POV: 3rd Person (we only see heroine’s POV)
My Grade: C-
This review was written for Keishon’s monthly TBR Challenge. I got the book free as part of Harlequin’s 60 Year Anniversary promotion. It’s been on my iPod ever since and I thought I should finally read it.
The Price of Passion is a quick read but one which I found dissatisfying. I’ve read and enjoyed a couple of Susan Napier’s books in the past. She’s one of the very few Harlequin Presents authors whose books I generally like. This one, however, didn’t work for me. I read it while I had a fever, so this may have influenced my impression of the book, but the plot devices used are ones I usually object to in romances. There are a couple of spoilers in my review, so those of you who don’t like spoilers shouldn’t read any further.
The premise of the story is typical Harlequin Presents fodder: Kate Crawford has been having an on-off affair with author, Drake Daniels, for the past two years. Drake has always called the shots in their relationship and made it quite clear that marriage and family are not on the agenda.
When Kate discovers she’s pregnant, she decides to take an extended holiday from work and track Drake down in his writer’s hideout to see if he would make good father material. Her sleuthing brings her to a small seaside town where she rents the house directly next door to Drake. Kate is devastated to discover that Drake is ensconsed in his writer’s bolt with a ravishing redhead. She decides not to tell him about the pregnancy until she can be sure of his affections.
The rest of the story can be summarized as follows: Drake is snarly and moody and keeps Kate at a distance for most of the book. Kate discovers she isn’t actually pregnant, but then she is because she and Drake have had unprotected sex in the meantime. Drake suffered a childhood trauma which has made him afraid to commit to a woman and start a family. Somehow, they resolve their differences and live Happily Ever After.
As you can tell from my review so far, I had a few issues with the plot contrivances used in this story. While Kate is not described as a great intellectual, we are given to believe that she’s not unintelligent. Why, then, did she not go to a doctor to get her pregnancy confirmed before she went haring after Drake? Given the amount of time she intended to spend on holiday, surely she would have been well past the first recommended antenatal check-up? Why did it take her so long to figure out she really was pregnant after she and Drake had unprotected sex? How could anyone find Drake’s obnoxious behaviour endearing? Up until the last few pages, Kate and Drake’s relationship consisted of outright lies, lies by omission, and keeping one another at arm’s length. I honestly can’t see how this bodes well for a HEA.
As I’ve enjoyed some of Susan Napier’s books in the past, I’m not willing to give up on her on the basis of one dud. For readers who want to give her a go, I wouldn’t recommend starting with this one. I remember liking Public Scandal, Private Mistress quite a bit, for example.
Other Reviews of Price of Passion:
Casee at Book Binge – 3.5 out of 5
Holly at Book Binge – 4.25 out of 5