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This review is from: Ravishing the Heiress (The Fitzhugh Trilogy) (Kindle Edition)
Spoiler alert! A strong heroine but stupidly long suffering and a truly horrible hero. I didn't get the chemistry between the two main protagonists at all. Heroine Millie is always destined for an arranged marriage - her father has made his money through tinning sardines and wants to marry her into the aristocracy. Hero Fitz needs to marry money to save his estate. He gives up his first love to marry poor Millie who, unfortunately for her, falls in love with him at first glance - just because he's good looking. They make an unlikely pact to live separate lives for the first 8 years of their marriage (she is 16 and he 19 at the time). The hero Fitz is irredeemably selfish, self centred and insensitive from the get go in particular on their honeymoon when he almost drinks himself to death because he feels so sorry for himself. There was no reason to like him at all - he wallows in self pity from the start, never tries to see anything from his poor 16 yr old wife's point of view, has affairs left, right and centre that she is totally aware of, blatantly pines for his lost love who goes off and marries someone else - what on earth is there to like about him? I found him and his behaviour cringe making throughout. Yes you get flashbacks about how their 'friendship' grows and they make their marriage work but it's all done on such a horrible basis. Finally his first love's husband dies and she comes back to London and this is at the end of their 8 year pact. Fitz then makes a truly hideous deal with poor long suffering Millie - he will finally take her to bed for 6 months so that he can give her an heir before he goes off to set up a home with his first love all whilst still being married to Millie. Wow and in the end he finds out that actually he's now in love with Millie and he'd really rather stay with her. The final reconciliation scene is laughably quick and easy. He is hardly made to suffer for his dreadful behaviour - she's just so happy to have him in spite of everything. Nasty story which left horrible taste. I've liked most of her other stories and she writes well but not this one....