Or of the Italian man she married just the day before.
The reason for doing so is only 1 of the many mysteries for her. And 34y.o. electronics manufacturer Hero won't tell her much. He wants her to remember on her own and gives her the space he thinks she needs.
Heroine, however, doesn't want space. She wants answers now and is convinced of her love for him.
As much as he wants to do the right thing, he soon stops resisting their powerful attraction.
It doesn't take long for the past to intrude on their marital bliss. She accidentally finds out that they knew each other 8 years ago.
And his ex-girlfriend's unexpected appearance arouses new doubts about Hero's motives for marrying her.
As well as her ex-fiance's accusations of Hero's role in her trauma 8 years ago.
It's Hero's continued reticence to disclose the truth, however, that seems more damning. What happens when she finally remembers everything?
I loved the Hero in this Gordon book. He's a strong & honorable alpha male. It's not apparent in the start of the book but it became clearer later. He did have 1 act of offense towards heroine, which was traumatic for both of them. This part became the bigger mystery towards the latter half of the book.
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24yo. Hero found out that 15y.o heroine's father stole his design and was marketing it as his. Her father was about to make multi-millions out of it, without a cent or nod towards Hero. Hero confronted her father but he denied it. He could only surmise that it was heroine who gave her father access to his invention design. When he confronts her about it, she sincerely apologized for her mistake. Hero was tossing his scrap papers of his design on the floor and she picked one up to write something on the opposite side. It was this scrap paper that her father found in her room later.
Heroine was effusive and immediate in her apologies but Hero's rage would not abate. He continued to lash her with condemning and disparaging accusations until he left. She talked to her father at no avail. He whisked her off to England instead. And she never forgave him for stealing from Hero. The wealth they lived on the next 8 years was tainted in her eyes. Her father tried to make amends, including her in his business management. But she couldn't get past what he did to Hero and not having made right with him ever. Most of all, she blamed herself for wrecking Hero's life with her carelessness. She wrote him a letter of apology but never got a reply.
Hero went back to heroine's house to apologize to her. But she'd already left for England. He received her letter of apology & wrote her back several times. She never replied back to any of his letters. He'd castigated himself for how badly he treated her due to his anger & helplessness over what her father did. He knew that heroine would never dream of hurting him, least of all by stealing his design. He knew her as a kind, giving, and open person. They had spent months with each other that year, with heroine becoming an honorary member of his family because of how much time she spent with his family. As years went by, he still carried the debt of his mistreatment of heroine.
However, when he sees her in the present time, he acts as if she owes him. It was part of his ploy to get her to be with him. Heroine didn't seem to happy to see him again and she had a fiance. So, Hero's desperation to have her meant desperate measures. Thus, his blackmailing her into marrying him.
I loved how he loved her. His self-control and self-sacrifices showed his love for her. Hero wasn't a talkative man. He was closed off for the most part. He didn't want to tell heroine much of their history for fear that it might set her back even more or be viewed as his manipulations. His resistances to her seductive attempts were sexy. We knew he wanted her and they were married but he didn't want to compromise her health in any way. When he gave in, it wasn't because he was weak or weaker than her but because she made it clear that she wanted to be intimate with him, memory or not. And she loved him. He didn't let his emotions and urges overwhelm his protectiveness of her. He'd already learned that hard lesson.
Heroine's unrequited love for Hero was interestingly set up. When they met & spent time together at age 15, she was in love with him while his eyes was for his girlfriend. However, towards the end of that period of their lives, he seemed to become aware of her as more than a tag-along buddy. Especially when she declared her love for him and asked him to kiss her a couple times. In fact, their second kiss (the 1st kiss was her giving him a quick & reckless kiss) was reciprocal. But he stopped, embarrassed and feeling bad for taking advantage of a teenager. It was telling though, when he told her that in a different lifetime things would have been different between them. So, when they met again 8 years later, things became as they should be.
I highly recommend this book.