Feature book: Bella’s Impossible Boss
This is a story that drew me in from the start. A story with conflict and emotion and two very strong people who needed to learn how to trust; one who needed to learn to be proud of herself and one who needed to learn how to love.
Bella Maldini has had a pretty good life growing up, doting parents and holidays, but at the age of 15 she lost her mother, which has a big impact on her. She doesn’t do well at school, drops out of university and feels like a complete failure to her doting father. She goes to Italy to help her aunt and uncle in their restaurant and finally feels this is what she wants to make of her life. Her father Marco is opening a new hotel in the New South Wales city of Newcastle, which holds memories for him, and offers Bella the chance to help with the organising and opening of the restaurant in the hotel. Bella is determined to make this work so her father will be proud of her.
Dominic Wright has had a rough childhood. His mother walked out when he was nine and his father went from one woman to the next, threw his money around when he had it and turned to alcohol when he had no one. Dominic was determined to never fall in love and be used by a woman and to never have to struggle. He goes to university while caring for his father and starts working for Marco Maldini and does really well. Marco asks Dominic to get the hotel in Newcastle up and running. There is a lot of hard work to do and Dominic is very happy to do so, but is not so happy about working with Bella whom he thinks, from her past history, does not have the stamina to hold down the job.
When Bella and Dominic meet the sparks start to fly. She looks nothing like the photo Marco has on his desk, and Bella is not too happy about having to work with someone known as a womaniser but she is determined to get this job done and done well so as her father will be proud of her. Dominic is sure Bella will not make the distance in this job but he cares for Marco very much and doesn’t want to see him hurt. So they go to Newcastle for two months to get the hotel opened. Bella is looking after the restaurant and Dominic the overall hotel. The apartment they have to share is decorated like a love nest; neither are happy. Bella arrives with a cat she is babysitting for a friend. They set house rules and the conflict starts.
The adventure to their HEA is filled with conflict and unspent passion as they learn each other’s secrets. The way they help each other understand themselves will keep you turning the pages. You can feel the love growing between them but both feel that this is a forbidden love even after the kiss that heats their blood. After all Dominic is Bella’s boss and they are different as chalk and cheese or oil and water. When they realise that they love each other it is well worth the wait. This is a great story that gave me hours of reading pleasure.
reviewed by Helen S
A review copy of this book was provided by the author.