Pub. Year: 1982
Even while hating him, she loved him...
Seeing Jordan again after five long years was almost more of a shock than the traffic accident that had left Kelly's father in a coma. Why had Jordan come?Instantly Kelly relived the pain of loving him, losing him and miscarrying his child.... But that was over now; she had her father to think of. That was the most cruel irony of all, because for her father's sake, Kelly was forced to live with her husband again, pretending a love that didn't exist - except on her side.
This is it: the book that lead me down the rosy path and straight into the loving covers of romance novels. Oh, I was but a wee lassie of 12 when I swiped this book from me mum, and I never looked back and certainly never regretted my impulsive action. To this day, the feeling of reading about Kelly and Jordan has stayed with me. I haven't read it in years for no other reason than I haven't gotten around to it. I do remember it left me...unsettled, but in a good way, since I continued to keep reading romances.
At the start of the book, Kelly was 23 years old to Jordan's 39, (which I thought was really creepy) and they were no longer together. Then Kelly's father is an accident and awakens from a coma believing his daughter is still married to Jordan, and per doctor's orders, they must pretend to still be married and happily in love. Their love was passionate, stormy, and full of misunderstandings, just like any decent romance of the early 80's. And Jordan couldn't keep his hands off his lovely young wife, even after 5 years apart. Thank God I also watched soap operas back then because otherwise I might have been completely confused by Kelly's claim that she hated her husband but kept ending up in his bed and eventually ended up pregnant. (Birth control was not big back in the day, if you can believe it.)
But all ends well, with lots of agony and desperation and forgiveness, just as it should, and I go on to pilfer another Harlequin Presents from the mom. Several, in fact. Then, shortly after, I came across a book (something "Fire") with a cucumber involved. Hmmm, no one can ever say that romances aren't educational.
What was your first romance, and do you still re-read it today?