A RUTHLESS PROPOSITION BY NATASHA ANDERS
Published: January 26, 2016
Length: 328 Pages
My Rating: 4 Stars
The last thing Cleopatra Knight expects on her business trip to Tokyo is to fall into bed with her arrogant, irresistibly hot boss, Dante Damaso. It’s a mistake—a steamy, mind-blowingly satisfying mistake. But a few nights of passion with the superwealthy bad boy prove to have long-term effects when Cleo’s world is unexpectedly turned upside down.
Dante has cultivated an enviable, jet-setting lifestyle: beautiful women, exotic destinations, and luxury without limits. He’s not looking to be domesticated, and certainly not by his assistant—even though he can’t get her out of his mind. Still, he knows he has both the responsibility and the financial means to help Cleo.
Though Cleo has no interest in Dante’s money, her lack of prospects gives her little choice but to accept his help. But living under the same roof, Dante discovers he wants more, and if Cleo lets down her guard, she just might find what her heart’s wanted all along.
I fell in love with this author’s writing when I stumbled across her Unwanted series a few years ago. She has such a way with words; she writes Heroes that irritate the mess out of you and heroines that are strong & independent. So of course when I stumbled across this one and realized that I hadn’t read it – I jumped on it.
This book follows the VERY rough journey that Cleo & Dante go on throughout their relationship. They started the book as boss/employee and then have what is supposed to be one crazy night together. This might be a SPOILER (can it be considered a spoiler if the book has been out for over a year?!) but after several steamy nights together, Cleo ends up pregnant. Dante initially wants nothing to do with her, but after some time to get used to the idea he realizes he could handle a child and comes up with a plan for the future. Unfortunately, things don’t always go as planned.
I will say – in the beginning of this book Dante pissed me off – that’s as sweetly as I can put that. There were so many times during reading this that I was angry at Dante for treating Cleo a certain way, or I was angry at Cleo for forgiving Dante as easily as she did. The journey these two characters go on is realistic and showcases the compromises that most couples have to go through. The devastation & loss that they have to deal with tore me up inside and had my eyes leaking while I read. This was a great read and I would recommend it to everyone who hasn’t read Natasha Anders before.