A Ruthless Proposition by Natasha Anders
Natasha Anders is the master of writing asshole heroes. Sometimes she pulls it off (The Unwanted Wife), sometimes she doesn’t (His Unlikely Lover). Regardless of this, she’s a writer who sucks you into her story, asshole hero or not. The first half of this book I freaking hated Dante with a fiery passion, like I wanted his balls to catch fire. By the end I felt cuddly feelings for him.
A Ruthless Proposition is about Cleo who works for a jerk of a boss Dante. As his assistant, she accompanies him on a business trip to Japan where the two embark on an unexpected and surprising affair. The two have great chemistry in the bedroom, but he’s an unfeeling dick. By the end of the trip and their return to South Africa, Cleo and Dante aren’t on speaking terms.
This is one of those books where I almost DNF’d it based on the hero, and then ended up staying awake until 3am trying to finish it because I was totally enthralled by the story. Anders is a master at writing men who grovel, and while I wish there was a tiny bit more, I loved reading the visible change in Dante’s character and behavior throughout the book. Cleo in return got stronger throughout the book and more independent.
I recommend to all of you who love redeemable men and the women who love them, despite the rough parts.
ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review