Series: One Night With Consequences #5
Published by Harlequin Presents on August 19, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: My own copy
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When opposites attract!
Damaso Pires should have known better than to get involved with Marisa—the scandalous princess of Bengaria! Yet soon he sees her true beauty and flawless virtue, which touches a place in him he thought ruthlessly destroyed by his childhood on the streets of Brazil.
But their brief affair becomes permanent when Marisa reveals she's pregnant.
Damaso knows the sting of illegitimacy and, having fought tooth and nail to claw his way up to the dizzying heights of international success and financial infamy, he won't let his child slip from his grasp. There's only one way to claim his heir, and that's marriage!
R*BY Review Challenge 2015
As the reviews are made live, the schedule page will be updated, so you, the lovely reader, can find them all in one spot!
The fourth title in this year’s R*BY Review Challenge is Damaso Claims His Heir by Annie West. Originally released in August 2014, this is brought to you by Harlequin Presents, as the fifth book in the One Night With Consequences series.
OK, now what did I think of Damaso Claims His Heir?
I do love me some moody billionaire, and I also love it when there is a strong-minded heroine to balance him out. Annie West has given me that and more in Damaso Claims His Heir.
Marisa is that strong heroine – I loved that she didn’t just fall at Damaso’s feet and accept what he commanded of her. She has been put upon by demanding and selfish men for too long (uncle King, I’m talking about you!) who have tried to ruin her, but Marisa has picked herself up and lives life on her terms. Marisa knows what people think of her, but she knows the truth and that’s all that matters.
I can see why Damaso is as insistent as he is. The circumstances of his childhood make that pretty clear. However, he isn’t used to being refused any more, so seeing him try to deal with Marisa’s initial dismissal of his marriage demand was rather amusing. But I did like how he began to accept how Marisa has been misrepresented and that he needed to show her that he was trustworthy.
The pregnancy is obviously a central point of the story, however I love that we were able to see their relationship grow alongside it – rather than behind it.
There is such a powerful connection between Marisa and Damaso. From their first meeting, through the encounter at the resort, to their private getaway to escape the press, it is plain to see that they have some pretty firey chemistry. Their relationship is a slow burn towards the HEA, but with their pasts lurking in the background, this works really well.
I loved the lush, exotic setting of Brazil – it matches the smouldering romance perfectly. The glimpses into other worlds, like those of the favelas and the kingdom of Berengaria, were great too.
Books like this are why I love Harlequin Presents!
Damaso Claims His Heir is nominated in the Short Sexy category at the R*BYs, and I wish you, Annie, the very best of luck!