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Liz Loves Books

I love to read and to talk about books. I review many of the books I read. I do not accept any author/publisher submissions for reviews. I do not read or review ARCs. I do not enter any giveaways or contests. I obtain the books I review by purchasing them at the same price they are offered to the general public at the time of purchase. My reviews are intended for the use of my fellow readers. They are not advertising or promotion. They are not beta reads or constructive criticism or editing or advice to the author. My only obligation to the author is to pay the price charged for the book at the time of purchase. My reviews are sometimes critical and I will not stop posting critical reviews just to spare delicate authors' feelings. I am happy to make new friends, but friend requests from authors or promoters who have few or no books (and/or friends) in common with me and write or promote categories I do not read (especially new adult) will be ignored. I used to read more self-published books. After recent meltdowns by self-published authors, I now only read self-published authors I've previously read or who have been recommended to me by fellow readers I trust. I also used to read young adult/new adult books but rarely do so now.

The Italian's Stolen Bride (Harlequin Presents # 2469) - Emma Darcy The Italian's Stolen Bride is a little different from most of the HPs I've read with a family-hates-the-heroine plot. This time around, the active hating/snubbing occurred mostly in the past as this is also a second-chance romance. The hero is told by his dying brother that the brother played a major part in wronging the heroine and pushing her away and lets the hero know he is possibly a father. The hero then vows to make things right. I love a hero who is determined from the beginning to end up in a HEA with the heroine. Luc definitely is one of those. He even goes to some fairly extreme ends to put the heroine and their son first this time around. The heroine is more reasonable and we spend most of the story wondering if she'll succeed in bringing everyone together.I like all of the characters, including the child. The only villain here is Luc's father, and most of the nefarious plotting takes place offstage in the past. There is a good bit of drama, but none of these people are outright nasty to each other as sometimes happens in HPs. I liked this for a gentler HP experience. The one drawback to me was that I felt the hero sometimes was a little overly dramatic.