Thursday, 23 February 2012
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... Book #335
Girl on a Diamond Pedestal - Maisey Yates
Mills & Boon Modern
Harlequin UK, 2012
From the back cover:
"Never been kissed.
Noelle was once the girl who had everything. Until the piano prodigy fell from grace. Destitute and desperate, she’s forced to accept billionaire Ethan Grey’s convenient proposal.
Ethan wants revenge – all he needs is Noelle’s signature on the marriage certificate. Yet his carefully composed façade cracks in the face of her innocent attempts at seduction.
Noelle’s only ever felt love and excitement whilst at her beloved piano – yet now her traitorous body craves the white-hot passion ignited by Ethan’s skilled touch. But will he ever see her as more than a means to an end?"
I have been looking forward to reading this latest book from Maisey Yates - out on general sale here in the UK in March or available now on the M&B UK website now. I simply adore the cover a title!
The heroine Noelle's life is on hold; her music career appears to be over, her child stardom has faded, her controlling mother has left along with all of Noelle's money, and now she is about to lose her home. She meets the hero Ethan when he comes to look at her house, he asks her to come to his office the nest day and she is shocked when he asks her to marry him. Ethan is looking for revenge on his playboy father wanting to take the family business from him but he can only do it if he is married. And marrying Noelle will be poetic justice considering his father had a very public extra-marital affair with Noelle's mother. Noelle agrees, not really knowing what else to do, and as they begin to make their (pretend) relationship known to society they also get to know one another. One thing Ethan wasn't counting on is Noelle being the complete opposite of what he was expecting, and not only does he want to help the lost, unconfirmed girl that she is, he also fiercely desires her. Noelle knows that whatever she and Ethan have between them, it is only temporary, but she wants to have everything he will give her and hopes that she won't lose her heart in the bargain.
Another really enjoyable book from Maisey Yates. The plot is enjoyable and well executed, and both characters are engaging. I especially liked the way the heroine was 'drawn', her traits that could come across as a little shallow and whiny actually fit what she would be like with her background. As the story progressed the heroine was 'finding herself', and I found that really enjoyable to read. The hero is a good character if a little arrogant, but it works.
My only complaint is that the revenge theme did feel a little flat, and I didn't like the fact that the heroine was being punished for things she had no control over. However the hero makes up for it with a nice bit of grovelling.
Overall, this is a solid and pleasing read.