Title: The Millionaire
Author: Victoria Purman
Opening line: “It can’t be him.” Elle Flannery stopped in her tracks and squinted into the brilliant Australian Summer sunshine
Blurb: Renowned photographer Chris Malone is fed up working in disaster zones. He has returned to Australia for a chance to recharge. Suburban journalist Ellie Flannery recognises Chris and asks him if he would donate a picture to raise funds for her favourite cause. Chris declines but circumstances ends up with him helping out after all and all too soon the chemistry set in – can the jetsetter and the homebody make a go of a relationship?
My Thoughts: THE MILLIONAIRE is one of a four book series called Hot Aussie Heroes recently released by Tule Publishing. As the series title suggests each of the male romantic leads is played by an Aussie. THE MILLIONAIRE opens as Ellie sees Chris surfing on a deserted beach. He is her hero as she loves his photography work and knows because of his fame she’d get a large amount of money for one of his pictures. She decides to ask him to donate. The initial meeting does not go well, she is let down by his meanness and he is tired of people lobbying him for donations – but get her legs out of his mind. A snapshot is taken of the meeting and posted on Facebook which promptly goes viral – he is stunned by how mean he looks and decides to help Ellie out. Turns out they both have a past they would rather forget and neither wants to get involved with anyone. Trouble is that old love chemistry has a mind of its own.
I really got involved with the story, it flowed along beautifully without being rushed. I found both characters to be very likable and believable, and I just LOVED Ellie’s grandparents. The romance was not forced along despite this being a novella the loved-up twosome took time to get to know each other, despite their instant mutual attraction, before they fell into bed. I also liked the ending –the resolution of the obstacles to any chance of a future life together forever was not far-fetched and had me sighing in pleasure.
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A – Excellent Stuff – a real page turner and hard to put down. I carved out extra reading time just so I could finish it. This book got carted into the bathroom with me, read over meals, read at work, and/or kept me up late at night. If this author has more work, I will certainly read it
With thanks to Tule Publishing Group and the author via Netgalley for my copy to read and review.