Such a shame.
This book had such a good story line; something that I'm a sucker for. It might have something to do with the closeted Romance addict in me (think Harlequin Romances). There's absolutely nothing wrong with that. And one of these days, I'm going to embrace that fanatic in me and shout it for the whole world to know that, DAMN IT, I love those books and I am not ashamed!
(Samples. Pictures are not mine though I own two containers full of these books.)
Anyway, the story goes that Theresa had become a part of a bargain between Alessandro de Lucci and her father. He's to marry her so he could acquire a vineyard once owned by the de Lucci's. Alessandro was sure that Theresa was a scheming witch who had no sense of self worth that she would sell herself to the highest bidder. They got married and two years later, Alessandro hasn't kissed her even while they're in bed together. His out for the contract he signed with her father comes in the form of an heir. Of course, that's easier said than done. Actually, I should say easier to do, since they have copious sex - clinical, though as it may seem. They already lost one. But when Theresa gets pregnant again, Alessandro's determined to make their marriage work.
Seriously. If you have read any of those books shown above, I think you pretty much have a clue where I'm going with this.
I did like the story, no matter how predictable it was. There were a lot of editing mishaps and one inconsistency with timing (Alessandro goes away for a month but later, their friend mentions that he was away for a couple of weeks). I'm not one to nitpick Indie books and I usually don't even notice but I thought I should mention it just because. Regardless of those issues, I still enjoyed the story.
Alessandro was a cold husband to begin with but one phone call gave his personality the needed makeover. Theresa was...well, she's actually a bit inconsistent to me as well. I can't pin point whether she's innocent or weak. Sometimes, it's hard to tell the distinction. Or maybe I'm just not using the right words to properly describe her.
I got a bit confused with the seasons as well. My guess is this was set somewhere in the Southern Hemisphere as she talked about Spring in September.
This was yet another fast read but that may have something to do with the hook of the story itself.