Expected Release Date: July 15, 2011 (UK), August 1(US-iBooks)
Publisher: Mills & Boon
Author’s Website: maiseyyates.com
My Source for This Book: Won in a contest
Part of a Series: No
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Steamy
When Ella’s failing business comes wrapped up as part of Blaise Chevalier’s recent takeover, he plans to discard it — as is his usual way with surplus goods. Then he meets Ella! Cast from the same fiery mould as he is, she makes an intruiguing adversary. Perhaps he could have a little fun with his new acquisition…
As proud and strong as she she is beautiful, Ella is determined to prove Blaise wrong about her business and her worth. As long as she hides her hint of vulnerability and denies the flicker of attraction between them when she catches her enemy’s eye…
Ella is a talented fashion designer, determined to find success with her own line and small boutique. Though technically an “heiress” of a famous family, she relies only on her own talent and perseverance to make something of herself with her line. Unfortunately, fashion is a very expensive business, and she’s accumulated massive debt with her business. When her loans are purchased by Blaise Chevalier, a man well known for both his playboy lifestyle and his ruthless business acumen, she sees all of her dreams going down the drain.
However, Blaise has seen Ella’s potential, and knows that with the right connections, he can make them both incredibly rich off of her work. All she has to do is give up control of her precious company to a man whose reputation paints him as heartless.
Even knowing that it’s unwise to mix business and pleasure, both are unable to resist the attraction crackling between them, despite the fact they each know they have nothing to offer each other…
To be absolutely fair, I have to start off any review of a Maisey Yates book by saying this: I am a Maisey Yates fangirl. I have, thus far, absolutely adored everything that I have read by her, and was incredibly upset to learn that at the time of its publishing in the UK, there were no plans for a U.S. release, and that it was therefore unavailable to me. When I found out I’d won this book through a contest on the SEVEN SASSY SISTERS blog, my husband can attest to the fact that I quite literally squealed like a little schoolgirl and probably frightened my neighbors. Never fear, they’ve recovered, but my excitement about this book never faded.
What Worked For Me:
- I really, really enjoyed that Ella was physically imperfect, and that she actually flaunted her smaller scars to satisfy the curiosity of others without actually revealing her deepest insecurities. It was also refreshing that while she had endured a rather crappy childhood, she wasn’t a poor little orphan who’d grown up in the foster care system.
- I don’t normally go for virgin heroines in contemporaries, but Ella’s self-consciousness about her scars and bad prior history with men definitely made this instance more plausible than some.
- Don’t tell Mr. Romanceaholic, but I’m pretty sure I now want a beautiful mocha-skinned Frenchman of my own *drools*. The epitome of tall, dark, and handsome, Blaise was incredibly dreamy. I also appreciated that there was just enough French scattered throughout the dialogue to remind me to read Blaise with a French accent and my oh my, it’s called the Language of Romance for a reason *dreamy sigh*
- I also loved that Ella was a talented fashion designer — this isn’t a career I’ve read about often in romances, and the fact that I read it on the same night that Project Runway’s new season premiered made it even better
- Oh Em Gee. The scene. On the yacht. With the rose. *swoons* That, in all seriousness, was probably the most romantic scene I have ever read in a category romance. Ever. It was sheer and utter perfection.
- I really liked that there was no “evil ex” or surprise pregnancies or family ultimatums or any of those things in this story. While I certainly enjoy those things on occasion, it was refreshing to simply see two broken people working to repair the damage of their pasts, without a lot of outside influences.
What Didn’t Work For Me:
- I really wish there’d been more details about what had happened with Marie. Or, if not what had happened with Marie, then at least some more about his relationship with his brother. I tend to like my books to be wrapped up into a neat little bow when they’re complete, and it felt as though there was some unfinished business left dangling by not having some sort of on-screen resolution so to speak with his estranged family.
- I hate to say it, but the fact that the heroine has terrible burn scars from a fire and the hero’s name is “Blaise” was a wee bit too cheesy for my tastes. Though, this is a very, very small negative point, because frankly, he could’ve been named “Sparkles the Cupcake Princess” and I’d have still adored him.