Stop the Press: Jilted Bride Stranded with a Notorious Playboy!Anna Constantinides, publicly humiliated when her longtime fiancé announced his engagement to someone else, might have thought things couldn’t get any worse.… Until her private jet crash-landed on an uninhabited island, leaving her stranded with billionaire hotel magnate Leo Jackson.
Renowned playboy Leo’s reputation is legendary, and if the smoldering looks they were fighting to contain when rescued are anything to go by, there can only be one question on everybody’s lips: Just how long did it take wickedly sexy Leo to undress buttoned-up heiress Anna?
The Girl Nobody Wanted, by Lynn Raye Harris, is a Harlequin Presents romance. It was a quick and fun read, but I wasn’t too surprised at what happened. Since the book wasn’t that long, I won’t be giving details of the events. Instead, I’ll write about the characters. Besides, so much of Harlequins are about the characters themselves and not necessarily the events they have to battle through.
Anna Constantinides is an upper class woman who was intended to become queen. She had been trained in the political arts; not showing too much emotion, being strong in a difficult situation, and being what everyone expects. She never really let her hair down.
There are parts to Anna that every woman,or really, person, could understand and relate. I remember being stressed out trying to make everyone happy. No, it wasn’t expected as it is for Anna, but I do understand the stress and emotional baggage that comes with it. That experience helped me understand her as a character.
I could relate to her at times, but there were moments where I couldn’t understand where she was coming from. Then again, we all have the main issue this book deals with: communication. I have issues with it in my own marriage as well as other familial bonds. The people on the other side of that, do as well. We all have that issue.
Leo Jackson, is the son to a famous athlete and the brother to the woman who is now on the way to being married to Anna’s ex-fiance’. He’s a playboy, but has his own standards. Though it isn’t beneath him to have a one night stand or just a few extra women a night, he does have a moral compass with whom he shares his time. He’s monogamous, caring, but ultimately doesn’t want a relationship. Want may not be the proper term, it should be: he fears a relationship.
I honestly didn’t find Leo that enticing. Don’t get me wrong, I think he’s a good match for Anna. I just didn’t find him as my hero. He didn’t get me pumping, but I did like him as a character. He had a sense of carefree, but used that as a way to hide behind. When the moment came, he became serious and showed something more to his character. I like that. I like him.
In all, their romance was a whirlwind. It was quick and didn’t show what I would say is a huge romance. They have chemistry. What I felt is that Anna and Leo had great potential. I didn’t feel like this was going to be a complete happy ending, but I love the happiness the ending had. Does that make sense?
Ultimately, I put too much thought into the ending. They are happy in the end and I should leave it at that. I do think they will do great if they were in later books.