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Feature book: Claimed for the Billionaire’s Convenience

7 October 2020

Claimed for the Billionaire’s Convenience by Melanie Milburne

Subgenre: contemporary romance
Release date: 1 Jan 2019
Publisher: Mills & Boon
Format: ebook and print
Length: 153 pages
RRP: $4.99 (ebook); $7.99 (print)

Holly Frost is a florist with two broken engagements behind her. Having once been desperate for the fairy tale love—witnessing it every day in her parents’ relationship—she is feeling bitter over her own disappointments and has regrettably been too obvious in her thoughts on social media. Her posts have led to a downturn in her business. To top it all off, her youngest sister has just become engaged leaving her the only sibling to not be in a happy relationship.

Divorce Lawyer Zack Knight is every woman’s dream, but the last thing he is interested in is a serious relationship. Past trauma from his own parent’s divorce has left him bitter over the idea of love. But he wants Holly from the moment he sees her, a challenge made more exciting given her dismissive attitude towards him.

This engagement of convenience story is light and fun. The banter and sexual chemistry between these two flies off the page and really hooks in the reader. Zack’s love and support for his father is admirable and really softens his character who at times can come across as being a little harsh.

A social media post implies these two are engaged, which turns out to suit both of them for their own reasons. Being engaged to the unattainable Zach Knight boosts Holly’s business. Zach can show his father that his parents’ divorce hasn’t ruined thoughts of love and marriage for him (even though it has, but he doesn’t want his dad to feel guilt over that). Pretending to be engaged leads to real feelings between these two though they both fight to deny their love.

I thought this had quite a different vibe to some of Ms Milburne’s other books but was still a highly enjoyable read. The conflicts from both characters were clear but both realised their true feelings quite quickly. Like a few Mills and Boons I’ve read recently I would love to have had a few more chapters at the end, or an epilogue just to add that extra punch of happiness but I’m a greedy reader.

I am looking forward to reading Max and Sabrina’s story. The hints from this book have brought it to the top of my to-be-read pile!

Reviewed by Jayne

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

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