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Feature book: The Tycoon’s Shock Heir

8 July 2020

The Tycoon’s Shock Heir by Bella Frances

Subgenre: Contemporary romance
Release date: 1 Jan 2019
Publisher: Mills & Boon Modern
Format: ebook and print
Length: 153 pages
RRP: $5.99 (ebook); $7.99 (print)

Ruby Martin is a ballet dancer on the cusp of achieving her dreams of becoming a principle dancer, but ligament injury has her sidelined. Having grown up feeling abandoned and unloved by her mother and a father who disappeared, ballet is the one thing she’s always counted on.

Italian billionaire banker Matteo Rossini is on the verge of resurrecting his family’s bank to its former glory, with only one crucial deal standing between him and that goal. Banking wasn’t his life’s dream, Rugby was, but the unexpected early death of his father threw him into this role, and he’ll stop at nothing to avenge the person he feels responsible for his father’s death.

Matteo’s mother, Coral, is a long-time patron of the ballet and supporter of Ruby, and she asks her to step in to help Matteo who is attending an opening performance on Coral’s behalf. Sparks fly between Matteo and Ruby, the chemistry humming on the page with an inevitable conclusion. And consequences.

Ruby’s pregnancy throws her into emotional turmoil and I really felt her pain during this section. The plot was quite complex for this story, with both Ruby and Matteo having deep and emotional backstories. At times, I felt there was maybe too much going on that overshadowed the emotional connection of these two characters, but it was very well done given the compact book length.

It’s a beautifully written romance, with a great balance of steamy moments and inner reflection. I really enjoyed Matteo’s character—his inner dialogue often had me having a little giggle. Both were realistic characters and the settings had me dreaming of European holidays. This was my first read by Bella Frances but I’m sure it won’t be my last.

Reviewed by Jayne

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

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