- Publisher: Harlequin Books; First Thus edition (Jun. 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0373806701
- ISBN-13: 978-0373806706
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 10.4 x 2 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,813,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Reckless Passion Paperback – Jun 1999
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Yale is very much the alpha male and I found him to be rather crass, crude and annoying. But, the whole premise of the story was for Dara to change him and if he weren't all those things there wouldn't be a story.
The story begins with Dara Bancroft and Yale Ransom (where does she get these names?) at a business party Dara's firm is hosting. She's a stock broker and they're trying to entice Yale to give them his account. It's unclear whether Dara was deliberately flirting with Yale in order to get the account or if she just found him interesting, but she's definitely being flirtatious. She's noticed that Yale isn't who he pretends to be on the surface. His carefully cultivated Southern Gentleman act doesn't jive with his work-roughened hands and the predatory look in his eyes. So Dara presses him for more details on who he really is.
They leave the party together to go to a night club and dance. Dara continues to ply Yale with questions that he could have easily deflected if he'd wanted to but instead he suddenly becomes angry that she keeps pushing him and vows to show her the "real" him that he's been trying to keep hidden. Then he drags her to a very sketchy trucker/cowboy bar where Dara's skimpy party dress and high heels make her the subject of much ogling. Yale, on the other hand, somehow manages to transform himself from a high-class gentleman into a redneck tough in 30 seconds flat just by removing his glasses and ruffling his hair a bit. They take a turn on the dance floor where he make his sexual arousal plain and then go back to their table. They find a kindly and polite truck driver there and share the table with him. Then he asks Dara to dance and she agrees but this caps off a bar fight when a drunk cowboy tries to claim Dara for the next dance.
Dara, Yale and the truck driver make a run for it as they hear sirens closing in on them and for reasons that make no sense at all; they all pile into the trucker's 18-wheeler to make their getaway. Both Yale and the trucker insist that they most definitely don't want to be there when the cops arrive because they'll be arrested with everyone else. I doubt that's true but even if it was true, why wouldn't Yale and Dara just run for their car? The car was parked "a few blocks away" and the trucker swears that they'll "never make it" but that just doesn't make sense. As soon as they got off of the bar's property the cops would have no reason to grab them, even if they were spotted, which they probably wouldn't be. Not to mention that an 18-wheeler isn't exactly a fast or inconspicuous vehicle. If the cops were soooooo close that they didn't have time to run to their car, then the cops were close enough to see the lumbering truck slowly exit the parking lot and head down the road.
But they all pile into the truck and again for reasons that don't make sense, drive 2 hours. WHAT? Why would they do that? If all they were trying to do was get out of the immediate area, why not just drive 10 minutes down the road and pull over??? At the very least Dara and Yale could have been let out at the next gas station or, heck, dropped off at their car? It was completely ridiculous for them to let this trucker that they JUST MET drive them 2 hours away and ACROSS STATE LINES, before letting them off at a sleazy motel. And all to avoid MAYBE being arrested for being at a bar where a fight broke out?? That's insane!
Once at the sleazy motel, conveniently there is only one room available and of course it only has one bed so Yale and Dara have to share. Dara complains about their situation and Yale has the gall to say it's all her fault! That because she asked questions about who he really was it's her fault he took her to the sketchy bar and it's therefore her fault they HAD to spend 2 hours in the truck to end up at this motel. When she protests that Yale was the one who insisted on going to the sketchy bar, if they'd stayed at the night club she'd selected they would have been fine, he says that they'll have to agree to disagree on that matter. It was just such a ridiculous conversation.
The minute they're in bed together Yale starts trying to have sex with her. He talks about how she'd been pursuing him all night and that this is what she asked for by pushing to know the real him. She protests that they barely know each other and it's too soon for sex but he ignores her. And in her inner monologue she thinks about how she's already in love with Yale (why exactly??) so that's making it that much harder for her to tell him no as his kisses and caresses set her body on fire. Yale has her half-undressed before he finally listens to her saying "NO" and stops.
But that resolve only lasts a few hours because Dara has a "dream" about making love to Yale and while she's asleep he's actually doing all the things she's dreaming about. She wakes up just before he takes the final step and says to wait, that she doesn't want this, but he tells her it's too late; she belongs to him and he's not stopping. They have sex and of course it's this transcendent experience. Like a teenage girl, Dara thinks about how Yale must love her too because he couldn't make such passionate love to her if he didn't feel what she felt.
She's happy until the next morning when Yale says something completely callous and idiotic. He says that he's very happy with their "business deal" and that the "terms" they negotiated last night were sufficient to convince him to give Dara his account. Dara is outraged and hurt that he thinks she slept with him to try to win his account, and just as outraged that he looked upon what she thought was a night of love, as nothing more than a business transaction. At this point, any sane man would have backed away, hands in the air and apologized for his thoughtless comment. Said that he'd only meant the statement as a joke or something. But, of course Yale doesn't do that because if he did there wouldn't be a rest of the book.
They hitch a ride back home with another truck driver, this one a friend of the first one, and he informs Yale that there might be a drug dealer hunting for Yale and Dara. That sounds like an exciting plot that might serve as the climax at the end where Yale and Dara face off against the evil drug dealer, but it's not. The guy is caught by the police the very next day without ever coming close to our happy couple so the whole thing was just a waste of time.
Back home at last, Yale insists on staying the night at Dara's house to "protect" her from this dastardly drug dealer, but it's all just an excuse so he can get back in her bed. She's still pissed at him for his comments that morning and tries to make him sleep on the couch but he basically just says that he's not going to do that. Desperate and irrational, Dara suddenly says that she's not going to "sell herself" as cheaply this time. That if the price for last night's encounter was his account, tonight she'll accept nothing less than marriage!
Yale agrees without much hesitation and they have sex again. Dara again falls asleep sure that Yale must love her because he wouldn't have agreed to marry her otherwise. She devises a plan to tell him the next morning that he's off the hook and doesn't have to marry her but expects him to say "but I really want to!" and then they'll live happily ever after. Instead his response is simply to say "okay" as if he could take or leave marriage and it's all the same to him. Dara is outraged again but instead of blowing up at Yale she tries a different tactic of pretending that she's totally cool with not marrying him and, in fact, is totally unaffected by their two nights together. She tells him that they're going to have to start over and build a relationship like normal people from here on out or she'll stop seeing him altogether.
From this point on Yale starts acting like he's literally two different people; one who is the Southern Gentleman (SG) and the other who, well, isn't. When he's the SG he's polite and attentive and Dara feels like she can control things. He still tries to get her into bed but when she says no, he leaves her alone....but THEN he goes home and changes into all-black clothes and becomes "the other guy" and breaks into her house while she's asleep. He comes extremely close to seducing her into having sex throughout the next week but doesn't quite go that far.
In the meantime, Dara is amusing herself by making Yale jealous. She talks about how she knows something is right when she feels the "click". Yale asks if she's ever felt the click with a man and Dara says yes. She's referring to Yale himself since she basically fell in love with him at first sight, but he mistakenly thinks she's referring to someone else and he's insanely jealous. Dara deliberately lets him carry on thinking this even though she claims to be a little afraid of Yale's violently possessive streak.
Finally they go on a picnic and Yale tries to get Dara to give him an estimate on how long they'll have to be doing this "dating" thing before she'll feel the click on their relationship. She hedges because she's obviously felt the click already and says vaguely that it could take weeks or even months. At the end of the picnic Yale invites her to dinner that night with the Southern Gentleman version of himself and she accepts. But when she gets there, he reveals he'd lied to her and it's actually the "other guy" who is waiting for her. He carries her off to the bedroom with the full intent of making love to her whether she wants it or not. It isn't rape, just like none of their previous encounters have been because the moment he touches her she's begging for him to take her. But at the last possible moment he tears himself away and says that he's not going to do it like this. That he'll wait however long she needs because he wants her so desperately that he's willing to do anything and he feels that if he forces her to take their relationship to the next level before she's really ready, it'll just poison her against him.
Dara finally confesses that she's in love with him and Yale's kind of like....then why have you been pushing me away and forcing us to go through this whole charade of starting over? She says it's because she knew he didn't love her back and he says that he's loved her from the first moment they met. They have a good chuckle about everything and that's the end of the story.
Literally all of their issues were caused by lack of communication and stubborn pride and as soon as they talked to each other, the problem disappeared. I didn't really like either one of the characters. Dara came across as schizophrenic and irrational with all her outbursts and demands that they not sleep together while she was literally panting after Yale. She also seemed like she was playing games with Yale for no reason. I.e trying to make him jealous of non-existent men.
Yale seemed kind of mentally unstable too the way he kept pretending like he was two different people and that made it okay for him to behave the way he did. And his arguments for blaming Dara for things he himself had done simply because she asked questions were ridiculous. He also seemed like a bit of a moron for not realizing that treating a woman like a prostitute the night after sex is NOT the best way to make her permanently yours. I also thought it was unnecessarily sleazy that he had a gold tooth. News flash JAK, that doesn't say Southern Gentleman, it says pimp.
I like all of the Stephanie James/Jayne Ann Krentz/Jayne Castle books and being 56 even though I see the older books are dated they are in a time I lived through and remember.