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Feature book: Cinderella’s Scandalous Secret

1 April 2020

Cinderella’s Scandalous Secret by Melanie Milburne

Subgenre: contemporary romance
Release date: 1 Oct 2019
Publisher: Mills & Boon Modern
Format: ebook and print
Length: 192 pages
RRP: $4.99 (ebook); $7.99 (print)

Both Isla and Rafe have secrets in their past and have given the appearance that each had a loving childhood. That reality was very different.

Isla McBain is doing some casual work cleaning in a hotel for her friend, Layla. On her last room, she finds the occupant, and she knows him. She is pregnant to him. Isla and Rafe Angeliri had a fling, she became pregnant and left. Rafe couldn’t understand why but is determined to find the answers.

Rafe takes her back to his Italian home as he is determined that his child will not be illegitimate, like he was. Isla doesn’t want to bring shame on Rafe for her past indiscretion. Both try to sort through their issues, and as their fears and secrets are shared, they realise the secrets were doing more harm to their relationship than good. But when Isla’s secret may have an impact on Rafe’s business and standing in the business world, she leaves again. This time she has some supporters who were previously adversaries, that convince Rafe that he needs Isla.

I have read many books by Ms Milburne, and this to me had a different tone, one that I really liked. I liked this Italian male. He was the ‘new age’ guy, not needing to put pressure on the woman he loves but is willing to wait and communicate. Okay so there was still the male elements like actions speaking louder than words ‘I’m doing it this way because I love you even if I can’t say the words’ type actions.

Reviewed by Heather

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

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