This story has one of the most unusual beginnings I’ve ever seen, and that alone spurred me to read on, although I already had a feeling from the blurb that I was going to love this book. I don’t want to spoil anything, but let’s just say that Ashleigh gets found out in a rather compromising situation, and she’s in for more shocks shortly after. Right throughout what follows—having to be a Greek billionaire’s pretend girlfriend so he can nail an important deal—she shows courage again and again. What she sees as her weaknesses, I saw as her strengths and endearing qualities. She’s definitely not a meek heroine, but someone with a huge, kind heart who doesn’t really know what she wants and who she deserves. She was very believable and seemed like a perfect match for Lukas. She appeared stronger to me at the end of the book, and certainly happier than she had been.
Lukas – oh, how I love this name – is every bit the forbidden and handsome tycoon, but beneath the hard exterior and brusque formality live a hot-blooded Greek temperament and a slowly thawing heart. It was fascinating to see how Ashleigh got under his skin and how he had to wrestle a few inner demons to open up to her. He definitely won my heart over too, and not just because he came across as so swoonworthy and confident.
Christmas added a delightful undercurrent to the story, although it was merely something like an added bonus for me. I read this novel in one go, the way it always happens when I lay my hands on a new release by Kandy Shepherd. If you love sweet stories with a sensual tinge, authentic characters and an entertaining up-and-down, yes-and-no game of cat and mouse, then you’ll be in for a (holiday) treat with this romance.
The book will release on November 8. You can pre-order it here.