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His Mistress for a Week by Melanie Milburne
Clem doesn’t need this. Alistair, her nemesis, is demanding, yes demanding she tell him where her brother is, but she doesn’t know. Clementine’s last encounter with Alastair was during the time her mother had the affair with his father. Alistair accused her of trying to seduce him—like mother, like daughter.
Alastair Hawthorne likes to think of himself as organised and leading an ordered life. He cared for his mother, as his father left to have the fling with Clem’s mother while his mother was dying of cancer. When he was young, his younger brother died. His current issue is that he has been left with a step-sister he doesn’t know how to relate to, and he decides she’d be better in boarding school. He doesn’t want a disordered life.
Clementine Scott’s life is complicated. She has her brother who she fusses over like a mother. Then there is her mother who moves from man to man when she gets bored. A mother who calls her for money. Then there is the hidden complications of her OCD and self-image.
Alastair drags Clem to Monaco to find the runaway pair, her brother and his step-sister. Alastair really finds out many things about Clem and her reality as the pair check up on the young pair and have a break. They also need to fight their attraction to each other. Alastair also has to fight Clem’s self-image. She is particularly hard on herself, but those are the lessons she has learned over time.
I really enjoyed this story. Clem is a very flawed heroine and one many readers may be able to relate to, especially with her struggles with weight, self-image and OCD. I liked that Alastair was able to admit to his mistakes and see how things were for Clem. He really falls from above when he discovers that Clem is much different to what he imagined and knew from his previous experience.
Reviewed by Heather
A review copy of this book was provided by the author’s publicist.