Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Book Review: Married Under the Mistletoe

Married Under the Mistletoe (The Brides of Bella Lucia) by Linda Goodnight HR 3920 Nov 2006

Any book by Linda Goodnight is an auto-buy for me and this excellent book did not disappoint. It’s going straight to my Top 10 list. Horrid fascination is probably the best way to describe this story. You know realities like this exist but you don’t really want to know about them.

As the manager, Stephanie Ellison lives above one of the famous Bella Lucia restaurants. It’s a large, luxurious living area for one person. So when the boss’s son comes for a visit and has nowhere to stay, Stephanie allows him to become her new roomie but past scars inhibit her from getting too close to him. In fact, she’s terrified to have him there and almost changes her mind when she sees how big and strong he is. Plus, she has a secret she can't bear anyone to discover.

Daniel Stephens never knew his father while growing up and to be told as an adult that his father wants to get to know him now after all this time just doesn’t ring true. Daniel doesn’t believe it. He's accepting his father's hospitality of a place to stay because his resources are all tied up with his African project. He finds Stephanie to be a very attractive woman but he's not interested in a relationship. In fact, he’s going to keep his heart locked away from his father and everyone. Once his business is off the ground, he can move out and carry on with his life alone like he’s always done.

But one day, Daniel discovers Stephanie’s secret and he can’t ignore her or her pain any longer. She notices the different way he’s looking at her and responds to him. Yet, he’s makes it clear he isn’t sticking around. Oh why doesn't she believe him.

This is the 5th book in The Brides of Bella Lucia series. For the complete listing, go here: http://thebridesofbellalucia.blogspot.com/2006/04/brides.html

Heat Level: Sensual

My Rating: Excellent - 5 stars (Top 10 list)
2009 Harlequin 100,000 Book Challenge: 14 books read
Harlequin Imprint: 14, Others: 0

1 comment:

  1. Another good premise. You see, Anita? This wasn't so hard. ;)


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