Title: Bonded in Brazil
Author: Riannon Ellis
A few missed loan payments, and a family of Brazilian vintners stands to lose the fruits of four generations of labour. To save the business, devoted daughter Eliana Menino strikes a deal of her own to work off the family debt in service to the man she calls demonio – the devilishly handsome private investor Hale Forester. Uprooted from her childhood home in exotic Brazil to work for Hale at his sprawling Napa Valley estate, Eliana soon realizes that the ruthless man who can make or break her family has a secret…and the power to break her heart.
OK – well the pragmatist in me found the part of the plot to be – well quite frankly unbelievable even for a light and fluffy read. The logistics of Eli flying to the USA the very next morning without a visa and passport seemed improbable. Yes she may have had an up-to-date passport (I know I do) but a visa? Still I decided I was being too picky and allowed myself to continue reading and ended up enjoying the story. It was a nice romantic escape for a few hours. Despite my problems with the start of the story Eli was a likable, if stereotyped, character that showed her fiery Brazilian temper by flying off the handle at the drop of a hat, yet in balance she thought through problems and was kind-hearted and forgiving. Hale too was a much deeper character than you would think and like a knight in white armour he went off to right wrongs and take ownership of injustices. As with many romances lack of communication between Hale and Eli caused most of the tension, but a happy ending did eventually arrive as required. The setting was great, a vineyard always a good spot to set a story I think, and a potential Napa Valley one with views was perfect.
Rating: C – Above average. Was very readable and enjoyable
For more about the author – Click Here