Yes, I get it. Everyone loves Eric. I love Eric! But, “sweet, lonely woman meets hot, sexy guy, they fall in love and live happily ever after” is not a story. Well, okay, I guess it can be a story, but be honest, if Ingénue ended with marriage instead of Nathan, you would think it one of the most boring romances ever written.
Eric had to be so good, and so good for Sara, because that is a part of what made Nathan so bad, and so bad for her. Sara’s relationship with Nathan required sacrifice. How would she ever learn about Nathan if she didn’t lose what she had with Eric? She could not say no to Nathan from the very first time they met. Part of the story is Sara learning and understanding what the cost of the relationship is.
The relationship between Sara and Nathan is a type of relationship. Women often do make choices deemed poor by observers. But we don’t know what drives those choices. In this story, it is the compelling physical reaction Sara has to Nathan. Remember, Sara is relatively inexperienced in the ways of love and lust. Nathan is a very sensual and sexual man, and he knows exactly how to pursue Sara. She made it obvious to him immediately.
Personally, I think Nathan is hot as hell! He is arrogant, manipulative, and selfish, but he never leaves Sara unsatisfied, never forces her to do anything she doesn’t want to, and does love her in his own strange La Taha’a way. But then, I probably know him better than you do. For instance, when he told Sara, “I’ve never done this before,” he was not lying. Most readers think that he was.
Nathan is a man that knows what he wants, and is accustomed to getting it. There is something sexy about a confident, powerful man. It is his love play women respond to – he is so very good at it. The rest, the loss of self, the control and jealousy – those things are covered up and brushed aside until they can’t be anymore.
Yes, there is a sequel, and I’m pretty sure I know how it ends.