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Feature book: Penniless Virgin to Sicilian’s Bride

15 July 2020

Penniless Virgin to Sicilian’s Bride by Melanie Milburne

Subgenre: Contemporary romance
Release date: 1 May 2019
Publisher: Mills & Boon Modern
Format: ebook and print
Length: 152 pages
RRP: $5.99 (ebook); $7.99 (print)

Francesca Mancini (Frankie) is devastated over the loss of her father and discovering he has left her in a situation of crippling debt. Having grown up as an only child, and with a workaholic father, she doesn’t know what to do next.

Sicilian billionaire Gabriel Salvetti has broken free of his criminal family, but the stigma of his name still follows him. Frankie’s father was one of the few who took a chance on him early on, leading in part to his success of today.

When a business deal requires him to further redeem his reputation, he sees marrying Frankie as the easy solution. To save her family home in stunning Lake Como, she must marry him for a year.

Frankie is inexperienced but fights the attraction she feels to billionaire Gabriel. Both characters have strong reasons to be wary of commitment and its quite a slow burn for them to give in to their mutual desires.

The prose is undeniably Melanie Milburne, with descriptions that brought the characters and setting to life. I enjoyed seeing a softer side to billionaire hero, Gabriel, in particular the scenes with his younger sister, the only part of his family he is still in contact with. The premise and backstory for both characters were very deep and complex.

This was one of those stories where I wish the word count for Presents could have been longer. The ending did feel a little too quick in its wrap up, and I would have loved an epilogue. But maybe that’s just me being greedy 🙂

Reviewed by Jayne

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

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