This book was aptly named, since the first chapter is a pretty blatant rip-off of Georgette Heyer’s Faro’s Daughter. Although modernized, the set-up and relationships are exactly the same and even some of the dialogue is similar. Fortunately, after that the story goes in a completely different direction: in this one, the innocent, misjudged heroine who’s offered money to end a relationship actually accepts it (gasp!) She even has the gall to drive the price up. (All for her tragically blind brother’s sake, of course… we can’t get too crazy.) Several years later, she winds up working with the man who bribed her, and they share one of those classic tempestuous, just this side of rape relationships. Here’s a quote:
Within any relationship between a man and a woman there was a fundamental antagonism, a primitive savagery that was always waiting to break out once the barriers went down.
Note to self: never forget to be grateful you don’t actually live inside a Harlequin Presents.
Emotions run high so it was pretty enjoyable, except for too much bickering and my discomfort with the beginning. Re-imagining the story in this way was clever and I would have been fine with it if it hadn’t borrowed so heavily, or at least had had an author’s note acknowledging Heyer’s book as the inspiration.