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Feature book: Redemption of the Maverick Millionaire

12 August 2020

Redemption of the Maverick Millionaire by Michelle Douglas

Subgenre: contemporary
Release date: 20 Apr 2020
Publisher: Mills & Boon Forever Romance
Format: ebook and print
Length: 256 pages
RRP: $5.99 (ebook), $15.25 duo (print)

First of all, the cover! What a lovely heroine in such a pretty dress, with the handsome, brooding millionaire. And my word, he does brood.

Second, the setting: Mirror Glass Bay, located in a more off-touristy part of the coast near Byron Bay in northern NSW. It is a truly spectacular part of Australia, beautiful and unspoiled—and fiercely protected by locals. Those who follow Michelle Douglas’ Facebook page will know how much she loves her beach visits, and the beach in this book is absolutely stunning. You can hear, see and smell it all the way through the book, so you experience a little bit of Michelle’s love gifted to us vicariously as we read. Almost as good as a holiday, and I do love a beach visit. None of us are allowed to go on holiday at the moment, so let’s travel via books!

Third, Damon Macy, the hero. He is a very complex man with a desperate past, which we do see slowly revealed. The vulnerability of this outwardly tough self-made man made me melt. He’s done things he’s not proud of, things that sit badly with his soul (hence the angsty brooding), and some of them involve Eve Clark, who now lives in Mirror Glass Bay.

Four long years ago he betrayed her and trampled over her in his desperation to reach the top. She’s never forgiven him. However, she doesn’t know (or believe) he hasn’t forgiven himself, either. He longs for redemption.

When Mirror Glass Bay is faced with a massive development, Damon steps in to save the beautiful spot from destruction, trying to atone for his previous sins and be an anonymous knight in shining armour. Much to his consternation, Eve is furious! She wanted the development, because it was going to bring an injection of much-needed funds and employment, save the school, and hopefully create more medical facilities in her beautiful little part of the world.

The fiery scene where these two come face to face after their bitter four-year parting is fabulous. Damon is horrified he’s been ‘outed’ as the KISA (Knight in Shining Armour), because everything has gone belly up. He knows Eve hates the sight of him, and rightly so. Now he’s made things even worse for her—again—but completely by accident. Good motives but a really bad outcome. All he wants to do is fix his mistake! That first meet with Eve stirs up emotions and feelings he’s unsuccessfully tried to bury for the last four years. Cue more brooding!

But kudos to him for not shrinking away from his mistakes. His high-profile life means he’s busy, busy, busy, but suddenly it seems more important to stay in Mirror Glass Bay and fix things. The fact Eve’s there is also messing with his mind. He can’t seem to stay away from her.

Eve has built a new life for herself away from the corporate world that was crushed for her (by Damon). To have him back in her life and wrecking things yet again is desperately upsetting. Struggling to put all that behind her when dealing with a different, penitent Damon, is incredibly difficult. How can she ever trust him again? He broke her heart—and her life—once; twice would devastate her forever. And how can she trust herself when she begins to fall for him again?

This is a beautiful second-chance-at-love story, in a world-class setting with generous and wonderful characters. I adored Eve, I thought she was fabulous and feisty. But true confession, I fell hard for the broody Damon. Another fab story Michelle!

reviewed by Malvina

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

One Comment
  1. michelledouglas permalink
    12 August 2020 9:59 am

    Many thanks for the wonderful review, Malvina and ARRA. Am over the moon you loved it.

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