Title: A Ruthless Proposition
Author: Natasha Anders
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published: January 26th 2016 by Montlake Romance
Rating: 3/5 stars ★★★
All that glitters may lead right to his heart…
The last thing Cleopatra Knight expects on her business trip to Tokyo is to fall into bed with her arrogant, irresistibly hot boss, Dante Damaso. It’s a mistake—a steamy, mind-blowingly satisfying mistake. But a few nights of passion with the superwealthy bad boy prove to have long-term effects when Cleo’s world is unexpectedly turned upside down.
Dante has cultivated an enviable, jet-setting lifestyle: beautiful women, exotic destinations, and luxury without limits. He’s not looking to be domesticated, and certainly not by his assistant—even though he can’t get her out of his mind. Still, he knows he has both the responsibility and the financial means to help Cleo.
Though Cleo has no interest in Dante’s money, her lack of prospects gives her little choice but to accept his help. But living under the same roof, Dante discovers he wants more, and if Cleo lets down her guard, she just might find what her heart’s wanted all along.
3 of 5 stars to A Ruthless Proposition by Natasha Anders
A Ruthless Proposition is quite an enjoyable read. In fact, I breezed through this one and read it way past midnight because I could not put it down. So why the three stars?
First, the book felt lost between two opposing themes. It wasn’t sure if it was going to go angst or light-hearted and ended up half-assing both. I would have been fine if it went complete angst like The Unwanted Wife because it already had the makings of becoming an epic read and the elements needed to make it happen (douchey but succesful hero, struggling and confused heroine).
Second, the heroine’s characterization was sketchy. At the beginning, she seemed like such a strong heroine but after the main conflict was introduced, she did a 180. I understand that she needed to get her bearing first but even when she had already accepted her circumstance, the strong woman from the first few chapters never came back. Instead, she continued to be a needy and dependent character. It just wasn’t so empowering especially since she’s old enough to be wiser than most girls.
Lastly, the progression of the story by the second half of the book felt rushed. It wasn’t as well-developed as the first. I think the story would have left more impact if the emotions that played out were thoroughly explored.
***cover art: 3/5 stars. Decent.***