I like that she freely admits that she didn't love her husband and married him for security.
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After her tumultuous youth, she deserved it. I respected her for who she was. Sometimes marriage is about things other than true love. William loved her and gave her security, esteem, and devotion when she'd never had that as an orphan and ward of the state. She showed William respect and devotion in turn, and he had no reason to complain.
She didn't deserve being judged by anyone. I'm glad Luke realized that he was wrong to judge her that way. I loved the Singaporean setting. Something about Asia always calls my name. I could see the appeal that drew Madeline, Luke, and Jake there, despite them being Australian. I loved how Madeline adopted Po, a streetwise, orphaned youth, and provided a safe, stable home for him with Jake, and later Luke and herself.
And then there is Madeline's bossy savvy housekeeper who saw Luke clearly despite his tough warrior facade. These elements just reinforced the feeling of family that this book resonated with, in a delightful way. Kelly Hunter has made it to my autobuy list after this book although I had previously made a note to read all her Bennett books after The Maverick's Greek Island Mistress , and I am counting the days until Red Hot Renegade is in print. I'd recommend her to fans of short contemporary romance.
View all 5 comments. Kelly Hunter's writing just seems to do it for me. The plots of this series so far have not been typical of the Harlequin Presents line. There is little melodrama, no revenge and not a single secret baby yet. The hero, Luke, and heroine, Madeline, here are as usual very well characterized. Luke' character is dark and he is consumed with his job. He tells her that he won't give up his dangerous job for her and he me Kelly Hunter's writing just seems to do it for me.
He tells her that he won't give up his dangerous job for her and he means it. I like that even though he falls in love with her, his character doesn't do a At the end he is still rather dark and is still committed to his job but he has grown and is also committed to making room for a relationship with Madleine.
She is also a good strong character.
She married her first husband for money and security and is unrepentant about it. She is however a good woman and does a lot of hands on charity work.
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She is willing to compromise for Luke but refuses to sell herself short. Madeline has a dry and grown up humor.
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She is 29 if I remember correctly and is not a naive girl. Good strong secondary characters add to the plot but don't take it over. The story is not rushed and you feel that by the end the hero and the heroine really love each other and that they'll stay together. The heat of the love scenes was just right.
They didn't seem to be obligatory but rather the emotions seemed real and added to the romance of the story There is some action in the book, but not a lot of going here and there to yachts and mansions and fancy hotels. Most of the story is the two of them together getting to know each other and figuring out if they can each accept the baggage that comes with the other person. So much more meat than most HPs. I love this series. I'm looking forward to reading Jake's story and then I'll be sad to say goodbye to the Bennett family.
Another five star read from her. The way that Luke had troubles with Madeline's wealth and her issues with his rather dangerous job, is something that I understand. Luke's relationship with his brother, Jake, is great, and I love his patience when dealing with Po, Jake's apprentice especially the scene with the toaster. And the book is set in Singapore, rather unusual, there are a plethora of books with Greek, Spanish tycoons, so we "see" a lot of those countries, so this is a nice change.
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Our heroine Madeline is a successful businesswoman in Singapore. Widowed at a young age after being married to the much older owner of Delacourte empire, she now works hard to keep the struggling realm going, and is known as a cutthroat opponent, who also spends her time rescuing children off the street and giving them a new life.
When she rescues the vagrant child Po and whisks him off to Jacob Bennett to train him in martial arts, she never e "Untameable Rogue" is the story of Madeline and Luke. When she rescues the vagrant child Po and whisks him off to Jacob Bennett to train him in martial arts, she never expects to meet and be attracted to his younger brother Luke. Luke works as a bomb detonator; and has a fast paced life filled with danger and no ties. He initially judges her about her past and is hostile, but both recognize and struggle to fight the onslaught of lust. As they become more and more involved in each other's lives, they give into their carnal desires while vowing to keep their feelings out of the deal.
But as Luke is called away abruptly on a mission, and leaves without informing Madeline, their suppressed trust issues arise. Can these two complicated individuals make this relationship work? I really, really enjoyed this story. Low angst romance between a strong survivor heroine with a heartbreaking past, a adrenaline junkie hero with a caring heart which is given excellent support by an adorable housekeeper, a misfit teenager and a separated couple.
The story was fast paced with minimal misunderstandings, loads of love and easy confession of complicated feelings. I love how bold the heroine was, and how all the potential issues were addressed with good communication. Aug 22, Saly rated it really liked it Shelves: category-romance , cops-law-enforcement-security , harlequin-presents , harlequin-silhouette , read-in Rating 3.
What I liked was the unusual heroine, she was tough and proud of herself, after a childhood spent in foster homes and seeing her father and brother self destruct, she married an older man who showed her love and affection, she didn't love him but honoured him and after his death made his business successful.
She doesn't c Rating 3.
She doesn't care that people look down on her instead she runs her business, gives to charity and rescues children from the street which is how she meets the hero Luke. He doesn't plan of giving up his job and women generally are not fine with it but the heroine has her own life and job.
He is for most of the book wary about the heroine, she is wealthier than him and her former marriage kind of needles at him and it takes him time to understand her past, this bothered me in a way about Luke. These two decide to keep things casual but it is really not and he chases her when he leaves without telling her which re-awakens the uncertainity of her foster days. We also see the return of Jake's wife, whose book is next.
Overall I found the tone of this book to be heavier and darker than the others. I really wanted to love this one, but I just didn't. I enjoyed the widow heroine who married her first husband for the security his fortune provided, and the hero who disabled explosives for a living was intriguing. As nice as their romance was - the security-starved heroine raised in the foster care system falling for a guy who risks his life with every job and the proud hero reconciling his need to provide for a woman with the object of his desire needing nothing from him materially - I didn't I really wanted to love this one, but I just didn't.
As nice as their romance was - the security-starved heroine raised in the foster care system falling for a guy who risks his life with every job and the proud hero reconciling his need to provide for a woman with the object of his desire needing nothing from him materially - I didn't feel like I got to see enough of it. It had a bad case of series-itis, and the hero's brother and his estranged wife got way too much page time. The longer the book went on, the more it felt like a prologue for the next book in the series. Also, there's a charming street urchin. Those never improve a book.
Jan 25, Late To Romance rated it really liked it.