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The Italian’s Inexperienced Mistress – Lynne Graham

on February 5, 2012

The Italian’s Inexperienced Mistress
Lynne Graham
Harlequin Presents
2007, 192p
Free eBook for completing a survey

Angelo Riccardi is rich, the CEO of a multinational company. He made his own way in the world, brought himself up from nothing and when he finds that his mother was the estranged daughter of a notorious mobster who ran from her overbearing family, he doesn’t like having the taint of criminal on him. However his dying grandfather gives him the name of the man who wronged his mother, taking all her money and losing it, leaving her poor. And Angelo does a bit of digging and sees a chance to get revenge on Donald Hamilton, the man who treated his mother so callously.

What he doesn’t count on is Gwenna Hamilton, Donald’s daughter. Angelo, always an opportunist though and he immediately sees a way to hurt Donald even more. Unless Donald can pay Angelo back the money Angelo discovered he’d stolen from his employer, Angelo will prosecute. When Gwenna comes to Angelo to bargain on Donald’s behalf, Angelo decides to make Gwenna part of the deal. He’ll accept the money that Donald can raise from selling off his assets and Gwenna will become his mistress – and he won’t send her father to jail. Gwenna is torn – she loves her father dearly, idolises him. Her upbringing hasn’t been happy but she regards her father as always trying to do his best for her and make her happy. And she doesn’t move in Angelo’s world – she’s not impressed by fancy jewelry, expensive clothes, sumptuous residences. She agrees reluctantly, willing it seems, to do anything to save her father. She thought it’d be just one night, but it seems Angelo wants her around until he tires of her – which could be dangerous for both of them.

To be honest, I’m not entirely sure why I read this! I did an online survey for Harlequin on not much at all really and got a link to download this free eBook. I used to read quite a lot of these when I was in high school – my grandmother had a subscription and got 6 new titles a month and because I was a poor student who’d pretty much read her way through the titles in the local library, I used to devour these to get my reading fix. They’re mostly all the same, with only the names changing. Rich, foreign business types seducing innocent virgins, treating them like dirt and then everyone falls in love and lives happily ever after. This one really isn’t any different.

Bonus – it didn’t make me furious, like some of them do. Gwenna, although rather nice and lovely did have a small amount of spine and regularly gave Angelo a telling off, not that he really listened. He thought she should be impressed by all his money and his awesome gifts and houses because every other girl he has known was. For a man who was self-made he really was rather naive thinking that everyone out there is a materialistic gold digger impressed by his sheer awesomeness. Although he was often a bit thick and treated her like a child, he wasn’t really horrible to her, unlike some of the ‘heroes’ in these books.

Quick read – don’t think it took much more than an hour.

5/10

Book #118 of 2012

 


2 responses to “The Italian’s Inexperienced Mistress – Lynne Graham

  1. Willa says:

    Ha ha it sounds like a laugh really, from a sort of ironic angle 🙂 Those books always surprise me by their incredible lack of likeable/non-malechauvinistic heroes. And the title is a classic as well 🙂 Thanks for reviewing, you made me smile.

    • The titles are hilarious, aren’t they? It was okay for something different and a bit of a trip down memory lane, but I could never read just these sorts of books like my grandmother did. Although even she has gone off them now – she hasn’t had a subscription for a few years.

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