Fleur Gilbert and Matt Hanover conceived a child and he left her soon after, now he is back, he wants his son and to hurt her by doing so. Fleur Gilbert and Matt Hanover were in love and sure that their love would conquer, or in this case, that their marriage would end a long-running feud between their families. Unfortunately, they were wrong. Their marriage lasted only a day before their families forced them to end it and the two young lovers had only a single night together before they were separated.
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Six years later, Fleur has had to grow up quickly and help her father with their family business, take care of their financial affairs that her mother had foolishly ignored…and raise her 5 year old son alone after Matt left. Their wedding night, the one night that should have been perfect, was marred first by the news of her mother's car accident and her impending death and later by the death of his father. And that was how they found out that they had a parent involved in the accident and both were dead. And that their parents had eloped.
Now, Matt is back and has been told that he is a father. He blames Fleur for not telling him and believes that he hates her. However, it should be pointed out that he walked away, didn't call, didn't write, went to a foreign country for much of the last five years and even interrupted his mother if she brought up anything to do with the family.
He watches Fleur and their son, Joe, and vows to make her pay for keeping their son from him, threatening legal action against her for doing son and wanting to destroy her family business at the same time. He is now an angry, bitter man…who has more power and money than she does. She breaks down when she gets the correspondence from him threatening to establish paternity and sue for custody.
After some arguments and confrontations, where Matt is irrational and just cruel, they have a conversation. He still holds her responsible for not telling him about their son, but after meeting their son and realizing how much he loves his mom, he does not sue for custody. The reader is allowed to see some of the sweeter sides of him that were probably part of why Fleur fell in love with him as a teenager.
Their repeated exposure to one another brought them closer and they began to fall in love again. He was able to stand up to his mother, while she did so with her dad, even though he had been confused and depressed for years. Her business managed to flourish, when at the beginning of the book it was close to bankruptcy and Matt and Fleur become engaged. As the novel ends, it looks like they will be the family they wanted to be years ago.
Best part of story, including ending:
I liked the story because it showed how much Fleur matured in six years, but I hated it from the time she got the letter from Matt. I wish the writer had done a bit of research into the legal system in the U.S. because I have never heard of a mother losing custody because the father disappeared to another country when she was pregnant. He married her, had unprotected sex with her and disappeared for six years and yet it is her fault that he didn't know she was pregnant? Her only option to inform him that she did not try would have been to call his mother, who hated her and her family, tell her she was pregnant and hope that he would be told. Nope, sorry, this was his fault and frankly he was an abusive jerk through most of the book.
Best scene in story:
I loved the first scene where Joe, Fleur and her dad were all interacting. She was trying to get out the door, her son was taking too long to get ready and her dad was saying not to worry if he was late to school. I realized that is something that happens every day in houses all over the world. I just liked that such a normal parenting scene was present in a romance novel
Opinion about the main character:
Fleur Gilbert and Matt Hanover were in love and sure that their love would conquer, or in this case, that their marriage would end a long-running feud between their families. Unfortunately, they were wrong. Their marriage lasted only a day before their families forced them to end it and the two young lovers had only a single night together before they were separated.