08 June 2014

Redemption In Love by Nadia Lee


All Amandine Monroe ever wanted was to fit in with her glamorous and wealthy in-laws and live happily ever after with her handsome husband Gavin Lloyd. Three years after the wedding, she's still nowhere near fitting in with her in-laws, and Gavin has given her everything -- except his heart.

When she finds out she's pregnant, she decides she can't raise her child in a home devoid of love. If she can't have Gavin's heart, only a divorce would do.

Gavin won't let the only woman he truly cared for walk away without a fight. He demands full custody of their child or a chance for them to reconcile.

Saving their marriage will require more than expensive gifts and a second honeymoon. If Amandine and Gavin can't overcome their pride and private fears, they'll have to let go of each other forever...

I didn’t have the typical emotions and feelings while reading this book as I do with other romance novels.  This book kept me interested and very aware of the realistic tone to the story.  We have the rich man who gets what he wants and the female just so thankful for chance to marry the man she loves, but that is the only part of this story that I felt was repetitive to what is already on the market today.
Gavin while rich and successful has NO clue what it takes to keep a relationship going.  I believe he loved his wife through the whole story, but love for him comes with a dollar sign.  He misses a date with his wife, he will by her a jet to make up for it.  He forgets to be home before she is asleep; she will get an expensive watch to make up for his tardiness.  Everything he does is to make her life easier, to give her the things she never had before, but his history with her cousin and his absence in the marriage prevents her from seeing his motives.
Amandine just wanted a marriage like her parents, full of love and time together.  They didn’t have a lot of material items but she could see their commitment to each other.  That isn’t too much to ask for in marriage right?  One day after finding out they are going to have a baby, she forces herself to realize her baby might one day grow up feeling like she does……ignored.  She doesn’t want the expensive gifts or the high society life, she is willing to play the part for Gavin but at the end of the day she wants to curl up in his arms and just be with him.  She wants her child to have a daddy that comes home for supper and spends the weekends with them, but she isn’t sure Gavin is going to be that man. 
The story unfolds with the truths about the cousin and discovery both Gavin and Amandine will have to face about their expectations and more importantly the routines they have allowed themselves to fall in.  She is going to have to make a stand and stop being the accepting, accommodating wife and speak out loud regarding her needs.  Gavin is going to have to understand money can’t fix everything; she needs a personal investment from him not his bank account. 
I enjoyed this story because I was able to relate to each of them.  The money and power was not the fuel that drove the story, it was the evil that comes with the driving desire for success.  We see what happens to marriages when love is shown with material riches and not emotional investments.  I was also impressed with the strength of Amandine, how she was willing to give it all up for her child to have a normal life and not be faced with the knowledge daddy didn’t want to spend time with them.  She wasn’t money hungry nor did she ever believe she couldn’t raise this child on her own.  That is rare these days in books.  Gavin while accepting his mistakes, he didn’t go all alpha on her and demand his way.  While he had some strange reactions to situations, they made me adore him more.  
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I54CPVA/ref=as_li_ss_il?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00I54CPVA&linkCode=as2&tag=crysmanrev-20   http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/redemption-in-love-nadia-lee/1118414224?ean=2940148301639&itm=1&usri=nadia+lee 

Bilingual former management consultant Nadia Lee has lived in four different countries and enjoyed many adventures and excellent food around the globe. In the last eight years, she has kissed stingrays, been bitten by a shark, ridden an elephant and petted tigers.

She shares an apartment overlooking a river and palm trees in Japan with her husband and son. When she's not writing the sexy contemporary romance series Hearts on the Line featuring hot, protective and possessive billionaire alpha heroes, she can be found digging through old Asian historical texts or planning another trip.


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