Taming the French Tycoon
Harlequin Romance, Jan 1 2014, $5.99
Two months ago after finishing his banking business in Cypress, Lucien Charriere visited the ancient ruins on the nearby island Yeronisos. The serenity was ruined when rowdy teens arrived to jump off the cliffs into the Mediterranean. He tried to persuade the last female not to jump as she reminded him of his beloved Sabine; who died in a plane crash twenty years ago that turned Luc into a non-risk taking person. She blows him away, but unbeknownst to him instead of diving Jasmine Martin visits antiquity.
In Grasse, France the iconic House of Ferrier perfume company announces twenty-six years old unknown Jasmine Martin is their new CEO. Her late papa Maxim Ferrier selected her to replace him because of all his children and twenty-one grandchildren; she was the only one with the nose. Only two years ago Ferrer was a great client of Luc’s bank. Since the death of the perfume sorcerer Maxim, revenue has dropped considerably and if the spiral continues will bankrupt the firm and harm Luc’s bank. Thus he fears the worst believing a tyro as its leader is a loser, especially when he recognizes the charming daredevil on the news. However Jasmine clandestinely created a new perfume to save the family company, but needs Luc’s financial support. Their attraction remains strong, but both believe personal distance is critical for the business deal to flourish.
This is a charmer contemporary starring two fascinating eccentrics. Her nose agrees with her heart that Luc is the scent of her man; while he struggles with ignoring that Jasmine has become his only flower. Although the ending is over the top of Mont Blanc, Taming the French Tycoon is magnifique.