Thursday, 12 January 2012
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... Book #283
The Spaniard's Virgin Housekeeper - Diana Hamilton
Mills & Boon Modern
Harlequin Mills & Boon, 2009
From the back cover:
"Innocent maid – taken by the billionaire! When Izzy Makepeace refused her lecherous boss’s advances he threw her out. Now vulnerable Izzy’s only hope is a housekeeper job with the powerful Garcia family!
Spanish billionaire Cayo Garcia thinks he’s seen Izzy’s type before – out for all she can get! But then her innocence surprises him – sweet Isabel is ripe for seduction. Cayo is used to having his demands met – and her position as housekeeper places her directly at his beck and call!"
I started reading this book a while ago but never got very far into it, but I thought I would give it another go...
The heroine Izzy finds herself alone in Spain and out of a job, her previous boss fired her after she refused his advances. Not willing to admit her predicaments to her family fearing their reaction she hopes to find another job. Izzy comes across an elderly man who looks in need of help, he eventually offers her a job as his housekeeper. Izzy enjoys her work, even though she gets paid very little, she also likes her new found independence and confidence, and she and her employer have become good friends. The hero Cayo is the grandson of Izzy's employer and he is not pleased when he hears about Izzy's employment. He immediately thinks she is a good digger taking advantage of his lonely grandfather. When he meets Izzy, Cayo is surprised by how much he likes her and wants to protect her as well as keeping her by his side.
Urgh, this is a bad book, really bad. The heroine and her actions are written as though she is some silly girl, she is totally juvenile in her actions and mannerisms and so frustratingly, er how to say this, dim! The way the heroine is portrayed I find a little insulting towards women. And the hero, groan, simply put he is an arrogant jerk. I couldn't warm to him at all.
I have no idea how the hero and heroine actually managed to fall for one another, as they barely spent any time together.
The writing is also a little difficult to like; it is quite unflattering towards the heroine and the pace feels very jumpy.
No sorry, I didn't like it. YMMV. Awful title too!