Loving Evangeline (Silhouette Romantic Suspense Bestselling Author) - Linda Howard

Hall of shame contestant #2

 

Meet Robert. He's just your average genius millionaire superhero playboy philanthropist...ok, that last was a stretch, and I'm sure someone will remember where they heard that before. He has his fingers in many pies, a lot of them government. He's also like those historical Dukes who were always off doing super secret missions to the crown instead of working on the heir and a spare.

 

The head of one of his divisions is selling secrets of the sort that are national security risks. And using the h's marina to rent a boat for the drop offs.

 

Meet Evie. Virgin widow orphaned as a kid, married practically as soon as she graduated, and due to the unfortunate arrival of Aunt Flo on her wedding day, and the really horrible luck of she and her new husband wrecking on their honeymoon, resulting in his dying while she watched... Yeah; the method of keeping her still pristine is a bit much.

 

So Robert the Douche...<g> decides based on some v. sketchy logic that the h is an accomplice. He goes to investigate, pulls strings to put financial pressure on both her and his employee, and seduces her. He succeeds, which messes with his plans a bit because he's formed an attachment. Oh noes! Eventually, she manages to wriggle off his financial hook, then due to some unfortunate timing on his secretary's part, intercepts a fax telling him that they've reached a dead end on the financial pressure.

 

She freezes him out, and leaves. Bad guy goes for a last, desperate drop off, she goes after him, armed, H is also armed, it's a Greek tragedy there in the apprehending of the bad guys.

 

After everyone is arrested, and she's safely back at the dock (and over her initial shock), he 'splains things, then asks her to marry him. Offers her his house. She tells him no and to go away.

 

After prowling around for days and weeks like a caged animal, he finally visits his sister, 'splains to her too whereupon she tells him she'd have dumped him too, and storms off. Her husband 'splains to him the concept that love conquers all.

 

Maybe it does...to a point. I think the guy setting out to destroy her because he "thought" she was selling secrets might be a bit difficult. His seducing her at the same time...ok, he should be glad she didn't shoot HIM. I would have. Oh, I might have aimed for a knee but blood would have been spilled.

 

Considering what he'd been told of her past, he should have been worried to death that she might drive into the river; not freaking out because she saw through his almost psychopathic manipulations.