Colby herein to be referred as Goofus is one messed up man. Her father forces a MOC wherein Goofus falls on the heroine in total lust because hes sexually frustrated BECAUSE THE OW HAS NOT BEEN AROUND. Goofus leaves angry with her but also with himself for hurting her ( in fairness he has no idea how bad), the hs racist, millionaire father finds out about the Apache part and the marriage is annulled. Goofus meets up with the heroine 7 years later and meets her six yo daughter and cant add? The stress of finding outwhat a rotten person he is plus more, oh yes there is more-so much more, is so horrific it throws Goofus into a bout of malaria because after all a 17 year old virtually getting raped on her wedding night to the man she loves, then abandoned by him for a skank hes been lusting over while he dated the h, then kicked out by her racist father, raising a mixed-race child in what is a hostile environment pales in significance to his pain. Sex, another apparent liaison for him that he decides not to clear up with the h because hes petty and he finally figured out shes undercover DEA. Sarina is understandably upset about what she perceives is Goofus having another sidepiece, and he Colby, she began without looking at him, that blond woman He cocked his head and looked at her, hard.
The heroine's father (who was the one who insisted on the marriage in the first place) arranges for the marriage to be annulled - he doesn't know about the rape, but he has found out the hero has Apache blood, which to him is unacceptable. He was in love with another woman all along - he was only dating the heroine because his real girlfriend was out of town - and now he is married to her. The hero manages to date the heroine and get married to her without ever discovering she is only 17. The heroine is in college when they marry, but then later we are told that her employer and coworkers took care of her while she was pregant. The wedding night between the hero and heroine is described in many different ways: He raped her in anger. It was a night of loving, sensual touching that got out of hand and caused the heroine damage due to the hero's unusual proportions and his failure to understand she was a virgin.
Oh and while he and his mistress are living it up, she had his baby and goes on to make a life for herself while he completely ignore her and treats her like shit. He is the worst hero ever and although he does get nicer it's only because his real lover is not available to him that he tries to make it work with his wife. He just glossed over the fact that she had to have stitches after he was so hard on her in bed and that being her first time too. I just did not like the hero casual way he used her that was my major problem with this book. Also, this book was like all of Diana Palmers books it was written with the poor heroine suffering and the hero feeling justified in his poor treatment of the heroine. However, if you really want a great one armed hero who I loved by Diana Palmer, then Beloved is your book.
This book was better than a lot of DPs because the hero knew he was a jerk. I liked that he knew he'd done the heroine wrong and that it had caused him guilt for years. But there were what I'd call "cloudy factoids." At one point the hero states that women had turned him down before because of his size and that is why he had torn the heroine on their wedding night years ago. The hero's 2nd wife Maureen (the woman he had been obsessed with) had convinced him he was sterile. Yet the hero kept saying he'd been divorced for years and words like that. It was sometime during the years he was separated from Maureen. When she was 9 months pregnant and broke and ill Sarina had called him to ask for help and Maureen had said that Colby said that he didn't believe her and wouldn't help her and never call him again. Later in the book they are talking and have discovered that Maureen had made that up. But that was just now, all along for those years Sarina had thought that he had really rejected her plea for help. In all these years she didn't wonder because she knew/believed that Colby had told Maureen to say those things. It all seemed like it was written with exclamation points in order to keep you from noticing that it didn't make a lot of sense. And then he discovers that Sarina is working undercover for the DEA and blows a gasket and decides not to tell her he loves her and decides not to clear up a misunderstanding about him and another woman naked in his apartment even though a paragraph earlier he'd been dieing to have her know he hadn't cheated on her.
This is the 4th Diana Palmer book I've read and her heros are asses and her heroines have little to no self respect.
There are things I liked in terms of characterization and drama, plus the whole Byronic thingy (yes, there is violence!
Colby and Serina. Then when they meet again, he's a d*ck to his daughter (of course he didn't know it was his daughter then, but still, who talks to a kid like that??). Colby is forced to marry Serina when she was quite young, but he was supposedly in love with the OW, Maureen. Serina has long since moved on with her daughter about whom she tried to tell Colby, but let me just say one word...
Diana Palmer is a pseudonym for author Susan Kyle. (1)romance author Susan Eloise Spaeth was born on 11 December 1946 in Cuthbert, Georgia, USA. She also used the pseudonyms Diana Blayne and Katy Currie, and her married name: Susan Kyle. She is listed in numerous publications, including Contemporary Authors by Gale Research, Inc., Twentieth Century Romance and Historical Writers by St. James Press, The Writers Directory by St. James Press, the International Who's Who of Authors and Writers by Meirose Press, Ltd., and Love's Leading Ladies by Kathryn Falk. She is a member of the Native American Rights Fund, the American Museum of Natural History, the National Cattlemen's Association, the Archaeological Institute of Amenca, the Planetary Society, The Georgia Conservancy, the Georgia Sheriff's Association, and numerous conservation and charitable organizations.