Opens with: Stanza
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Dynasties: The Ashtons, Book 4
Hero: Seth Benndict
Heroine: Jillian Ashton
Date of Publication: April 1, 2005
Started On: November 26, 2009
Finished On: November 28, 2009
This is the next book in line in The Ashtons series. The story of Jillian and Seth, and the background story of the deceptions of Spencer Ashton, and how his children from different mothers come together and find love and acceptance with one another, something Spencer Ashton has been too selfish and self-centered to provide for any of his children.
Jillian and Seth has been in-laws in the past, til Jillian’s husband Jason Benndict and Seth’s wife Karen, both died in a car crash, leaving Seth with his young daughter Rachel and the secret that he has kept from Jillian till now, the fact that Karen and Jason had been having an affair with one another when death came calling.
This whole series focuses on the wine making business that The Ashtons family is in and Jillian too involved in the wine tasting aspect of the business, hires Seth to remodel their wine tasting cellar, despite the misgivings she has on the intense feelings that Seth has always been able to arouse in her. Seth, wanting a taste of Jillian ever since the day he met her as Jason’s wife, never acts on this impulse knowing that just a taste would never be enough to satisfy the hunger and craving he has to be with Jillian.
In the end, they get together, the secret is out, and yes Jillian finally meets the father who abandoned them as children, and finds out for herself, just how much of a cold and unfeeling person Spencer Ashton is. I believe that this story would have been much better if snippets from Seth’s and Jillian’s past had been included in the story, so that the simmering tension between the couple would have been a bit more believable. And I sometimes felt that some areas of the story was dragged on, when more exciting stuff could have been happening *winks*.
Anyhow, the story wasn’t half bad and a gal has always gotta love a happy ending!