Sunday, 18 March 2012
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... Book #363
The Legend of de Marco - Abby Green
Mills & Boon Modern
Harlequin UK, 2012
From the back cover:
"Rocco de Marco. Legendary financier and billionaire. The most important man in the room. And he’d just witnessed her filching canapés from the buffet…
If waitress Gracie O’Brien’s first meeting with Rocco is memorable, the second is unforgettable. For when he finds her breaking into his office he doesn’t believe her innocence – so he’ll keep her close until he finds the truth.
Yet it’s impossible for Rocco to stay angry with the sparky redhead – she’s making him feel emotions Rocco thought he’d buried for ever… And the sexual tension between them is reaching explosion point!"
In my opinion Abby Green writes some of the best Mediterranean heroes around, so I have been looking forward to reading this book.
The hero Rocco spots the heroine Gracie at a business function and is immediately captivated by her, but he has no idea who she is and she disappears before he has a chance to find out. A couple of weeks later and a chance meeting leads Gracie to Rocco's office after her brother goes missing. Rocco sees red when he discovers that his captivating Gracie is related to the man who has stolen a lot of money from his company, and he can't get the thought that she is involved out of his head. He tells Gracie that until her brother makes contact then she is not to leave his sight, she tries to make him believe she is innocent but also refuses to believe the worst in her brother. While the animosity between them heats up so does the desire each of them feel and Rocco begins to realise that Gracie is different to any woman he has ever met, but his difficult past as left him unable to trust easily. And his lack of trust in her only ends up hurting Gracie, as she has fallen head first for Rocco.
This is such a powerful and moving story, I couldn't put it down. It hooked me in right from the start - I loved the how the hero and heroine first meet, that opening scene is so evocatively written. The relationship that develops between the hero and heroine literally has it all; angst, betrayal, passion, pain, etc. It creates such a wonderful intense mood, that combined with the very dark childhood each of them experienced makes this a very compelling story,.
There is plenty of passion and emotion packed into this book, and it is wonderfully written. I enjoyed this book a lot.