Red-Hot Renegade/Her Singapore Fling (re-named for North America market) by Kelly Hunter: A RITA finalist for Contemporary Series Romance
Jianne Xang-Bennett has a stalker problem and she has nowhere to go but the estranged husband she left twelve years ago. Jacob 'Jake' Bennett isn't particularly thrilled to reopen old wounds, but he's not about to leave her in danger either. However, the more time they spend together, the more they remember why they got married in the first place...
I tend to read books that are set in the US or regencies so books set in foreign locales are novelties. I don't always enjoy the disconnects and lack of innate familiarity that come with reading about a strange place, but I enjoyed this book. Of course, I always have a weak spot for marital artists. I think the appeal for me here, however, was Jianne. I liked how she stayed strong in a tough situation and she didn't back down. She had her reasons for walking out on her marriage and the elapsed time didn't cause her to sink into 'what-ifs.' She did what she thought was right, no matter how much it hurt her, and went on with her life. I admire that kind of courage in a person. Jacob was a little harder to get to know, mostly because he is reserved to begin with. However, he opens his life to Jianne again, protects her, and lets her redecorate. He's a man who does whatever he has to for the protection and care of those he cares about.
Out of Welcome Home, Cowboy, Zoe and the Tormented Tycoon, and Her Singapore Fling, I definitely preferred Singapore Fling. I hope to at least read An Unexpected Father by Lisa Ruff before the 28th, but I don't think I'll be able to finish the category.
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