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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Mogul’s Maybe Marriage by Mindy Klasky

The Mogul’s Maybe Marriage by Mindy Klasky
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (219 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Xeranthemum


His grandmother's ultimatum was that he marry, not become a dad. But when brilliant physician Ethan Hartwell searched for the only woman he'd never quite forgotten, he found a two-for-one—Sloane Davenport was carrying his child! Now Ethan had to decide whether to tell Sloane his darkest secret…

A foster kid, Sloane dreamed of giving her own child a perfect family. But one incredible night with Ethan left her pregnant and—outrageously—fired from her job. Struggling to keep her independence, Sloane refused Ethan's logical proposal. She wasn't about to marry for anything but respect and partnership and love. So what will it take for her "maybe" to become a "yes"?

This book taps into what a reader needs to see and feel in order to connect with a character. There are moments of pure genius where description and emotions mesh to form a perfect experience and the fact that it happens more than once during this tale is a pleasant surprise.

The Mogul’s Maybe Marriage is a misleading title. Somehow, I connect the word ‘mogul’ to Ethan’s grandmother. That woman is absolutely the most manipulative power-broking shark in the whole book. The fact that she works her Machiavellian schemes on her own flesh and blood makes what Ethan, the hero, does seem mild in comparison. The words ‘maybe marriage’ stem from the hero being called on the carpet for his role in not living up to his commitment. He thinks he is and that’s when the problems start.

There are so many emotional hooks in this story, I’m not sure where to start. The hero is dogged by fear for most of the book. Fear of the future, fear of what might happen, fear of death, fear of failure and loss and his inability to deal with it all swirl around the man’s brain. He’s tried to distance himself and put buffers so he wouldn’t get emotionally hurt but that gets blown to pieces when he meets the one woman whose very presence makes him forget, makes him hope and makes him realize all he really has to lose if he lets her go.

Sloane is the heroine who has the power to save Ethan from himself. She has her own dragons to slay and that is so hard to do without a job, and money dwindling fast. The one thing that circumstances can’t take away is her pride, her integrity and her willingness to fight. She’s also amazingly pragmatic. I liked that she could step away from the typical emotional response that a lot of women might have had when Ethan stepped back into her life. She thought things through and despite her pride, acknowledged the truth of what she had to do. She didn’t realize until later why making that decision was so easy.

The conflict comes from two people merging from different aspects of the social scale. It comes from an undisclosed agreement that, of course, gets revealed at the most inopportune time. Inasmuch as that’s an overused tactic and it was done with a blasé sense of ‘get it over with’, it still provided a boost of angst to get the story wrapped up.

What I liked the best is how the author had Ethan pouring his heart out. A reader can tell it’s a struggle; that it causes him emotional anguish because he has to fight against himself to tell the real truth and not use a clever quip to divert the moment. I could see the man being very nervous. But the dialogue was the gem of the story. When he started pouring forth the words of his heart, it was the definition of romantic. What woman could resist such eloquent revelations? Believe it or not, Sloane could. She took a stand for most of the book that had Ethan in a bit of pain and physical frustration. Yet, the hero respected the heroine, mostly. Where he failed is another one of those pivotal moments in the tale. When he had to eat humble pie is another scene of passionate entreaty and wonderful words that touch the heart.

Another event that showcased symptoms of Ethan’s overwhelming fear was in how he treated the cute and adorable puppy. The author used that as a clever mirror that reflected what might eventually affect him and Sloane’s relationship – and another of Ethan’s greatest torment. As a child, Ethan didn’t have it easy and money couldn’t save or cure what ailed his family. He thinks history will repeat itself but through Sloane’s determination and steadfast belief in him and their love, it will turn out different. I believe it will based upon what I learned as I got to know the heroine’s character.

Ms. Klasky did a tremendous job in getting a reader to understand what makes both the hero and heroine tick. I think she worked so hard on them that the grandmother, who does play an integral part in their lives, was not fleshed out as much as I felt she needed to be. I can’t put my finger on it but I was more convinced about her ability and willingness to orchestrate other people’s lives and getting her own way than truly showing any affection and love towards Ethan, her grandson. I know the words were there, but I didn’t feel it.

The Mogul’s Maybe Marriage is an emotional force to be reckoned with. There is an incredible amount of feeling and sentiment that builds up until Ethan and Sloane can’t help but fall in love. Ms. Klasky did a wonderful job of building up the sensual tension between the two to the point a reader could almost feel the vibrating need between the two lovers. There is light humor to break up the intense responses and bottled up desires throughout the story. The editing was great and the pace was a smooth march.

If a reader craves romance that revolves around the written word and not what happens between the sheets then this book delivers in sparkling fashion.