Title: Her Singapore Fling
UK Title: Red-Hot Renegade
Author: Kelly Hunter
UK ISBN: 978-0-263-87743-4
UK Publisher: Mills & Boon
UK Series: Modern Heat
N. A. ISBN: 978-0-373-52807-3
N. A. Publisher: Harlequin
Series: Harlequin Presents Extra #143; Bennett Family #5
Copyright: 2011; 184 pgs
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Summary: Jacob “Jake” Bennett and Jianne Xang married young. He was already raising four younger siblings and pursuing his dreams of winning a world title in martial arts. Though she tried to adapt, Jianne was ill-prepared for life in the Bennett household. Their personalities, their ways, and her own history played a part in her decision to leave. Twelve years later, Jianne finds herself back in Jake’s life. A rather insistent, and unwanted, suitor is trying to court her. He’s been sending her gifts and invitations, and has even followed her to Singapore. She believes that if it looks like she’s reuniting with her husband, then her suitor will give up and go back to Shanghai.
Comments: I’ve put off reading this because I know it is the last Bennett family book and I’m sad to see it end. I’ve enjoyed the series and I’ve become a fan of the author.
Jake and his failed marriage have been in the background throughout the series, so it was good to finally learn more about him and the woman he loved, and what drove her to leave him. Having read the other books featuring Luke, Pete and Tris, I can well imagine how overwhelmed Jianne must have felt.
Sometimes, I have a hard time articulating what I loved about a book and end up spending a lot of time trying to write it down, only to have wasted hours getting nowhere. So, I’ve decided to pick two quotes from the book. The first is Jianne, talking to Jake:
“I’m sorry I brought my problems down on you. I’m so sorry for what this fight has cost you, body and soul. But I’m thankful for everything that makes you what you are. For your integrity, and your honour, and your strength that you so often put at other people’s disposal. If Zhi Fu needs a reason as to why I could never love him, he need only to look at you.”
The second is Jake talking to Jianne. It’s actually part of longer speech.
“I was their rock, you said, and maybe I was, but you were my rock, and things got a lot worse after you left. For all of us.” He took a deep breath. “I’m sorry I neglected you. I wish things had worked out differently. Jianne, if there is one thing about your memory of our past that I would change it’d be your belief that you were a burden to me. That you weren’t of any help to the family you were burdened with. You did help. More than you’ll ever know.”
Like the other books in this mini series, there are the light, funny moments and snappy dialogue, much of which involves Jianne’s new-found desire to shop for household items.
“We’re not talking about buying the man an island, Jianne. We’re talking about buying him a couch. And possibly a lamp.”
“A sideboard would work in that space too,” said Jianne.
All in all, a satisfying end to a fun series.
Start: 1 January 2012
Finished: 1 January 2012