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Feature book: One Night with her Millionaire Boss

1 July 2020

One Night with her Millionaire Boss by Kandy Shepherd

Subgenre: Contemporary romance
Release date: 23 Mar 2020
Publisher: Mills & Boon Forever Romance
Format: ebook and print
Length: 240 pages
RRP: $4.99 (ebook); $20.99 Duo (print)

I was completely thrilled to realise this book features Ned Hudson, the brother of Wil Hudson from Second Chance With the Single Dad. Ooh, yes please, more of these fabulous men!

Ned’s always been the one expected to take over the huge property Five and a Half Mile Creek; the multi-million dollar ‘farm’ 400km from Melbourne that’s been in his family for 150 years. And he does exactly that, at his father’s request. Ned’s a man of his land, a ‘farmer’, aware of his massive family responsibilities and the huge staff reliant on him—and he shoulders it all without hesitation. He is a good boss and a good man, steady and kind. Gosh, I love him already.

But he’s lonely. He’s been in many wedding parties as a groomsman, but never the groom … The fact he’s alone (and heirless) weighs heavily on him, especially when he’s alone at night in the big homestead. Sure, he’s got staff, but that’s never going to fill the gaps in his soul. He wants to be a husband and a father. He wants to love and be loved and see Five and a Half Mile Creek eventually pass onto the next generation.

So, he writes down his ‘wish list’ for a wife. Includes things such as she must be tall (because he’s tall), she must be dark, enjoy country life, must have management expertise (perhaps a lawyer or accountant might be the ticket), must love animals, be a good cook, conservative, have country values … and the list goes on.

In waltzes Freya Delaney, a Melbourne photographer hired by Ned’s mother (an interior designer) to do a photography shoot of the house. She’s very cosmopolitan, slight, blonde, and terrified of his dog.

Ha. I see what you did there, Kandy Shepherd. Freya is the polar opposite to Ned’s ‘wish list’ wife.

The second Ned meets Freya he is fascinated by her, inexplicably deeply attracted despite his mind screaming she’s not suitable in any way, shape or form as a romantic interest. She’ll photograph the house, then leave. But his heart, his lonely, dormant heart, says otherwise, so Ned suddenly dreams up a second shoot for Freya to do—and Freya agrees to return. Game on!

What Ned doesn’t know is that Freya knew his brother Wil during a terrible time in their youth. Something horrible happened to Freya that accidentally created an even worse time for Wil, and she was hoping to keep it secret, sure she’d be sent away from Five and a Half Mile Creek if it came out. Now Ned’s invited her back, she needs to tell him the truth. It’s such a dire secret it might well spell the end.

The tenderness of this story, and the skittish Freya’s gradual realisation of shy Ned’s big heart, brought tears to my eyes. Then there was the city-girl/country-man scenario—how could they possibly make this work? All very special in Kandy’s hands. Another winner, Kandy!

Reviewed by Malvina

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

ARRA members who leave a comment on the blog by 15 July 2020 will go into the draw to win a copy.

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