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Feature book: Miss Prim’s Greek Island Fling

4 September 2019

Miss Prim’s Greek Island Fling by Michelle Douglas

Subgenre: contemporary romance
Release date: 15 Apr 2019
Publisher: Mills & Boon Forever Romance
Format: ebook and print
Length: 177 pages
RRP: $4.99 (ebook); $14.99 (print duo)

I love the way Audra Russell and her brother’s best friend Finn Sullivan meet in the opening of this book. But first a small digression. Michelle Douglas’ Facebook page is full of gorgeous beach/ocean photos. It is obvious she loves swimming and visiting the beach to relax. So she’s sharing the love, gifting us the (fictional) Greek island of Kyanós with crystal clear water, sunshine and amazing beaches. I felt as though I was on holiday reading this. As we head into an Aussie winter, even better to read as we think about winter woollies—but dream about the summer we’ve just had and the summer to come!

Anyhoo, back to the intro. Audra has fled to her brother Rupert’s luxury getaway villa on Kyanós, and it’s obvious something terrible has recently happened to her. She is exhausted and wants to hole up by herself, lick her wounds, and sleep in untroubled peace. We don’t know yet what this is, exactly, but she’s traumatised and in desperate need of solace, and time out to heal. Suddenly she’s rudely awakened by an intruder, crashing around in the house on the ground floor, muttering in French and Greek. Terrified, she calls the police and hides in a cupboard upstairs, but this is absolutely horrific for her—and a clue to her previous trauma.

The police arrive and arrest … Finn, her brother’s best friend! He’s recovering from major injuries after an accident on a mountain, and impulsively decides to crash at the villa to rest up, as he has a key. (At this point I sincerely wished I knew someone who could give me a key to a Greek villa and invite me to use it anytime. Very open to offers, thanks.) Crisis averted when Audra identifies Finn as ‘friendly’. And when Rupert rings, he’s honestly happy Finn is staying with Audra. Finn can keep an eye on her. Intriguing!

I’m not going to tell you what Audra’s fled from. It’s truly awful, and is slowly revealed as you read the book, so I don’t want to give any spoilers. Suffice it to say that her psychological hurt is profound, deep and terrifying. What happened to her should never happen to anyone and she’s having a tremendously difficult time recovering. As you would.

Audra works for her family’s company. She is a go-to girl, an organiser, someone who micromanages their business and charity events to perfection, no matter the personal cost to her. Finn, in her opinion, is a womaniser and a rich wastrel—travelling the world and doing whatever he wants to do, each escapade more dangerous than the last (yes, yes, for charity, as though that legitimises them), each new woman slinky and glamorous, yet not able to keep his interest. But now he’s badly hurt, recovering from his ridiculous dare-devil injuries (!).

With fair compromise, they make a crazy deal. They’ll stay together on the island and ‘keep an eye’ on each other, but only if they share their ‘R&R’: each must do what the other chooses on alternate days. As Audra has big ideas about sitting on a beach reading, while action-man Finn usually climbs mountains, races cars, base jumps and does other crazy stuff, this truly fascinated me. How on earth can they compromise any sort of R&R when they seem like polar opposites?

I do love the way Audra chooses some books for non-reading Finn. And sneakily chooses book one from a fantasy trilogy. I knew what was coming—and sure enough, he was hooked before he knew it. Nice one, Audra!

Of course, there is the elephant in the corner: how are they going to ignore the colossal attraction that springs up between them—and in fairness has simmered away for some time? Audra is Rupert’s sister, Finn knows he can’t possibly act on his attraction—and vice versa! It could be extremely awkward for everyone if they had a silly holiday fling and things went bad. Relations would become very difficult and frosty in the family.

But honestly, Kyanós sounds like paradise. Beautiful beaches, gorgeous scenery, welcoming warm locals, and a shopping strip that just begs you to come back and back and back and indulge. Not too commercial, not too underdone, everything’s just right … Suddenly a fling doesn’t sound too bad. In fact, suddenly a fling might not be avoidable … Hot romance is definitely in the air!

How Audra and Finn nurture and encourage each other back from twin precipices of profound physical and psychological pain is very special in this book. They don’t realise it at first, but each has the key to heal the other, and it’s beautiful to watch as the romance unfolds. They are both smart, sensitive people, terribly vulnerable from their past and their present situations—and yet they’re on Kyanós, which is absolute magic. Dreams, and healing, just might be realised here.

Reading this beautiful book is definitely as good as a holiday. Not to be missed.

reviewed by Malvina

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

One Comment
  1. michelledouglas permalink
    4 September 2019 11:38 am

    Malvina, your review has put the biggest smile on my face…and makes me want to run away for a nice long holiday on my gorgeous Greek island. Thank you! 🙂

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