Book Blurb :
Real estate tycoon Nathaniel Montgomery is one deal away from making his first billion and fulfilling a promise to his dying father. Nothing will stop himfrom tearing down the decrepit St. Agnes hospital and erecting posh condos in its place. Not even the crystal-wearing, health food store owner whose publicity stunt lands him in the hospital.
After her brush with death five years ago, child prodigy Addie Collins learned what’s truly important—health, happiness, and the two-hundred-year-old rose garden at St. Agnes. To make amends for the accident, she agrees to pose as Nathaniel’s girlfriend at his eccentric grandmother’s birthday party.
But Addie has an ulterior motive. To repay her debt to the universe, she must show him there’s more to life than making money. Nathaniel hates to lose, but as she breaks through his defenses, losing himself in Addie’s arms might be exactly what this tycoon needs…
I first became a fan of this author when I read a few of her medical romances for Mills and Boons when I first became part of the online romance community. So the chance to read her book for a review was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up and it does help that she an Aussie J.
It all starts with a pink pair of handcuffs. That right: pink handcuffs. Addie has been given the role of arresting Nathaniel as part of the protests over Nathaniel’s plans for the old St. Agnes Hospital and the rose garden she loves. She doesn’t have the key for them on her and is forced to search for it in her friend Penny’s car. Find the key and the problem is solved and she be just an entity in a sea of protestors and he can go back to his glamorous life. Wrong! Instead he ends up in hospital and she is playing his girlfriend to please his family.
I love the concept of this story. Addie is no hippie; she borrowed the clothing from her friend who, like her, rethought her life after a life-altering situation and decided to make some changes. Now a health food store owner, she agrees to help her friend Penny because she loves the imperiled old gardens. Stuck with each other, Addie and Nathaniel have a growing attraction despite their different outlooks and his belief that he is not thinking straight and can’t trust his judgment right now.
Obviously, his usually discerning libido had been damaged in the fall and was not to be trusted
Will this couple reach an understanding? You have to read and find out for yourself.
Like other reviewers, I see Addie and Nathanial as Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy because she’s a free thinker and he’s a grouchy man with a secret side that no one knows. That’s the only comparison I‘m going to make, however, as his family is more like Addie which we meet when he is goaded by his assistant Margaret to take Addie to his family gathering.
Nathaniel is a bit of a snob and his reactions are amusing, as in when he asked Addie how did she go about finding his apartment:
“You didn’t have any problems finding me, then?”
“Hardly. I live here, too.”
What the—? Nathaniel almost dropped a crutch as he turned to face her. The woman looked like she slept in a gypsy caravan. “You live at St. Katherine’s Dock?”
Addie’s reaction to him
“You are such a snob.”
“No. I live on the Ida May. A forty-seven foot long boat.”
“I inherited it from a great aunt and the best thing about it is it’s only a hop, skip, and a jump from work.”
Then when it couldn’t get better, she tells him that she works in the area too and his reaction continues to amuse me:
He ignored the jibe and she watched as his busy mind connected the dots. “Oh God, you work in the crystal shop, don’t you?”
Addie glared at him. “If you mean Soul Food, then yes. And I don’t just work in it, I own it. It’s mine.”
Nathaniel’s gaze fell on the crystal-encrusted pendant around her neck. “You own a shop that sells crystals?”
He realize his mistake after having a dig again at her crystals and tries to backpedal. At this point I’m confused; he seems to be very tuned to her and they only just met three days ago and that frustrates me . It seems too fast and they barely have spent time together since they met unless there was some communication I missed.
Addie‘s reaction to him physically is another amusing moment for me like this particular scene in the limo:
And next to a man who could tempt a nun.
Then Nathaniel again makes a comment that is tuned to what Addie is thinking. Sixth sense anyone? She decides go with her head and declares no sexual flavours are happening even though she’s feeling the opposite a minute ago:
“Are you sure?” he asked, his voice dropping an octave and suddenly she didn’t feel like she was wanting at all. “It could be fun.”
Surprise, surprise, he goes back to being cranky and taking digs at crystals all over again. It’s like Hyde and Jekyll here and it felt stale. He comes up with an lame excuse that he is upset because the phone and internet connections are bad down at his family farm and he has important deals going on and he needs to work.
So he decides to get to in the car and instead of getting to the point, I find myself hating Nathaniel. He does another u-turn and decides to play nice again and we start learn about Addie and her reasons for the life changes she has made. At the same time we learn about Nathaniel’s family and the whole reason the pair is stuck together and it seems like love is in the cards for the pair.
Oh the family reaction when Nathaniel rattles off the information he learnt moments ago like a lovesick man was fun! Make up your mind, it’s like a game of ping pong going on. The woman in his family come the conclusion he’s fallen in love and decide that she is the woman for him and interfere by putting Addie and Nathaniel in the same bedroom during the family gathering. I could go on about this two but I don’t want to give everything away .
I like the concept of the storyline but it seems too good to be true that a man is so tuned in to a woman knowing her for a few short days and spending only a couple hours with her in the first three days yet knowing what she wants. Four Couples. I’m may be too generous here but the couple were memorable.
Publisher : Entangled
Source : Publicist Provided for Review
Released : August 2012