REVIEW: Frustration (Harlequin Presents, 339) by Charlotte Lamb

24yo heroine reluctantly agrees to work as a secretary for producer Hero who promised that their relationship will only be professional because she’s still living in the past.

Hero abruptly left her the night they met after she called him her deceased husband’s name in the throes of passion. She’s relieved that he doesn’t want her anymore yet can’t help but be jealous of the women who are gracing his life. As much as he verbally slays her about her lack of personal life, he gets upset when she starts dating another man. How long will they continue fighting their attraction for each other? Can she truly move on from her memories & love for her deceased husband?

A different HP(Harlequin Presents). It was published in 1980 and it reads well, attesting to Lamb as a great writer. It’s heavy with emotions—passion, revenge, unforgiveness, and grief.* Hero & heroine deal with the fallout of what happened the night they met for months. The extended length of it makes this romance different. Both Hero & heroine worked & dated others. The occasional verbal outbursts from Hero indicated that things were still simmering below the surface between them. I liked how heroine was given time to realistically deal with her feelings regarding her deceased husband. She was in love and was happy with him so it would take time to grieve over him and figure out her feelings for Hero. When the time came for her to be receptive towards Hero, it was healthy and believable. Hero’s repeated questions about whether she was truly thinking of him and not her husband was reasonable. It’s not just because he was a possessive man. Their similarities in looks was part of what made her confuse him with her husband. Heroine had to untangle from her husband and completely move on to Hero.


*A more detailed review with SPOILERS is on my blog