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Feature book: Billionaire’s Wife on Paper

20 May 2020

Billionaire’s Wife on Paper by Melanie Milburne

Subgenre: contemporary romance
Release date: 1 Jan 2020
Publisher: Mills & Boon Modern
Format: ebook, print
Length: 216 pages
RRP: $4.99 (ebook); $8.99 (print)

Ms Milburne has written a multi-layered marriage of convenience story in Billionaire’s Wife on Paper, which is set in the beautiful Scottish Highlands. After his grandfather’s death, Logan McLaughlin becomes Laird and inherits his beloved family estate including Bellbrae Castle. When the will is read, he is shocked to learn that he must marry within three months or his inheritance will pass to his younger brother, Robbie. Robbie is a party boy with a gambling habit and completely unsuitable to inherit.

Layla Campbell is the great-niece of Bellbrae’s housekeeper and has lived at the castle since her parents died when she was young. She continues to reside at the castle while building up her own cleaning business. Layla worries that if Robbie inherits, he will either sell or lose the castle resulting in her and her aunt needing to move plus the castle dog, Flossie, who has been there as long as Layla, will be turned out. After some hesitation she agrees to Logan’s proposal of entering into a marriage of convenience for one year on paper to save his inheritance. They are married in Hawaii and enjoy a honeymoon for a few days.

During this time, they open up to each other about their pasts, share their feelings and their physical attraction explodes when they make love. Logan is shocked to learn that she was a virgin. He pulls away which leaves unresolved tension as they fly back to Scotland. A confrontation with Robbie occurs when they return to Bellbrae. He insults Layla and leaves, bringing Logan’s guilt back in full force in relation to how he cares for his loved ones. They decide to enjoy a ‘married fling’ and live in a bubble of bliss for a time. Then the real world intrudes, and they have to find a way to incorporate it into their relationship. This proves to be highly problematic and puts their relationship to the test.

This is an interesting story that at times made me think of Cinderella, and other times, it felt like a modernised version of a Regency romance. The leading characters are well drawn and quickly had me cheering them on. I would have liked to see more of them interacting with each other out of bed and in the world. I hope they get to make a guest appearance in a future story.

This is an entertaining read with great characters. You should put it in your beach bag or stretch out by the pool with it one afternoon. I recommend enjoying Layla and Logan’s story plus the added bonus of a trip to the Scottish Highlands.

reviewed by Tracey

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

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