Recluse Millionaire, Reluctant Bride
Is his reluctant bride a business risk or a personal necessity?
Stan Rogers, recluse millionaire, must negotiate a risky deal with Stella Ryan, the exotic beauty from his past, to gain custody of his son. But how can he close the deal with her, the one and only woman who flips his switches and pegs him as the enemy?
Martial artist Stella knows she should steer clear of Stan, the man who had shattered her heart and could still destroy her. Four years have passed since their hostile business deal, and now, the American financier is proposing holy matrimony…but she’s the reluctant bride wondering, what’s he up to?
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This was my first novel by Sun Chara and I suspect it won’t be my last. I’m so pleased to be part of this blog tour and even more excited as it’s my very first time participating in one! I gave this story 4/5 espresso shots and recommend it to anyone who likes a sweet and spicy, feel-good romance.
In his life Stan is used to women with ulterior motives. He believes everyone has a price. He doesn’t believe in love but will do anything to protect his son. Stella is the quintessential feisty heroine. She’s worked hard to make a success out of her dojo and won’t let anyone destroy her dreams. First impressions do count as Stella still hasn’t forgotten the sexy but unforgiving businessman she signed a deal with years before. Stan remembers a fiery minx whose beauty piqued his interest and whose grit won him over. When Stan needs help with his son Troy, he remembers Stella and sets out to obtain her help, whatever the cost to him or her.
“She was east and west… light and dark… fire and ice. The contrast was striking. Rare. An exotic beauty-a dangerous beauty.”
The character of Stella is well-drawn and easily likeable. She’s a bit of sunshine to Stan’s clouds. Her successful athletic career and dojo are the results of diligence and determination. While she has never considered herself the marrying type, she quickly forges a strong bond with Stan’s son, Troy. Troy’s hero worship for his new sensei is the cutest. Conversations between these two are sweet and it is through their relationship that Stella’s strength and resolve are shown.
Stella’s longing to hold on to her dreams and her soft heart for Troy lead her to enter a deal with the devil, Stan Rogers.
“He looked as rugged as the Canadian mountains… His laser-sharp eyes reminded her of an ocean storm… dark, turbulent.”
Stan was less likeable. He’s drawn as a hard man weathered by his life’s experiences. To be honest, other than his good looks, I wasn’t quite sure what Stella saw in him originally. His softer side is only revealed through interactions with his son. Throughout the conflict with Stella, every time I was about to feel sorry for him, he did something ruthless.
The pacing of this story is fast. Super fast. Action moves the story forward and there’s no way for the reader to become bored. In fact, I wish it was a little slower in some places to get a better feel for how the characters were coping and developing.
The tension between Stella and Stan is well-written. I could almost feel it rolling off the pages. These two paint themselves into a difficult situation and must find the will to fight their way out, together. They both have expectations of the other and refuse to see what’s actually happening in front of them.
A couple things were rushed, one being Stella’s falling in love. I also found the lovers’ conflict resolution was a bit rushed. The story is told mainly from Stella’s perspective, although at times from Stan’s. We get to see how Stella comes to terms with her feelings and how she resolves them. Stan, however, does not afford the reader that glimpse into his psyche. He goes from mistrusting to in love with no substantial turning point moment.
Fun fact learnt (and verified) from reading this book: Karateka is a competitor or expert in karate.
Some things I liked:
- Stella is a likeable mix of fire and sweetness.
- Troy acts and speaks appropriately for his age.
- The tension between Stan and Stella is palpable.
- Stella’s reaction to Stan’s proposal is believable and in-keeping with her character.
- The sizzle factor between Stan and Stella.
I would love it if:
- The story had more of an ending. I want to know what brings Stan to that point of accepting love back into his life. An epilogue may not be necessary, but something could be added to round off the end. I feel it ends a bit too abruptly especially after Stan’s very quick turnaround.
Overall, the fast pace, sweet heroine and entertaining story made this a quick and fun read for me. Try it, you might like it!
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Author Bio – Sun Chara, an Amazon top 100 bestseller, writes sexy, hip ‘n fun contemporary romance for Harper Impulse. JABBIC winner, Manhattan Millionaire’s Cinderella launched her writing career, spinning the ‘global millionaire’s series’. She makes her home in southern California, and has appeared on stage/film to rave reviews in How the Other Half Loves, General Hospital, and McGee and Me. With a Master’s Degree in Education, and membership in SAG/AFTRA and Romance Writers of America, she enjoys sipping designer Frappuccinos topped with whipped cream/sprinkles, and dancing on the beach…making everyday a celebration!
Thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for the opportunity to feature this book.