on 16 January 2013
In this book Ellie is concerned her best friend, Penny, is about to marry a man who she thinks is only after her for her money. So she sets up a weekend in her brother's friend's house in order to expose to her what a rat he is. Unfortunately, the brother's friend, Gideon, is a man she has always loved, but never told because of his reputation as a womanizer.
As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that Gideon has real problems from a difficult childhood and that Ellie's interest in helping her friend might not be as altruistic as originally believed. This forms the backdrop to a passionate and powerful love story between Ellie and Gideon.
This book keep me up last night because I wanted to find out the ending. The characters appealed to me, they both came across as very real with issues and problems and I especially liked the fact that Ellie, despite her issues in the book, wasn't a Cinderella waiting to be rescued. She was sarky and often said the wrong thing, regretting it afterwards.
The love scenes in this book are very well written and emotional. Overall, I really enjoyed this story, I liked the author's voice, which was strong, and the plot line that didn't go in the way you thought it would. Certainly I didn't see Penny's secret coming!
on 8 January 2013
From the moment we meet Ellie and Gideon, the chemistry leaps off the pages. This is one fun read, as they pair up in order to save a friend from making what they see as a mistake. It's so lovely reading a book where the hero and heroine need to work together in order to solve a problem -- and heck, spend their time in a gorgeous country pile to boot. I couldn't put it down as I didn't want to leave these two without knowing they were HEA. A fab, rollickingly good read! I hope this debut author brings out more like this.