Harper's Bride - Alexis Harrington In Harper's Bride, we have two damaged and tortured people; the heroine emotionally and physically and the hero more emotionally. When the hero begrudgingly aids the heroine, he makes it clear to her that his aid is a temporary solution. The heroine has learned from childhood on that men a) can’t be trusted and b) that she can only rely in herself to see herself and her daughter survive.

Slowly, the heroine learns to trust the hero, and slowly, the hero learns that not all women are cheats. Unfortunately, given their respective situation, the heroine has to be interested in money and gold for survival, something he despises because of events in his past. To be sure, unlike the “other woman” (no cheating), our heroine is more than willing to work for her keep and that of her daughter.

With the hero’s help and under his protection, our heroine learns to stand up for herself. In return, with her trust in him and her unwillingness to except charity, he changes his view in women. Because of their initial agreement, they go their separate ways, despite the fact that they love each other which both try desperately not to let the other know and having consummated finally their “mock” marriage. During their separation (not long), both use the skills they have learned from each other. She by standing up to and against her family and him by facing the other woman. He already knew that he did not love her or be infatuated with her anymore but the other woman’s actions galvanize him into action and he finally goes for what he really wants.

There are multiple cute scenes in the book, the heroine trying to avoid intimacy drags a heavy sack of rice into the middle of the only bed they have, the hero falling in love with her daughter before falling in love with the heroine.