Sunday, 7 August 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #130
The Privileged and the Damned - Kimberly Lang
Mills and Boon RIVA
Harlequin UK, 2011
From the back cover:
"Introducing The Marshalls...A rich, powerful family that mix business, politics...and pleasure. If the US had a royal family - this would be it!
Running scared, Lily needs a fresh start and - fingers crossed - she's found one. After all, why would any of her new employers, members of the hot-shot Marshall dynasty, even think to look beyond her humble facade? Until she catches the roving eye of infamous heartbreaker Ethan Marshall...
A fling with one of the Marshalls is a bad idea - especially for a girl with a scandalous past. But Lily is terrifyingly susceptible to Ethan's lethal brand of high-class charm..."
Back to the trusty RIVA's and another great book from this line and Kimberly Lang.
The heroine Lily is a stable hand on the estate of a high powered political family. Lily is a rehabilitated youth offender who is making a fresh start away from the influence of her criminal father. The hero Ethan is the grandson of the owner of the estate and has come back for a short time. He and Lily meet one morning and are instantly attracted to one anther, Ethan likes that Lily is a private person and doesn't seem avaricious in anyway and he pursues her for an affair. Lily knows she shouldn't get involved with Ethan as not only is she employed by his family but also her past wouldn't look good to this influential family. Their relationship starts off casual with no strings but quickly becomes deeper and Ethan begins to take her into the spotlight with him. But with disapproving family and Lily's secrets it's not long before this comes crashing down.
I really enjoyed this book, it had me hooked from the first page. The idea of the plot based around a powerful political family is both interesting and original. What is especially great about this book is that the story is not bogged down by political information, instead there are little bite sized pieces of information, juicy enough to intrigue you but not so much that it takes the focus away from the central relationship. The author also gives some really tantalising glimpses into the dysfunction of the family and I'm really looking forward to reading the other books in this mini-series.
The relationship between Lily and Ethan develops beautifully, starting off casual it slowly becomes more and more intense, I found this really believable. Lily and Ethan are wonderful characters that were able to grow as the story progressed. The Cinderella aspect of the love-story may be a little clichéd but it works perfectly.
A great book.