Published by Harlequin Presents on April 23, 2013
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: My own copy
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When two bitter rivals…
Why, why does her grandfather's dying wish dictate that Simone Hamilton must marry a man she hates? The marriage might unite their warring families, but formidable Spaniard Alesander Esquivel is the last man on earth Simone would want to be in the same room as—let alone share a marital bed with!
Are forced to take one solemn vow…
Alesander's strongest desire used to be gaining the final piece of his business empire—but now it seems there are more pleasurable diversions for the taking… Having a wife could be useful, especially to entertain him during those sultry hot Spanish nights!
The second of today’s RuBY Review Challenge posts is for Trish Morey’s sultry Spanish-set romance, A Price Worth Paying?, an April 2013 release from Harlequin Presents.
I used to stick a little clear of Harlequin Presents – not sure why, I just did. But now…. Back the truck up and drop all those babies into my book yard. Fuelled by a new-found love for the sullen, brooding type, I have a new appreciation for this line.
After reading A Price Worth Paying?, I tell you right now, I want to go back to Spain and soak up the sun on the sunny shores once again.
So, here are my thoughts on A Price Worth Paying?:
I absolutely adore friends-to-lovers romance, but I am always bang-up for a good enemies to lovers story as well. And there is a thoroughly delicious one that plays out in A Price Worth Paying?.
There is an incendiary chemistry that burns between Simone and Alesander. Two starkly different people, with very different ideas on what their marriage of convenience will mean for them. I loved that despite their initial misgivings about each other, due to their own preconceptions, they grew to see something in the other that filled a previously unknown part of them.
The intimate scenes between Simone and Alesander are super-sexy and incredibly sensual. When you get to their wedding night scene, you will definitely understand to what I am alluding. There be hotness in them there pages!
Simone’s desire to make her grandfather’s last days happy ones touched my heart. While she may not have realised everything about the back story, I love that she was so caring towards someone she basically knew very little about.
I loved the take-charge, alpha-man that is Alesander. I loved that I was allowed, as a reader to imagine how he sounded, rather than having it spelled out. Those who know me know I have a major weakness for the Spanish accent, so I was in heaven imagining this. I tell you, there isn’t much more that’s hotter than watching an alpha-man brought to his knees by love.
The sultry Spanish setting and the hot, sensual romance all add up to a most satisfying read. A price worth paying? Most definitely!