin Presents #344
3 1/2 stars
Feeling lazy, (as always), so here’s a quick review of Stay Through the Night by Flora Kidd hacked together from my reading updates:
Charlotte, a single, fiercely independent, and career-minded woman, never had her sights set on marriage, but she at least respects the institution. When she sees how her very married sister, Nancy, drapes herself all over multi-millionaire Burt Sharaton, she quite naturally believes they’re having an affair. Charlotte is disappointed and angered by her sister, as she cares for her brother-in-law, who’s a decent man.
Determined to put a stop to this madness, Charlotte confronts Burt. There’s no way she’s going to let Nancy sail across the world with Burt in his flashy white yacht.
However, Burt surprises Charlotte when he decides to settle for Nancy’s younger and unmarried sister instead. Charlotte’s plan backfires on her, as Burt all but takes her captive.
This sweet, little romance seems to have low ratings on book sites around the internet and I don’t share the opinion. But then, my tastes do run contrarian to what’s popular.
It has everything that makes a classic HP so much fun:
#1 – A wealthy, arrogant hero, whose brutish ways are just a defense mechanism for his troubled past.
#2 – A virginal heroine who’s intelligent, a working woman, moral & strong-willed.
#3 – A married older sister trying to get her hooks in the hero.
#4 – Blackmail, kidnapping, and a quickie marriage to avoid scandal.
So what’s not to like?
Final Analysis of Stay Through the Night
And best of all, this drunken confession of love from the stoic, brutish hero really got to me…
“‘You’re warm and soft and rounded,’ he murmured. Again his speech was a little slurred and she wondered if he were lightheaded. ‘I’ve been looking for someone like you for a long time, a long, long time…’ He broke off and stiffened.
“‘Who was that talking?’ He demanded suddenly, very clearly and coldly.
“‘You,’ [Charlotte informed him.]“
(SIGH!) I’m a sucker for dramatic revelations of love. With Burt there’s more to him than meets the eye. He’s not the flashy playboy Charlotte thought he was. He’s a true gem of a hero.