Review: Stranded with the Tycoon by Sophie Pembroke

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Review: Stranded with the Tycoon by Sophie Pembroke three-stars
Stranded with the Tycoon by Sophie Pembroke
Published by Harlequin on September 3rd 2013
Genres: Category - Harlequin, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 250
Format: Paperback
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The man who sees her beauty...

Ben Hampton is the last man in England that workaholic historian Luce would ever choose to be stranded with. Tall, dark and infuriatingly arrogant, he's also a reminder of her not-so-glorious romantic history; something she's spent the past few years burying herself in work to forget.

Hotel tycoon Ben knows there's fire behind Luce's buttoned-up exterior, and fanning its flames is an irresistible temptation. Luckily, getting snowbound in the countryside gives him the perfect opportunity to tempt out the real Lucinda Myles!

Recently I stopped by the library to pick up a few books I placed on hold. I decided to wander around the stacks a bit – purely out of nostalgia as this library is NOT well appointed – and I ran across a handful of Romance novels sitting on a shelf together. Normally this wouldn’t be strange but for some reason my local library isn’t organized by “Genre, Author” and instead is organized by “Fiction/Nonfiction, Author.” So it was quite a surprise to find four Romance books all on the same shelf – and I grabbed them all, lol.

I picked up:
Stranded with the Tycoon and His Very Convenient Bride by Sophie Pembroke
Otherwise Engaged and Crystal Gardens by Amanda Quick

I picked this up at the library on a humbug. It’s pretty close to what you would expect from a Harlequin.
Stranded with the Tycoon is a…pretty typical Harlequin Romance: the hero is a millionaire businessman playboy and the heroine is a little too giving for her own good. The only real difference – that I could tell – is that the hero didn’t treat the heroine like pure shit. I might have to re-evaluate my view of Harlequins as I used to the heroes being pure assholes – except this is the second or third Harlequin I’ve read that had a decent hero. hmmmm. In this novel the heroine, Luce, is an uptight, workaholic Historian who allows everyone to depend on her for everything. The hero is a hotel magnate who works for the family hotel business (think the Hiltons without Paris). The two met in college when the hero, Ben, was dating the heroine’s roommate.

Ben and Luce quickly reconnect and then – as noted in the title – get stranded together. They fall in love over a short period of time, blah, blah, blah. It follows in the typical Harlequin style.

What kinda bothered me about Stranded with the Tycoon was the actions/reactions of Luce. When Ben and Luce meet at the beginning of the book Luce was letting everyone (family and co-workers) walk all over her in her attempts to be everything to everyone. Ben takes her to task about trying to live like that – telling her that she’ll burn out. Luce and Ben then spend…two – three nights with each other while stranded in a snow storm. Suddenly, Luce is standing up for her self. She’s snapping at her co-worker (deserved) and standing up to her mother and brother as she never has in the past. I was unsettled by this swift turn around by Luce – especially as Ben is considered the catalyst for this new behavior.

One of the things I really liked about Stranded with the Tycoon was the emphasis placed on family: Luce does as much as she can for her family because of the great love she has for them. She makes her case re: family importance when talking with Ben. Family is important to Ben, too, he’s just not sure how important.

All in all, Stranded by the Tycoon was a great read for a snowy afternoon and I’m glad I grabbed this from the library.

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