From the back cover: Permission to Love by Penny Jordan
True love needs no approval
Lucas had always urged Lindsay to take charge of her own life, even though it meant defying her father's wishes. All that changed, however, the day Lucas was left in charge of Lindsay's inheritance--and her fate.
Quite suddenly Lucas withdrew his support and directed Lindsay to marry according to her father's will. He made it painfully clear that Lindsay could no longer turn to him for warmth and affection.
But by the time she'd resigned herself to a future without passion with a man she did not love, Lucas changed his mind again.
My thoughts: SPOILERS: I read two REALLY GREAT Penny Jordan books, then I read this one, so my review could be a little skewed. I thought the hero's reason for keeping the heroine and himself apart was kinda "ehh" and plus he was a little wishywashy/confusing. He wasn't sticking to the plan or should I say the plan he was forced to do. He loved the heroine and kissed her when she was a teenager and then after the heroine's father died and the will said that he was the guardian and heroine must marry someone with good standing, etc. he decides to forsake his love for her and even does something ultimate just to protect her, etc. However, he doesn't really do a good job because he says this and but then does that, etc. etc. I was going to give it 2 1/2 stars but I didn't because, I liked the fact that hero was SO devoted and in love with the heroine. He actually (GASP) marries someone else BUUUUTTT can't consumate because of the heroine! (Basically, the "villain" calls the hero impotent, LOL) As for the heroine, I wasn't too impressed with her either. Her reasoning for getting married was also dumb. I mean, really, you kinda know your fiance is the way he is and you really think its going to work?? Yes, i initially got this book also because it was one of those stepbrother themes, but otherwise, I only "ok" with the book and storyline. As usual with Penny Jordan, the love scenes were hot. But the story/hero's reasoning, etc. I wasn't too impressed. Also, the "unexpected surprise" from the hero's father was kind of predictable and almost just put in there so the hero/heroine doesn't feel too bad that they hooked up. Anyway, OK book. I might re-read it one more time just to see if I didn't give it a fair chance and I may have read it too fast/skimmed, but for now my rating is 3 1/2 stars.