So the idea that a beauty is so beautiful that she has brains is a big surprise? No. But!
Take a not so original thought and turn it into a story that has you turning page after page, unable to set the book down? Well, that’s the point, isn’t it, when you read romance.
Here’s the twist. The hero sees the heroine when he is quite young, nineteen perhaps. He falls in love with her from a distance. She’s married, of course, to a jerk. A couple of years later the husband shows up at our hero’s home and tells him, “I saw you looking at my wife. I notice every man who looks at my wife. . .” The husband considers the hero thoughtfully, then says. “Maybe you’ll get your turn.” Then leaves. A week later the man kills himself. (Paraphrased, thank you very much.)
Let me continue. So, said heroine remarries. To a much older man with lots of money. He, also, passes into the next life. Another few years go by and the heroine is in America at a lecture when it just so happens our hero is speaking to a university crowd. (He is into paleontology.) Someone throws out a question of dirt and fossils and how odd that he likes it so much, blah blah blah.
In a fit of pique, he compares the beauty of his findings, so to speak, to the less desirable attributes of a beautiful woman who could not be so beautiful inside. Well, the heroine, of course, realizes he is speaking of her and sets out to take revenge in a very delectable way that surprises both of them. Of course, once he finds out who she is and how she seduced him, you have to wonder how the two can overcome the fury, anger, and misunderstandings from beginning to end.
I assure you, I was NOT disappointed. —Kathy L Wheeler.