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Feature book: Tycoon’s Forbidden Cinderella

20 March 2019

Tycoon’s Forbidden Cinderella by Melanie Milburne

Subgenre: contemporary romance
Release date: 1 Jul 2018
Publisher: Mills & Boon Modern
Format: ebook and print
Length: 224 pages
RRP: $5.99 (ebook); $7.99 (print)

Audrey Merrington’s film star, multi-married mother, and Lucien Fox’s rock star father are getting married again … for the third time!

Both Audrey and Lucien are horrified. The two previous, highly publicised weddings and consequent shattering, highly publicised divorces are—enough. They both don’t want to prop up their parents after the inevitable emotional fallout yet again. The last two times have been quite enough, with overdoses and binge drinking, money troubles, and goodness knows what.

Both Audrey and Lucien turn up independently at Bramble Cottage, a getaway in the Cotswolds owned by Audrey’s mother. They are determined to track their parents down and prevent this third disastrous wedding happening. Both are not particularly happy to see each other, and their parents not there. Due to the stormy weather (inside and outside!), they spend an unsettled night together. But it’s also one of the first times they’ve ever had the chance to talk to each other properly. Hmm. And there’s that little spark of attraction between them that’s been there—if they are truthful—for some time …

The search shifts to France the next day, which is a lovely change of location. It also means that Audrey and Lucien continue to talk—really talk—and get to know each other. They bond over the need to keep their parents unmarried, and apart. But again … that little spark of attraction.

It is obvious these two have been completely turned off marriage by their parents. They’ve seen the emotional wreckage when (multiple) marriages break down, and neither wants to wade through carnage like that. Why even get married at all, if that’s what’s going to happen? But in France, in the beautiful surroundings, a fling based on their hot attraction—what can possibly go wrong? They both know it’s not love, it’s not permanent, it’s not even complicated. It’s just sex. Or is it?

You ache for Audrey and Lucien, you really do. They’ve been the adults for their parents for far too long. They’ve put up so many barriers with each other it’s become normal. To suddenly have all that threatened by—gasp!—developing feelings, is horrifying. They have to really battle themselves to see the preciousness of what they could have.

Then suddenly, all trust in each other is shattered. Their fragile romance collapses like a house of cards.

What an emotional ride. Watching these two fight to get through an absolutely tumultuous time is rather splendid, though, and Melanie makes it all work wonderfully well. The ending is a little rushed, but it still works. A terrific read.

reviewed by Malvina

A review copy of this book was provided by the author.

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