Hero behaves like a jerk for most of the bk, which is typical for HPs and works fine with me; I expect it from this line, esp. the older bks. He comes to the wrong conclusions about the heroine and treats her accordingly. He throws away her love at one point, causing them both to suffer sic long years for his actions.
This hero's actions toward heroine are as bad as any I've come across in a HP.
Her response to him was frightening.... Venetia had felt desire before. The result? Such a disastrous marriage that she felt she wanted never to experience desire again. And she hadn't, until now.
Ryan Fraine, famous documentary filmmaker, was in New Zealand to set up a new television station. From the moment they met, Venetia, herself a TV reporter, knew this man could make her suffer as she never had before.
So she shied away from his blazing sensuality. Yet there was something else, something in the very core of her soul that wouldn't permit escape...
"Tell me about your marriage, " Ryan said. Tonelessly Venetia related the ugly events of her brief and long-ago marriage. Her flat little statements glossed over much pain, but if she'd spoken otherwise, she would have been crying..."