Say it with Diamonds - Lucy King
Mills & Boon Modern
Harlequin UK, 2012
From the back cover:
"All that sparkles . . .
At thirty-five, Bella might be an expert on diamonds – but she’s still missing a big fat one on the third finger of her left hand. However, at least she has her successful jewellery business – with very interesting new client William Cameron, AKA the Duke of Hawksley, no less!
She’s expecting portly and chinless – but actually Will’s tall, dark and so distractingly good-looking it’s hard to concentrate on his jewels! More of a surprise: this weird chemistry between them is actually mutual. Urgent . . . . And it catches them completely unawares in a black London taxi . . .
All that glitters is not gold. All that sparkles isn’t diamond. All men who turn you on aren’t the real thing. But being cynical gets boring…maybe it’s time for Bella to throw caution to the winds . . . ?"
The lovely Lucy King sent me this, her latest release, to read and review. Thank you so much, Lucy.
The hero Will has inherited his father's estate, including a very large and well know jewellery collection. He takes a few items to Bella, the heroine, for valuation and there is an immediate spark between them. But his interest in Bella is put on hold when Bella informs him that some of the items have been tampered with. Eventually though the attraction returns and when Bella admits it is mutual it results in a passionate, albeit brief, encounter. But however much Bella enjoyed it, she knows Will isn't looking for commitment and she is looking for Mr Right. Will knows he shouldn't pursue Bella but he can't ignore the fierce desire he feels for her, and asks for her help restoring some of the jewellery and it's not long before they begin an affair. Strictly temporary. Bella soon realises her mistake as her feelings for Will turn to love, something that he can never give her.
I was surprised by the darkness in the book. Dark in comparison to Lucy King's 'The Crown Affair', which I read recently, which had a more flirty and fun mood. But this is a brilliant book, and I really enjoyed it. Bella is a fabulous heroine; quirky, fun, and interesting. She is the perfect balm to Will's brooding and damaged personality. The sexual tension is so thick you could almost cut it, and *that* scene in the back on the limo is scorching! The story itself is deep, emotional and interesting, and very well written.
Full of sass as well as emotion, all in Lucy King's very unique and utterly compelling style. I loved it!