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Monday, 19 March 2012

365 books in 365 days Challenge ... Book #364

Girl Behind the Scandalous Reputation - Michelle Conder
Mills & Boon Modern
Harlequin UK, 2012
ISBN: 9780263890631

My rating

From the back cover:

"Red Carpet Confession!
Getting falsely arrested feels like a scene from a bad movie for rising star Lily Wild – especially when she discovers the conditions of her release: round-the-clock surveillance by world-class lawyer Tristan Garrett. Ignoring her attraction to the sinfully sexy man who crushed her youthful heart is getting harder by the minute!
Lily belongs to Tristan now, and when he says jump she’d better ask how high! With a reputation founded on control, he’s determined not to lose his head over this little minx again. But he blazes white-hot every time he looks at her, and it’s burning away his couldn’t-care-less façade!"

This is the debut novel from Michelle Conder, I love reading new authors so I was looking forward to reading this one. 1 book to go...

The hero Tristan is begged by his sister to try and get the heroine Lily freed from where she is being held after she was arrested for apparently smuggling drugs into the country. Tristan agrees but is less than happy about it as not only does he detest drug users, and he is certain Lily is one, but also has never approved of Lily and her wild ways. Lily is thankful that Tristan has been able to free her until he informs her that the condition of her release is that she has to remain in his custody. Lily has never been able to forget the passionate encounter she and Tristan had when she was a teenager, nor has she forgotten his scorn when he later accused her of doing drugs. She tries her best to convince Tristan that she is innocent of everything he has accused her of but nothing gets through to him. One thing that is certain though is that there is a deep seated desire between them and it is not long before the passion between them explodes.

I really enjoyed this book, it is a brilliant debut. The story is very fresh and totally twenty-first century in style. The hero and heroine bounce off each other perfectly and there are plenty of heated exchanges between them. I love that the heroine is so feisty and independent, her backstory is different, interesting and little daring and used throughout the story perfectly. I could have done without her being a virgin as this felt a little clichéy. The hero acts like a jerk at times, but this does work within the story.
The sexual tension between the hero and heroine positively crackles throughout the entire book, and the romance develops at a nice pace.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable book. I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.


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