Jess is an extremely wealthy socialite who appears like any stereotypical airhead. Underneath the façade she’s a highly intelligent, hard working woman who has paid a high price to keep her place in the family. She always appears to take the easy road and submit to others expectations
TJ is a hard nosed and tough survivor who has lost both parents, and is fighting tooth and nail to bring up her younger sister, pay off family debts and keep the promises she made her Dad. She always puts her ethics above her personal needs, refusing to accept the slightest benefit she doesn’t feel she has earned.
When the two collide at Jess’s family firm they couldn’t appear more opposite. But sometimes oil and water make just the right combination and their journey becomes a page turning rollercoaster.
This starts like any traditional romance; clashes, obstacles and differences to the fore. But as it progresses the characters deepen, the plot thickens and it becomes so much more than ‘just’ a romance.
Its well written and edited, the story pulls you along on a whole series of levels, with several interesting sup-plots and entertaining characters to follow. There’s a lively sense of humour in the portrait of many of the scenes and an obvious love of the setting in the author’s descriptions.
Jess and TJ, along with TJ’s teenage sister Kara, are extremely well developed characters that take on a whole life of their own. Their histories, personalities and personal journeys are portrayed with depth and complexity, I didn’t want to say goodbye and would certainly love a sequel to find out how they progress.. maybe Kara could take centre stage.
It took me a while to get into this story but I am so very glad I kept going, and by half way through literally couldn’t put it down… I seem to have lost a day getting to the end, and then didn’t want it to stop. Well done Ms Blackmore I loved it.
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