Sunday, February 21, 2010

Book Review: Mistress: Hired For The Billionaire's Pleasure

The title of this book is a bit deceiving. You would really think that this story was about a power hungry man out to keep a woman for his own bidding. The back blurb isn't accurate either, as the child is not left on Orlando's doorstep, but is brought to him by his former lover.

Its a same that the two things don't really provide a better account of what the story is about, because it may turn some readers away from a really good book.

In fact this story is much like a modern day fairy tale. It's little bit Beauty And The Beast with a wicked mother and evil suitor thrown in for good measure.

Rachel is a pianist running away from a marriage she doesn't want as well as from an abusive fiancee/conductor and Orlando is losing his sight and is trying to hide from the world. When the two come together they find a strange sort of happiness together, especially when Orlando's ex shows up with a baby in tow, claiming that its his.

Arabella exits, trying to get away from her responsibilities as well as suffering from post natal depressing and that's where Rachel comes in.

The story really comes together well, because Grey gives you characters you can truly feel for, whether its anger, sympathy or love and you'll feel these even for the secondary players in this novel, including Orlando's brother Felix who is dead.

The imagery in the book is so superb, the reader can easily visualize Orlando's home at the time of the ball, when Rachel has taken over for Lucinda the decorator that's come down with the flu.

This is a book that would easily transition to film, particularly a Hallmark Channel Movie.

A fun, emotional read that's definitely going to find its way to many keeper shelves.


Marilyn Shoemaker said...

It was lovwly and won India an award!

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