Friday, 30 September 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #177
The Cinderella Bride - Barbara Wallace
In 'Mills & Boon Loves...' Mills and Boon Special Releases
Harlequin UK, 2011
From the back cover:
"Secretary Emma O'Rourke keeps her head down and works hard. Now, summoned to bring back the heir of Kent Hotels, she suddenly has to step out of the shadows...
Unshaven and jaded, Gideon Kent has been sailing the world too long. As he docks, he's surprised to find Emma waiting for him.
Until now he's refused to resume the role he was born for... but the oh-so-diligent and pretty Miss O'Rourke might just change his mind….
Gideon Kent will show Emma that Prince Charming certainly does exist!"
This is the second book in the Mills & Boon Loves... anthology (a book so large it's starting to give me wrist ache!) This is my first book by Barbara Wallace and I really enjoyed it.
The heroine Emma is sent to deliver a message to the hero Gideon. Emma is the PA to the hero's grandmother and the message is asking him to attend a meeting with her. Gideon has not had much contact with his influential family for some time, after discovering some very hurtful family secrets. His grandmother tells him it's time for him to take his place running the family business. Although he is reluctant to get involved, he is interested in Emma. Emma is both annoyed at Gideon's rather glib attitude and flustered by his obvious attentions. Gideon takes Emma to New York for business where he also shows her luxury and treats her to a magical night, giving her the opportunity to see and experience things she has never been able to. Emma is wary of relationships after growing up watching her mother jump from one relationship to another, and Gideon is equally as reluctant for anything long term. But there is undeniable attraction between them and they eventually give in to the passion. Emma knows it can never be more than a fling and tries to keep herself distanced from Gideon, and Gideon finds this incredibly frustrating.
This is a really nice story, that I enjoyed reading. The book is written with a beautiful blend of emotion and sweetness, that is very appealing. To me, there seemed to be more focus on the hero and his conflict, I found this really interesting and very well written. The heroine is a wonderful character; hard working and loyal yet not at all a martyr, I couldn't help but like her.
The book also has some wonderful little touches that really brightened up the story i.e. the grandmother who MUST NOT be disturbed during her TV soaps!
The book is believable and well crafted, with a truly lovely story. Well worth a read.