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Dishonourable Proposal by Jacqueline Baird. Pleasure before business No teenage crush, Katy's love for Jake Granton was as real as the searing heartbreak of his betrayal. After four years of modeling--and all the male attention a woman could possibly want--she'd actually convinced herself she was way over him. But when she left the limelight and joined the family business, Jake was waiting for her, his possessive kiss Pleasure before business No teenage crush, Katy's love for Jake Granton was as real as the searing heartbreak of his betrayal.
But when she left the limelight and joined the family business, Jake was waiting for her, his possessive kiss reducing her to a mass of aching desire. His reputation as a businessman was ruthless, but his proposition was all-out blackmail: become his mistress or her company would suffer the consequences. Get A Copy. Paperback , Harlequin Presents , pages. Published April by Harlequin Presents first published February More Details Original Title. Other Editions 2.
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More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Dishonourable Proposal. Sep 29, StMargarets rated it liked it Shelves: angst-by-misunderstanding-lies , angst-by-jilting , angst-by-jealousy , black-library-on-line , harlequin-presents , hero-behaving-badly , jacqueline-baird , revenge-by-hero , vintage , 3-star. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. I love alpha logic, I really do. And this story is a case study in alpha logic. Fall in love with jail bait heroine when she is Wait until she is 18 to seduce her and get engaged. When she abruptly says she wants to live in Paris instead, accept that she is young and she should have some time on her own before settling down. So what's wrong with this? Poor guy is in love. Sure he's bought her childhood home when she was 15 and didn't tell her but this is all sweet until The hero goes into I love alpha logic, I really do.
Sure he's bought her childhood home when she was 15 and didn't tell her but this is all sweet until The hero goes into modeling and the hero is convinced she is now whoring herself out to all of her admirers. Instead of speaking to her, two years later he bids on a charity date, wins, and tries to rape her.
When that doesn't work he buys out her dad and waits for the heroine to retire from modeling so he can blackmail her into being his mistress. Then he makes her move in with him, have lots of sex, buys her lots of clothes, gives her an engagement ring and an engagement party in Venice.
He also parades her around in public places and calls her names. When she goes to Paris for her god daughter's birthday party, he thinks she went for a dirty weekend and throws her out. That little litany of events is alpha logic in action. But alpha action needs fuel.
And in this case, it is fueled by the heroine's willful misrepresentation of herself and her refusal to tell the hero why she broke it off with him the first time. Only when he tries to kick her out does the heroine finally, finally let him in on the truth. She thought he was having an affair with her stepmother The hero then confesses he wanted to make her love him by name calling and coerced sex? And he's loved her all along.
Heroine somehow follows this alpha logic and it's an HEA with a baby on the way for these two obsessed souls. This is an old skool hero who was celibate the four years they were apart. No wonder he was so edgy. View all 3 comments. Jan 14, KatieV rated it really liked it Shelves: challenges-hp , genre-contemporary , heroine-virgin , heroine-tstl , hero-tycoon-italian , hero-vengeful , pre-2k-oldie , blackmail.
This is the exact crazy over-the-top type of book that keeps me coming back to HPs. It had all my favorite ingredients.
The secretly in love, jealous, vengeful tycoon who goes through ridiculous gyrations to get the heroine. The supermodel heroine who is also secretly in love and determined to hide it due to their ridiculous misunderstandings.
Seriously I could have shaken the heroine wait, that's the hero's job in an HP. I'm still not getting how being thought of as basically a prostitute is better than having them realize you have feelings that may not be reciprocated.
I'm a proud person to, but draw the line at pretending to be a pseudo-prostitute. Then again, this is HPLandia where logic is dangerous and probably illegal. View all 8 comments. Apr 09, boogenhagen rated it liked it Shelves: , blackmail-hp-style , creepy-of-the-creepiest , h-with-a-backbone , hero-is-too-ewwww , hplandia , just-a-bit-wrecky , uberly-besotted-h , waiting-patiently.
This one involves a 22 yr old h and a 34 yr H who have a past. When the h was 14 her mum died and the 26 yr old H was a good friend of her cheating father and delivered the news to the h at her boarding school. He fell instantly in love and that was pretty ick for me. But when the h's father remarried to the prerequisite evil Step Mother that the h did not get along with and who made the h's father sell the h's beloved country family home, the H tried to soothe the situation over.
He advised the h to just passively go along with the woman to get along. He also kept in contact with the h while she was at school via postcards and eventually occasional visits. When the h turned 18, he and the h had a lurve club event and the H indicated he loved her and wanted to propose as soon as she graduated. The h, who had walked into her home unexpectedly late one night and saw the H and her evil step-mother with their arms around each other and seeming to refer to a prior intimate moment, took off for France and art school instead, claiming she wanted to see the world.
The h never mentioned the incident to the H, but she figured she was being duped as a blind for an affair between the H and her step-mother and she would be willing to face the heat death of the universe rather than admit she got her heart totally broken and all other men were ruined for her from then on.
The H showed up in France two years later, but the h pretended to be involved with the man she modeled for, and the H had a big shouty moment and then stormed off. So she spends the next four years as a top fashion model and becoming the pin-up of the French Navy due to a lingerie photo of her in a basque and knickers. There are a lot of rumors that the h is a wild man-eater, but as the H has already ruined her, we know that they are just that - rumors.
Now the h is retiring from modeling and planning a design career in her family's ancient established like Wedgwood china factory. The H believes the rumors tho, and he is writhing under the spears of unrequited love and jealously as the h goes out of her way to 'flaunt' her man eater ways to him, and he has been celibate for four years, so there is no way he is thinking coherently in any way, shape or form and this soon becomes really obvious.
The book starts with the h conned into accepting a charity date with the H, where the battle lines are drawn and the H offers every tart insult known to man to the h, while she does her best to totally wind him up.
After they both berate each other for not visiting the h's now divorced father more and the h scores a huge point on the H's tart shaming when she remarks that he is a hypocrite, as he certainly wasn't the virgin she thought he was when he seduced her at 18 and he was He storms off in disgust and the h has herself a little mopey moment for nice girls forced to act like tarts in self defense and the futility of falling in love with a cheating nematode sewer slurper.
But as these things go, the h's dad wrecked the china company speculating on property development and is in dire need of funds to pay off the loans or the china company will fold and people who worked for the h's family firm for years will be out of work.
The H, who is a big time conservative banker, has controlling interest in the firm and the proxy to vote the h's now ex-stepmother's shares she won in the divorce, offers the h a proposal. The h claims she would rather die than marry the H, he says he only wants a shop worn wench like her as a mistress, but if she will move in with him as his personal tart, he will save the family firm. The h gives into the blackmail after her father has a drunken pity party moment and confesses that he cheated on the h's mum because he found her in bed with another woman and it destroyed him - he really loved the h's mum, but he was shattered by the discovery.
The h feels bad she judged her dad so harshly and to save the firm and her dad, she moves in with the H. There are many lurve mojo moments and many, many fights. The H flaunts the h all over town in the hottest nightclubs and they ride around in an OTT white Rolls.
The h hates every minute of it, being paraded around as a wealthy man's toy is humiliating, but she feigns her indifference everywhere but in bed - she is in the throes of a bad case of very treacherous body illness.