Every breath you take, by Judith McNaught
Published by -Ballantine books
Grade: A

Back cover reads: High atop a snow-covered hill, the stately old Wyatt mansion is perched like a crown, its stone spires pointing upward, its stained glass windows glowing like colorful jewels. Such opulence means success and, surely, happiness. But on the eve of wealthy philanthropist Cecil Wyatt's eightieth birthday, all the money in the world won't bring back his missing grandson, William Wyatt. The only thing for certain: Foul play was involved.


The family, the police, the media-all have tried in vain to discover the young man's fate. Now suspicion has turned shockingly toward William's own half-brother, the rather distant and enigmatic Mitchell Wyatt.

Kate Donovan never dreamed that a chance romantic encounter on a tropical island paradise would tag her as a suspect in a high-society murder case. But after Kate tangles with the darkly charismatic Mitchell Wyatt, she finds herself cast in a shadow of guilt and mistrust. As the Chicago police tighten their net, it will take all of Kate's ingenuity to clear her name. With her calm, cool wit, and the help of a man who may or may not be a dangerous catch, Kate vows to claim the life and love she desires.
I really enjoyed this novel a whole lot. This is the special edition version of this book. There are added scenes that do not appear in the first hardcover version. I wish I knew what the bonus scenes are. I am searching all over the internet trying to find out what they are. Argh! Why can't the author let us know on her website what she added to this version? I hate not knowing. The only thing I am able to find out is that this version is better than the original because it makes more sense of things.
That doesn't help me at all. I want to know specifics.
The players: Mitchell is a millionaire who was raised as an orphan. He had the best education, worked with he best minds in business and can have any woman he wants.

His whole life he has thought that wealthy benefactors have been paying for his eduction as part of a charity. The truth is that he comes from a very rich family who decided to send him away after he was born. He was illegitimate and his father and grandfather didn't think he would bring any good to the family. Mitchell's mother was just a gold digger who was happy to sell her son for the right price.

Mitchell's older brother, William finds a safe containing all the information about Mitchell and is upset that his family kept him a secret all these years. William wants a relationship with his brother, but just as soon as they start to get close, William is murdered. Soon after the brothers grandfather finally acknowledges Mitchell as one of his heirs.

Kate is a single child who lived her whole life with her father. Her dad owned a pub that he later turned into a fancy restaurant. Kate was raised in the Irish pub and was somewhat of a wild child. She got into a little bit of trouble when she was younger but straightened out when she saw how much it was hurting her father.

She has been dating the same gut for four years. His name is Evan, and he is connected to Mitchel in a significant way..Evans father is the lawyer who arranged for Mitchell to be sent away when he was infant. Kate and Mitchell have no knowledge of this connection. Even though Evan and Mitchell have met, he doesn't know that Evan is the boyfriend.

Mitchell and Kate meet at a resort and it's love at first sight (or lust at first site, whatever)
After 2 days Kate is willing to dump her boyfriend and continue a relationship with Mitchell. They make plans for her to break up with Evan, and then meet at the docks afterwards.

Things do not go well when Kate tells Evan that she is leaving him for Mitchell. Evan demands to know the name of the man she is leaving him for and as soon as she tells him, he gets even more upset and tells her some things about Mitchell that upset her. Kate calls Mitchell to find out the truth but she finds out that he has checked out of his hotel. She automatically thinks that Evan is telling the truth about everything and goes back home with him.

While Kate was talking to Evan he got a phone call that his brothers body has been found and he needs to come home now. This is where I fall in love with Mitchell! Even though his nephew begs him to come home right away he decides to put it off for a few hours so that he can meet up with Kate and get her settled on his friends boat. He goes to the docks to wait for her and ends up waiting there for hours. Evan had convinced her that Mitchell was using her to get back at Evan and his father, which is all lies of course! SHe has no idea that Mitchell really does care for her., He waited and waited at the docks. Oh my gosh, it broke my heart. I wanted to crawls into the page and kiss Mitchell.

This is where I get mad at Kate. First she sees Mitchell at a party and instead of talking to him to try and clear things up, she acted all cocky and showed off her engagement ring she got from Evan. Mitchel calls her an amoral bitch, and walks away from her. Then she finds out she is pregnant and she doesn't even tell him. Her reasons for keeping such an important announcements from him are lame at best 1) He called her a bitch at the party-Get over it Kate. I'm on Mitchells side for that one. And 2) She didn't think he wanted kids.

Gimme a break!

Get this, almost three years go by and she still hasn't told him that he is a father. Little Danny (named after her own father) is kidnapped, and the kidnapper is wanting 10 million dollars in ransom. Kate's only option is to contact Mitchell and ask for his help. and oh yah-and tell him that he is also the kids father!

Mitchell, being the awesome man he is, comes up with the cash within 2 hours. Danny is found alive and unharmed, and he is the spitting image of his father. The meeting between father and son is very sweet. I love a man who turns to mush around kids. It's my favourite scene in the book and it was the first one that I turned too after I finished the book and re read.

Our couple has a very long talk and they get everything out in the open. Of course, one of the first things that Mitchel wants to know why she hasn't told him about his son and she gives him those 2 excuses. Like me, he doesn't buy them, BUT he still apologizes for calling her a bitch and swears that he will never talk to her like that again. Very sweet of him to do that, but *I* still think she deserved it.

Kate isn't done annoying though. Get this-A day after her son is saved from a kidnapper, and she is reunited with the man she claims to love she agrees to go out on a date. Oy! Ok, ok, so she doesn't actually go on the date; she just leaves for a half hour in order to think. The point is that Mitchell thinks that she is really on the date that she told him she was going to. Again, I wanted to climb into my book and console him.

*Sigh* She finally realises that Evan is a filthy liar. Mitchell forgives her for finally believing him and they start off again where their affair ended nearly 3 years ago. Mitchell whisks them off to Italy and they get married in a church with friends and family present.

I do find that it ended all pretty suddenly. I turned the page expecting more, but all I got was the expert for the next book. Still though, Every breath you take is my new favourite book. I admit that Kate is not my favourite heroine, but Mitchell more than makes up for it. I'm sure that I will re read this novel many times.
The pros: The mystery aspect was pretty good. Mitchell is suspected of killing his brother, but it's dealt with pretty fast, so we know the authorites know they have the wrong man. I don't like it when those story lines drag on, and this one didn't.
The pros: Mitchel isn't an ass. He is a very powerful alpha male, but he is NICE. I Love, love, love that.
The cons: The only thing we learn about Kate's mother is that she lives in Cleveland. Thats it. I'm thinking that she left when Kate was a baby because the mother is not included in any of her childhood memories she shares with Mitchell. I would have liked to have known more about Kate's mother. Actually, I would have liked it better if she had just said 'My mother is dead' and left it at that.
Run out-don't walk-right now and pick up this book. You'll love it

1 comments

  1. Zeek // 3:40 PM  

    I found this one to be a tad formulaic. In other words a formula established by HER in Perfect and Paradise (much better reads imo, and also are the stories of some of the side characters who show up in this one.)

    Still a formulaic one by Macnaught is better than what some other authors put out NEW!