The Lady and the Unicorn by Iris Johansen
Review Source: NetGalley
Release Date: May 13, 2013
My Rating: 3 ★★★☆☆
Rafe Santine is under doctor’s orders: He needs to stay put in his coastal California mansion for two months to recuperate from the pneumonia that nearly killed him. Despite a retinue of mistresses to keep the powerful tycoon occupied, Rafe struggles against boredom—until a stunning woman literally drops onto his estate. She has high demands of him, but Rafe has even greater demands of her. He knows instantly that he must possess every facet of the enigmatic Janna. But the only thing she’ll give him is her body—and for the first time in his life, that is not enough for Rafe.
Janna Cannon is willing to risk it all to save the endangered animals of the wild animal reserve where she works as a game warden. With the land they depend on pulled out from under them, Janna must take a gambit to convince billionaire Santine to give the reserve the real estate they need to keep the animals free. And she’ll need to sneak onto the man’s vast, highly protected property to do it. Much to her surprise, Santine agrees to grant her the land—if Janna agrees to give him herself in exchange. And what begins as luxurious captivity soon turns into an emotional awakening she never expected.
Rafe is a man that gets the things he wants, the way he wants them. He came up from nothing his refusal to hear the word no and his drive to succeed has made him a billionaire. It has also gotten him basically put on house arrest due to driving himself so hard he got ill and needs to recover. Rafe is bored doing nothing which makes his already angry and intimidating personality even worse. That is until Janna literally scales the walls to his “castle” determined to talk to him about saving the animals. I actually liked Rafe despite his severe lack of tact or “PCness”. It was made clear, to me, why he was the way was and the struggle to come to terms with needing anything, much less love someone was well done.
Janna is just as determined as Rafe to get what she needs to keep her animals free and that is exactly what he uses against her. Janna has her own issues with getting close to a man. Her inner strength tempered with the vulnerability that she doesn’t want to admit to or show anyone was something I did like.
This is a good quick read. If you have issues with definite alpha males that are over the top and not in the least worried about what others think you won’t like this one. I didn’t think I would – I was wrong.