Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Book Review: Melting the Millionaire's Heart by Linda Morris

Title: Melting the Millionaire's Heart
Author: Linda Morris
Release Date: 18 December 2012
Number of pages: 94 pages
Publisher: Entangled Publishing (Ever After imprint)
Source: ebook provided by publisher
Purchasing Info: Goodreads, Author's Website, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Read an excerpt

Grade: 4 stars

Novellus superbus!
Goodreads appetizer: Special-needs teacher Kayla Johnston writes off any shot at New Year's Eve romance when she's summoned to a fundraising event for her school at the remote estate of a wealthy would-be-donor. But when a massive snowstorm hits and Kayla careens off the road, the sexy stranger who rescues her brings to mind cozy fireplaces and steamy midnight kisses…among other things.

Reclusive entrepreneur Ryan Langford may be missing his own fundraiser, but being marooned in a cabin with Kayla beats ducking a room full of people after his money any day. Too bad she's so irritated with the gazillionaire who ruined her New Year's Eve that he feels like he has to lie about his identity. But when the sparks fly and they fall into each other's arms, Ryan knows he's made a big mistake. Will she be able to trust him once the snow melts and the truth comes out?

My Thoughts: Melting the Millionaire's Heart is a snowed in romance (a trope I love), so even the fact that it took place around New Year's Eve (the holiday I dislike the most) didn't discourage or prejudice me against reading it, and what a good thing this was, because I loved it!

Melting the Millionaire's Heart is a pretty short novella with just 94 pages, so it's a good thing we dive right in the story with the hero and heroine meeting right at the beginning when Kayla, our heroine who is on the road to a work event gets in an accident and (unbeknownst to her) hitches a ride with the hero.

Despite its shortness Melting the Millionaire's Heart left me pretty satisfied: the hero and heroine talked for hours and got to know each other first before acting on their sizzling attraction and spending a passionate and fun New Year's Eve together. I say fun, because beside the crackling sparks they still managed to chuckle and laugh and just enjoy each other's company and have fun. It was fantastic to see them being so relaxed and playful. (Don't get me wrong, the love scene is really sexy, Linda Morris sure knows how to pack some heat).

I liked both the hero and the heroine, they were lovable and warm-hearted characters and together they had serious chemistry:

In the work room, she closed the door and turned to face him. Before she could say a thing, he kissed her, pressing her against the door with his long, hard body. Just like that. With no preliminaries, no apologies, no questions. His daring worked. She closed her eyes and let him do it until finally she caught herself and pushed him away. Explosive chemistry, they had in spades. Their problem was a lack of trust, and they hadn’t mended that fence yet. He stepped back, his lips shining from her moisture, gazing at her as if she was the most beloved sight in the world. Her heart turned over.

I loved how this story had so many voices: it was romantic, passionate, moving and even funny:

All practical thoughts flew from her head as the car spun. With a sickening squeal, the wheels left the pavement. For a few horrifying seconds, her world listed crazily as the car dipped to one side. Oh, God, she was going to die! And she’d never even gone skydiving or read Ulysses, or any of those other dumb things people always put on their bucket lists.

There were just two minor things I was grumbling about:

- I get that it was for plot reasons but texting while driving angers me so much. It drives me crazy seeing how stupid and irresponsible people are to do it.

- Carolyn, who was the heroine's stereotypical cheery airhead bubbly bff, was a bit too over the top.

Verdict: Melting the Millionaire's Heart was a great story I enjoyed a lot. Linda Morris has a delightful writing voice and I can't wait to read more stories from her! If you'd like to read a short but sexy and fun story you won't go wrong with Melting the Millionaire's Heart!

Plot: 8/10
Characters: 8/10
Writing: 9/10
Ending: 8/10
Cover: 9/10

Review originally posted at Book Lovers Inc.

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