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Title: Make Me Yours
Author: Bettina Krahn
Publication Info: Harlequin 2009
Genre: Historical: European
There is something I need to say before I start this review…I LOVE the Sony 505 Reader and it’s going to kill me to return it! My reading life is changed forever and I don’t know if I can go back now.
The ability to carry multiple books with me, that I can whip out at anytime, is amazing. Likewise, reading on my treadmill has never been easier. It’s hard to walk/run with a book in your hand, but the largest font size on the Sony allows me to see from a distance! I didn’t want to love it, but I did!
Now, on to the review of Make Me Yours.
One of the most frequent names tossed around as someone to add to your TBR pile is Betina Krahn, and with my handy Harlequin gift code in hand, I purchased a Harlequin Historicals bundle from the Sony Store. Yes, I said Harlequin and Historicals in the same sentence. If you haven’t checked out Harlequin lately they will surprise you. Not only do they offer all genres of romance, but the quality of the writing is on par with anything NY publishers put out as single titles. Case in point, Mrs. Krahn and Make Me Yours.
Mariah Eller was only trying to save her inn from being trashed. So how did the widow manage to attract the unwanted—and erotic—attention of the Prince of Wales? Not that being desired by royalty is necessarily bad… Only, Mariah much prefers the prince’s best friend….
Jack St. Lawrence is very tempting, and very loyal. And he knows that the prince gets involved only with married women. So he figures sexy Mariah is safe…until the prince demands Jack find her a husband!
The problem? Jack and Mariah can’t fight their sizzling attraction. And once they give in to their desires, the situation is even worse. Because the prince’s man has found a husband for Mariah.
There were so many wrong steps Mrs. Krahn could have taken with this story – plot paths that would have made the story a clichéd mess. You’d expect Mariah to have been unhappy with her dead husband, but no, he was a fine man who made Mariah happy. No deep dark drama to be found there. She could easily have given Jack some dark secret or made him beholden to the prince for some family drama.
But, Krahn didn’t do any of the stale dramatic plot twists or techniques that others might use. Instead, she created a lovely and charming story about Mariah and Jack finding love even while knowing Mariah might still have to become the prince’s mistress. She created a historical that took the very real trails of a woman chosen to be mistress against her will, and handled with finesse and comedy.
The contemporary sexual feel of the writing was another plus. It worked seamlessly into the historical setting. Krahn uses the backstory of Mariah’s first husband to explain how Mariah came to be sexually advanced for the time period. No parts of this story were wasted, and the plot moved along nicely because of it.
My favorite scenes are those when Mariah is provoking Jack and purposefully leaving him speechless. Particularly funny are the ones where she creates a list of what Jack desires in a woman since the prince will surely want the same.
Likewise, Mariah’s constant questioning of the attributes of the men on the list Jack created is done with comedic touches, but still drives home the very real consequences Jack should have considered before casually throwing his list together.
I really enjoyed Make Me Yours and will pay more attention to future releases by Mrs. Krahn.
This book drove home the quality of Harlequin books and the delightful authors they publish. If I leave you with one impression, let it be to read a Harlequin and you’ll discover the goodness for yourself!