Name Your Price
Silhouette’s year-long miniseries Dynasties: The Ashtons limps to a close with Name Your Price. Since we found out who killed Spencer, evil patriarch of the Ashton clan in the last book, this one just ties up all the loose ends and marries off the last remaining Ashton, Eli.
Eli is Spencer’s son by his socialite third wife Lilah and the one who runs the Ashton Vineyard. He is tough, hard and determined not to budge an inch from the coming confrontation with his half brothers and sisters over the Ashton legacy. But Eli wasn’t always such a hard case…once he had been in love.
Years before Eli was engaged to Becca Marshall. Spencer wasn’t happy, since Becca was from an ordinary family, but Eli loved her and happily looked forward to the marriage. Then Becca gave him back his ring and told him she wanted to work on her career. After discovering that Spencer had paid her off, Eli hardened his heart. But Becca is back in town to work on an advertising assignment and the old feelings are still there for both of them.
Name Your Price was boring. Becca and Eli were one dimensional characters with no life in them at all. The story could be summed up like this: Eli broods, Becca broods. They meet. They brood. They meet again. They have hot sex. They brood. They have hot sex again. They find out the secret behind Spencer’s payoff. They part to brood separately. Eli meets his half siblings. After some brooding, he realizes that Family Is Important. After her own bout of brooding, Becca realizes that as well. So all the Ashtons become one happy family and live happily ever after.
I was so underwhelmed by this year-long mini-series. Based on the first book I had hoped for some good, juicy soap opera. But they killed off the only interesting character – Spencer Ashton himself – very early on, and most of the interesting stuff happened off stage. Instead, we got love stories for all the various Ashtons who were mostly uninteresting characters with no charm at all.
I see by the blurbs that Desire is going to have another year long mini-series in 2006, featuring another family – the Elliots. Will I read it? Maybe individual titles, if I like the author. But will I read another series all the way through again? Nope. No. Nada. No Way. Never.