Title: Tender Truimph
Author: Judith McNaught
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: February 15th 1991 by Pocket Books
Rating: 4/5 stars ★★★★
“Life can be so good if you let it. But you must trade with life. You give something and you get something, then you give something of yourself again and you receive something again. Life goes bad when people try to take from it without giving. Then they came away empty-handed, and they grab harder and more often, growing more disappointed and disillusioned each time.”
On Friday, a sensuous stranger entered Katie’s life. By Sunday, her world would never be the same…
Stunning Katie Connelly submerged her painful past in a promising career, an elegant apartment, and men she could keep at a distance. Yet something vital was missing from her life — until she met proud, rugged Ramon Galverra. With his urbane charm and his passionate nature, he gave her a love she had never known. In his arms, she came fully alive to his every touch. Still she was afraid to surrender her heart to this strong, willful, secretive man — a man from a different world, a man with a bold, uncertain future…
New York Times bestselling author Judith McNaught captures the thrill of a once-in-a-lifetime passion in this tender and spellbinding novel.
4 0f 5 stars to Tender Triumph by Judith McNaught
This is the last of Judith McNaught novel I have read and I am really sad about that. I want to read more stories from her but alas, I would have to settle on re-reading (which isn’t bad at all).
Just like all of her works, Tender Triumph stars an alpha male but this time, possessing traditional values ingrained by culture. Ramon Galverra is already different from the rest of McNaught’s heroes in that aspect. He’s unapologetic about having archaic patriarchal beliefs such as women should stay home and care for the family instead of working. This particular trait may have incensed some readers but the thing about Ramon is that he’s also a gentleman. The way he treats Katie is just so sweet and swoon-worthy because men rarely act like this nowadays. For all of his secretive and maybe (a little) manipulative ways, Ramon is also very understanding. Katie was being judgmental of his character right at the get go with him being Puerto Rican and all but he let it slide and when Katie was being unreasonable or a little emotional, he would just simply listen to her woes and comfort her after.
Katie’s back story was a bit all over the place. It was hard to understand her fears because it wasn’t clarified until the last few chapters. I think McNaught’s focus was more on Ramon’s character that Katie’s story suffered a little. However, Katie is truly kind despite her being judgmental. Yes, he thought Ramon was a poor farmer the first time they met but she hated it when people mocked him because of it. She would go out of her way to be more sensitive towards his needs especially when they moved to Puerto Rico. She may not have realized her feelings for him at the time but the way she would make sure he’s always happy proved that she truly cared for him.
This is the kind of classic love story that I miss from new authors today. The kind that would grip you despite it’s simple premise. Judith McNaught, Linda Howard–both masters of the genre and I have yet to find one that could match the awesome experience I had with their books. It is probably for nostalgic reasons that I shelved this book in my favorites, with it being the last McNaught I read, of course it’s going to be a remarkable one. I am hopeful, however, that I will find new authors that would meet my expectations. Leylah Attar, Pamela Clare, Alessandra Torre are pretty close to it.
***cover art: 3/5 stars.Decent-looking.***