Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Whatever the Price - Jules Bennet (HD #2181 - Sept 2012)

As Hollywood's hottest director, Anthony Price is used to getting what he wants. But life hands him a brand-new script when he gains custody of his orphaned niece. Now he needs his wife more than ever -- only, Charlotte moved out three months ago. To win her back, he just has to prove he's ready to put family before his career.

Charlotte doesn't know if sudden fatherhood will change Anthony's priorities, but she can't turn her back on an innocent baby -- or the husband she still desires. Is a happy ending too much to hope for? 

Good book.  Anthony is the previously unknown brother of Bronson Dane from Caught in the Spotlight.  Now his marriage is in trouble and he has his orphaned niece to take care of.  Charlotte left three months earlier when she got tired of always being the lowest on his list of priorities.  Now Anthony is at her door, begging her to come back, at least until after he has full legal custody of his niece.  She can't turn her back on the baby, but she's worried that Anthony will simply try to seduce her back into their marriage.  Anthony knows that he is as fault, and he has every intention of getting Charlotte back in his life and his bed.  He irritated me at the beginning, because it really seemed that he was more interested in trying to manipulate her than to actually try to fix what was broken.  After a few days of them being together, just the three of them, he started to see the light as to just what her issues with him had been.  This made him more determined to fix what was wrong and make their marriage work.  Charlotte also realized that part of the problem had been with her not telling Anthony what she wanted and needed from him.  I liked seeing the way they finally talked about what they needed to do, and how intent Anthony was on making sure he could do it all.  He nearly blew it at the end, but was finally able to get his priorities in order.

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