Feature book: Hired by the Brooding Billionaire
Shelley Fairhill had a childhood that was not a happy one. She had a great mother and grandmother who were always telling her to watch out for her foot-in-mouth problem, as she was known for saying things before she thinks. All has not been that bad for Shelley while growing up, but she is now a horticulturalist and has just moved back to Sydney after breaking up with her lousy ex. She is sharing a small unit with her sister in an exclusive suburb close to the city. Shelley is always honest. She is caring and also very beautiful and not at all interested in any permanent relationships at the moment. She dearly wants to save and travel the world to see all of the famous gardens.
Declan Grant became a millionaire at the age of eighteen and a billionaire in his twenties. He is a total geek with computers, but he is also drop-dead gorgeous. He is an only child to parents who were always very busy with their jobs, so he was cared for by a nanny. He had married and was extremely happy until tragedy struck, changing Declan’s life. He becomes reclusive in his massive house with the big garden that seems to be getting taken over with weeds. Although he still works, he does not really leave the house.
Enter Shelley, literally knocking on his door, wanting to work on the garden and bring it back to what it should be. Because the neighbours complain, Declan reluctantly agrees to hire Shelley to work on the magnificent garden, not realising that this is going to change his life. Shelley is so enthusiastic about the garden and its design, but Declan has strict rules about who can work on it and there are rules not to disturb him. He finds himself drawn to her like no-one else before, and watching her work in his garden from the window starts his mind creating a new computer game. There is such a spark between both of them, and Shelley feels it as well. She wants him to open up more, and when she actually moves into the apartment attached to the house, things really start to heat up between them.
This is such a fantastic story. It is emotional and very sensual. You will need tissues, and it will also have you smiling as Ms Shepherd brings both hero and heroine to life on the pages. The characters are true and caring, and it is wonderful to see them opening up to each other. The setting of the garden is just so beautiful. I felt like I was sitting in it listening to this story. It is heartfelt and the ending is just beautiful. It really is a story to treasure. You will be putting it on the keeper shelf to be read again, to brighten your day.
Reviewed by Helen S
A review copy of this book was provided by the author. ARRA members who leave a comment by 30 September 2015 will go into the draw to win a copy. (The giveaway is now closed. The winner was Alyssa.)