The Boss's Nine-month Negotiation

The Boss's Nine-month Negotiation

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The passion she could never forget...  

When fiercely independent Sienna Newman's memory is lost, she's transported back to those blissful nights with her ex-boss, powerful Argentinean Emiliano Castillo! And with the news of her pregnancy sending shock waves through them both, she tentatively accepts Emiliano's invitation to his luxurious private island... 

When Emiliano realizes Sienna has no idea how they were torn apart, he knows it's a race against time to secure his claim on his child--and Sienna!--before her memories return. Can the seduction of a lifetime convince her that she's where she belongs...in his bed?

Publisher: Toronto : Harlequin, 2017.
ISBN: 9780373060566
Branch Call Number: PB Blake
Characteristics: 216 pages ; 18 cm

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FindingJane Jun 22, 2017

Emiliano Castillo is another pitiful type in a long chain of romantic dead weights. He has heated arguments with his latest mistress, the vice-president of his company (!), which are usually resolved by equally heated moments in bed.

I know such things happen in real life. There are people who equate passion with shouting matches in public and then hot make-up sex between the sheets afterwards. But these rarely lead to happy marriages or long-term commitments. Sooner or later, one or both partners realize that they have nothing going for them except sexual chemistry. That’s not enough to ensure a lasting, wholesome relationship. Such affairs are nothing more than meteors that shine brightly, then crash and burn.

But you’ve got romantic novelists who’d have you believe otherwise. Emiliano and Sienna’s relations are doomed but neither are willing to let it go. Then Emiliano learns that he’s been made to honor an arranged marriage pact forged by his parents. Brooding and angry, he comes back to his penthouse and makes the oblivious, bewildered Sienna the butt of his rage. When she wants to know what’s troubling him, he turns every statement back on her, accusing her of being clingy, needy and crazy. In between these self-serving statements, he keeps asking her to calm down and listen to HIM!

Isn’t this male bushwa of a particularly nasty type? Accusing the woman of being the nutty and emotional one as a way of appearing in the right and forestalling an argument? Rather than calling Emiliano on his nonsense, Sienna then initiates the sex, effectively silencing him even though she’s now harboring terrible inner doubts about where their relationship is headed.

Sex shouldn’t be used to fix a relationship. It’s not a way to stop an argument. It’s not a way to ensure happiness or care from your partner. Sex used in this way isn’t about love, lust, passion or desire. It’s all about wielding power over another person.

This is romance of the lowest order, one awash in deceit, deliberate misunderstandings, manipulation, secrecy, control and domination. Emiliano is a scumwad all wrapped up in designer clothes and a sexy six-foot-plus package. Sienna is that rare heroine who’s going to walk away from him no matter how much he yanks her around, mauls her in alleys and dares her to see other men. I could applaud her for that.

But convenient loss of memory robs her of that autonomy and forces the disgusted reader into yet another trope—the Amnesia Victim. Remembering nothing of their argument (and Emiliano isn’t going to tell her—doctor’s orders), she’s swept into his arms and into a very hasty marriage.

It was at this point that I was disheartened, disillusioned and feeling dyspeptic as well. These two may have a commitment. I think they should be committed.

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