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Book Title: Taken by the Highest Bidder|
The author of the book: Jane Porter
ISBN 13: 9780373125081
Edition: Harlequin Books
Date of issue: November 22nd 2005
Format files: PDF
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I went into this without reading any reviews or spoilers and I’ll just say that the blurb doesn’t really convey what this story is about.
Heroine is a virgin martyr – seriously she could be in the liturgical calendar on the feast day of HP Martyrs. She is the former nanny, in a marriage of convenience because the child was in danger of being sent away to some unknown family members. Her husband is a horrible man – a gambler and a spendthrift.
Hero is an enigma. From his thoughts we only know that he wants the heroine and hates her husband.
Hero wins the heroine at a casino in Monaco and refuses to take the child, a girl of five.
Heroine begs and pleads and then runs off in the middle of the night to England with the girl to her boarded up orphanage and the cottage on the grounds where she was to have lived with her first husband. This martyr heroine is a virgin widow because her husband was killed on the day of her first wedding.
Is that enough drama for you? I don’t think so – there’s more. Now our sleazy gambling story takes yet another turn.
Heroine now thinks the hero is the child’s father.
Hero tells her he is related to the child and his court case is almost finished. It was the heroine who stopped him from getting custody of the child when she entered the marriage of convenience with the step dad. He knew that she was devoted to the girl, so he gambled on her and knew the child would be included. Now he doesn’t trust the heroine and will put the child into boarding school at age five.
Heroine pleads some more. The little girl goes off with friends of the heroine so that she and the H can have some alone time in the cabin. Hero kisses her – but nothing else happens. Heroine sees that the hero has hurt his legs somewhere along the line.
Eventually we find that the hero is the little girl’s half brother. The child was born four months after his father’s death in a racing car accident. It’s the same accident that landed hero in the hospital and rehab for a year. The girl is an heiress to a great fortune, which is why the evil husband agreed to take her in the first place.
Oh, and that evil gambling husband? Already married to a woman in Vienna. Heroine is not married to anyone. Hero knew all this before he set out to crush the gambling husband and to win heroine at cards.
Now that the hero has gotten to know the little girl, he wants to keep her close. He wants to marry the h. Heroine agrees, but only if it is a real marriage – she tired of being a virgin.
Back to Monaco we go – we have a fairytale wedding, honeymoon, and a fifth birthday party for the little girl and the author should have stopped there.
Instead we get a third act with the heroine finding out that the hero is still racing cars. She’s had so much loss, she doesn’t think she can handle it if he dies in a race. While asking for reassurance, it comes out as an ultimatum, and the hero chooses racing. From there he seeks to isolate the heroine from him and the little girl – taking a new nanny with them when he goes for a tour in the US and leaving the heroine behind. The only time he calls her is to discuss the terms of their divorce.
This was not the hero from the beginning of the story. This is not the action of man who loves.
The heroine decides she has to prove that she will be part of his world – so she takes driving lessons at the hero’s driving school in Monaco. The hero sees her driving and freaks out that it is too dangerous. Now he understands. He’s going to retire soon and stay home more.
I really enjoyed the story until the last act. It felt tacked on and made the hero look like an ass and the heroine a clinging vine. Still, I wasn’t a bit bored and kept reading to see where this twisty turning story was going to go.
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Read information about the authorBorn in Visalia, California, I'm a small town girl at heart. I love central California's golden foothills, oak trees, and the miles of farmland. In my mind, there's nothing sweeter in the world than the heady fragrance of orange blossoms on a sultry summer night.
As a little girl I spent hours on my bed, staring out the window, dreaming of far off places, fearless knights, and happy-ever-after endings. In my imagination I was never the geeky bookworm with the thick coke-bottle glasses, but a princess, a magical fairy, a Joan-of-Arc crusader.
My parents fed my imagination by taking our family to Europe for a year when I was thirteen. The year away changed me (I wasn't a geek for once!) and overseas I discovered a huge and wonderful world with different cultures and customs. I loved everything about Europe, but felt especially passionate about Italy and those gorgeous Italian men (no wonder my first very Presents hero was Italian).
I confess, after that incredible year in Europe, the travel bug bit, and bit hard. I spent much of my high school and college years abroad, studying in South Africa, Japan and Ireland. South Africa remains a country of my heart, the people, the land and politics complex and heart-wrenching.
After my years of traveling and studying I had to settle down and earn a living. With my Bachelors degree from UCLA in American Studies, a program that combines American literature and American history, I've worked in sales and marketing, as well as a director of a non-profit foundation. Later I earned my Masters in Writing from the University of San Francisco and taught jr. high and high school English.
I now live in Seattle and Hawaii with my three sons. I never mind a rainy day, either, because that's when I sit at my desk and write stories about far-away places, fascinating people, and most importantly of all, love. I like a story with a happy ending. We all do.
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