Friday, January 15, 2010
Author: Sharon Kendrick
Line: Mills and Boon Modern/Sexy
Release month UK: Sept 2009
North America: Jan 2010
AUS/NZ: Feb 2010
The S-Factor: Sizzling
Riccardo Castellari has never seen Angie as anything other than his mousy secretary— until she flaunts a silky red dress that hangs on her every curve. Now he doesn't just look once, but twice!
Angie is helpless to refuse one night of exquisite pleasure with Riccardo. But back at work her cheeks are burning. Mortified, she tries to resign. Riccardo has other ideas— in order to leave, Angie must serve out her notice as his very personal mistress…
The Italian Billionaire’s Secretary Mistress was both explosive and a sensual journey with one determined and demanding Italian boss which takes alpha to a new level. For some this book might seem offensive because Riccardo Castellari was blunt, opinionated, determined and demanding with his secretary Angie. In the beginning his demeanour and the way he spoke to he was somewhat difficult to read but in the end and oh what an ending, it was brilliant how the very talented Ms. Kendrick brought him to his knees, teaching him a lesson on what it was to love this sweet young woman.
From the moment she was asked to be his secretary when he moved her from the typing pool she admired and soon loved him. This Italian successful billionaire she felt challenged by and worked very hard for him, making sure she was the very best secretary ever, from planning his schedule, to typing his memos, to making his coffee, and buying gifts for his family. As much as they worked well together and she knew he appreciated her skills, he really didn’t see her for who she was….sweet, warm, caring as a woman because she knew he considered her a “plain Jane”. Now on the eve of the office Christmas party he surprises her with the most beautiful designer red silk dress she’s ever seen and asks her to war it to the company party.
Riccardo Castellari made sure he choose well the new replacement for his secretary, the mousy Angie and he was glad because she was the very best and catered to his every need. He didn’t want someone fawning over him nor trying to get into his bed. He wanted efficient and that’s exactly was she was and he counted on her. However, when he sees her transformed wearing the red dress, wearing her hair down with a little make-up, he sees that she’s not mousy at all, she’s full of curves and his desire escalates, especially when he gives her a ride home after the party.
The chemistry explodes between them in her apartment and her very sexy boss ends up spending the night however making it very clear he doesn’t want to repeat it, he doesn’t do “love” or marriage and for Angie she’s heartbroken. After the holidays she realizes that she needs to get another job not only because she’s embarrassed, she’s also hurt. And then the unthinkable happens, he’s relentless in his sexual pursuit of her in the boardroom and suggests they go to his sister’s wedding in Tuscany and continue their affair and upon return to England, she’ll move on and work elsewhere.
Their journey is of course a rocky and at times a hurtful one especially for Angie and in the end, she makes a decision for her personal welfare, one that had this reader cheering. Will she find love and happiness? Can she survive without this time in Italy working for him, loving him and the stress of his family and his sister’s wedding? Well, you’ll just have to read The Italian Billionaire’s Secretary Mistress to find out and trust me, you’ll not be sorry. Also note this book made the USA Today Bestseller List.
Hero Hotness Factor♥♥♥♥♥
Heroine Lovability Factor♥♥♥♥♥
Stickability Factor ♥♥♥♥♥
Reviewed by: Marilyn
About the book from the author’s blog:
“It's all about Riccardo Castellari - the powerful and sexy Tuscan tycoon. And Angie - sweet, mousey little Angie who has loved her terse boss ever since she can remember. I love this couple and really wanted to tell their story.
I love the cover, too....and not just the artist's brilliant depiction of the intense and inexplicable passion which grows between Angie and Riccardo. Look closely and you can see Big Ben - which looms up over the city like a benign friend. That's one of the fabulous things about being in London - it really does feel as if you've fallen into a picture post-card.” S. Kendrick