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This was an intense emotional read,the issues were handled well but what spoiled the book for me was Gabriel slapped Marisa never apologised for it ,called her Bitch number of times.Marisa what do i say , i disliked her cause she is one selfish confused woman,when she was not yet ready why she entered the marriage,never did she spoke how she felt just kept quiet and only cause she feared Gabriel would stop loving her she ran away and never did she even let Gabriel know he was a father again kept his child for 2 years hidden from him and when Jamie is kidnapped yet again she puts her feelings first,she did nt give Gabriel s name to the police kept stalling itit was an okay read for me So Well There was an abduction in this story Before that, the hero falls for a totally inappropriate, severely insecure heroine and decides he can t live without her and pushes her to marry him She was sharp enough to realize this was none too smart on his behalf and suffers a great deal of anxiety and grief about being with him Their relationship is tumultuous with lots of arguing They had a fight, he smacks her and apparently takes off to NY with his exgirlfriend so she takes off with the shirt on her back Guess what She was pregnant I know You re surprised The baby was the abductee, of course, and is the catalyst for the reunion Then the rest of the story is her being outgoing and him still trying to get her to commit to the relationship.Oh, and the trip with the OW Never brought up Did he leave with her Was it a coincidence It would definitely be important to the decision as to whether she should have anything to do with him again But alas, we ll never know As a huge fan of Charlotte Lamb, it pains me to say that this one left a lot to be desired It was too improbable, with regard to their being a match, and I m very very unhappy with important issues being left unresolved It s not a bad story, just save it for when you have nothing else to reador you really want to find out if there were unresolved OW issues I know that might stir me D I am still in shock One reason was the totally abrupt ending I had to look twice to make sure I wasn t missing pages It totally didn t make sense to me Just like an old Twilight Zone, it made me question everything I knew about HP Reality It was really like the fifth dimension of imagination for sure What a strange odd book I can t believe I have never read it before yet it was in my computer library from years ago Okay now that I got my stupefaction out of the way Strange book It starts out with a little boy being kidnapped from in front of a store, where his idiot mother left him, and then she is taken to police headquarters She won t tell them her husbands name and honestly I didn t really like her much He finds out and gets to the police station even though she doesn t want him there I understood his anger but I thought there was something wrong with her She was always so weird He takes her home to his home He is rich of course She fights him and acts like a total moron, in my opinion He is obsessed with her I admit, a little stalkers and of course the little boy is found and then his family comes and she dresses up and almost acts like an adult and then bam, she is screaming she wants him and the end Seriously The End I was drinking water at the time and I was like WHAT and it came out of my nose What just happened Is this the dimension between light and sound Is this the Twilight Zone for reals I am still sitting here in a shock like trance I just keep mumbling, tell me later, tell me later , and I mean tell me what the heck that ending was I gotta go find me some of her books They are better than Colorado Gummies From last page of Book I want you she almost shouted, then jumped as the sound ran round the room in a sort of echo.Gabriel started to laugh in a husky, delighted amusement At last he grinned, lifting her up into his arms and moving with her towards the bed That doesn t mean she began as he laid her on the bed and joined her, his breath begin ning to come fast and thick Tell me later, said Gabriel, his black head swooping Against her yielding mouth he whis pered, Much later It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man s fears and the summit of his knowledge It is an area which we call The Twilight Zone. Reviewer s math 5 star for the intensity 1 star for the romance for an average of 3 starsCL really writes crazy well When the hero says that he should have gotten the heroine a psychiatrist instead of marrying her, I thought now we re getting somewhere But alas, he went back to being an obsessive stalker and she went back to her passive aggressive nonsense sigh I didn t like this story the first time I read it, and I liked it even less this time The heroine is self absorbed and morbidly obsessed with her child The hero is self absorbed and morbidly obsessed with the h They are a matched set Still, this one is worth reading because it is so intense and you ll feel smug knowing that although you might have issues, you ll never have to live in that heroine s mind. I wish the hero would have left heroine and take his son with him.
The heroine was kind of an idiot Who leaves their baby on the sidewalk parked in his stroller while they go into shops He isn t a dog And I m surprised the wealthy hero couldn t find the heroine for 2 years The issue of him hangin with his former girlfriend was never addressed and the ending was abrupt. I have never come across a heroine in a contemporary romance novel so broken and weak that I don t want her to end up with anyone at all That the only happy ending I want for her is a safe place in a high walled, gated institution where there will be well paid, caring people watching over her, guiding her, and counseling her until she is well enough to stand on her own two feet She could learn how to paint there or make ceramics while meeting like minded people going through the same pain and heartaches as she is She could learn to love and trust other human beings This is the type of help that Marisa Radley needs in the beginning of the novel and what she obviously frickin needs throughout the novel, but doesn t ever receive Our hero, Gabriel Radley, while a little overbearing and maybe a tad bit intense, is not a horrible guy, but he is so besotted and obsessed with Marisa that he doesn t see that she needs help than he s capable of giving I hate to say this because I m obsessed with HEAs and must have HEAs in my romance novels, but this is one Harlequin Presents that would have ended better had the hero and heroine parted ways at the end, with the hero getting custody of the baby while the heroine gets well in a serene oceanside mental facility far, far away Maybe, six months down the road, they can try again and Marisa will be emotionally and mentally prepared to accept Gabriel s brand of intensive love, but as she is at the start of the novel well, let me explain The Plot Marisa has been separated from her husband Gabriel for two years, ever since she left him with a hastily scrambled note and only the clothes she has on She left because she was overwhelmed by Gabriel s wealth and position in society and she never felt she belonged Not to Gabriel s world and not to Gabriel, either To Marisa, Gabriel is larger than life powerful, rich, extremely handsome, sophisticated She never understood what he wanted from her, but what she does know is that Gabriel sees her as a possession, just another thing he acquired with his loads of money And she couldn t live that way Marisa was pregnant when she left Gabriel, though she doesn t find out until she s on her own For the last two years, she has only been living for her baby Jamie She has a job and a tiny place to live and for once in her life, she feels she has a family When baby Jamie is abducted, Marisa is forced to accept help from her wealthy, powerful husband the man she has been hiding from for the last two years, the man who knew nothing about their baby Your Heroine Marisa is an introverted, severely insecure, emotionally stunted nineteen year old girl whose parents have just died in an accident Though she grieves for their loss, she has said goodbye to them in her heart long ago An only child, she is neglected by parents who are so absorbed with each other that they have no room in their lives for her Sometimes, Marisa is convinced that they forgot she existed She has always felt like she was on the outside looking in, unwilling to join other people for fear they will only hurt and abandon her She is living in London in a bedsit and working as junior typist for a large company when she meets Gabriel Radley, owner and CEO of the company she works for Marisa has never really thought of Gabriel as a living, breathing person To her, he was just the subject of hushed gossip in the secretary pool, where the women speculate about his life and most intriguingly, his love life She is running late for work one day when she literally bumps into Gabriel Radley, who puts his hands on her arms to steady her and tells her to be careful After that day, Gabriel a very busy man who is never in the office is suddenly everywhere that Marisa happens to look As she s walking home, a limousine pulls over to the curb next to her and Gabriel tells her to get in He takes her home and asks her a bunch of questions, most pointedly if she has a boyfriend The next day, he summons her to his office and tells her he hasn t been able to stop thinking about her since she bumped into him in the lobby and he s been going nuts He asks her out to dinner and Marisa finds herself saying yes before she can really even think about it At dinner, they have nothing to talk about and it s a little awkward, but there seems to be a special connection between them that makes Marisa feel they are the only people in the world They go on a few dates and share kisses that excite but scare Marisa, who s never really been held or kissed before Gabriel, who is fifteen years her senior, tells her he needs to have her in his life and has to have her or he d go bananas He asks her to marry him Overwhelmed, afraid, unable to think of what to say, confused, intimidated, thrilled, shocked, nineteen years old Marisa says yes When Baby Jamie disappears HOLD UP, time out Do you know how the poor mite gets kidnapped Marisa, having some kind of Mary Tyler Moore moment without the hat toss but with the You re gonna make it, after all, stops at a bakery to buy her landlady a cake, LEAVES BABY JAMIE IN THE STROLLER OUTSIDE because she ll only be just a minute, and of course returns to find him gone Obviously Oh great Jupiter, this stupid stupid girl It s not like she s in some picturesque little village straight out of a Jane Austen novel, this poor naive child is smack dab in the middle of London during rush hour, when people are zooming past a hundred miles an hour just trying to get home What happened to her much vaunted sense of preservation, eh Baby Jamie is not a dog You don t frickin leave him outside just for a minute just so you can dash into Sprinkles and get a Mint Chocolate Cupcake with Coconut Buttercream Frosting What the hell is the matter with you Of course when the cops come, they re suspicious of her because they ve seen that episode of Law and Order SVU, too, and they start asking stuff like, are you sure you had Baby Jamie with you and You re a stressed out little mother and you said Jamie was being cross You admitted to being cross yourself Maybe you hit him a little harder than you thought and really hurt him and Seriously, what kind of idiot would leave her baby in a sidewalk outside of a store, even if you re going to be gone for just a minute Where the hell do you think we are, Mayberry Dumbass When the cops demand she tell them the name of the father because in these cases, it s usually a custodial thing and nine times out of ten, the baby is with the daddy, she refuses to give them Gabriel s name Gabriel is super rich and probably has access to helicopters and millions of euros and search dogs and an elite unit of super ninjas who can rescue little Jamie, and she says, NO, I won t tell you who he is The cops are scratching their heads at this point and thinking this chick has to be nuts Lady, you won t tell us the name of your kid s father even if it ll help us find your kid But Marisa is stone cold adamant Hell, I d be on the side of the cop who thinks she accidentally killed the baby and buried him somewhere, too SHE is really acting weird and squirrelly For someone desperate to find her baby, she sure is being uncooperative But don t worry, they tell her, they ve put out a plea on the radio and splashed baby Jamie s face all over the newspapers, so someone who knows something is bound to come forward AND she s like, YOU DID WHAT Seriously, lady, I thought you were trying to find your kid Of course, this brings about the all mighty, all powerful Gabriel who descends upon the police station with self righteous fury and passion burning in his chest and he s like, What the hell, bitch You ran away two years ago and you were pregnant with my kid What the fuu So Marisa chooses this moment to pass out.Back in Gabriel s mansion, Marisa has reverted to feeling like a doll in a dollhouse when the first thing Gabriel does the second they step past the threshold is yell at her to change into a nightgown, go to her room, and have a rest because she s obviously hysterical Marisa yells back that he can t tell her what to do, he doesn t own her, this is why she left him lather, rinse, repeat YOU HAVE A MISSING CHILD ARGUE ABOUT THIS SHIT LATER Thankfully, Marisa has the presence of mind to compartmentalize and tell herself she can worry about Gabriel and the future later after she finds Baby Jamie who wouldn t have gotten kidnapped if she hadn t left him in his stroller on a busy London sidewalk while she dashed inside a bakery to buy a goddamn cupcake I m actually amazed that Marisa doesn t blame herself at all for this Any other person would have been like, Oh my God, this is all my fault If I hadn t left him in his stroller outside the shop while I bought cupcakes, he wouldn t have been taken by some strange, crazy person You re so stupid, Marisa Stupid Stupid Stupid while slapping herself across the face with her own hand But I don t think that even occurs to her Do you think it s because she s a remarkably self possessed young woman who realizes that blaming herself wouldn t solve anything so she doesn t Haha, just joking Marisa in a nutshell neglected by parents, bullied into marriage by a domineering man, desperate for someone to love and someone to love her back Your Hero You d think being fifteen years older and the head of a successful investment banking firm would ensure that Gabriel would be mature, or the sane one, at the very least, but this is not the case The moment Gabriel sets eyes on Marisa, he loses his damn mind He s a rich, sophisticated, well rounded guy, and by all accounts, only dates the creme de la creme of the society ladies He is seemingly even keeled, well respected by his colleagues and friends, and probably reasonably intelligent, too I could be expecting too much.But when it comes to Marisa, he might as well have a turnip for a brain He s suddenly reduced to want want want want want, must have must have must have must have, and mine mine mine mine mine Hell, Gabe is a rich guy He is used to getting whatever he wants, if he threw enough money at it, and he really really really wants this 19 year old girl Much to his consternation, she seems bewildered by his generosity, doesn t have the voice to ask for anything, doesn t complain, and appears to be petrified by his amorous intentions But damn it, he must have this delicate looking, big eyed girl after all, he is nearing forty and might never come across a dream girl like her again.A little background on Gabriel when he was in his early twenties, he was married to a beautiful woman who was vivacious and of course, unfaithful Anyway, they have a kid that the wife doesn t really want, but she insists on returning to her home in South America with the child Gabriel is supposed to join them from London, but before he could, the traveling caravan carrying his wife and child are ambushed by guerrillas and they are killed Sad trombone Question On the day Marisa runs away, she sees a blurb in the society pages of the newspaper that Gabriel has been seen around town with his former long time girlfriend, looking cozy This is never again brought up in the novel, but it is one of the factors that precipitates Marisa s running away remaining factors gaping hole where self esteem should be, fear that Gabriel is getting sick of her, and oh, the night before, she and Gabe have a horrible row and Gabe smacks the shit out of her before leaving her crying on the floor Did Gabe cheat on Marisa with his ex girlfriend I must know What the Fuckery The two of them actually sit down to talk and discuss the shit that caused Marisa to run away in the middle of the book instead of the last two pages what a novel idea shit, I know, right I was shocked And this, kiddies, is where it really goes south This is where I actually said out loud Stop it Stop this foolishness You two just need to stay away from each other It turns out that Marisa was horribly depressed after the death of her parents no, really, you think and was just basically dragging herself around like a chained up wraith in order to have a day to day existence Apparently, this must have made her super attractive to Gabe because he was probably imagining himself as Heathcliff to Marisa s tragic, delicate, untouchable Catherine He actually tells her something to this effect as the reason why he fell in love with her instantly Sick bastard Marisa tells him that her parents never expected to have her and didn t really want her around, so they ignored her most of the time and often forgot she existed She thinks it s why she developed an inferiority complex and why she can t trust people to really mean it when they say they love her She confesses to Gabe that she was aware of his obsession with her, and that he thinks he loves her, but she herself decided that she wouldn t be able to survive it when Gabe got tired of her and kicked her out, so she left him first You can imagine how well Gabe reacted to this How about something to the tune of You stupid bitch, you left me without telling me any of this when we could have hashed this shit out in fifteen minutes Instead you left me to suffer for two years I should kill you and In those two years, you couldn t have dropped me a note to tell me you re alive Plus you hid my son MY SON from me Do you not have a soul and Jesus, Marisa, while you were gone, I cursed your name to hell and back every damn minute, but I never thought I d dislike you like this You know what I really don t like you very much right now But he does tell her that instead of bullying her to marry him, he should have been dragging her to the nearest psychiatrist Progress And okay, fine, spoiler alert Baby Jamie is alive and Gabriel finds himself jealous of his own son because the infant is a rival for his wife s attention and affection The book ends abruptly and nothing really gets resolved Gabe doesn t apologize for slapping her well, he kind of does in a weird you made me do it because you re always pushing me away when you know I love you so so so much way We never find out if he cheated on Marisa with his ex girlfriend but probably not, since he s obsessed with Marisa Marisa s nervousness and reluctance to make love with Gabe doesn t really go away when they first got married, Marisa felt that Gabe was a tsunami of passion and lust and she had no chance but to get swept away To his credit, Gabe does attempt and mostly succeeds to leash his love jones for a few days while Marisa sorts out her thoughts and feelings sometimes he gets all mopey from sexual frustration like Bud in Splendor in the Grass.To the book s credit, no one actually says the words I love you together in that order and the closest Marisa gets to admitting her feelings for Gabe is by grudgingly telling him I want you and that s because Gabe is practically twisting her arm behind her back I joke, I joke Maybe I stand by my earlier assertion that what Marisa needs is true psychiatric help I think she might have also suffered from some post partum stuff because she gets attached to Baby Jamie like Smeagol to the Ring What she definitely doesn t need right now is an overly possessive husband with a save the princess in the tower complex Chick is going to break like Joan Crawford in Straitjacket and just start attacking everyone with an axe P.S Haters gonna hate, but I really loved Gabriel He s just so dominant and ever present and kind of nuts I know, I m sure sick, I need help. There was no love between the H and the h They kept on fighting till the end The h was really cold and weird Giving it 2 stars as this book is by charlotte lamb otherwise this is a 1 star. As the blurb tells us she runs away from her husband, as she is unable to cope and then has a secret baby The son gets abducted and so that s how the H finds her again It s not an easy reconciliation as the reasons problems that make her run away in the first place are so obscure and bewildering to the H, to the reader, and to the h herself I felt She was a shy quiet typist in his office and he falls for her like a ton of bricks and She is 19 to his 35 There were times I wondered why was the H so besotted with her I would have preferred that he kicked her out on her cold mean uncaring ass.She was saying bitter stinging words to him during their marriage and nothing much seems to have changed there Why on earth she married him I fail to understand She never felt anything remotely like love, liking, lust or even respect for him while he was quite clearly completely obsessed with her After they meet again he speaks of his love often but she just keeps a grumpy silence and speaks only how she never belonged anywhere or how she needs time It is suggested that now after living on her own and raising a child, she is mature and strong but I hardly saw any evidence of that, rather she kept up with her childish sullen selfishness As he once saysI m beginning to think that instead of marrying you, I should have taken you to see a psychiatristYes mate, now you are talking She is the first h to my knowledge who doesn t utter the three magic words at any time in the book The ending was so abrupt that I was left bemused and wondering if I had misplaced the last chapter.There is a slap scene too in their first go, after which he leaves for New York and she walks out He btw is free with verbal abuse too, bitch being his favorite word After the first shock, I was quite amused really So it is you stupid little bitch , you tormenting bitch or even poor bitch and even an amused indulgent kind of bitch. `DOWNLOAD EPUB ⇢ Abduction ↞ She Needed Time And That Was Running OutAfter Two Years Separation From Gabriel, Her Husband, Marisa Still Didn T Think She Was Ready To Cope With Being His Wife His Wealthy Life Style Had Intimidated Her His Snobbish Friends Had Made Her Feel Like A Poor Little NobodyBut Some Things Had Changed In Two Years Marisa Had Had To Raise Jamie, Their Baby, By Herself, And That Had Given Her New Confidence And Shown Her The Meaning Of True LoveThen Jamie Was Abducted, And She Thought She Would Die Especially Since It Brought Gabriel Back Into Her Life