I've really enjoyed everything I've read by this author so far. This was a great read for me - almost five star-worthy.
Owen is a self-made millionaire who is `good at ideas' in the computer industry. He meets Bella by chance in a bar when she's celebrating her birthday on her own. Bella is a struggling actress whose family don't understand her lack of direction.
I could have done without the extreme stereotyping at the beginning of the book; it added nothing to the story and only annoyed me. Those evil blonde beauties - always out to get our poor, mousy, chubby heroine. Oh diddums.
Thankfully this wasn't my first Natalie Anderson book, so I knew she had what it takes to make this a great story.
I loved the Wellington setting - it's a beautiful city and often overlooked as a setting for books in New Zealand. Do yourself a favour and look up a few pictures of the place before reading.
Natalie Anderson's heroes are never the over the top mega-alpha males we so often see in these books. They're well-rounded characters who actually listen to their women and care about what they can do for them to make their situation better. They're not out there demanding obedience; they're supporting and nurturing. Owen was a great hero, and one who wanted the relationship and pursued it more than Bella did.
I was a little sceptical of Bella going straight from unemployed actress to starring in a musical (the woman was unfit and never took a dance class nor did any singing, and yet she was good enough to understudy the lead role?!), and think that the stakes didn't need to be quite that high for her in the end. However I liked the way the author constructed the conflict, so that in the end it was the heroine, not the hero, who had the definite possibility of choosing to be without the person who loved her.
This was a good few hours of entertainment.