In Tender Triumph Ms. Roberts wrote a pretty romance but not one that has any depth to the characters or plot. All the characters are stunningly good looking, but not enough of their personality is revealed to enable the reader to discover what made them fall in love.
The romance was rushed. I kept hoping for the kind of minute details which really sets the scene and makes a book and its characters come alive. These things make the reader able to picture what is happening in their mind. But they never appeared in Tender Triumph. This is a nice enough romance, but not one that at all stands out.
After a very public divorce from her billionaire Italian husband, Natalia Montalvo returns home to New York City to lick her wounds and try to put the pieces of her shattered heart back together. So why did she agree to attend a charity ball, especially when she knew her ex would be there? When he arrives with his newest love interest, she feels all the pieces she had managed to put together crumbling again.
Jared, owner of the largest, most prestigious architectural firm in the country, rubs elbows daily with the rich and powerful. He can’t stand them. After one too many altercations with a client, his head of public relations forces him to attend the annual charity ball, to schmooze and make nice with the people whom his business depends on. His mission is simple: smile, be friendly, and bid on a few high dollar items in the auction. Thirty minutes after arriving, he was already clenching his jaw and looking for a quick exit. On the balcony, he encounters Natalia Montalvo. He can’t ignore a woman in need, especially when that woman is his best friend’s sister. He devises a plan to save her pride, and in the process save his evening. But, can he convince her to give him more than one night?