A Ruthless Proposition by Natasha Anders (Epub)



Ebook Info

  • Published: 2016
  • Number of pages: 328 pages
  • Format: Epub
  • File Size: 0.49 MB
  • Authors: Natasha Anders


The last thing Cleopatra Knight expects on her business trip to Tokyo is to fall into bed with her arrogant, irresistibly hot boss, Dante Damaso. It’s a mistake—a steamy, mind-blowingly satisfying mistake. But a few nights of passion with the superwealthy bad boy prove to have long-term effects when Cleo’s world is unexpectedly turned upside down.

Dante has cultivated an enviable, jet-setting lifestyle: beautiful women, exotic destinations, and luxury without limits. He’s not looking to be domesticated, and certainly not by his assistant—even though he can’t get her out of his mind. Still, he knows he has both the responsibility and the financial means to help Cleo.

Though Cleo has no interest in Dante’s money, her lack of prospects gives her little choice but to accept his help. But living under the same roof, Dante discovers he wants more, and if Cleo lets down her guard, she just might find what her heart’s wanted all along.

User’s Reviews

Natasha Anders was born in Cape Town, South Africa. She spent nine years working as an assistant English teacher in Niigata, Japan, where she became a legendary karaoke diva. Now at home again in Cape Town, she lives with her opinionated budgie, Sir Oliver Spencer, and her temperamental Chihuahua, Maia. Readers can connect with her through her Facebook page, on Twitter at @satyne1, or at www.natashaanders.com.

Reviews from Amazon users, collected at the time the book is getting published on UniedVRG. It can be related to shiping or paper quality instead of the book content:

⭐ I hate to say it, but I think that An Unwanted Wife was a fluke. I loved it so much, and then read A Husband’s Regret and was disappointed. I gave this one a try and liked this the least of all. First, I really don’t like the heroine, Cleo. She’s selfish, immature, self-centered, and does not seem like a nice person. I’m not saying that I wanted to see a doormat, but Cleo needs a lot of growing up to do. [Spoiler alert] It was horrible that they lost their baby, but on the other hand, Cleo was nowhere near ready to be a mother. Being a mother means putting someone else first ALWAYS and Cleo doesn’t even really know how to do that some of the time. I also didn’t buy into their whole chemistry. And, there was nothing to show why Dante would fall in love with this messy, self-centered girl. I mean, really, taking your clothes off as you walk through the house? Because that’s somehow more efficient than just waiting until you get to your room? Did she grow up so spoiled that that’s what she did when she lived with her grandparents? It’s not even your house, girl. Treat the place with some respect. And did losing her grandparents not teach her anything? Like I said, I just did not like this girl, which made it impossible for me to like the book.

⭐ I have a special preference for love stories where the hero is a total as*ho*e at first, and resists with all his strength (and cruelty) the subtle attraction of the heroine. The problem with this combination is that often the authors create horrible abusive anti-heroes that are impossible to like or heroines that become the hero’s prefer doormat. So, the author has to strike a balance in developing an independent female character (that does not revolve around the male character) with a redeemable hero and at the same time create the opportunity for the H/h to interact (giving the chance for the romantic relationship to flourish). Plus, showing us HOW both fall in love (my prefer part!).And this book gathers those characteristics: Dante is a real bastard with Cleo at the beginning. Cleo, on the other hand, is a heroine who grows as the book progresses and reveal the inner strength that ultimately brings Dante to his knees (I love when the hero grovels! 🙂 ).

⭐ This is an unusual and wonderful romance. I read two or three romance novels every week and I have to say that this one is going on my top fifty list. The characters are well developed and the story is just slightly different from the old tried and true formula romances. Good job Ms.Anders! You keep writing and I’ll keep reading your romances.

⭐ Ms. Anders used my all-time favorite trope with a spin. I was in tears because her writing it’s good and her story-telling was, too.I loved the fact that Cleo didn’t swoon each time Dante come near. She didn’t particularly like him yet was cognizant enough to realize their attraction to each other was off the charts. She was confident throughout the whole story and maintained her traits.Dante’s transformation was brilliant. It was so gradual, so well-written I was truly along for the ride, rooting for him.A and I also felt that Ms. Anders wrote the secondary characters well, too. They were not merely conveniences to showcase the main protagonists.Where it fell short was with continuity issues. Just one issue that stood out was when she described Cal, who’s been waiting to pick up Cleo from the airport. He stood well-above everyone else by the baggage claim and, she being 5’1″ should not have been able to rest her head on his shoulder. This was just one example.I will read more of Ms. Anders’ work, though, because everything else worked well.

⭐ I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish! I read it at the recommendation of a friend… her comment to me was, “I read a book last night that I could not put down, and you should read it.” The unfortunate thing for me was that I started reading it at night and had to make myself put it down in order to get some sleep for work the next day. I particularly enjoy reading books with settings in other parts of the world, and this one takes place in South Africa and Japan with some male hotness of a Spaniard. Occasionally Dante (one of the main characters) throws in a few Spanish words when he gets stressed that I’ve now learned. All the characters in the book were well developed and the story flowed brilliantly! The book was definitely different possessing some crudeness, humor, sex scenes, sadness and romance; all the elements for a very good Romance novel. I’ve never read books from this author but will definitely keep her on my list of favorites, because I enjoyed her writing style.

⭐ Talk about opposites attracting! Cleo and Dante could not be any more different if they tried. Dante Damaso came from a life of privilege and refinement. He expected those around him to have the same type of class and refinement, especially the woman he would one day marry.Though he was attracted to Cleopatra Knight, she was the not the women he imagine spending his life with. But after falling into Dante’s bed on a business trip, they are faced with an unexpected surprise. Can two people so different find a way to come to terms?Dante was not a good man and he was not a good man to Cleo, but somehow she brought life to his drab world. But when tragedy strikes, is all lost?I devoured this in one sitting. A great read!Happy reading!

⭐ My first review of this book was rejected by Amazon. I’m not sure why, and no matter how many times I read their “guide” I won’t get it. So this time, I’ll make it brief. Natasha Anders took multiple subjects that, together, could have tanked a great book, and instead wrote with love, insight, and empathy to create a wonderful love story. Don’t be put off by the characters’ “surface”, they are that way for a reason, which you will discover as you read. Ms. Anders created a story here that should stand the test of time. Regardless of the societal position of the characters, Dante and Cleo fight through a circumstance and do so with strength and grace.

⭐ What a good story!!! I loved Cleo, she’s funny purposefully and naturally. She teases Dante mercilessly because he’s so stuffy and serious. He fights a losing battle to not care for Cleo. I laughed out loud, I cried and at times felt a true connection to the characters and the story being told. Thanks for a beautiful story on such a beautiful winter’s day, I’m outside reading in January.Thank you also that a third of the book wasn’t a detailed sexual excursion, no one really wants that. This author has done a wonderful job at storytelling.

⭐ I was tempted not to purchase this book, because of all the bad reviews, however, this is really quite a good read. The best I have read in a very long while. Granted Dante was a SOB in the beginning , but she changed him with love. I laughed, cried and so on. It’s really a very beautiful well written book. Absolutely loved it.

⭐ These characters were a little difficult to understand. For the majority of the book, their concerns seemed to lie in their own selfishness. Part of their story was the two of them maturing and giving support to one another, but it was trying to keep myself into the story. The events that took place lasted a little too long, in my opinion. I found myself frustrated in the slow moving progression of the plot. Although I wouldn’t give it five stars for the reasons listed above, A Ruthless Proposition was still mildly entertaining and the writing style and technique deserves four stars.


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