Feature book: Damaso Claims His Heir
She is the socialite princess. He sees her and watches, unsure as to why he is so interested, and he doesn’t like the men surrounding her.
Damaso Pires is a self-made man. He has come from the favelas and occasionally does some work in them to assist those who may need help, those with the same hunger he had as a boy. He wants to be with her and they have their one night together. After all she is a good-time girl and has had many a night with different men. Once he learns that she is pregnant with his child his whole world changes.
Marisa is a princess from a European country. Her uncle, once the Regent, is now the ruler since her brother died and she just wants out. She has developed a reputation as a party girl and her uncle is displeased. He wants her to have a spotless reputation as it reflects badly on him. Her uncle is hounding her to return for his coronation and she is reluctant.
When Damaso finds out she is pregnant, he takes her to his property so that she can rest and prepare for the baby, naturally after she has married him. Marisa doesn’t want to marry him but as she gets to know the man and his beginnings, she likes what she learns and knows he will be a good father. What she has to do is convince Damaso that she is not a superficial party girl, but has some substance. She is able to and Damaso realises that they are perfectly suited.
So what did I like about this book? I liked that on the surface the pair were similar, but different. They had an image they projected to the world but under that the pair are more than similar. They are both struggling to find their place in society and want to convince themselves that they are fine with the opinions of others. If others are not willing to look beneath the surface, then it is their loss. It really reflects many people within society. This was a great, quick read. Another great story from Ms West.
Reviewed by Heather
A review copy of this book was provided by the author. All ARRA members who leave a comment by 10 December 2014 will go in the draw to win a copy of the book. (The giveaway is now closed. The winner was Jeanie M.)