AUTHOR: PENELOPE JANU• GENRE: CONTEMPORARY FICTION • PAGES: 352 • RRP: $29.99 • RELEASE DATE: 18 June 2018 • PUBLISHER: HARLEQUIN AUSTRALIA
When the diminutive but fiery Golden Saunders falls from her horse and smashes her leg irreparably, and her racing family is disgraced by a corruption scandal, she thinks she’s hit rock bottom.
Then the enigmatic Tor Amundsen, United Nations diplomat (read: spy), arrives on the scene and proves her wrong. His investigation into her family pulls her back into a world she had escaped, and the branch of the family she has tried to avoid at all costs. Tor is infuriated and frustrated by the impossible mixture of fragility and fierceness that is Golden, true, but he is also strangely protective of her.
Golden wants no part of it. Men have pushed her around her whole life. The last thing she needs is an arrogant, irritatingly handsome man telling her what to do. But it turns out Tor has a way with animals, children and, well, Golden…
Before too long, she finds their overwhelming attraction is overriding her good sense, and as they are both pulled deeper into the murky world of dirty money, things are about to get messy, and Golden’s small, quietly ordered life will change beyond recognition…
Can Golden overcome her fears and the shadows of the past and reach for a new kind of future? Will she ever be able to get her life back on the right track?
Based on the cover I was expecting this to be more rural fiction rather than contemporary, but I was wrong. The majority of the book is based in Sydney, despite Golden living on acreage and it really has a very strong mystery element to it.
Golden is a very likeable character, if only the same could be said about her family (her sister aside). Honestly her mother in particular I wanted to throw something at. She was so superficial punished Golden for her own mistake. What a horrible woman.
Then enters Tor and the heat turns up about 1000 degrees. Holy hell batman there are some steamy sex scenes in the book! Enough to make me blush. Tor and Golden clearly have chemistry and it is the kind of chemistry that is more likely to lead to spontaneously generating fire. Don’t get me wrong there were aspects of his character that I didn’t like. He was too controlling at times but overall he was a fantastic inclusion.
Overall Rating:￼￼￼￼ ￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼☕￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼☕￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼☕￼￼￼￼￼￼☕￼￼￼￼￼￼ 4/5 teacups
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Happy reading x