Sunday, August 2, 2015

Hired By The Brooding Billionaire - Kandy Shepherd

Hired By The Brooding Billionaire
Kandy Shepherd
Harlequin Romance, Aug 1 2015, $5.99
ISBN: 9780373743506

In Sydney, following complaints by his wealthy neighbors about his rundown estate, reclusive billionaire widower Declan Grant hires horticulturist Shelley Fairhill to fix his mansion’s neglected jungle that used to be a garden.  Declan makes it clear to his temporary gardener that once she finishes the job, she is to leave so he peacefully can return to mourning the deaths of his wife and baby as he has for the last two years.

Upbeat Shelley ignores her client’s insistence that he wants to be alone.  Her constant cheerfulness inspires his return to his vocation as he begins creating his first video game since his loved ones died.  As they slowly fall in love, panicking Declan allows a minor setback to end their relationship.

This tender second chance (at life and love) contemporary is a warm gradually percolating tale in which the romance cleverly mirrors the blossoming of the flowers in the garden.  The storyline is summed up fascinatingly by Declan who considers Shelley as an Australian Pollyanna princess in his newest fantasy game.

Harriet Klausner

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