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on 1 June 2013
Our heroine with sad past, meets mr desirable, he's hired her and for five years there working relationship has been good, except she's fallen for him. One night in Paris and she's pregnant. His trust issues, her past and a baby, destroy the working and personal relationship. But can they ever get past their own pasts.
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on 29 September 2010
Author Jennie Lucas has written a breathtaking romance with Sensible Housekeeper, Scandalously Pregnant one I consider to be on my top list list for 2010.

There are absolutely no words to describe the intensity of this love story, the pain I felt for Louisa Grey a woman who by both of the men she loved was so misjudged. And then the final blow, the man she loved, her boss, the very same man she gave her virginity to, believed a rumor about her and thought she was setting out to trap him.

Where to begin? Housekeeper Louisa Grey escaped one bad relationship in which she gave her heart to a man she was to marry until her sister sole him away by sleeping with him and becoming pregnant. Now she had a chance to start over in France as the housekeeper of the well known "ladies man" Argentinean billionaire Rafael Cruz. She was such a hard working woman not only as his housekeeper; she did everything for him from managing his homes, his staff, waiting on him hand and foot and watching him date beautiful women. She knew that his women were irreplaceable and no one will steal his heart.

From being his housekeeper in France, Louisa now found herself in Istanbul because of a one night stand she had with him in Paris. It was very complicated how the one night happened but now she feared she had become accidentally pregnant with his child and he was due to arrive shortly for his birthday party in his Istanbul home. It had been five months since they had seen each other, long months for them both. Rafael was in a fowl mood because he had found out the identity of his father only to arrive and find out he had passed away and he was too late in meeting him.

While reading the early chapters I realized that Rafael had a "dark" side and for the most part it was because he felt betrayed by his mother and step father not having the opportunity to get to know his biological father. However, he honestly trusted Louisa and she affected him on a personal level. He was determined to resume his relationship with Louisa, keeping her as his household manager. He even rewarded her, his mistress with a trip to a private Greek Island. However, his birthday party turned into a disaster and Louisa found out she was pregnant. Then he found out about her past fiance, and accused her of nasty things.

She had wanted his birthday to be perfect, she even baked his favorite brownies and dress in a lovely black dress, not her normal baggy clothes. Louisa knew it would end when she told him she was pregnant. She had given Rafael everything of herself, made his homes beautiful and had sacrificed her every need for him. And he paid her back by making curt remarks about how she was dressed, accused her of possibly trying to trap him, like her sister had with a child. However, the truth was she realized, for years she had made excuses for his bad behaviour and told herself he had some goodness inside him. And she thought herself a fool for loving him. And then for Louisa the light bulb went on, she couldn't tell him she was expecting his child, she needed to life to him and immediately get out of his life because he wouldn't believe that it was an accident, even though she was protected by the pill.

As fate would have it, Louisa returned home to the United States, made up with her sister and together they started a bakery with one of the most popular items offered, the brownies that Rafael so loved. Now she, her son, niece and sister lived together and were happy. She adored her family and her work until one day who should walk a year and a half later, who should walk through the door but Rafael. He wanted her back, he apologized and told her he needed her and then he found out she lied to him about their son and everything fell apart.

Just when I thought this USA Today Bestselling Author couldn't make their love story anymore intense, well I was knocked for a loop! Once this proud billionaire found out she had lied and he had a son, everything turned upside down. Even though I personally tried to put myself in his shoes and thought about what he missed out on with his son and his father, it didn't excuse for me, his anger and treatment of the two women in his life, Louisa his now wife and his mother. Just when I thought this couldn't get anymore intense, wham! From threats of taking away her baby, to resuming their relationship, a fallout with his mother and then abruptly moving the family to Paris and threatening her she would loose her son if he saw his Grandmother......honestly, my heart was racing!

Sensible Housekeeper, Scandalously Pregnant was simply amazing! By ending this review and not discussing the ending, it would only be fair to fans of Jennie Lucas, the Mills and Boon and Harlequin Presents line. Trust me, they do get their happy ending? The last chapters were "tough" to read because everything Rafael Cruz thought true was wrong and it took two strong women who loved him and his son to show him the way.

Behind the Book:

For the behind the book story and an incredible brownie recipe that the heroine served her lover, take a look here on Jennie's website!
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on 29 November 2010
Louisa has been Rafael's housing manager for five years and it had been purely professional until he bedded her a month ago. Now neither can get that night or each other out of their heads. And now Louisa is pregnant!

This book reminded me of the story of 'Beauty and the Beast'. Rafael is pretty beastly to most people, but Louisa is the one person who stands up to him and for herself.

I really enjoyed this book and strongly recommend it. One of the characters in this book has his own story told in 'The Virgin's Choice' (another great read!!!).
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on 29 February 2012
I sometimes think I am reading a different story from the other reviewers to be honest. How anyone can think the weak and pathetic female character (agreed to no holidays for five year, stocked up his bathrroom cabinet with 'boxes and boxes' of condoms for other women then took the blame when he ran out was BEYOND stupid. And even after she had slept with him several times she was still addressing him as Mr.

An absolute pile of junk ~ Dont waste your money.
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on 10 April 2015
It was very similar to another book by the same author. One paragraph felt like it was almost word for word the same. The ending was rushed and felt too formulaic. A housekeeper who acts like a doormat and a rich playboy who is a complete (insert swear word here). Sorry not a book I would recommend.
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on 23 February 2014
I loved it so much. All the inner struggle, hate and love, so M&B!! Actually hero was not a likeable man at all but I loved the way Louisa changed him into a good man. It was a real heart clenching story.
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on 22 November 2014
The Characters are great the storyline extremely enjoyable. I have read this book twice now and enjoyed it just as much the second time. Recommended
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on 10 May 2013
The wife loves her Mills & Boon, whether short stories or books that take her a day to read Kindle provide some very cheap entertainment.
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on 30 March 2011
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on 24 February 2012
I could't put this book down and have read it twice. A wonderful heroine and a dark sensuous hero. Enjoy!
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