When opposites attract!
Damaso Pires should have known better than to get involved with Marisa, the scandalous Princess of Bengaria! Yet soon he sees her true beauty and flawless virtue, which touches a place in him he’d thought had been ruthlessly destroyed by his childhood on the streets of Brazil.
But their brief affair becomes permanent when Marisa reveals she’s pregnant.
Damaso knows the sting of illegitimacy and, having fought tooth and nail to claw his way up to the dizzying heights of international success and financial infamy, he won’t let his child slip from his grasp. There’s only one way to claim his heir – and that’s marriage!
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Reviewed by Desere Steenberg, South Africa
As Princesses go Marisa is to the outside world the typical had a bit of a rough start to life and went the route of using her charm to party up a storm. She only let's the public see what they want to see and hides her pain and insecurities. The latest scandal she finds herself trapped in forces her to take a trip to Brazil.
Once there she comes face to face with delicious, too sexy to be missed Damaso Pires. Damaso knows he should not get involved with Marisa, she's the scandalous Princess of Bengaria and around her you are sure to lose any good reputation you have. But he can't resist her and soon she's in his arms for a night of unbridled passion.
But their brief affair becomes a permanent arrangement when Marisa reveals she's pregnant. Damaso is not the type of man to walk away from his responsibilities, he has learned the outcome of such a grave error and he won't let his child slip from his grasp, there's only one way to ensure he has his child in his life and the woman he has fallen for in his bed every night , marriage! Only Marisa doesn't see things his way and is ready to take off running, to win the game Damaso will need to fight harder then ever before, this is the biggest deal of his life but will it worth it in the end?
I am total over the top mad fan of Annie West's books, she has this unique way of conjuring up so many various emotions of sadness, anger, hurt, pain happiness, joy all at the same time that it is sometimes yes a little overwhelming to try and figure out which one of the emotions I want to deal with first . But in this lies the magic of this author's writing. She sucks you in with a little bit of sexy fun, sends you spiraling into the emotional wreck of confusion, drags you over to the total heartbreaking sadness of life's events and then pushes you over the edge with a large dose of happiness.
In this her latest read she did so again, and the end result is a story that will remain with me for as long as I live. Damaso was the perfect hero, strong, determined and willing to fight for what he wants, I loved him more and more on each page. I felt saddend by his past but so very proud that he worked so hard to reach the top, where most people in his position would have simply given up and just tagged along with everyone else. Him working so hard to achieve his success really made him stand out from the crowd. I loved his passion for Marisa, I was completely addicted to the way he goes full steam ahead to ensure he has her and their child in his life. Most successful rich men of today would the the right thing by offering marriage and if the woman says no , he will simply walk away going " Hey I get brownie points for trying, right?"
Marisa was a very sad character, I wanted to give this woman a big hug and tell her to not give up, to fight back and not go down in history as never trying to even rectify the events that led to her to the road she has had to face all her life. Her finding the courage in the arms of Damaso was one of the most beautiful stories ever written. The author did a stunning job of showing how the love of the right person can guide us to find the strength to push forward to fight for what we believe in.
I am taking away a message of when dealt a set of cards in life, good or bad, there is never any point in not trying to make the best of it, go with the flow but don't go with the flow of everyone else simply to make them happy. Instead follow your own flow of life and find that certain something that drives you to fight for love and happiness. Following your own flow will lead to inner courage shining through and that's what will lead to people seeing the real you.
I highly recommend this truly beyond beautiful, truly romantic on each and every level romance has to offer, simply magical read for all fans of romance. A fantastic read about Scandal, passion, jealousy, love and the right to be happy.
5/5 star review
" The princess finds herself trapped in the scandal her 'prince' is not letting her escape from"
Damaso Claims His Heir
Annie West is just awesome love her books.
I just wish that when others review the books, they do not tell the whole story of what is going to happen, It puts one off to buy the book. I like to read the book myself and decide before another reviewer discloses the whole plot etc etc etc. Does one have to write pages about one's review. I enjoy reading reviews but short and to the point and this often encourages me to purchase the book, but when one just goes on and on it is too much.
As always Mrs West wrings all the emotions from her characters.
Damaso is a wonderful hero, rising from humble beginnings with a determination to fight for what he wants.
While the misunderstood Marisa is in many ways an admirable heroine I would have liked her to be stronger and much quicker in facing up to her detractors.
At times I did find the pace lagged a little as they grew to understand each other and face their demons.
So it perhaps did not have the usual depth of magic this author can produce but is still a superior M&B.
Eight point five out of ten
Not a gripping story!
Annie West’s story gradually picks up towards the very end. It does show passion, repartee and a macho hero Damaso who displays his love from the very beginning for Marisa but she is a very difficult person to love. She is so full of the ‘past’ and is suspicious that I think she is hard work for any man to convince her of his love. A four out of ten for this story.
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