Tuesday, 12 April 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #33
Jess's Promise - Lynne Graham
Mills and Boon Modern
Harlequin Mills and Boon, 2011
From the back cover:
"Bedroom bargain...baby deal...
Cesario di Silvestri isn't just fast with women, he's supersonic. After mere minutes spent in his charismatic presence, many of Europe's most glamorous women tumble into his bed...
With the exception of one - shy vet Jessica Martin, who refuses to become his weekend plaything. But when Jess's feckless relatives steal from Halston Hall, Cesario's country retreat, he has all the ammunition he needs! For now he'll enjoy her creamy-skinned beauty, but in the future he'll need an heir..."
Well, here it is, my first ever 5 star rated book!! I loved this book. This is the third and final instalment of Lynne Graham's 'Secretly Pregnant, Conveniently Wed' mini-series. The first two books are titled 'Naive Bride, Defiant Wife' and 'Flora's Defiance' respectively, both of which I have previously read. I think this is the best of the three.
The story is of Jessica, a shy and quiet country vet who, after some trauma in early adulthood, is content to live her life alone. However relatives on her mother's side of the family steal a valuable painting from the local manor house, which is owned by gorgeous Italian billionaire Cesario. Cesario is very attracted to Jess, however she turned him down on a past date. Both Cesario and Jess are at an age where they want to have children, so Cesario proposes a marriage of convenience for the purpose of conceiving, after which they will both be free. Jess agrees both in order to save her family from the fallout of the theft and to fulfil her desire to have a baby.
This book was just, wow! It was full of surprises, and the development of Jess and Cesario's relationship was written beautifully, it really gave the story great depth. I liked how both the hero and heroine were a little older than usual (for this type of book). The heroine was a fantastic character, although she was shy and quiet she was by no means a doormat, as well as a very hard working woman, I love reading books where the female character is strong and embodies 21st century values! Cesario was also a great character, Lynne managed to make him a true Alpha-male, yet he wasn't cruel or unnecessarily arrogant. Also the settings and surroundings were described in fantastic detail. Another aspect I particularly liked was the inclusion of the 'other woman/former lover' character, but instead of being the typical jealous, bitchy woman out to destroy their relationship, she was a nice person and actually happy for the couple.
I really enjoy reading Lynne Graham's books, in my opinion she manages to write stories with a fantastic pace that really allows the characters and relationships to grow, and this book certainly has that! Also Lynne writes the best endings in the business!
Oh, the names of Jess's posse of disabled dogs were great; Hugs, Magic and many more!
Definitely recommend this book!