Investment banker Jonathan Davis has spent the last ten months renovating his Italian villa and getting over a nasty divorce from his supermodel wife. As a favor to a friend, he escorts Olivia Chapman to a medieval festival and can’t help but fall for the gorgeous woman. When he discovers she’s a model, however, his innate sense of risk analysis tells him to bail. Then his ex-wife abandons his previously unknown daughter at his door, and it’s Olivia who steps in to help. But does Jonathan dare capitalize on his desire and venture his heart again?
Olivia Chapman has hidden her ugly childhood scars under the glamour of her modeling career. She thinks her pretty face is her only asset, until she discovers a talent for motherhood when a frightened toddler literally arrives on the doorstep. Olivia can’t bear to see another child go unloved. But caring for Hannah means staying with Jonathan, a man she finds almost impossible to resist.
When a big surprise leaves both Olivia and Jonathan reeling, their mutual attraction could end up destroying their futures … or healing the past once and for all.
It took me a few days to read this book, and I think it was because in the first few pages of the story the characters are already wanting to rip each other's clothes off and that was after one look. I'm all for a little heat, but I prefer a slow build, or I at least don't want it thrown at me at the very beginning. This is totally a personal preference and in no way affects the author's writing. I did enjoy the couple, and the relationship does start to show that it's actually going to be a slow simmer and not premature explosion. Jonathan and Olivia were likable characters that you wanted to see get together and get their happily ever after. After my initial hesitation, the story grabbed my attention and the story line moved quickly. I enjoy Alexia's writing and if you're a fan of the shorter, more compact romances, her books are perfect. Steamy-ness is moderate.