One Night With Gael

One Night With Gael

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Rules for dating Gael Aguilar  

1. Six-week time limit 

2. No second chances 

When aspiring actress Goldie Beckett storms into Gael's board meeting to return the ten thousand dollars he left on her nightstand, she's sure she's triggered rule 2. But in just a few short weeks, the shocking news of her pregnancy ensures that she's definitely broken rule 1! 

Born illegitimate and branded a mistake, Gael will never allow the same fate to befall his child. Obliterating all his own rules, Gael now must get Goldie to agree to the role of a lifetime as his wife!

Publisher: Toronto : Harlequin, 2016.
ISBN: 9780373134830
Branch Call Number: PB Blake
Characteristics: 219 pages ; 18 cm.

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FindingJane Jun 23, 2017

I detest the character of Gael. I really do. He’s got issues with women, starting with his dear old mama. She slept with a married man, bearing him a bastard son, Gael. Whenever the adulterer gets the old lech for her, Gael’s mother runs right back to him, certain that this time he really is going to leave his wife for her. Gael grew up being shunted around to minders and caretakers whenever his father showed up to whisk away his deluded mother.

Gael wants a woman who’ll want him for himself not his cash. But he’s become hard and cynical, certain that every woman he meets is out for his money; somehow he always winds up with gold-diggers and scheming sluts in his bed. Not surprising, if he’s willing to bed any beautiful woman who stokes the fire between his legs.

Enter Goldie Beckett. Her mother wanted more from life than her father could give. So she left him, tried to find more on her own and wound up getting used and discarded by a succession of lousy jerks. Fearing to become like her alcoholic mother, Goldie vows to remain celibate and concentrate on her career.

So what happens to their fine intentions? Gael sleeps with Goldie within hours of meeting her. Then he leaves the money on the dresser for her in the morning. She gets pregnant. They get married. Insert facepalm here.

Gael despises Goldie because he saw her apparently accept a proposition from a director. He’s certain she’s just a money-grubbing tramp like all the others he’s bedded. His behavior towards her wavers from heated lust, care for her (baby) and veiled contempt. He’s a slut on wheels but he resents that she might be for hire. Hello, double standard.

Gael is one of the most detestable kinds of males found in romance novels. He’s relentlessly pushy, aggressive, domineering, bullying and bent on getting his own way. He treats Goldie like a whore and then takes exception to her acting like one. He’s jaundiced about marriage but insists on marrying a woman he knew for one night. He figuratively twists Goldie’s arm into getting married, offering her money (again!) with a pre-nuptial contract or threatening her with using his considerable wealth and clout to wrest the baby away from her once it’s born. He gives her two days to make up her mind and then pins her between his arms after one day. “Say yes, Goldie,” he demands and it IS a demand. It was a demand when he made that statement just before they have sex for the very first time and it’s a demand at this point, too.

What kind of husband would such a man make?! If he’s not willing to honor a simple agreement such as a two-day waiting period after a marriage proposal, what would marriage to him be like? You don’t marry a man like this. You certainly don’t bear his child. Get an abortion, set up adoption papers, get the hell out of Dodge! But don’t marry him, girl! Marriage to such a man would be a never-ending hell of arguments, threats and recriminations.

But, wait, I forgot. This is a romance novel in which a man commands, a woman capitulates and it all works out to a happy ending. The man’s awful attitude is justified when he finally learns to wuv. This is romantic tripe and it stinks as such. Then again, that may be because I vomited all over it.

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