Review: When Falcone's World Stopped Turning by Abby Green (Harlequin Presents)

Format: ebook, mass market
Pub Date: February 1, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin
FTC: Review copy courtesy of the publisher

I admit I requested this book to review without really thinking it through. I dislike Secret Baby plots immensely. I have trouble with the dishonesty involved in violating another person's parental rights, no matter how much of an asshat they are (barring, of course, abuse).  I have a very high bar for suspension of disbelief in these stories, and unfortunately this one didn't make it.

Maybe if there were more of a power imbalance, I could have at least understood Samantha's actions, but this is a smart, educated woman. She knew better. Keeping her son from Rafaele was an act of revenge. Not even her absolute conviction that Rafaele didn't want the baby should have kept her from sending a note. Something.

I probably could have enjoyed this even while gritting my teeth over the SB plot, but the characters failed to come alive for me. There's no real depth to them. I didn't believe in any of their actions or motivations, and I didn't believe in the HEA. It missed the mark on all counts.

My Grade: D

The Blurb:

She has the power to change everything…

Rafaele Falcone runs his luxury auto empire and private life with the same ice-cold ruthlessness. Emotions play no part in his decisions, and he always demands the best, so he doesn't hesitate to ask brilliant engineer Samantha Rourke to join his company—even though he walked away from her years before.

That sexy Italian accent still sends shivers down her spine, but gutsy Sam knows it's not just about her impossible desire to feel his hands on her body once again. Because Falcone is about to discover her deepest secret—one that will send his world into a spin!

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