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  1. says:

    My god what a Horrible bookthis is the first ever book that i have read n cursed myself for reading itcursed myself cause i have a bad habit that what i ever i start reading i have to read till the end no matter how bad the book may be so think how i made through the bookThis is another one of those stories where you have a violent heroalpha male with a very young heroine I was going to say imature but she's only 17 so she isn't supposed to be mature Apparently the Hero was attracted to the Heroine when they married but they had to get married because her father was dieing and wanted her settled he'd just lost his wife whom he loved Hero was rich and partied with high society his mother lived with him to help him look after his 2yr daughter He took is wife home to his hostile mother who was still mourning the hero's wife she was also her goddaughter This Hero gave her no support he took her to these parties and let her flounder not only that he started an affair in front of her nose with everyone talking about it the humiliation was just too much when she went to see him at their beach house and found him in bed with his mistressgirlfriend She confronts him and he rapes her she flees him for 6 years She comes back because he wants to see her and she wants the money held in trust for her from her father Now there's no money and the hero has really been supporting her So much for her self esteem that she'd done everything on her own which is very important to a rape survivor you take that away and the walls crumble Anyway he's asked her to come back now we are supposed to believe that he loves her etc etc but how can we believe that when just before she comes back he starts another affair you would think after the last time together that he would have finished all his affairs etc before he wrote her to come back so she didn't have to face them in their social group or have nasty women play dirty tricks to put them together to humiliate her you would think that if he loved her he would go out of his way not to humiliate her again But no he lets her flounder again only she is tougher stronger this time This male is no hero he's a violent jerk to threatens her all the time What is it with these stories with older males and young females and they use violence to keep them tied to them they mistreat them and hold them still in their lives but far enough away so that they can continue in their lives bedding everyone and sundry and when they think it's time to settle in their lives they call back the young still chaste female to carry on their lives and guess what it happens we are expected to believe that the hero can do whatever he pleases and heroine will walk straight back and forgive and forget the past That's a favourite with authors the Heroine said it's okay it's in the past like it's okay for the infidelity and the humiliation and the rape lets forget that your the type of man who does that the author in the end even has the heroine saying that it wasn't really rape This hero needs to be in jail and this heroine needs therapy away from him Rape and violence is not okay it should not be accepted The only person this Conal loves is himselfCiatlin needs a good life of her own Oh this is the kicker the supposed Conal takes her back to the beach house to tell Ciatlin he loves her now this is the house that she saw Conal and his mistess on the bed together Is this guy a jerk or what he really doesn't care about her feelings Please don't read it's really not they way love isTruthfully this is the worst romance book I've ever readDo Not Recommend it


  2. says:

    I like this because this is one of the earliest example's in HPlandia of how to make a cheating H workNo one likes infidelity and there is a distinct preference not to have that in a romance Yet well done infidelity can take an average book from okay to best thing ever and really provide that happy warm glow and HEA believability I read romance forWhat RD knows and what the best HP writers will come to find out is that if you are going to have a cheating H but provide a convincing HEA a few things need to happen1 The h and H should not be involved in any intimacy HP infidelity is a whole lot easier to tolerate if the H and h are living apart or in separate wings of the house In RTY the H does rape the h when she is only 17 This in no way detracts from the story This h needed the impetus to get on with her personal growth and frankly in the time this was written many readers may not have defined it as rape the H and h were married2 If infidelity is discovered and in this one the h finds out in the most brutal way possible the h has to leave do not pass go do not collect 20000 just walk out and stay out for YEARS Both the H h and the reader need that distance so that the H has time to learn to modify the cheating behavior and the h has time to grow a spine cause she is going to need oneBut the MOST IMPORTANT thing an HP writer needs to convey is number 3 The H has to be brutally honest that he is going to see other woman and he doesn't give a damn about what the h thinks of that That is HARSH I know but it is also necessary because when the H is honest like that it changes the plot from furtive sneaking around and being a slime slurper to the H who is an honest but highly arrogant asshat who is going to do what he wants and who cares what anyone else thinks even the h cause he isn't screwing her anyways An HP HEA needs that kind of arrogantly open H because that characterization then provides the basis for the believability of the HEA when the H of the type tells the h he loves her and will love her forever he means it therefore the h and the reader can have full confidence that H has redeemed his ways cause he is just too brutally honest to lie about itLessor HP author's will not understand this all important difference and thus will never reach the highest heights of HPLandia or give the satisfaction that one well written and plotted trainwreck of an HP with a cheatingrapist H can provide for DECADES


  3. says:

    Pretty conflicted on this one It had some disturbing elements no doubt And there were a few uotes from the hero that were hideously 'OMFG you did not just say that' Which not gonna lie I sometimes enjoy just for the sheer shock value effect However I'd tread lightly if rape and domestic abuse are a trigger Overall it's a gripping read written in the older style of only getting the heroine's point of view In some ways I prefer the old style although in certain situations it is nice to get the hero POV You certainly have to pay attention to cues about the hero's body language expressions and dissect what he says You are forced to draw of your own conclusions with the single POV I always feel like I'm in touch with the heroine and personally immersed in the story when seeing things through her eyes alone In my amateur opinion I think it is harder to write single POV than multi POV if done rightThis was an odd mix of modern ideals and old school sexism which given the time it was written is probably realistic Men and women were feeling their way around progressive thinking IMHO and conflicting messages were common Not that we don't still have those issues but in the 80's it was worse On one hand you have the hero apologizing for raping the heroine and the other he's victim blaming and rationalizing his actions with 'you made me do it' sort of crap The heroine even drinks that Kool Aid to a certain extent Also you see him feeling no remorse for cheating on the h during their separation yet being almost violently jealous of her fictional lovers Then again the HEA is achieved before the revelation that she'd never had other lovers and I felt like he was committed to moving on and not dwelling on the past regardlessBasic story with spoilersview spoiler The story starts 7 years after the heroine left the hero so what we know about the past is told in bits and pieces throughout the bookCatlin was raised on a remote New Zealand ranch where she was isolated from the world aside from her father and others on the ranch She was even home schooled So to say she was a babe in the woods is an understatementThe father meets the hero Conal because he wants to buy the ranch and they become friends The father's health is failing so in a situation only found in HPLand I hope he makes Conal the trustee of 17 year old Catlin's inheritance until she is 25The father dies and Conal decides to marry the h She's seriously infatuated so she just goes along and is shocked when she realizes he has no intention of consummating the marriage and basically leaves her to the mercy of his catty mother while he does his thingIt was never stated outright but I think he married her for two reasons One he felt obligated to protect her since she had no family and he was the trustee of a fortune that didn't really exist By the time the estate was settled there wasn't much left for her but no one thought to tell Catlin of course Two he wanted take her off the market until she was ready to be plucked so to speak He was attracted to her but knew she was far too young and unsophisticatedimmature for him he's late 20's and she's 17 and they're worlds apart on many levels So he plans to keep her locked away until she grows up and learns to fit in his world Kinda creepy yes To say there was a lack of communication is an understatement Conal never tells Catlin anything so she's completely confused by this new world she's thrown into and doesn't understand why he married her or what the heck she's supposed to do now His friends are condescending to this 'hick child bride' and his mother is a shrewThen she catches him with his mistress In a jealous rage Catlin confronts Conal and he rapes her An act which progressively gets revised to a less violent event as the story goes on The reader is told about this after the fact so we don't know what 'really' happened There is no detailed flash backAfter this she runs away and makes her way from New Zealand to Australia She and Conal are somewhat in contact through her lawyer Again mixed signals there On one hand the lawyer is loyal to Catlin and refuses to divulge her whereabouts to Conal but on the other hand he is colluding with Conal in a very paternalpatronizing way There is no inheritance to speak of but Catlin doesn't know this so Conal and the lawyer work out a scheme where they pay her a monthly stipend that she believes is her moneyI really felt for Catlin when this came out She had gone to college and was hoping to buy her own business when the story began She'd also put an enormous amount of time and effort into learning to be sophisticated because she'd felt so out of place in Conal's world and still had the immature 'I'll show you' attitude when she first left him Still she was so proud of herself for having done this on her own and was devastated to learn that it was all paid for by her rapey husband At least the hero has the grace to not throw this in her face and point out that the accomplishments were still hers even if he paid for themShe's 24 when the story starts and wanting extra money from her trust to buy a bookstore Conal uses this as an opportunity to see her again and judge for himself if she is truly okay and decide if he should give her the money to go on without him or take her in hand yes it's wallbanging So he sends her a letter and says he needs to see her personally to discuss the financesWhen he sees her again she's much sophisticated and grown up and while he was attracted to her before he is now determined to keep her Hence a lot of manipulation emotional blackmail and game playing to maneuver her into staying in New Zealand and resuming their marriageLike I said before it's kind of interesting that it was only told through her POV because like her we're left guessing as to the H's exact motivesfeelingsAs a lover of old school train wrecks this could have been a 5 for me However I have one 'must' that wasn't fulfilled I like the hero to love the heroine all along In this case he didn't IMHO He found her attractive but didn't fall in love until she came back I also found it sad that the scenario set the rape up as a 'good thing' because it forced the h to leave and grow up and therefore become the type of woman he could love My impression was that the HEA would never have been achieved had she stayed with ConalThis is all up to interpretation though Since we only get the one POV another reader may interpret things a bit differently OR they may throw the book through a wall before finishing That's why these old wallbangers can be so fun hide spoiler


  4. says:

    I just can't evenNoPlease don't give me a reason why this book is good or acceptable Because it's notHe cheats that there is unacceptable and unforgivable and then he rapes her to punish her for HIS shortcomingsOnce again NOTo make her fall in love with a cheater and rapist is not just sickening it's insulting to my better senses You just don't do itIN NO UNIVERSE should that be acceptable and i don't care if he wants her now No you are no longer relevant you lost that option the moment you cheatedKill Me NowPS I am expecting a 5 star review from everyone for marriage under fire


  5. says:

    Catlin wants to buy a bookshop but the only way she can get the funds released from her inheritance is go home to Auckland and face Conal the husband she hasn’t seen for than 6 years It’s going to be brutalCatlin was 17 when she married Conal shortly after her father’s death left her an orphan with a farm and no one else to turn to He took her to the city where his mother pointed out that Catlin in no way measured up to Conal’s first wife who died only a very short time ago Conal has a little girl and his mother is parenting her Conal’s friends all make Catlin feel like a big stupid hick and Conal doesn’t help much he’s cold and mean and angry all the time Then Catlin starts hearing whispers that Conal has a mistress It’s confirmed when she finds them in bed together in Conal’s beach house When Conal returns home Catlin throws the truth of his infidelity at him There’s a huge argument and Catlin leaves She makes her way to Sydney goes to university and gets an accounting degree goes to modelling school to learn poise learns how to sail how to cook dress do her hair the whole deal as a big ‘f u’ to the man who made her feel so awful about herself All of this Catlin covers in an exposition heavy explanation to her roommate in Sydney before she sets off for AucklandOn the plane ride over she exposits the final chapter After the argument before she left Conal raped herI think the most positive thing I can say about this book is that it does take a step in the direction of acknowledging that rape happens in marriages And Conal apologises And Donald writes these wonderful Punk Cinderella heroines They suffer social humiliation are often treated with indifference or as sacrifices by their family and always pull through without any emotional support or protection from their heroes They have backbones of steel and have satisfying scenes where they prove their alpha female selves and make all those stinking rotten nasties who mocked and sneered and poked at them in the past retreat in the face of their shining awesomenessAnd then Donald gives you a good perspective on what motivated some of her flawed secondaries to be so awful and better relationships are tentatively formedIt’s all very satisfying and wonderful and it’s why I read these type of romances with a great deal of enjoyment but it has some awfully problematic elementsCatlin was infatuated with Conal as a teenager and while she starts out the book happy and successful the plot is all about breaking her down again She’s still infatuated with Conal in love with him in fact Her big emotional conflict is what will happen to her if she stays and if he cheats I can’t really be bothered much with Conal he’s your basic plastic action figure He’s a handsome entitled wealthy male he barks orders gets grabby and his bitchy sniping is all said silkily Catlin’s his property etc etc There’s no attempt to really drill into what has made him an abuser but then it’s not really about him is it?Catlin thinks that he can’t love again because he lost his first wife the love of his life so young Conal is 26 when he marries Catlin He tells Catlin he wouldn’t have been so angry if she hadn’t been so scaredcold around him He does tack on a small ‘I blame myself’ but blah blah manipulators always know to throw one of those in occasionally so their ‘you made me this way’ will still mostly sound authentic It works so wellHe doesn’t matter because it’s all about Catlin But who she’s become what she’s made of herself is nothing compared to her emotions and her desires and Donald spells all of that out and it made me so frustrated AGAIN with romance and this ‘love is important than YOU’ message Can’t we just stick to sniping at bitches and balancing it out by finding the good in some of the secondaries?Worse though is how Catlin’s ‘You raped me’ statement transforms at the end of the book to Catlin and Conal both agreeing ‘it started out as rape’ with the implication that this doesn’t matter because during the rape they both ‘forgot’ and it became consensual and that the biggest problem in the end was that Catlin found sex the first time painful While Donald wasn’t necessarily walking back on the encounter being rape she’s still telling a story about abuse being a journey with a happy ending rather than a cycle where if there’s an ending it’s likely to be violent It’s a dangerous fantasyDonald sets up Catlin as an abuse survivor someone who got away who didn’t let Conal’s emotional abuse and then the rape beat her down He’s financially abusing her at the beginning of the book holding what she believes to be her rightful inheritance money to ransom to force her to do his bidding This plot has its wish fulfilment elements with Catlin staring down those who were cruel to her in the past and that’s great in theory She learns that for the most part people are willing to accept her now that she’s ready to state her boundaries Catlin is a kind generous person and will she has her alpha bitch ‘win’ moments she has empathy and comes off as likeableAnd if that were all ok But it’s also about Catlin undertaking further trials to prove herself to be strong and her ‘prize’ is her abuser transforming into a loving faithful husband the end close the book forget that this isn’t the way abuse worksAnd I know I’m looking at this book with 2018 eyes with information than I had when I first started reading Donald 20 years ago when the owner of the 2nd hand bookshop where I worked recommended her I can’t remember if I read this one but I know my reaction then would have been the same Which is that Catlin would have a better life going after her bookshop dream in Sydney than taking up with Conal It’s one thing to forgive him It’s another thing altogether to think their strong emotional connection and physical attraction will make everything okAnd If you’re here considering reading a book that will take a bit of effort to track down because you like a vintage and Punk Cinderella in an angsty uest for some social vengeance is your jam Donald delivers She also lovingly delivers her beautiful and uniue New Zealand She’s worth taking the uncomfortable wrong headed crap that will keep coming back to you long after you’ve finished the book I’m still hunting down something of hers I read 20 years ago and want to find all I’ve got to go on is a jezebel heroine a nasty family an OW relative maybe a bank loan and definitely a storm almost destroying a Bach in the Coromandel area and the feeling I’m probably vaguely mixing a couple of books and maybe it was Susan Napier rather than Robyn Donald anyway If ever I find it I’m going to be so happy but I’ll absolutely HATE it at the same time I think Donald’s great and I’m comfortable enough both liking and hating her plots mostly ignoring her heroes ranting but still reading and wondering just what was going on in her head most of the time


  6. says:

    Wow I didn't think Robyn Donald could pull off a cheating hero who cheats and rapes but she did here I won't go into the plot summary because Katie V did a great job in her review but here's the basic scenario Heroine 17 was in a marriage of convenience unbeknownst to her and discovered the hero having sex with another woman When she confronts him he forces himself on her They both call this rape – and we don’t see it in real time or in a detailed flashback She runs away goes to university and generally grows up The story opens when the heroine reuests money from her trust fund and the hero says that she will have to see him in person for him to release the fundsSo how did Robyn Donald write her way to a HEA with that setup?1 The heroine really has grown up and we’re shown this in several scenes where the heroine puts potential OWs in their place 2 The hero owns up to the rape immediately and admits that he never should have forced himself on her But then he undermines it by insisting she enjoyed everything leading to the painful penetration3 The hero’s subseuent cheating was a rare b only while they were physically apart And the hero was brutally honest about his cheating We get the whys and wherefores he was imagining the OW as the heroine for instance It doesn’t make him look good – but that sort of candor is necessary if you’re going to ever trust him4 The heroine doesn’t fall into bed with him until they have hashed out everything – the rape the cheating his mother’s interference the lack of money in the trust fund her relationship with the stepdaughter the sexual desire they have for each other Their conversations might end with the hero sneering and the heroine uivering and not being able to sleep but they do talk and they do come to understand each other better5 The heroine only decides to forgive and let go of the past after they have had a lot of conversations and she sees a fatal car crash on the highway That is believable to me Life might not seem short when you’re 23 until you see a life snuffed out in an instant6 The hero doesn’t let up in his pursuit of her He's very serious about a reconciliation Sometimes it’s damaging to the heroine and other times it just what she needs to move forward7 There’s a lot of forward motion in their scenes together which I found refreshing For instance the rape is revisited a few times and the language changes and the heroine’s version softens Whether that’s good or bad in psychological terms I don’t know – but it does sell her forgiveness to me the reader And we actually get to see the OWs than once They heroine's reaction toward then the second time is much nuanced and mature She's over worrying about these women8 The stepdaughter actually added a lot to the story The heroine couldn’t act like a tragic figure around her and the hero couldn’t put the heavy seduction moves on while she was present That constraint sold me on seeing them as a family with a future rather than as hyper emotional HP characters who could never exist outside the pages of a bookSo she did it I do believe in the HEA I think this would have been a solid five stars but I found the heroine’s insistence on lying about her sexual past off putting – especially when the hero was being honest The hero was a neanderthal when it came to sexual needs but hey this is an HP


  7. says:

    What can I say I love books where the hero is faithful after he messed up big time In this book they also deal with marital rape and they don't gloss over it like it never happens and she is total devastated by what he did and he recognizes how it effected her and it destroys him They have some power struggles but mostly he was very guilty ridden man who wanted to help a girl he had the hots for and did not know how to deal with her It was a great read and I loved it


  8. says:

    25 stars Here’s my problem with this book and a lot of Harleys with this theme I hate it when the author start telling the story of reunited couples after all of the angst is over They always start when the couple meet up again and pass up all the misery of the pass relationship that had caused the Hh to break up in the first place which is the best part IMO That’s the part I want to read That’s the part that makes the book interesting I want to experience all the horridness of the cheating hero or the hateful mother or the naive young spineless virgin growing into the fire cracker from the beginning of the relationship I want to see it all And that’s why I think this book failed me Our hero cheated on the spineless heroine while letting his mother and friends walk all over her and she goes away for six years and comes back swinging That’s all good but boring if I can‘t get to see all the sordid details from the start


  9. says:

    When I started reading this book I thought the hero was a jackass and by the the time I finished yeah he was still a jackass


  10. says:

    “Rage mixed with terror whitened her face‘I’m not going to hurt you’ he said with soft emphasis speaking soothingly like a man trying to calm a panic stricken animal ‘It’s all right Cat You have to get over this Don’t you see while you’re so frightened of me you’ll always be in my power”“I meant what I said You will never be free of me if I terrify you into losing your wits as I do now There are different kinds of bondage you know Great love is one kind physical fear another“You’re as possessive about me as I am about you—otherwise why would you have got rid of my women so uickly and efficiently? You made it uite clear that there’s no future for either Moya or Angela Because you’re so bloody jealous that’s why Sheer sexual jealousy’He smiled insolently as a tidal wave of colour rushed over her skin ‘You’re hot for me’ he said softly ‘Greedy for me craving for me Catlin Oh don’t try to deny it I can see for myself Your body betrays you whenever I come near you I’d like to take you see if I can sate you but I’m not going to“I’d hunt you down’ he said huskily ‘You’d never feel safe Catlin never stop looking behind you And when I found you I’d show you exactly what that beautiful body was made for wring the last amount of pleasure from my domination of you reduce you to a mindless slave to my will’Although she shivered white faced defiance still glittered in her gaze ‘You couldn’t do it’ she whispered‘Do you think not?’ He sounded amused so calm as if they were discussing a book both had enjoyed but there was a dark intensity of passion in his eyes ‘You don’t know yet what you’re capable of feeling my darling The idea of submission fills you with horror but I promise you it will be a willing capitulation” OMG he was ruthlessly manipulative I loved to hate him


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Return To Yesterday

Can to get you into my bedBut she was determined not to surrender her heart to a man however persuasive and irresistible who would never be satisfied with merely one wom When I started reading this book I thought the hero was a jackass and by the the time I finished yeah he was still a jackass

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She never wanted a reconciliationSix years ago Catlin Loring had stumbled on her husband in bed with another woman Shattered she'd fled New Zealand and begun a new life i My god what a Horrible bookthis is the first ever book that i have read n cursed myself for reading itcursed myself cause i have a bad habit that what i ever i start reading i have to read till the end no matter how bad the book may be so think how i made through the bookThis is another one of those stories where you have a violent heroalpha male with a very young heroine I was going to say imature but she's only 17 so she isn't supposed to be mature Apparently the Hero was attracted to the Heroine when they married but they had to get married because her father was dieing and wanted her settled he'd just lost his wife whom he loved Hero was rich and partied with high society his mother lived with him to help him look after his 2yr daughter He took is wife home to his hostile mother who was still mourning the hero's wife she was also her goddaughter This Hero gave her no support he took her to these parties and let her flounder not only that he started an affair in front of her nose with everyone talking about it the humiliation was just too much when she went to see him at their beach house and found him in bed with his mistressgirlfriend She confronts him and he rapes her she flees him for 6 years She comes back because he wants to see her and she wants the money held in trust for her from her father Now there's no money and the hero has really been supporting her So much for her self esteem that she'd done everything on her own which is very important to a rape survivor you take that away and the walls crumble Anyway he's asked her to come back now we are supposed to believe that he loves her etc etc but how can we believe that when just before she comes back he starts another affair you would think after the last time together that he would have finished all his affairs etc before he wrote her to come back so she didn't have to face them in their social group or have nasty women play dirty tricks to put them together to humiliate her you would think that if he loved her he would go out of his way not to humiliate her again But no he lets her flounder again only she is tougher stronger this time This male is no hero he's a violent jerk to threatens her all the time What is it with these stories with older males and young females and they use violence to keep them tied to them they mistreat them and hold them still in their lives but far enough away so that they can continue in their lives bedding everyone and sundry and when they think it's time to settle in their lives they call back the young still chaste female to carry on their lives and guess what it happens we are expected to believe that the hero can do whatever he pleases and heroine will walk straight back and forgive and forget the past That's a favourite with authors the Heroine said it's okay it's in the past like it's okay for the infidelity and the humiliation and the rape lets forget that your the type of man who does that the author in the end even has the heroine saying that it wasn't really rape This hero needs to be in jail and this heroine needs therapy away from him Rape and violence is not okay it should not be accepted The only person this Conal loves is himselfCiatlin needs a good life of her own Oh this is the kicker the supposed Conal takes her back to the beach house to tell Ciatlin he loves her now this is the house that she saw Conal and his mistess on the bed together Is this guy a jerk or what he really doesn't care about her feelings Please don't read it's really not they way love isTruthfully this is the worst romance book I've ever readDo Not Recommend it

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N AustraliaNow forced to return to Conal for a favor she was surprised to discover he wanted her back All's fair in love and war he said This is both I'll use any trick I I just can't evenNoPlease don't give me a reason why this book is good or acceptable Because it's notHe cheats that there is unacceptable and unforgivable and then he rapes her to punish her for HIS shortcomingsOnce again NOTo make her fall in love with a cheater and rapist is not just sickening it's insulting to my better senses You just don't do itIN NO UNIVERSE should that be acceptable and i don't care if he wants her now No you are no longer relevant you lost that option the moment you cheatedKill Me NowPS I am expecting a 5 star review from everyone for marriage under fire

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About the Author: Robyn Donald

Robyn was born on in Northland New Zealand She was the oldest child in her family and as a child she thrilled her four sisters and one brother with bloodcurdling adventure tales usually very like the latest book she'd borrowed from the libraryRobyn owes her writing career to two illnesses The first was a younger sister's Return To Kindle - flu She was living with her husband and Robyn and spent most of.